Communications Associate at PATH



Communications Associate, Better Immunization Data (BID) Initiative
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PATH seeks to hire a Communications Associate to provide oversight and technical guidance in the implementation of communication strategies for the BID Initiative in Tanzania, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Communications Associate will Work under the management of the global Communications Manager, direction of the BID Initiative Tanzania Director, and in close relationship with the BID communications staff based in Lusaka, Zambia and Seattle, WA, USA. The Communications Associate will provide oversight and technical guidance in the implementation of communication strategies for the BID Initiative in Tanzania, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

PATH is an international organization that drives transformative innovation to save lives and improve health, especially among women and children. We accelerate innovation across five platforms—vaccines, drugs, diagnostics, devices, and system and service innovations—that harness our entrepreneurial insight, scientific and public health expertise, and passion for health equity. By mobilizing partners around the world, we take innovation to scale, working alongside countries primarily in Africa and Asia to tackle their greatest health needs. Together, we deliver measurable results that disrupt the cycle of poor health.

The BID Initiative’s strategy is to work in partnership with the Ministry of Health Community Development Gender Elderly and Children to enhance immunization and overall health service delivery through improved data collection, quality, and use. The BID Initiative will develop and deploy a holistic and scalable approach that focuses on information system products, data management policies, and the practices of people that use them in order to enable evidence-based decision making.


Develop and manage communication materials from concept to completion for assigned projects through research, writing, editing, and proofreading content—e.g. newsletters, fact sheets, project documentation such as presentations and reports, and web copy.
Assist in the development and implementation of communications strategies with an emphasis on developing strong, consistent messaging for the initiative.
Assist in the development and consistent posting of blog and social media content; engage with other partners and external stakeholders as appropriate.
Identify creative ways to incorporate text and graphics into materials and manage design consultants as needed. Manage products’ external look and feel according to PATH and BID communications/marketing strategies.
Contribute to the BID Initiative’s advocacy and communications strategies through planning, writing, and information design, related to print, broadcast and online communication products. Support PATH’s global advocacy and communication agenda and the consistent use of communication messages.
Liaise with in-house and external expert reviewers to ensure accuracy and clarity of technical content.
Advise team members in developing and refining PowerPoint and other presentations.
Ensure that PATH quality standards and design norms are met for materials by helping team members comply with established procedures and processes.
Manage outreach to diverse audiences and respond to informational inquiries.
Liaise with other communications staff at PATH to share information, resources, and lessons learned.
Support and maintain project related knowledge resource center through the BID Initiative SharePoint site, inclusive of all presentations and communication materials, project briefs developed by PATH and its partner organizations.

Required Skills

Demonstrated ability to translate scientific, technical, and implementation evidence for effective communication to policy, media and general audiences.
Exceptional English language written and verbal presentation skills.
Exceptional organizational skills and ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
Strong self-starter and ability to work independently.
Required Experience

A minimum of 2 years’ directly related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience working in health communication, advocacy, media work, behaviour change communications, and policy development in the realm of public health preferred. Experience of working with national or state press and media will be highly preferred and prior exposure to working in the development sector, Government and/or international organization will be an added advantage.
Bachelor’s degree, plus a minimum of two years of directly related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Management of complex health communication projects.
Experience in website and social media management.
Must have legal authorization to work in Tanzania.

PATH is dedicated to building an inclusive workforce where diversity is valued.


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SOURCE: The Guardian 29 August 2016
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