Communications Specialist

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Last update: Jun 26, 2024 Last update: Jun 26, 2024


Deadline: Jul 2, 2024 Deadline for applications has passed
Location: Home Based
Job type:Contract, 12 months +
English English
Work experience:Min 5 years
Date posted: Jun 25, 2024


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Dutystation: Home based

Functional responsibilities

The incumbent will work under the guidance and supervision of the Advocacy and Communications Manager, and in close collaboration with the Strategic Communications Partner Committee (SCPC) Manager and the Advocacy Officer, to achieve the core objectives and strategic priorities of the Partnership and the Strategic Communications Partner Committee (SCPC):

The purpose of the SCPC is to develop and implement, in collaboration with the Partnership Management Team, communications to achieve the objectives of the Partnership. The objective of the SCPC is to translate the overarching objectives of the Partnership into specific, aligned and inspirational messages that catalyse action.

The incumbent is expected to be willing and able to travel up to 70% of their time.


  • Contribute to development, implementation and monitoring of the Partnership’s communications strategies and annual work plans

  • Support an effective network, collaboration, and exchange of information with partners by contributing in the convening of partner committees, workstreams, working groups and other Partnership mechanisms.

  • Serve as a communication point of contact for the SCPC, following up on all professional correspondence, responding to requests, strategizing and suggesting solutions and referring queries as appropriate.

  • Develop a communications calendar and support of the advocacy and communications team on campaign design, content creation, event communication and media relations, before, during and after events and specific calendar moments in coordination with the secretariat team and the partner committees

  • Maintain and regularly update the RBM website and social media channels, and assist Partner Committees and Working Groups in managing their respective sections.

  • Support in promoting the visibility and online presence of the Partnership especially that of the CEO

  • Develop and update social media strategies of the secretariat and partners, carry out social media outreach and engagement, by identifying and engaging with key media personalities, key RBM stakeholder and social media influencers to ensure visibility of RBM on the global scale,

  • Keep up to date with new and improved communication methodologies and data sharing platforms

  • Lead in the development and publication of promotional materials, case studies, collections of stories of change to ensure visibility of RBM Partnership work and impact.

  • Lead in media engagement and creating media visibility opportunities for the secretariat and partners.

Analysis and Documentation

  • Provide research and anaylsis on global health and policy issues affecting the world free from the burden of malaria campaign . in support of the communications strategy

  • Undertake background research for communications activities and workshops, and drafts concept notes, reports and other publications that present malaria as a multisectoral issue

  • Contribute to the documentation of knowledge by planning and implementing content collection trips, proposing examples of best practices and success stories, as well as replicable strategies and approaches, and actively share this knowledge.

  • Support in the drafting of opinion pieces and other strategic documents for the CEO

  • Support the compilation of Briefing notes for CEO’s engagements

  • Draft the ARMPC, SCPC and RBM Secretariat newsletters and blog content

  • Develop and update communications related materials on the RBM website and all social media platforms

  • Provide input to ARMPC and SCPC integrated budget and work plan monitoring.

  • Produce regular updates on SCPC activities and achievements, as well as any other informative/ promotional materials as required.

Partner Committee Coordination Support

  • Provide support to Strategic Communications Partner Committee (SCPC), contributing to effective partner engagement, knowledge sharing, strategy development and coordination.

  • Provide comprehensive meeting and event management support for the SCPC activities, workshops, conferences, regular meetings, and other events, including the travel arrangements.

  • Support the Advocacy and Communications Manager and the SCPC Manager by preparing briefing materials for appointments, conference calls, meetings and missions, coordinate such requests, take minutes and ensure relevant follow-up actions.

  • Effectively manage queries received via the general RBM email address and provide follow-up with relevant colleagues as required,

  • With support from Advocacy and Communication Manager, effectively manage RBM social media platforms and quickly responding to comments including media backlash to ensure that RBM messaging is clear

  • Manage and coordinate Advocacy and Organize Partner Committees’ (PCs) conference calls, write and disseminate meeting minutes.

  • Provide on-site and remote support during workshops and events, including taking minutes and supporting logistical coordination.

  • Manage the ARMPC and SCPC contacts database and distribution lists, and the broader RBM Secretariat contacts database and distribution lists.

  • Perform other related responsibilities as assigned, including replacing and backstopping for others as required.

Impact of Results

The effective and successful achievement of results by the Communications Officer directly impacts the advocacy and communications activities of the Secretariat and the respective Partner Committees, and more broadly the mission of the RBM Partnership.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

  • A Master’s degree preferably in advocacy, communication, international relations, journalism, law, international development, business management, public administration, public health, social science or another relevant field is required.
  • A Bachelor degree in the above relevant fields with two additional years of relevant experience may be acceptable in lieu of the advanced degree.


  • Minimum 5 years of experience in journalism and communications in an international setting is required.
  • Experience in partnerships, international development cooperation, INGOs, operations, consulting, external relations or public affairs is required.
  • Experience planning and coordinating campaigns is an asset.
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills, as well as good planning, coordination and analytical skills are required.
  • Experience working in or with malaria-endemic countries is an asset.
  • Understanding of the link between human rights, development and health is an asset.
  • Multimedia skills and knowledge of Chimp and Canva is an asset.
  • Experience working in public health, especially on malaria, is desirable.


  • Full working knowledge of English is essential.
  • Working knowledge of French, Spanish or another official UNOPS language is an asset.