PMI Communications Advisor (GS 13 Equivalent)

Job Locations US-DC-Washington
ID
2020-3624
Category
Global Health/Public Health
Type
Regular Full-Time

Overview

The U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) is the US Government’s (USG) flagship global malaria initiative led by USAID and implemented together with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The Initiative is results-based, focused, and exhibits a high level of financial and programmatic accountability. In 2015, PMI launched the next six-year strategy, setting forth a new bold vision, and an ambitious goal with specific objectives.  The PMI Strategy for 2015-2020 takes into account the progress over the past decade and the new challenges that have arisen, and reflects the U.S. Government’s commitment to work with PMI-supported countries and partners to further reduce malaria deaths and substantially decrease malaria morbidity working towards the long term vision of a world free of malaria.

 

The Bureau for Global Health (GH) serves as the Agency’s primary source of intellectual capital, technical leadership, and donor coordination for the health sector. GH is vested with the responsibility for advancing field-relevant, state-of-the-art research and the transfer of new technologies and approaches to field programs and in technically and programmatically supporting USAID Mission health program implementation in the field. The Office of Infectious Disease (ID) is one of GH’s eight offices. The Malaria Division is one of four divisions of the ID Office.  Leadership, management, and oversight of PMI are carried out from the Malaria Division under the leadership of the US Global Malaria Coordinator as are management of USAID’s malaria research investments (most notably vaccine, drug, and insecticide research programs) and USAID’s global partner engagement including WHO and RBM Partnership to End Malaria.

 

Job Requirements

The Communications Advisor is an integral member of USAID’s PMI Team, working alongside PMI’s Strategic Communication Advisor and PMI reporting advisor, the other two full-time members of PMI’s communications sub-team. Key responsibilities include: providing communications technical expertise and contributing to the production of communications products, including drafting talking points, press releases, web and social media content, presentations, speeches, etc., to tell PMI’s story inside and outside the agency. Liaise with communications points of contact at PMI country missions and implementing partners to promote a coherent and coordinated PMI messaging strategy. S/he will exercise independent judgment in planning and carrying out tasks, in serving USG priorities at critical technical and policy forums, in resolving problems and conflicts, and in taking steps necessary to meet deadlines. The Communications Advisor will receive day to day guidance from the Malaria Division Chief.

Responsibilities

Technical Leadership

  • Contribute to the development and implementation of strategies to increase awareness of PMI’s impact, expertise, and value added to internal and external audiences.
  • Develop communications products for PMI (e.g. draft talking points, press releases, web and social media content, presentations, speeches, congressional testimony), ensuring alignment with PMI’s goals and operating principles, and those of our partners if/as appropriate
  • Work closely with the PMI Leadership team and fellow PMI communications team members to understand requirements and timeline for preparing communications materials for upcoming events and speaking engagements
  • Conduct research and work with PMI headquarters subject matter experts to understand relevant technical issues and verify technical content and facts
  • Distill technical content into compelling, clear, and easily digestible prose and talking points that are tailored to the target audience
  • Create slides and other supporting materials for events and public speaking engagements
  • Assist in drafting and/or editing internal communications
  • Assist in drafting and/or editing informational requests and talking points about PMI and malaria for other senior Agency leadership
  • Assist with other writing and editing assignments (e.g. success stories to demonstrate the value of PMI investments and programs, copy-editing country malaria operational plans, etc.)
  • Develop and maintain an understanding of PMI mission, goals, priorities, and technical areas, as well as larger USAID priorities
  • Collaborate closely with PMI communications team to ensure consistency with higher level PMI and USAID communications strategy, messaging, and branding
  • Participate in visioning exercises for PMI’s annual report to Congress
  • Ensure PMI’s web pages, social media presence, and other online content are up-to-date and aligned with PMI and Agency priorities.
  • Work with PMI staff to produce talking points, press releases, and other written materials for internal and external messaging to ensure technical accuracy of all communications products.
  • Edit documents to ensure that messages are effectively conveyed in a clear and concise manner.
  • Actively monitor media reporting of activities related to malaria.
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of all PMI activities and processes, as well as a keen awareness of political and policy issues.
  • Contribute to the integration of communications in the project design and implementation processes.

Country Support

  • Provide technical and programmatic support to one PMI focus country and participate as an integral member of one interagency country support team.
  • Provide guidance and support to Missions and PMI country teams on the development of annual country malaria operational plans and assist in monitoring and tracking overall progress of PMI plans and activities.
  • Provide advice and technical assistance to Missions involved in malaria efforts, particularly the PMI-targeted countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Provide support to Missions by participating in country support teams, reviewing mission strategies and annual reports and helping them to meet needs for technical and programmatic support

Professional development

  • Participate in professional continuing education, skills training and professional meetings to enhance relevant technical skills and career development.
  • Complete and execute an Individual Learning and Training Plan and Annual Work Plan.

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree and 7 years relevant experience or Bachelor’s degree and 9 years relevant experience in public health, international health, social sciences or other related discipline with the experience in designing, implementing, and/or managing providing knowledge management and/or software development related programs or projects.
  • At least 5 years of professional experience with two or more public health technical disciplines (such as; Malaria, Infectious Disease, Communication, or disciplines specifically related to SOW requirements).
  • Strong oral and written communications skills and the ability to read, analyze, and interpret public health and malaria technical reports and data. Superior writing skills in English absolutely required. (Writing examples will be requested)
  • Knowledge of public health development assistance programs, procedures, and systems for program design, management and monitoring desirable.
  • Ability to work effectively with a broad range of USG personnel and partners, and in a team environment.
  • Ability to travel internationally approximately 15% of a time.
  • US citizenship or permanent residency with ability to obtain and maintain Facility Access required.

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