Sr. Technical Writer

US-DC
4 months ago
Job ID
2017-2927
Category
US Based Positions

Overview

Sr. Technical Writer needed to produce high-quality documentation that contributes to the overall success of Jhpiego. The Technical Writer will work collaboratively with key technical and publications staff to update our communications products, including capacity statements, technical handouts/info sheets, and website language to articulate Jhpiego’s approaches and notable achievements within the aforementioned written communications materials.

Responsibilities

  • Work with technical and field staff to summarize and synthesize information and lessons learned across countries and technical areas
  • Write a wide range of materials, conveying technical information in a clear and accessible manner to a variety of technical and non-technical audiences
  • Examples of products include quarterly and annual reports, technical reports and briefs, research briefs, and case studies
  • Edit reports, technical documents, administrative documents, and other materials for appropriate grammar, consistent language/voice, consistent arguments/reasoning, etc.
  • Contribute to the development of formats and guidelines for project documentation
  • Ensure effective planning of timelines to meet deadlines for publications, documents, and other materials
  • Mentor and support new writers by reviewing drafts and providing feedback
  • Conduct short training sessions for staff on strengthening report and results documentation, successes, and lessons learned

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in writing, health sciences or related field required
  • 8 years as a writer on public health, international development, or public policy topics
  • 3 years technical / scientific writing experience; 5 years exp. preferred
  • Demonstrated superior writing, editing, and proofreading skills
  • Strong research skills with willingness and ability to synthesize complex information in accessible and actionable formats
  • Articulate, professional, and able to communicate in a clear, positive manner with program staff
  • Knowledge of style manuals, such as Chicago, US Government Publishing Office, and Associated Press
  • Knowledge of the United States Agency for International Development’s and other international donor agencies’ guidelines
  • Knowledge of international health issues including maternal, newborn, and child health and family planning issues
  • Excellent organizational skills, ability to manage several major activities simultaneously and work in a complex fast-paced and high-profile environment with short deadlines and intense pressure to perform
  • Ability to work with diverse groups of people; network with public health and publications professionals
  • Strong project management experience
  • Strong problem-solver; ability to navigate various viewpoints to develop consensus
  • Proficiency in MS Office including Word, PowerPoint and Excel

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in a technical or scientific discipline
  • Working experience in international development
  • Previous work with a non-governmental organization
  • Strong aesthetic sensibility and appreciation for creative design a plus

 

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