Public Affairs Advisor

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IAP Worldwide Services, Inc.
United States
Apply by 4 February 2013
Entry-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 4 January 2013

Job Description

Opportunity in Washington, DC

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has contracted through CAMRIS International partnered withIAPWorld Services Inc., (IAPWS), to recruit and hire qualified individuals for the following position:

Title: Public Affairs Advisor

United States Agency for International Development

Office of HIV/AIDS, Bureau for Global Health

Application Deadline: February 4, 2013


The Public Affairs Advisor is an integral part of the communications team, working with the Senior Public Affairs Advisor and the Communications Program Analyst. With public interest in HIV/AIDS growing, the work of this position is essential to ensure consistent information coming from the Office of HIV/AIDS (OHA). The Advisor will serve as a deputy to the Senior PAA and will be responsible for managing and implementing the Office’s communications strategy. The individual must be able to handle several tasks simultaneously, work quickly to meet competing deadlines, develop a solid understanding of Agency policy and guidelines, incorporate practices and procedures and develop a thorough understanding of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) goals and initiatives. The individual must also gain a clear understanding of the role of the Senior Advisor for Public Affairs and be prepared to serve as a primary backstop in his/her absence.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Manage OHA’s online communications activities and proactively identify/develop opportunities to promote technical programs through websites and traditional/social media
    • Manage internal and external websites, and serve as the primary point of contact for OHA during the Agency web redesign process. Identify opportunities to promote products, announcements and key deliverables
    • Generate new content/stories for IMPACT blog, Frontlines and other internal and external editorial channels, including various newsletters. Liaise with key technical and communications staff in OHA, across the Bureau and throughout the Agency as well as at partner organizations to coordinate efforts
    • Coordinate media team for events/announcements including implementation of strategy, pitch development, and wrap up reports
    • Manage social media, including updates to GH’s Facebook and Twitter, and identify ways to generate leads. Work closely with contractors on web and social media maintenance and upkeep
  • Manage the OHA calendar of events and newsletter listservs. Assist in providing guidance on branding and marking
  • Oversee the clearance processes
  • Support the Senior Advisor for Public Affairs in cultivating relationships with external partners, LPA and USG communications counterparts to share information, cross-promote and collaborate on strategic efforts
  • Manage implementation of communications activities around major events, conferences and relevant observance days
  • Assist in editorial and knowledge management activities, including developing press releases, fact sheets, Q&As, op-eds, speeches/remarks and other collateral. Work closely with implementing partners to collect success stories and other materials that support USAID’s HIV/AIDS work
  • Manage internal and external communication requests for information, including scheduling requests, briefers, action memos and notes to the field
  • Attend weekly Agency communications meetings, sere as key member, and collaborate on Bureau-wide activities
  • This is a support level position to the Senior Advisor for Public Affairs and other senior staff as directed.


EXPERTISE REQUIRED. The contractor must have:

  • The position requires a Bachelor’s degree in related field.
  • Minimum of 3-5 years of progressively responsible experience in communications/public affairs capacity, preferably working in developing countries with demonstrated expertise in communications as it applies to health. Some PR agency experience preferred.
  • Experience in global health and development issues, particularly in HIV/AIDS, as well as interest in working for USG/public sector is required.
  • Demonstrated ability in communications program implementation and execution
  • Proven record of excellent organizational, management and interpersonal skills. Ability and willingness to navigate within a large, complex federal agency to meet goals.
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Willingness to travel internationally (up to 20% of time)
  • US Citizenship with ability to obtain Secret Security Clearance is required.

This is an opportunity for employment or a contract, but we reserve the right to make no selection or award.

CAMRIS International and IAP World Services Inc. offer competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits. Please submit your resume online at Candidates meeting the requirements for the position will be required to provide a USAID 1420-17 Contractor Employee Biographical Data Sheet to document employment and salary history.

CAMRIS and IAP are Equal Opportunity Employers EOE M/F/D/V

About the Organization

IAP Worldwide Services provides global-scale logistics, facilities management and advanced professional and technical services to clients worldwide. By tapping our vast international procurement and employment network, we have the world-class resources to support and augment government, military and humanitarian initiatives to meet our clients’ needs, wherever the mission takes us. As the challenges of a global world become more urgent and pressing, IAP is there.