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PATH is a global organization that works to accelerate health equity by bringing together public institutions, businesses, social enterprises, and investors to solve the world’s most pressing health challenges. With expertise in science, health, economics, technology, advocacy, and dozens of other specialties, PATH develops and scales solutions—including vaccines, drugs, devices, diagnostics, and innovative approaches to strengthening health systems worldwide.
One of PATH’s primary activities is the development and commercialization of health and medical products for developing country use. Additionally, PATH’s product teams conduct collaborative research and development with universities, manufacturers, and other institutions to develop products that are appropriate and affordable for developing country use. PATH’s goal in these collaborations is to achieve maximum sustainable public health benefit by facilitating global technology access. The Diagnostics (Dx) Program focuses on development of affordable, portable, easy-to-use diagnostics with a user-oriented perspective that focuses on the needs of the people. Taking the five key phases of PATH’s product introduction framework—concept, planning, R&D, validation, introduction and sustain—the Dx Program is able to advance a concept of health care need to actual product implementation and use.
PATH is seeking a Senior Communications Officer (SCO) to support and amplify the Dx Program. This position will focus on malaria as well as touch all other Dx health areas, which include but are not limited to neglected tropical diseases, maternal health, and disease surveillance. The successful candidate is a self-starter with the experience to see gaps, propose solutions, garner buy-in, and deliver results. They can easily accomplish the day to day tasks while not losing sight of an overall strategic vision. They would welcome the opportunity to be a communications generalist working across external and internal channels to creatively drive the growth of a communications strategy in a resource constrained environment.
- Work closely with the Diagnostic Leadership team to help shape Dx communication strategies, activities, and priorities; develop key messages and materials for target global audiences (e.g. researcher partners; diagnostics developers; global health funders; etc.); identify communication needs/gaps.
- Formulate, implement, and lead effective communications strategies (e.g. product launch communications plan; a crisis communication plan); ensure that communications are appropriate and compelling for the intended audience and purpose, are clearly and effectively organized and written, and are consistent with stated goals and priorities; liaise with expert reviewers to ensure accuracy and clarity of technical content.
- Ensure PATH’s Dx-focused work is well represented/visible at relevant conferences and within relevant stakeholder communities.
- Coordinate with internal stakeholders including communication officers, the PATH Global Engagement team, and country teams on communications-related activities such as publications, press releases, and presentations to ensure Dx representation in all PATH communication channels.
- Author and manage a range of Dx materials from concept to completion, including fact sheets, web content, press releases, scientific publications, blogs, social media content, and policy briefing papers.
- Serve as the primary media contact for Dx, drive media coverage in target regions, and respond to media-related inquiries in a timely manner.
- Develop an editorial calendar and all content across channels (e.g. website, social media, etc.).
- Collaborate with external stakeholders, including partner organizations and funders.
- Contribute to Dx resource mobilization efforts (e.g. create Dx communications materials for funders; support grant writing efforts).
- Create and execute effective internal communications strategies to raise awareness of the Dx program across other PATH programs and to support Dx team communications.
- Direct the work of communication related vendors (graphic designers, editors) producing content for Dx.
- Ensure that all media messages and activities are in line with PATH’s communication policies; review all content to ensure it is on-brand, consistent in style, quality and tone of voice, and optimized for different audiences and channels including online, social media, email, video, and print.
- Define and track communications metrics and record relevant contact information; analyze effectiveness of communications using qualitative and quantitative tools such as google analytics.
- Maintain content inventories including photo, video, and design assets in an easy to access content management system.
- Maintain a record of all communication collateral produced and track inventory status of event materials, including talking points, slide decks, agendas, invitations, key learnings, blogs, etc.