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Creative and Communication Specialists Panel

23 June, 2022

Thank you for your interest in joining Investing in Women (IW).

Since April 2016, we have been trialing innovative ways to tackle one of the most critical economic and social issues of our time: gender inequality. An initiative of the Australian government, we partner with businesses in the Philippines, Vietnam, Myanmar and Indonesia to influence workplace equality; with impact investors to expand women’s access to capital; and with a wide range of partners to change harmful social norms and gender stereotypes.

Our mission—to catalyse inclusive economic growth through increasing women’s economic opportunities in South East Asia—is at the heart of everything we do.

If you are interested in joining our small, dynamic team and applying your skills, experience and passion to this mission, we want to hear from you.

Investing in Women 

Investing in Women (IW) is a multi-country Australian Government initiative in Southeast Asia that seeks to improve women’s economic participation as employees and as entrepreneurs and influence the enabling environment to promote Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE). It commenced in April 2016 with operations in the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam and Myanmar and is due to run through to June 2023.  It is managed out of the Gender Equality Branch (GEB) of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in Canberra. The Program is supporting the following outcomes:

  • More businesses achieve improved gender equality in their workplaces
  • Intentional impact investments in women’s small and medium enterprises (WSMEs) increase
  • Positive shifts in gender norms related to workplace gender equality

For more information, see

About the Opportunity

IW and its partners hold a thought-leadership responsibility to contribute and advance the knowledge building and strengthening of the business case for women’s economic empowerment (WEE) and gender equality in the region. To this end, the IW Communications Team works to help promote women’s economic empowerment in the South East Asia by providing strategic communications support to all of IW’s areas of work

Through its communication initiatives, IW intends to positively disseminate and amplify IW’s key messages around its work by:

  • Strengthening the IW Knowledge Hub – by demonstrating expertise and building the business case for Workplace Gender Equality, Impact Investing and Influencing Gender Norms and covering stories relevant to our target audiences;
  • Implementing targeted and localised dissemination and amplification – through the distribution and amplification of IW’s knowledge products to target audiences in IW’s target countries; and
  • Sustaining and expanding communication initiatives – by implementing a working communications infrastructure for IW, which integrates different communication processes, tools, strategies and materials across the program and its partners.

IW’s Knowledge Hub is a repository of knowledge resources on the ‘business cases’ for WGE, Impact Investment for WSMEs and Influencing Gender Norms that functions as a key resource centre and point of engagement for IW, its stakeholders and the public.

Part of IW’s strategy for sustainability is to develop a plan for the handover of the Knowledge Hub, which is housed on the IW website, to support the ongoing development and collection of WEE-related knowledge resources after the program ends.

With the IW initiative culminating in June 2023, and with the assumption that the Knowledge Hub will be part of the digital assets that will be, where continuing, handed over to a successor program or another DFAT project, IW intends to position the IW website as a solid and well-established foundation that can be leveraged for the continued collection and maintenance of evidence-based learning and facilitation of sustained impact beyond the life of IW. This will be done by implementing a redesign of the IW website to update its current environment, infrastructure and content to align with IW’s updated end-of-program (EoP) and sustainability objectives.

IW Communications will also work with the IW Leadership Team to develop and implement an EoP Communications Plan that will support both internal and external dissemination of handover completion and cessation of activities and assets for Investing in Women.

Scope of Services

To support IW’s work on the redesign and the handover of the Knowledge Hub and the development and implementation of the IW EoP Communications plan and activities, IW is seeking to establish a panel of communications consultants with relevant expertise and experience to support the implementation of this work in FY22-23 (10 months).

We are looking for multiple experts, including (but not limited to) writers, editors, copywriters, graphic, UX/UI and data designers, and other communication professionals with experience relevant to the following areas of work:

  • Integrated marketing communications
  • Content development
  • Creative design

Panel members will be engaged for specific tasks as required, for example, writing and editing content for the website, designing creatives, developing knowledge products and communications collaterals, advising on media, event and communications strategy, and supporting other end-of-program communications requirements of the program.

Contract:  Short-term Adviser; Tasking Note- (TN-) based.  Duration 10 months (August 2022 to May 2023); service input will be determined by TN requirements.

Location of work:  Remote; home-based

For more information about this opportunity, please download the Information for Applicants document.

Key Selection Criteria

For your application to be considered by the Panel, interested applicants must submit a response to each of the following Key Section Criteria (KSC):

KSC 1. Relevant experience in designing and producing communication materials with qualified credentials in the areas identified in the Skills and Experience Table above.
KSC 2. Sound understanding of and ability to work on topics/themes relevant to gender equality and women’s economic empowerment.
KSC 3. Demonstrated strong creative, critical, and innovative thinking, with effective verbal, written and visual communication and collaboration skills.
KSC 4. Proficient in technology, digital software, platforms, tools, and channels relevant to the areas identified in the Skills and Experience Table above.
KSC 5. Exceptional portfolio of work highlighting skills in the areas identified in the Skills and Experience Table above, with high attention to detail and accuracy.

How to Apply

We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage applications from experienced and capable women.

Please use the hyperlink above and download the Information for Applicants (IFA) for the complete application process.  Please note that response to Key Section Criteria and submission of the Skills and Experience Matrix are required for your application to be considered.  Specific guidelines are given in the IFA.

Application close:  24 July 2022, Sunday AEST

About Us

Abt Associates a mission-driven, global leader with a proven track record in complex program implementation in the international development sector. We offer bold solutions and technical excellence in Health, Economic Growth, Governance, Research & Evaluation, Environment & Energy, Gender Equality & Social Inclusion. Working with our many partners, we have driven measurable social impact for more than 55 years, to achieve our mission of improving the quality of life and economic well-being of people worldwide. We operate in remote and challenging environments and employ more than 3,700 staff in over 50 countries. For more information about us and what we do, visit our website at


Abt Associates values individuality and celebrates difference with a strong commitment to diversity, equality, racial equity and inclusion. We encourage applications from diverse backgrounds and perspectives, skills and knowledge, so that we can be collectively stronger and have sustained global impact.


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