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Communications Advisor (ID/NTD)

Communications Advisor (ID/NTD)

# of Openings 
1
Job Locations 
US-VA-Arlington
Category 
GHSI-III - Global Health Support Initiative III
Type 
Regular Full-Time

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Overview

CAMRIS International is an international development and research firm that realizes innovative solutions to health and development challenges through high-quality, cost-effective program and research management services. With experience working in more than 80 countries, we combine our proven systems with today’s most effective, evidence-based best practices to improve the lives of people around the world.

                             

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has contracted through Social Solutions International partnered with CAMRIS International, to recruit and hire qualified individuals for the following position:

 

United States Agency for International Development/ Bureau for Global Health/ Infectious Diseases/ Neglected Tropical Diseases

Title: Communications Advisor

Application Deadline:   Open until Filled

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

The Communication Advisor will lead day-to-day communications efforts for USAID’s Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) Division.  The Advisor will support key components of the Division’s communications, such as drafting key messages, talking points, factsheets, briefing documents, and newsletters in support of GH/IDs approved objectives.  The Communications Advisor will also monitor congressional activities, advance the NTD Division’s policy outreach and coordination among the donor community.

The Advisor will be assigned the Bureau for Global Health, Office of Infectious Diseases, Neglected Tropical Diseases Division, and receive guidance from the NTD Division Chief, who will serve as the USAID point of contact. USAID’s NTD Division manages an annual $100 million portfolio that provides support to 31 countries across 8 programs and coordinates with five pharmaceutical companies to leverage $4.5 billion in drug donations per year. This portfolio is centrally managed within the Bureau for Global Health, Office of Infectious Diseases.

BACKGROUND:

 

NTDs cause significant morbidity and mortality worldwide. More than one billion people – one-seventh of the world’s population – suffer from one or more NTDs. Often the source of deep stigma, NTDs cause disability, severe disfigurement, and blindness. These diseases affect the world’s most vulnerable populations with devastating, lifelong disabilities that contribute to ensnaring individuals, families, and even entire communities in poverty.  For detailed information on USAID’s NTD program and strategy, please see: http://www.neglecteddiseases.gov/.  

 

KEY DUTIES:

 

  • Serves as lead communications advisor for the NTD Division.
  • Liaises with internal and external stakeholders within USAID/Washington, USAID Missions, implementing partners, and the global community on matters related to NTDs.
  • Liaises and collaborates with USAID communication staff within Global Health Bureau and across the Agency, including colleagues within the Bureau for Legislative, and Public Affairs and the Bureau for Policy, Planning, and Learning.
  • Shares and disseminates NTD information on programmatic, political, and operational concerns, and facilitates cross-Bureau collaboration.

 

Responsibilities

  • Implement the NTD Divisions communications, policy, and advocacy strategies.
  • Develop and maintain key messages, talking points, publications/program materials, presentation materials, ensuring consistency for both internal and external audiences.
  • Develop ideas, content, and theme for the NTD Division newsletter for both internal and external audiences to share program updates, highlight success stories, and elevate USAID’s NTD Program contribution to the fight against NTDs among the international development community.
  • As countries reach elimination milestones, liaise with USAID Missions, implementing partners, and national NTD programs to commemorate the country’s achievement.
  • Monitor Congressional activity relevant for the NTD Division. Work with USAID’s Legislative and Public Affairs and other Bureau communication liaisons to determine what actions/engagement is needed.
  • Keep the NTD Division’s standard media toolkit updated and lead the customization of each toolkit for countries that reach key milestones for disease elimination. Coordinate with NTD country backstops, USAID’s in-country Mission, and other stakeholders as appropriate.
  • Keep all NTD communication resources up to date, including but not limited to key messages, talking points, publication materials that describe the Division’s work at global, regional, and country levels.
  • Keep NTD internal and external websites updated.

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience working in international development
  • Experience working in Neglected Tropical Diseases and/or other health programs in developing countries. Experience working within the field of infectious diseases highly preferred.
  • Knowledge of USAID NTD Programming.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, and ability to thrive in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment.
  • Ability to coordinate among various internal and external stakeholders
  • Demonstrated flexibility and openness in responding to changing work priorities and environment.
  • Ability to work under pressure and in teams.
  • Ability to travel up to 25%.
  • US citizenship or US permanent residency required.
  • The ability to obtain and maintain, at a minimum, a secret clearance.

 

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

 

Social Solutions International and CAMRIS International offer competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits. Please submit your resume online at www.camris.com

 

Social Solutions and CAMRIS are Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law.