Management Sciences for Health

  • Communications Manager

    Grade
    J
    Job ID
    13-10745
    Location
    Philippines-Manila
    # of Positions
    1
    Group/Office
    PDG (Program Delivery Group)
    Dept/Unit
    PDGGEN - Program Delivery Group
    Project/Program
    A584 - MTaPS
    Reports To
    Country Project Director
  • Overview

    The Communications Manager provides strategic communications support to the MSH-led, USAID-funded Medicines, Technologies, and Pharmaceutical Services (MTaPS) Program in the Philippines. The Communications Manager collaborates with project leadership, technical staff, and Head Office (HO) MTaPS and MSH communications colleagues to develop messages, stories, and materials that promote project visibility, convey project achievements to target audiences, and contribute to project success. S/he also contributes as needed to content and quality assurance of various project documents including Monthly, Quarterly and Annual Reports and Annual Work Plans and collaborates with USAID and other USAID implementing partners on the issues related to communication.

     

    Reporting to the MTaPS Country Project Director with a dotted line to HO Communications Manager, the Communications Manager will take a lead role in developing and implementing communications plans for MTaPS/Philippines, aligned with the project’s overall communications strategy, specific country program and donor needs, and MSH’s institutional communications efforts.

     

    S/he is responsible for leading and coordinating the development of print and online publications, videos and photo essays, conference and meeting presentations, and social media and web updates, and contributes to effective donor reporting. S/he liaises with USAID/Philippines Communications team and collaborates with MTaPS and MSH communications colleagues to ensure dissemination and distribution of MTaPS/Philippines print and online content. The Communications Manager has overall responsibility for upholding the project’s communication standards, guidelines, and processes through ongoing collaboration with and support for the project leadership team and staff.

    Specific Responsibilities

    Project Communications (50%)

    • Assist in defining donor-focused communication, documentation, and dissemination strategies for MTaPS Philippines, contributing to the messaging, design, and implementation of communications-related global program activities.
    • Work closely with program staff to ensure clear, up-to-date, and accurate program information is available and communicated across various channels including the MTaPS website and social media channels. Provide alerts and updates to HO MTaPS and MSH Communications team on new initiatives, achievements, etc., that contribute to the success of MTaPS.
    • Liaise with USAID/Philippines Communications team, and ensure MTaPS-Philippines compliance with USAID branding and marking policies.
    • Strengthen capacity of MTaPS-Philippines staff on communications; work to increase media coverage and attention for program work.
    • Travel regularly to the field to provide guidance and support to project field staff and MOH partners, and to identify and produce stories of project strategies and achievements.

     

    Production of high-quality communications materials (50%)

    • Write and produce a wide range of communication materials, conveying technical information in a clear and accessible manner to a range of internal, external, technical and non-technical audiences. Examples of products include case studies, fact sheets, technical briefs, success stories, website content, presentations, and talking points. Work closely with colleagues in MSH Communications Group to review documents and coordinate final production of publications.
    • Liaise with MSH Communications staff for writing, copyediting, design, proofreading, and production support as needed.
    • Contribute as needed to content and quality assurance of various project documents including Quarterly and Annual Reports and Annual Work Plans. Responsibilities may include drafting, copyediting, and text formatting.
    • Coordinate and manage updates to program documents and work closely with program technical staff to revise content, and edit for clarity, readability, consistency, and grammar.
    • Manage distribution and dissemination of MTaPS/Philippines materials in hardcopy and online; coordinate with HO communications and knowledge management teams to maintain a system of digital and appropriate hard copy files for all publications and project communications.

    Qualifications and Experience

    Required Minimum Education:

    • Master's Degree in journalism, communications, public health, or other related discipline.

     

    Required Minimum Experience:

    • 7 years of progressively more responsible experience in communications, journalism, technical writing or public relations fields or equivalent relevant experience

     

    Knowledge and Skills:

    • Expert writing and editing skills
    • Fluency in English required with ability to write, deliver presentations, and conduct business in English.
    • Organized with good multi-tasking capabilities.
    • Excellent inter-personal skills.
    • Prior experience working with international public health, development programs and USAID helpful.
    • Self-starter who is able to work independently as well as in teams.
    • Results-oriented, resourceful and ability to address tasks positively.
    • Computer skills essential; proficiency in MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint required. Experience with WordPress, Facebook, Twitter and MS Access a plus.

     

    Competencies:

    • Understanding of core communications principles on adapting and synthesizing technical material into more broadly accessible products
    • Demonstrated writing and editing skills
    • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to negotiate creative solutions to emerging challenges
    • Ability to assess priorities, work gracefully under pressure with multiple deadlines, and manage projects through to their successful completion with attention to detail and quality
    • Strong multi-tasking, organizational, and time management skills. Must be able to problem solve.
    • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and to work proactively and independently.
    • Ability to maintain a flexible work manner and schedule

     

    Physical Demands:

    • Keyboard use, Pulling drawers, Lifting papers <10lbs.
    • Availability to travel within the Philippines up to 20% of time.

    Background Information

    Management Sciences for Health (MSH), a global health nonprofit organization, uses proven approaches developed over 40 years to help leaders, health managers, and communities in developing nations build stronger health systems for greater health impact. We work to save lives by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health. Since its founding in 1971, MSH has worked in over 150 countries with policy makers, health professionals, and health care consumers to improve the quality, availability and affordability of health services. Working with governments, donors, non governmental organizations, the private sector, and health agencies, MSH responds to priority health problems such as HIV & AIDS; tuberculosis; malaria; maternal, newborn and child health; family planning and reproductive health; and chronic non-communicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and lung and heart disease. Through strengthening capacity, investing in health systems innovation, building the evidence base, and advocating for sound public health policy, MSH is committed to making a lasting difference in global health.

    EEO Statement

    Management Sciences for Health is an equal opportunity employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, citizenship, physical or mental disability, or veteran status.

    Reports To

    Country Project Director
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