Communications Officer (VAHSI)

 Communications Officer (VAHSI)

Program Background

The Australia Indonesia Health Security Partnership (AIHSP) is a 5-year program supported by the Australian Government and implemented by Cardno. AIHSP’s overarching goal is to increase national health security in Indonesia so that women, men and communities are less at risk of emerging infectious diseases (EIDs), thereby contributing to Australian, regional and global health security as well as supporting sustainable economic development and food security in Indonesia. To support the achievement of this goal, AIHSP will work in partnership with Indonesian Ministry of Health (MoH), Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) and other relevant agencies and Government of Australia to achieve the following ‘End-of-Program Outcomes’ (EOPOs):

1.     Stronger GoI systems to prevent, detect and respond to public health and animal health emergencies from EIDs; and

2.     Stronger national coordination of responses to national, regional and global health threats.

In addition to these longer-term objectives, over the next two years, AIHSP also supports the Indonesian government in responding to COVID-19 pandemic, particularly around strengthening the ‘Track and Trace’ system and supporting the rollout-out of COVID-19 vaccines to the worst affected provinces, including Central Java, Yogyakarta, Bali and South Sulawesi (priority provinces under AIHSP with high COVID-19 burden). These will be conducted through strengthening public communications and surveillance and health information systems at the community level.

Gender equality, disability and social inclusion (GEDSI) are important components of the program. Understanding how health security impacts on women and men from different backgrounds and contexts will support AIHSP to integrate GEDSI considerations into its activity planning and implementation.

Purpose of the Position

The Communications Officer will assist the National Project Coordinator (VAHSI) to ensure that the AIHSP risk communication activities (content development, review process and progress, administration support document) in their assigned technical areas are being implemented in a professional and timely manner. In coordination with relevant VAHSI team members, the Communications Officer will organise events in liaison with AIHSP’s risk communication counterpart agencies and partners and provide project and events management support. S/he will also be involved in supporting specialists in monitoring risk communication activity and budget implementation as well as reviewing communication products from subcontractors.

Under supervision of the National Project Coordinator (VAHSI), the Communications Officer will closely coordinate with risk communication suppliers and relevant Directorates in the Ministry of Health.


This position will assist the National Project Coordinator (VAHSI) with day-to-day activities in supporting risk communication program implementation in accordance with the agreed risk communication strategy and workplan.

Key Activities

The Communications Officer will:

  • Work with VAHSI National Project Coordinator and other VAHSI specialists related to risk communication (risk communication specialist & social media strategist) in implementing the VAHSI risk communication strategy and workplan with the Ministry of Health and other key stakeholders.
  • Develop and/or coordinate the development/production of VAHSI’s risk communication materials with the third parties and AIHSP’s specialists, including the communication and public diplomacy adviser, provincial coordinators, sub-national activity coordinators (Covid-19 response), and other experts.
  • Coordinate the integration of VAHSI’s risk communication material and key achievements to the AIHSP’s flagship communication platform, such as the website.
  • Manage relationships and organise events with risk communication program stakeholders, performing support services (e.g. preparing draft press release, presentations, taking notes, etc.) as guided.
  • Work with the VAHSI National Project Coordinator in the development of TORs for specialists or firms sub-contracted to undertake work in the assigned technical area.
  • Participate in project related meetings required by VAHSI National Project Coordinator and provide status updates on all activities managed by the sub-contractors.
  • Ensure all documentation, including minutes of meetings, agendas, TORs, scope of services, contracts, research, activity designs and activity outputs are appropriately named and stored on shared drive information management system

Selection criteria

  1. A tertiary qualification (bachelor’s degree) in the field of communication.
  2. A minimum of 3 years of experience in communication field. Experience in risk communication and/or behaviour change is an added value.
  3. Experience in producing communication materials such as press release, website articles, podcast, or other audio-visual materials.
  4. Experience in conducting communication events such as seminars/webinars, workshops, or other community engagement events.
  5. Demonstrated ability in data management/analysis and research, particularly for activity reporting purposes
  6. Excellent team working and interpersonal skills. Experience in working both directly and indirectly with government officials, NGOs or other development partners at various levels will be added value.
  7. Good English and Indonesian oral and written communication skills.
  8. Strong organizational skills and attention to details
  9. Excellent computer skills including Microsoft Office applications. Ability to operate designing or editing application/web-based software will be added value.
  10. Possess initiative, reliability, and honesty.
  11. Demonstrated ability to work productively in a diverse, fast-paced environment, and to work under pressure to tight deadlines.

Position details

Reports to: National Project Coordinator (VAHSI)

Assignment: Fixed-term national employment agreement

Duration: 12 months, with the possibility of a contract extension

Commencement: January 2022

Location: Jakarta

Remuneration: Successful Indonesian nationals will be engaged under a local contract in IDR, and will be subject to Indonesian employment regulations and tax obligations.


1.     Minimum two-page cover letter outlining your suitability for the role

2.     CV

3.     Details of three professional referees

4.     Please apply from the following link :

Our Recruitment Policies

Cardno is an equal opportunity employer. Cardno welcomes and encourages applications from people of all backgrounds and abilities, LGBTQ+, women, mature age workers and people with different abilities.

Cardno is committed to Safety and the Prevention of Sexual Abuse and Harassment (PSEAH), Child Protection and bribery prevention. We want to engage with the right people to deliver our client programs. As part of our approach, you will be subjected to formal background screening, criminal record checks, employment verification, and periodic compliance checks. All Cardno staff receive safety, compliance and safeguards training and are responsible for contributing to a safer working culture.

We thank all applicants. However, due to the anticipated volume of applications, only the shortlisted candidates will be contacted.