Communications Manager/Lead Technical Editor

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 6 December 2018

Job Description

The Communications Manager/Technical Editor will provide leadership and management oversight for all strategic communications activities. The Communications Manager/Technical Editor will also oversee report production process, review and edit all technical documents and be responsible for overseeing other project strategic communications. S/he will assist in the development of project quarterly and annual reports and will manage the content on the project’s website. Responsibilities will include:

  • Manage report production;
  • Edit technical documents, including evaluation reports;
  • Design/redesign website incorporating contents of previous projects (as specified in the project’s contract) and developing new interactive functions to enhance information dissemination;
  • Act as primary science/editor for report production and documents, creating demand for quality data and information;
  • Develop, publish, and monitor social media postings (Facebook, Twitter, Linkedln, etc.) to enhance social media presence and industry engagement;
  • Develop and lead new internal communications related to the project, which may include intranet portals, internal newsletters and e-blasts, internal videos, lunch and learns, and contributions to internal training programs;
  • Manage external print, design, development and video production vendors - locally and internationally - as needed to achieve the above-mentioned communication goals;
  • Recruit external editors and technical writers, as needed;
  • Ensure translation of documents that are requested in another language (external translators or translations services will be contracted, as needed).

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Public Relations, Marketing, International Development, Public Health, or a related field. Advanced degree preferred;
  • Minimum six years of experience working as an editor or technical writer. Experience working on USAID documents desirable;
  • Familiarity with public health and international development;
  • Experience editing and/or writing scientific, research, assessment, and/or evaluation reports and/or articles;
  • Experience managing and supervising a team and/or a group of consultants, strongly preferred;
  • Strong editing experience and knowledge of USAID branding and marking requirements;
  • Experience with US Government agencies or other international donors, including a strong knowledge of communications and social media strategies for USAID-funded projects, desirable;
  • Experience working with authors to improve their reports/documents;
  • Knowledge of MS Office, especially Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Familiar with formatting tools for styles, tables, graphs, charts, etc;
  • Good practice principles in web design, and other graphic and communications software packages (i.e. Photoshop, WordPress, InDesign, etc.) is desirable;
  • Must be capable of crafting informative messages tailored accordingly to a variety of media (press releases, websites, video, social media, etc.), targeting diverse audiences;
  • A working knowledge of media relations, publishing, and event planning fields;
  • A history of communicating effectively in written and verbal formats to audiences in a professional business environment;
  • Comfort with web-based content management systems and blogging tools;
  • Ability to prioritize tasks, organize large volume of work, perform independently; and
  • Ability to work under strict deadlines

About the Organization

The QED Group, LLC, is a full-service international consulting firm committed to solving complex global challenges through innovative solutions. We are determined to provide all our clients with best-value services, so they could increase their efficiency, learning capacity, and accountability to the public in an ever more complex and interconnected world. Through Monitoring and Evaluation and Knowledge Management practice areas, QED is working to maximize our clients' return on investment through accountability, continuous learning, and sound management.

QED is preparing for a proposal with the Global Health Bureau. This project is a five-year project and provides the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Bureau for Global Health, Regional Bureaus, and Missions with ready access to high-quality, external technical expertise to design, support, and evaluate programs contributing to the achievement of U.S. Government (USG) Global Health Initiative (GHI) targets. The project is comprised of five components: program and project evaluation, technical assistance, mission support, GH program and research management, and logistical support for meetings/conferences.

The project spans multiple health technical areas, including HIV and AIDS, Family Planning, Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health (MNCH), Infectious Diseases, and Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC), as well as cross-cutting health issues, such as Gender, Health Financing, Health Systems Strengthening (HSS), public-private partnerships and science and technology.

This project provides USAID operating units working on health-related activities in headquarters and the field with the short- and medium-term technical services of consultants with expertise pertaining to the GHI principles and USAID objective to support partners to become self-reliant. Under the current project, about 700 assignments have been undertaken in about 60 countries.

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