Technical Writer II

  • Posted on 19 February 2021
  • United States
  • Remote position
  • Closing on 5 March 2021

Job Description

Job Summary:

We are looking for a technical/science writer to help us produce knowledge products that distill and elevate FHI 360’s research findings and programmatic experience. The writer will research, write, and edit scientific and technical materials related to international public health and development for a wide variety of audiences, such as researchers, funders, health care workers, program managers, and project beneficiaries. She or he will collaborate with researchers and program staff to create engaging, compelling, and high-quality deliverables that include blog posts, fact sheets and reports, conference abstracts and posters, training materials, peer-reviewed journal articles, and podcasts.


  • Works closely with researchers, program staff, senior management, and others to develop high-quality, audience-appropriate print and digital content.
  • Conducts research—interviews, review of reports and journal articles, etc.—to inform original writing.
  • Organizes material and completes writing assignments according to FHI 360 and funder standards regarding order, clarity, conciseness, style, terminology, and branding.
  • Performs substantive editing and copyediting.
  • Conducts final quality checks before product publication and web posting.
  • Supports the development and execution of communications and dissemination strategies for FHI 360 knowledge projects.
  • Remains up to date on editorial and publication trends; recommends improvements and enhancements as appropriate.
  • Manages the production process of materials assigned to him or her, in collaboration with editors, instructional designers, translators, and graphic designers.
  • Works with clients, as well as with other writing/editing/design team members, to develop project timelines and budgets.
  • Supervises one or more staff.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Applied Knowledge & Skills:

  • Demonstrated excellence writing in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to analyze, interpret, synthesize, and distill technical information/data for a wide variety of knowledge products.
  • A keen, careful editorial eye and the ability to spot minor errors and inconsistencies, as well as strong substantive editing skills.
  • Ability to communicate and collaborate well with project staff during the research, writing, and editing process.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Ability to translate technical scientific content for general audiences to understand.
  • Experience managing complex publication projects.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple tasks while ensuring editorial quality.
  • Background in international public health or development strongly desired, especially related to HIV, family planning, gender, or youth.

Problem Solving & Impact:

  • Works on problems of complex scope that require analysis or interpretation of various factors.
  • Exercises judgment in selecting methods and techniques to determine appropriate action.
  • Builds partnerships with clients.
  • Decisions made can significantly affect the credibility and quality of company programs/projects.

Supervision Given/Received:

  • Works directly with clients and collaborates with other staff members.
  • Consults with subject matter experts in U.S. and field offices.
  • Interacts with partners and prime organizations on projects to which FHI 360 is a sub.
  • Supervises one or more staff members.
  • Typically reports to an Associate Director or Director.


  • Master’s Degree or its international equivalent in technical communication, English, communications, journalism, public health, or related field.


  • Typically requires 8+ years of researching and writing scientific and technical material.
  • Strong preference for candidates with public health knowledge gained from writing for an international nongovernmental organization, government agency, university, or other nonprofit organization.

Typical Physical Demands:

  • Typical office environment.
  • Ability to sit and stand for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to lift 5-50 lbs.

Technology to be Used:

  • Microsoft Office (i.e., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.), Microsoft Teams, SharePoint, Zoom
  • Knowledge of developing podcasts is a plus

Travel Requirements:

  • Less than 10%

This job posting summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

About the Organization

FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in health, education, nutrition, environment, economic development, civil society, gender, youth, research, technology, communication and social marketing — creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today's interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 60 countries and all U.S. states and territories.

As we evolve to meet the challenges of the future, we stand committed to the principles that have guided our organization for the last 40+ years. Our work continues to be grounded in research and science, strengthened by partnerships and focused on building the capacity of individuals, communities and countries to succeed.

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