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Terms of reference: Communications consultant (Hospital), Sierra Leone


King’s Global Health Partnerships (KGHP) is seeking a consultant to support our hospital communications in Sierra Leone for a 3-month period.  Working with the Senior Communications Officer in London, the consultant will be responsible for delivering a series of communication outputs for the patients and staff of Connaught Hospital.


The communications will focus particularly on our response to Covid-19 and our malaria systems strengthening project, SHIFT.


We are looking for a consultant who has a minimum of 2 years communications experience incorporating managing social media channels, writing engaging copy, managing media relations and communicating with donors/supporters. Ideally, the consultant will have experience delivering similar work in Africa and have a strong grasp of the health system in Sierra Leone and KGHP’s approach to partnership.


About King’s Global Health Partnerships

King’s Global Health Partnerships works with health facilities, academic institutions and governments to strengthen health systems and improve the quality of care in four countries: Somaliland, Sierra Leone, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia. We bring together health, academic and international development expertise from King’s College London, the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) and our international partners to: 

  • Educate, train and support healthcare workers 

  • Strengthen healthcare and training institutions

  • Enhance national health policies and systems.

We connect UK and African health professionals, providing training, mentoring and hands-on support; and undertake collaborative research to inform policy and practice. We also support our partners by providing access to funding, networks and development opportunities. Through these long-term partnerships and our global volunteering scheme we promote skills and knowledge exchange, and mutual learning that contribute to building a stronger health workforce and improved quality of healthcare both internationally and in the UK.

In Sierra Leone, we are committed to responding to the Covid-19 outbreak, working in partnership with hospital management at Connaught Hospital and with the Emergency Operations Centre to ensure that patients receive respectful, high quality care.

We also acknowledge the importance of continuity of care for patients with other conditions. Our SHIFT project focuses on a system-strengthening approach to malaria testing, treatment and outcomes.


Key internal relationships

This 3-month assignment is based in Freetown, Sierra Leone. The consultant will report to the Senior Communications Officer in London.  He/she will work closely with the Clinical Lead, Programme Manager and SHIFT Project Coordinator for KSLP, other clinical colleagues from across the organisation, with partners at Connaught Hospital, the National Malaria Control Programme and other NGOs. He/she will work to ensure that clear, consistent communication about Covid-19 and non-Covid-19 services are shared with patients and staff.


The consultant will support external communications by: 

  • Developing a communications plan for Connaught Hospital, in collaboration with hospital management 

  • Working with hospital staff to gather information on clinics, services, treatments and processes of care

  • Preparing communications on the above, including posters, WhatsApp messages, radio jingles and others

  • Working with hospital staff and patients to gather stories of Covid-19 and non-Covid-19 care

  • Supporting hospital management to disseminate the outputs from the Covid-19 taskforce to staff

  • Supporting hospital management and SHIFT team members to identify key communications for hospital dissemination; develop relevant communications 

The consultant will work in a small team with another consultant focused on external communications to raise KSLP’s profile. 


Person Specification

Essential criteria

  • Experience of contributing to the implementation of a communications strategy

  • Demonstrable experience in delivering high-quality communications outputs for a range of audiences

  • Demonstrable skills as a strong, collegial team player who contributes to a creative and supportive work environment

  • Ability to analyse and interpret information, identifying engaging stories to share

  • Ability to work proactively as part of a team and co-operatively across teams 

  • An understanding of and commitment to King’s Global Health Partnership’s vision and values

  • Very strong communication and writing skills (in English).

  • Ability to work autonomously


Terms and Conditions


16-24 hours a week 

Contract duration:

3 months, starting ASAP

Interested candidates should send a CV, cover letter and fee rate to: no later than 11pm on 12 July 2020. We will review applications on a rolling basis so we encourage you to submit an application early.


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