Communications Consultant – United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland


Communications Consultant

to lead learning synthesis and dissemination for PACE Consortium

£500 per day (dependent on hours) • Remote UK working

In collaboration with World Vision UK, international development organisation, The Thomson Reuters Foundation and PACE Consortium partners are seeking the services of a highly qualified consultant to research and draft a Learning Synthesis Paper that draws together evidence and learning from the wide range of interventions delivered through the PACE program to combat child labor.

Thomson Reuters Foundation (TRF) is the corporate foundation of Thomson Reuters, the global news and information services company.

Since 2018 the Foundation has been working to combat the worst forms of child labor in three African countries – Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Ethiopia – as part of the Partnership Against Child Exploitation (PACE) – a six member consortium led by World Vision UK and including War Child UK, Columbia University, the UN Global Compact Network and Fifty Eight, with support from the UK government’s Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). The four-year initiative leverages cross-sector partnerships between NGOs, law enforcement and global corporations, while building children’s agencies to advocate for their rights.

PACE has sought to generate evidence and learning for what does and does not work in reducing and preventing the worst forms of child labor (WFCL) in fragile contexts, across four outcome areas:

1. Girls and boys exercise their agency and understand their rights not to be exploited, affirmed by positive social norms, supportive families and communities.

2. Girls and boys and their households have access to safe, age, gender and disability appropriate alternatives (economic and non-economic) to the WFCL.

3. A stronger legal & policy environment supports the prevention & reduction of WFCL.

4. Private sector strengthen their value chain to reduce and prevent the WDCL.

TRF and PACE Consortium partners are seeking the services of a highly qualified consultant or team of consultants to research and draft a Learning Synthesis Paper to serve as the principal vehicle for disseminating the evidence and learning generated through the programme. The content of the paper will be drawn from the wide ranging library of resources produced by PACE partners across the duration of the programme. It will be presented in an accessible way with a view to maximising engagement with and adoption of its recommendations among key target audiences. Support with the dissemination of the Learning Paper through a targeted virtual event is also envisaged as a deliverable within these terms of reference.

Specific Objectives:

This terms of reference comprises four key objectives:

1. To draw together the existing learning and evidence generated through the PACE program for what works and what doesn’t work in reducing and preventing the worst forms of child labor in fragile states

2. To reflect on Consortium partners’ experience of delivering the program in fragile contexts to inform the delivery of similar future initiatives

3. To present PACE learning and evidence in a user-friendly format that maximises engagement from PACE target audiences (Synthesis Paper)

4. To disseminate PACE learning and evidence in a way that engages key target audiences and making use of existing PACE communications assets.

Anticipated scope of work:

The scope of work is anticipated to involve a desk review of PACE reference materials and consultations with consortium partners to inform the development of the paper, drawing out key findings and recommendations relevant for future child labor policy and programming.

The final synthesis paper should be presented in an accessible way to maximise engagement from PACE target audiences. The consultant will lead a virtual learning event to share the findings and recommendations.

The full scope of work and expected deliverables may be found in the accompanying terms of Reference.

Qualifications and Experience:

The successful applicant will have a proven track record of distilling complex information into accessible communication outputs, with experience delivering similar learning and synthesis work. They will have excellent analysis, writing and presentation skills and experience using a range of communication styles to engage a diverse range of audiences.

Experience of international development or humanitarian policy and practice, and knowledge of child labor or child protection programming in fragile or conflict-affected states is an advantage, although not essential.

Application procedure:

For details of how to apply for this opportunity, please request the Terms of Reference/Job Description using the email address provided. Applications should be sent to chris.ford@thomsonreuters.com no later than 23:59 GMT on Monday 25th July 2022.

How to apply

Applications should be sent to chris.ford@thomsonreuters.com no later than 23.59 GMT on Monday 25th July 2022.

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