Communication Specialist






  • Previous work experience in Communications – specifically Policy Communications and Ministerial Briefings
  • Experience with executing media strategies and public communications
  • Ability to work with a number of different stakeholders and work in a changing and fast paced environment


Following feedback from previous outbreak response the Systematic Testing and Outbreak use case is proposing the creation of central resources to be deployed to assist DPH in the initial response to outbreaks. These would form a national strategic reserve that could be drawn upon by local authorities to enable activities at the local level. This will consist of specialist expertise through ‘surge’ teams and the provision of training, guidance and workforce best practice, where necessary.

A pool of various specialists will be formed to enable rapid deployment of multi-disciplinary surge teams to prevent and respond to outbreaks in urban areas. These surge teams will be led by ‘Crisis Programme Leaders’, who will serve as conduits between the national testing programme and local areas. Surge teams will undertake discovery and reconnaissance on behalf to the programme, to assess requirements and deploy testing to areas.

The Communication Specialist engages members of the local community to enable triage and analysis of outbreak spread.

Key responsibilities

  • Support the implementation and ongoing maintenance of the media strategy
  • Author and support ministerial briefings
  • Able to succinctly develop briefs and action plans to communicate to a wide range of stakeholders
  • Support with creating communication materials (online, offline)
  • Support with producing reports on the local media landscape as well as achieved results and future priorities, identifying risks and opportunities