Communications Team Lead

Location US-DC
Posted Date 6 days ago(9/10/2021 4:08 PM)
Job ID
2021-4360
Category
US Based Positions

Overview

Communications Team Lead will manage the execution of a strategic communications plan and strategy to promote USAID’s flagship MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership project to further support USAID’s MOMENTUM suite of awards.  Team Lead will be responsible for communicating the mission, country programs, resources, and success stories as well as plan and coordinate promotional events and develop strategic communications activities to the various targeted audiences. This includes seeking opportunities to highlight MCGL leadership, country programs, initiatives, products and results through featured articles, collateral, web and social media mediums to include high-visibility domestic and international events, meetings and conferences. This position has a strong emphasis on events management, outreach and advocacy, and media and will sit on the Senior Management Team for MCGL.

 

MCGL is a five-year global project funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) that focuses on capacity-building of country partners to improve outcomes for maternal, newborn, and child health; voluntary family planning; and reproductive health (MNCH/FP/RH).

Responsibilities

Outreach Strategy & Thought Leadership

  • Create and execute a strategy for using events and professional conferences to advance donor and Jhpiego thought leadership among target audiences
  • Organize and oversee the success of speaking opportunities, conference communications, events, and exhibits; Manage relationships with key donors and partners on the global health and development community; utilize partnerships to design events and collaborative communications strategies
  • Demonstrate leadership in Washington, DC and global health and development communications and public affairs by representing Jhpiego in coalitions and partnerships in addition to high-profile events and conferences
  • Conduct primary research on intervention areas and global health landscape and work with technical colleagues to prepare background for senior leadership for high-level speaking engagements (e.g., identify goals and talking points, provide background on attendees, analyze the current relationship, and summarize opportunities)
  • Collect and disseminate information to staff globally about up-coming events and conferences relevant to our work.
  • Track and promote staff presentations and posters at conferences both in advance of and during the conference and liaise with web manager for promotion as part of dissemination efforts

 Events Management

  • Plan high-level internal and external events, meetings and conferences both based in US and in international settings. Typical duties associated with event planning include, but are not limited to: identifying venues, liaising with partners and technical teams to manage agenda and program, drafting high-level invitations, managing RSVPs, booth and exhibition planning, and developing key communications collateral, etc.
  • Design and develop original, cutting edge booth exhibit concepts that go beyond just distribution of printed materials
  • Provide on-site management and coordination of events, including: logistics support, flow-of-show management, setting up promotional materials and displays, coordinating booth staffing, ensuring attendee check-in, staffing high-level speakers, day-of social media support as needed, coordinating A/V and webcasting, etc.
  • Conduct dry runs with staff and provide communications feedback on presentations
  • Oversee duties associated with event planning, to include: managing requests for proposal, selecting vendors, overseeing contract processes and deliverables from vendor contracts, ordering catering, materials shipment in US and internationally, promotional materials management and ordering, ensure invoice payment, etc.
  • Establish and manage relationships with external organizations in order to strategically partner on high-level events/meetings on a recurring basis
  • Arrange, prepare and conduct meetings with a Congressional audience to showcase program work and impact of USAID’s investment

Country Program Communications Support

  • Liaise with country programs, field communicators and country support teams as primary point of contact on country communications efforts
  • Review country concept notes, external facing communications products, invite list, etc. for in-country events
  • Advise on process, key elements of launch and close out, media engagement, Mission and Ministry of Health buy in, documentation/dissemination, etc.

Media

  • Work to increase coverage of donor investments through traditional media platforms and further our reach to intended audiences by creating a media strategy
  • Work to actively pitch staff to media outlets, prep them, and accompany them to interviews
  • Work with the larger team to help ensure timely preparation of high- quality communications materials including but not limited to press releases, op-eds, fact sheets, website content, blog posts, speeches, and talking points
  • Coordinate stand-alone and partnered event-related media opportunities, such as advocacy and media campaigns

 

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree with 5+ years’ communications, event planning, public relations, or marketing experience
  • Strong writing and editing skills 
  • Familiarity with and interest in international health environment
  • Familiarity with federal government and related agencies and experience in tactical and strategic PR and media outreach
  • Knowledge and use of design and photo programs, such as: Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Canva, Flickr, Mial Chimp, etc.
  • Experience with video programs, such as: Adobe Premiere, Animoto, Adobe Voice, etc.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and use of social media management programs, such as: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, SproutSocial, Hootsuite, SocialRank, etc.
  • Ability to multi-task is a must- managing multiple projects simultaneously, working deadlines with other team members with grace and effectiveness under pressure and undertaking independent problem solving
  • Ability to build consensus and work with diverse groups of people
  • Strong written oral and presentation skills
  • High degree of decision making and problem-solving abilities 
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously 
  • Experience with event design and management abilities as well as attention to detail 
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills, a high level of organization and ability to balance competing priorities 
  • Self-starting capabilities and comfortable with qualitative and quantitative evaluation 
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office 

 

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