Health crisis communication planning expert – Libya (m/f/d)

Type of contract: Short term consultancy

Starting Date: ASAP

Duration: November 2020 – mid-January 2021 (up to 25 billable working days)

Location: Libya – Homebased work


Democracy Reporting International (DRI) is a non-partisan, independent, not-for-profit organization registered in Berlin. DRI promotes political participation of citizens, accountability of state bodies and the development of democratic institutions worldwide. In Libya, DRI has been supporting the constitution-drafting process and the work of Libyan civil society organisations on topics related to the constitution, human rights, and local governance.

Under the ISAL project (Improved Service Delivery and Accountability at Local Level) which is implemented by a consortium of CILG, VNG International and DRI and funded by the European Union, the overall objective is to contribute to the democratic transition process and the stabilisation of Libya.

The activity we are hiring for relates to Objective 3 of the ISAL project:

Libyan citizens and their representative networks and organizations are more involved in local public life, municipal action, local policymaking.

Municipal Councils in Libya are some of the few functioning legitimate elected bodies which represent the voices of the citizens and which continue to peacefully transition from one executive to another through democratic elections. In times of covid-19, the effective role of municipalities is even more important and crucial for preparing local populations for further emergency situations and for creating community-based response measures.

In order to support municipalities and civil society activists to respond to the current health crisis in an inclusive and citizen-centred manner, DRI will convene a process of co-creation of a crisis communication plan that includes four webinars and coaching on how to craft health crisis communication plans in a participatory manner, conducted by two Arabic-speaking Experts for around 20 participants.

The expected audience will include mayors and officers of the municipalities Ubari, Wadi Ottbah, Traghin, and Wadi Al Bawanis, and Libyan Red Crescent (LRC) activists. Representatives of local CSOs will join in the second step reserved to draft a communication plan.

In close collaboration, a Health Crisis Communication Planning (HCCP) Expert and a Civil Society Involvement (CSI) Expert will engage in the following process:

Activity Beneficiary Expert Date
Webinar on Communication Issues Municipalities and LRC HCCP November 2020
Webinar on Health Crisis Communication Municipalities and LRC HCCP November 2020
Webinar on Designing a Health Crisis Communication Plan Municipalities and LRC HCCP November -December 2020
Webinar on Inclusive Plan Development Municipalities and LRC CSI December 2020
Webinar on Effective Engagement in the Planning Process CSOs CSI December 2020
Opening Drafting Session Municipalities, LRC and CSOs HCCP&CSI December 2020
Ongoing Coaching and Mentoring Municipalities and LRC HCCP December 2020-January 2021

This activity will provide the participants with the opportunity to learn about the technologies, systems, good practices and protocols that facilitate effective communication during a crisis and the role that CSOs play in effective local communication. The result of this activity is for the four municipalities to produce a crisis communication plan following a participatory approach with CSOs in the region.

Under the supervision of the Project Manager and the Country Director you will:

Design and deliver (9 days total) the content of three webinar modules that meet the needs of beneficiaries as fully as possible according to the following steps:

  • Communication challenges at the local level
  • Health crisis communication with a focus on covid-19
  • How to design a health crisis communication plan?
    • Elements of a complete crisis communication plan
    • Plan template to be shared
  • Lead the Opening Drafting Session (1 day) for crafting the plan in co-facilitation with the CSI Expert
  • Ongoing mentoring of four municipalities with LRC when appropriate (8 days total – 2 per municipality) to ensure the plan is progressing in a participatory manner
  • Review draft and final plans (4 days total, half-day for each draft per municipality) to ensure that the plans are crafted in a way that applies the skills learned in the webinars and the guidance from the CSI Expert
  • Write progress reports after each of the two reviews (2 days total – one for the draft and one for final)
  • Working in close collaboration with the CSI Expert on gender and diversity mainstreaming and a participatory approach (ongoing);
  • Write a final report (1 day)


  • Interactive training materials for three webinars which includes methodology, learning outcomes and course content PPT (November 2020)
  • Crisis Communication Plan template that will be shared with the participants during the webinar series and used to draft the plans (November 2020)
  • Delivering three webinar sessions (November – December 2020)
  • Leading the facilitation of the opening session for plan drafting (December 2020)
  • Two progress reports (December 2020 – January 2021)
  • Draft (last week of December) and final crisis communication plans from four municipalities (2nd week of January 2021)
  • Final Activity Report including a section from CSI Expert (2nd week of January 2021)

Your skills and experience:

  • Master’s degree (or equivalent) and at least 5 years of work experience preferably in communication, media, or other relevant fields;
  • At least five (5) years of demonstrable knowledge and experience in one or more of the following areas: Strategic planning, crisis communication, crisis response techniques, health crisis preparedness, public health communication, early warning communications or pandemic preparedness;
  • Demonstrated strong facilitation skills;
  • Demonstrated experience in designing and delivering trainings and/or coaching and mentoring;
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to articulate complex ideas to non-specialist audiences;
  • Proficiency in Arabic and English;
  • Ability to write in a clear, concise and accessible manner;
  • Excellent oral/written communication skills (Essential);
  • Experience in conducting webinars is a plus;
  • Familiarity with the Libyan health context;
  • Understanding of how crisis communication can successfully target vulnerable groups of a population, including women, members of minority groups, illiterate people, refugees and others;
  • Data visualization skills and knowledge of relevant software to produce infographics is a plus

How to Apply:

If you are interested in this position, please send your application (cover letter, CV and your daily rate in Euro) to: [email protected]

Please mention Health Crisis Communication Planning Expert – Libya in the Email subject line and refer to the source where you have found this opportunity. Applying for this position by post mail is possible, please find our address details below.

Closing date for applications: 2 November 2020. The position may be filled before the deadline has been reached, so early applications are encouraged.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

DRI is committed to diversity and does not discriminate in employment based upon gender (including pregnancy), race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, age, ability, socio-economic status, or any other status protected by the laws in the locations where we operate.

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