The mission of the International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is to accelerate equitable and sustainable access to life-saving vaccines through the generation, synthesis, and use of evidence to inform decision-making and action. IVAC’s work focuses on disease epidemiology, vaccine economics and supply, monitoring and evaluation of vaccine introduction and center programs, and advocacy and communications activities to increase the profile of and global action on vaccine-preventable disease.
IVAC seeks a Communications Specialist to support project coordination, content development, and communications for the Value of Immunization Compendium of Evidence (VoICE), Pneumonia and Diarrhea Progress Report (PDPR), and other projects focused on translating and disseminating evidence and developing advocacy messages and resources for routine immunization, as needed. VoICE is an online resource aimed at connecting advocates with synthesized evidence on the broader value of vaccination, including the role of immunization in health, economics, equity, health systems, and other areas. The PDPR is an annual report synthesizing data and summarizing progress made on key pneumonia and diarrhea protection, prevention, and treatment interventions in the highest burden countries. Specific responsibilities will vary from month to month depending on project needs and will not exceed 100% FTE at any point in time.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities
Conduct targeted literature reviews and support synthesis with project team and, as available, external consultants
Support development of site content, spotlights, and other technical advocacy materials, including fact sheets, brochures, slide decks, and other resources
Contribute content to support development of immunization, health system, and/or infectious disease-focused blogs, newsletters, and other digital media
Coordinate internal technical and editorial review of materials and content, and facilitate external review
Participate in external advocacy partner coalition meetings and teleconferences, communicate partner feedback to VoICE team members and become key resource for global partners for information on VoICE or requests for amplification of our communication
Liaise with web developers, graphic designers, translators, and other external vendors to manage VoICE website and facilitate PDPR development and layout
Implement social media strategy and generate Twitter content, and manage public-facing websites
Coordinate and help facilitate training sessions, as appropriate, to show potential VoICE users how to navigate and employ the site for their advocacy work
Analyze engagement metrics on digital platforms and tools, such as new user growth and shares, to evaluate impact of communication activities
Coordinate editorial board meetings, draft regular funder updates and track activities in accordance with project work plan
Implement project work plans as developed by project lead, and support project lead in tracking metrics and completing grant reporting
Participate in coordination, data analysis, drafting content, editing, and disseminating IVAC’s annual Pneumonia and Diarrhea Progress Report
Minimum Qualifications (Required)
Bachelor's degree in related field
Two (2) years related experience Advanced degree may substitute for required experience, to the extent permitted by the *JHU Equivalency Formula: 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. Additional related experience may substitute for the required education on the same basis. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.*
Master’s degree in related field (i.e. public health, communication, program coordination, etc.)
Experience in public/global health project coordination/management and/or communications
Experience working with global health policy/advocacy partners
Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Understanding of health systems in low- and middle-income countries
Excellent organization skills and attention to detail
Excellent technical communications skills and ability to write for a range of audiences
Ability to appropriately communicate with external partners
Experience in or knowledge of immunization, health systems, and/or infectious diseases
Understanding of basic epidemiologic concepts
Ability to process and translate complex concepts for a variety of audiences into compelling key messages
Strong written communications skills and demonstrated ability to write in a clear and organized fashion with little top-editing
Previous experience with scientific or health-related social media
Experience with data visualization, creating graphics, or designing simple layouts (for slides and documents, etc.)
Experience with social media and website content generation and management
Experience leading/managing projects and ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously
Self-motivated and able to work well independently and in teams
Ability to work well under pressure with demanding and/or shifting deadlines
Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, Wordpress, and citation manager software
Experience with design software/programs (i.e. Canva, Adobe InDesign, others).
Classified Title: Communications Specialist Working Title: Communications Specialist Role/Level/Range: ATP/03/PB Starting Salary Range: $43,530 - $59,795/ Commensurate with Experience Employee group: Full Time Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:30a.m -5p.m/ 37.5 hours per week Exempt Status: Exempt Location: 05-MD:School of Public Health Department name: 60000552-IH - Int'l Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) Personnel area: School of Public Health
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