Communications Specialist

Public Engagement · Surry Hills, New South Wales
Department Public Engagement
Employment Type Full Time

ChildFund Australia is an independent international development organisation that works to reduce poverty for children in developing communities. We partner to create community and systems change which enables vulnerable children and young people, in all their diversity, to assert and realise their rights.
Our vision is a world without poverty where all children and young people can say: “I am safe. I am educated. I contribute. I have a future.”
ChildFund Australia directly manages and implements programs with a range of local partners in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste, Vietnam, and other Pacific nations, and manages projects delivered by partner organisations throughout Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Our work is funded through child and community sponsorship, government grants as well as donations from individuals, trusts and foundations, and corporate organisations.
ChildFund Australia is a member of the ChildFund Alliance – a global network of 12 organisations which assists almost 23 million children and their families in 70 countries. ChildFund Australia is a registered charity, a member of the Australian Council for International Development, and fully accredited by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade which manages the Australian Government’s overseas aid program.

As the Communication Specialist you will be responsible for developing and implementing public communications activities which support ChildFund Australia’s Global Communications Strategy. You will be responsible for developing engaging, informative and newsworthy content, in written and visual formats, that resonate with ChildFund audiences across a variety of online and offline channels.


  • Content management – Deadline driven and highly organised, you ensure that multiple activities are delivered on time and to a high standard. You work collaboratively, seeking out a range of organisational voices and authors, and are committed to producing work that is ethical, authentic, and informative.
  • Marketing communications – You use language and visual content to create communications which engage and motivate your audiences. You have a plain English, reader-friendly writing style which enables you to translate complex information and employ a range of visual tools to ensure your message is impactful.
  • Reports & publications – You know your masthead from your standfirst, and your research and writing skills ensure you develop subject matter expertise. You are comfortable editing the work of technical specialists and can commission and work with third parties – including writers, designers, and printers.
  • Digital & visual media – You are a digital savvy communicator and can create content that generates engagement. From infographics and videos, to memes and online reports, you can design communication assets for on and offline channels using the latest technology to make your message stand out in a crowd.
  • Remain alert and responsive to any child safeguarding or sexual exploitation, abuse or harassment (SEAH) risks, acquire relevant knowledge and skills to promote strong safeguarding practices, understand the child safeguarding and PSEAH policy and procedures, and conduct yourself consistent with those policies.


  • Tertiary qualifications in a relevant discipline
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in senior communications roles
  • Understanding of the international development sector, with a strong interest in current affairs, child rights and human rights issues
  • Track record as a journalist or writer, with skills in research and interviewing
  • Experience in developing public-facing content across on and offline channels
  • In-depth understanding of the Australian media landscape, with experience in public relations
  • Experience as a leader in building strong teams, in person and remotely


  • Tertiary qualifications in International Development, and/or experience working for an international development or child-rights focused organisation

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Closing date: 7th April 2021

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  • Location
    Surry Hills, New South Wales
  • Department
    Public Engagement
  • Employment Type
    Full Time