Communications Consultant (COVID-19 Response Initiative)

  • Mid-level, Short-term contract assignment
  • Posted on 28 July 2020

Job Description

We are seeking a Communications Consultant to be part of the US communications, community engagement and learning unit of our multi-disciplinary US COVID-19 Response team. This position will support COVID-19 response strengthening efforts across approximately eight partner jurisdictions. Under the supervision of the initiative’s Director and with support from key Vital Strategies / Resolve to Save Lives communications staff, the Communications Consultant will work with communications and community engagement specialists to ensure public understanding, appreciation and buy-in for the importance of public behaviors – including contact tracing, testing, and mask-wearing – as critical measures for stopping the spread of the novel coronavirus. The position will be full-time for a period of 6 months, with possibility of extension determined by the length of the response. The work will be conducted remotely. Once travel restrictions are lifted, the role may require up to approximately 20% travel within the US.

Main responsibilities:

  • Advise pilot jurisdictions implementing COVID-19 communications programs on public communication for adoption and buy-in of contact tracing and other public behaviors (wearing masks, testing, etc) by the community
  • Promote dissemination and use of a model contact tracing “playbook” to local and state governments
  • Serve as initiative’s communications point of contact, contributing to a variety of communications projects
  • Liaise with partners, including donors and local governments in supporting and leading first rate communications efforts such as public campaigns
  • Develop communications materials to support program efforts, such as fact sheets, brochures, posters, op-eds, blogs, public service announcements, success stories, panel remarks, and other project collateral
  • Help to identify opportunities for media outreach
  • Support tracking/management of US COVID-19 Response Initiative’s communications activities
  • Any other duties as assigned

Required competencies and qualifications:

  • 6 to 10 years’ experience in communications (eg, health communication, health policy, strategic communications, public relations or digital communications)
  • University degree in communications, public health or equivalent
  • Exceptional writing skills with sample blogs, OpEds, fact sheets, brochures, etc
  • Previous experience with communications campaigns; background in public health is highly desirable
  • Clear, effective and responsive communicator, both written and oral
  • Well-developed partnership building and strategic thinking skills
  • Demonstrated project management experience
  • Outstanding computer skills with experience in all Microsoft Office programs
  • Proficiency in Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign preferred (and/or other desktop publishing skills)
  • Self-motivated, excellent organizational skills, detail-oriented, ability to prioritize, multi-task and meet deadlines
  • Can build trust and collaborate effectively with team members
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, high pressure environment with multiple stakeholders
  • Enthusiasm for the mission of Vital Strategies / Resolve to Save Lives and the communities we serve

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