The primary objective of the position of the Head of Communication is to raise the profile and reputation of FIND as a thought leader, coordinator and innovator of accessible, affordable and
effective diagnostics in low income settings.
He/she is required to understand the landscape of actors in the field of diagnostics in low income countries and must be able to shape and articulate FIND’s responses to emerging issues.
The position requires good management skills to implement a global communications strategy that targets key media effectively and uses high‐quality, scientific communications as its cornerstone, and the ability to produce publications for external audiences.
The position is in charge of a small team in Geneva, managing the writing and placing of scientific articles and publications and the production and use of different tools, notably for digital and social communication.
The Head of Communication reports to the CEO.
Specific Job Responsibilities
Management and planning:
‐ Enhance and implement a comprehensive communications strategy to support FIND’s mission
‐ Lead FIND’s communication operations by determining targeted audiences, identifying channels and developing messages
‐ Manage a team in Geneva, as well as consultants.
‐ Draw up and implement the annual publication plan (annual report, regular newsletters, website, leaflets, etc.) in accordance with FIND’s strategy and its scientific
programme achievements in TB; Malaria; NTDs; HIV/HCV; and Fever, AMR and Outbreaks
‐ Champion the role of diagnostics as an essential element in good healthcare through the publication of diagnostics‐related thought leadership materials
‐ Amplify FIND’s messages by telling the story from both FIND’s and our partners’ perspectives
‐ Increase use of and engagement with mainstream and social media to increase FIND’s visibility
‐ Produce articles, editorials for targeted journals/audiences about FIND’s model, the key challenges in the field
‐ Validate and support all major communication efforts
‐ Participate in team leaders’ meetings, coordinate regular global communication meetings with all team members, and ensure coherent approaches throughout a matrix organization.
‐ Generate hard news angles for scientific & medical journals to raise the profile of FIND’s brand and, through the coordination of proactive press relations by the team, with mainstream news media, and social media
‐ Increase use of and engagement with mainstream and social media to increase FIND’s
‐ Support media outreach by the team with the necessary range of written materials, such as press releases, e‐newsletters, press packs, movies and other documents
‐ Support liaison offices in developing messaging for regional/local media
‐ Identify key scientific events and opportunities for presentation of the FIND and its activities
‐ 10‐15 years’ work experience in a similar position, with a background in journalism, communications management, media relations or global health, and ideally with a strong public health background
‐ Master’s degree or equivalent in communication, public health,science or related field
‐ Rigorous, organized and experienced in managing a team and coordinating a network of multi‐cultural collaborators
‐ Understanding of poverty related health issues in low income countries
‐ Ability to work under pressure to meet tight deadlines
‐ Excellent command of written and spoken English as a mother tongue, French desirable, other languages a plus
‐ Good computer skills, especially PowerPoint, Word, design.
‐ Proven track record in strengthening communication around organisations, policies and projects
Please send a motivation letter, a detailed CV and three references to firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline to send your application: 21st June 2017
(But don’t wait until the deadline! We will start screening right away and if we find the right person, we will stop searching.)
Please note that only applicants meeting the profile requirements will be personally contacted.
Applications sent by recruitment agencies will not be considered.