full-time position with International Health; 37.5 hours per week; Monday - Friday
Support both the International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) communication strategy and implementation and the Global Coalition against Child Pneumonia (GCACP) project ("Stop Pneumonia"). Work closely with an A&C specialist to help implement activities for both.
IVAC is a Center based at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Department of International Health located in Baltimore, Maryland. IVAC was established in 2009 with a mission to accelerate global access to lifesaving vaccines by overcoming many of the obstacles that often delay vaccine usage and distribution. IVAC also serves as a source of vaccine policy information and analysis and will develop and use evidence-based information to advocate for improved global health policies and their implementation.
About the Global Coalition against Child Pneumonia (GCAP)
IVAC was one of the founding members of the GCAP, which was established in 2009 to raise awareness about pneumonia, the world's leading killer of children, and to advocate for global action to protect against, effectively treat, and help prevent this deadly disease. Comprised of over 120 non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, academic institutions, government agencies, and foundations, the Coalition provides leadership for World Pneumonia Day (WPD), marked every year on November 12th, as well as year-round events and activities to promote awareness of childhood pneumonia and diarrhea, particularly focusing on low- and middle-income countries. The pneumonia and diarrhea advocacy grant is focused on show-casing pneumonia successes while identifying continued opportunity for investment, particularly in the US, UK and Canada. The primary targets for advocacy is to support engagement of advocacy organizations in donor countries. The team also works with Gavi countries to encourage pneumonia and diarrhea to remain a national priority and to identify stories to be used for advocacy purposes.
Overall Roles and Responsibilities
Under the direction of the Policy, Advocacy and Communications (PAC) Team Lead and/or Deputy Director PAC (TBD), oversee activities of Pneumonia and Diarrhea (PD) Advocacy grant.
Liaise with Program Officer of PD Advocacy Grant regarding progress towards grant objectives.
Lead efforts to develop IVACs communications strategy, including positioning, website, digital media, and communications activities to support IVAC.
Lead IVAC external communications efforts
Pneumonia and Diarrhea Advocacy Project:
Working closely with grant consultant and communication specialist, lead coalition outreach efforts including recruitment and cultivation of coalition partners, identification of partner needs, facilitating periodic coalition update calls, and reporting on coalition progress. (Working closely with grant consultant, develop specific strategies to grow actively engaged coalition members, particularly advocacy organizations focused on US, UK and Canada funding efforts.)
Identify and support opportunities for IVAC and the Coalition members to participate in external advocacy events
Working closely with grant consultant for advice, oversee communication strategy to achieve grant goals.
Liaise with experts and internal stakeholders to develop digital communication, advocacy & education activities supporting partner communication and advocacy efforts in donor countries around pneumonia and diarrhea investments
Support the development of clear advocacy asks of the global community. Ensure tools are provided so the Coalition is aligned.
Develop and implement communication and dissemination strategy for IVAC's cornerstone Pneumonia and Diarrhea Progress Report. Provide input into development of report and edit for content and accuracy.
Develop strategy and help with execution of the annual World Pneumonia Day events at the Bloomberg School.
Monitor program budget to ensure activities are aligned with planned expenditures.
Develop and update a portfolio of evidence-based materials and messaging to support partner efforts to communicate successes and need for continued investment in maternal and child health.
Oversee daily activities of and provide strategic guidance to communication specialist to ensure grant outputs and objectives are executed to achieve promised outcomes.
Provide strategic guidance and editorial content for StopPneumonia.org website, newsletter and social media content. Ensure timelines are met by team and review both internal and external communications.
Serve as back up to post content on website, newsletter, social media as needed. (If student and communications specialist are unavailable.)
Liaise with Program Officer to ensure good communication about progress of grant and expectations
IVAC External Communications
Support the development and implementation of the IVAC Communications strategy, marketing strategies, and related strategic communication programs to consistently articulate the Center's message, specifically finding opportunities to amplify and enhance the output from the Multi-Project Grant subprojects and other IVAC grants.
Support strategic positioning opportunities, promotion to potential donor partners, and on-going interventions that build and maintain IVAC's role on the global agenda. (Including providing grant writing support.)
Facilitate technical reviews and strategic inputs into the design, development and content of key IVAC communications components including: the IVAC website and all related promotional and program produced materials (social media, grey literature, press releases, etc.).
Liaise with IVAC and school contacts as a representative of IVAC and projects.
Support other PAC team initiatives as needed.
Perform other duties as required.
Master's degree in public health, communications or related field. 3-5 years' relevant experience. Strong writing and verbal communication. Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects successfully under tight deadlines. Demonstrated ability to work with multiple internal and external stakeholders to support communication needs. Ability to provide and receive feedback from colleagues at all levels. Ability to communicate well with partners and to respond promptly to requests. Fluency with Microsoft Office software applications including PowerPoint, Word, Excel. Ability to travel domestic & international on occasion if needed, up to 10% of time.
Global health experience. Vaccine experience. Experience in middle and low-income countries, with donor countries. Advocacy experience. Science background and knowledge and understanding of pneumonia and diarrheal diseases and vaccines. Background in strategy development and implementation of communication strategies, including digital media.
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