Credence and its partner, the Public Health Institute (PHI), are both employers for the Global Health Technical Professionals (GHTP) project which provides expertise in support of USAID global health programs. The hiring of this position will be through the PHI and as such the selected person will become a PHI employee.
The Communications Advisor is an integral part of the communications team and works under the technical guidance of the Senior Communications Advisor to articulate and implement communication and outreach priorities for USAID’s Office of Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition (MCHN). The team’s responsibilities include executing strategic internal and external communications for MCHN; overseeing the development, publication and distribution of new materials; responding to requests for information from a variety of stakeholders; supporting the MCHN front office with communications and public affairs needs; conducting wide-ranging social media campaigns, and assisting with special events planning. This role would play a technical leadership role on strategic communications for the Office's maternal and child nutrition and WASH portfolios. As an Advisor, s/he must also gain a clear understanding of the Senior Strategic Communications Advisor role and be prepared to serve as a backstop in his/her absence. The position requires maintaining a working knowledge of the Agency’s maternal, child, and environmental health and nutrition priorities, policies and programs through missions, implementing partners, and projects.
The Communications Advisor primarily provides technical assistance to USAID Washington bureaus and USAID country-level programs to roll-out programming under the Multi-sectoral Nutrition Strategy (2014-2025) while also supporting efforts to prevent maternal and child deaths and, the Water in Development Strategy (2018-2023), and the communications, knowledge management and capacity building associated with them. S/he provides technical assistance, guidance, and support for communications and knowledge management to activities implemented by Washington-funded projects, particularly USAID Advancing Nutrition, MOMENTUM, and others to ensure that project resources align with Agency priorities, messaging, and branding guidelines. S/he also maintains a close working relationship with nutrition, maternal and child health; and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) advocates, implementing partners, and other relevant project staff to maintain and elevate visibility for USAID’s work on maternal and child health, WASH and nutrition. S/he supports and advises USAID leadership on strategic involvement in global and national partnerships as they relate to communications, especially for the Scaling Up Nutrition Movement, Nutrition for Growth, Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, and others. S/he actively seeks new, strategic platforms and events to increase the visibility of USAID’s work on nutrition, maternal and child health, and WASH and develop communications materials to share at such opportunities.
On behalf of the Office, s/he collaborates with other USAID bureaus and offices to accomplish Agency objectives related to maternal and child health, WASH and nutrition communications and knowledge management, including cohesive messaging on USAID’s maternal and child health, WASH and nutrition work, policy and strategic development, knowledge sharing, and program and project planning. S/he works in day-to-day close collaboration with the Agency’s Center for Nutrition in developing and implementing a cross-bureau communication and knowledge management strategy for nutrition. As part of the wider Global Health Communications team, s/he works closely with other communicators across the bureau and in the front office, to tell a consistent, cohesive story about USAID’s global health work. S/he also works closely with colleagues in the Bureau for Legislative and Public Affairs (LPA) to respond to external inquiries about the Agency’s work on maternal and child health, WASH and nutrition and amplify content on Agency handles.
The Advisor will receive technical guidance from the Nutrition Team Leader and from the MCHN Office Director who oversees the Communications Team.
The Advisor will be responsible for: