Head of Communications
The Global Antibiotic Research and Development Partnership (GARDP) is a not-for-profit research and development organization that addresses global public health needs by developing and delivering new or improved antibiotic treatments, while endeavoring to ensure sustainable access. Initiated and incubated through close collaboration between WHO and Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi), GARDP is part of the implementation of the Global Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance that calls for new public-private partnerships for encouraging research and development of new antimicrobial agents and diagnostics.
GARDP's mission is to work in partnership with the public and private sectors, to develop and deliver new treatments for bacterial
infections where drug resistance is present or emerging, or for which inadequate treatment exists.
Purpose of the position
The primary objective of the Head of Communication is to raise the profile and increase the credibility and legitimacy of the organization, positioning GARDP in the AMR landscape.
He/she leads in devising and implementing a global communications strategy, using all channels and tools, including media and press outreach, content development, corporate and scientific communications, digital communications, as well as regional specific or
programme-specific communication strategies. He/she is responsible for ensuring communications support needed to reach GARDP's
External Relations (fundraising), business development, policy advocacy, and other stakeholder engagement objectives through communications tools and outputs.
The Head of Communication is responsible for the development of the key messaging and positioning of the organization; for the integrity, accuracy and relevance of communications outputs. He/she is required to understand the landscape of actors in the field of antibiotic resistance and determine appropriate positions and responses to emerging issues, as well as be capable of foreseeing and/or handling any necessary crisis communication as required.
Tasks and Responsibilities:
Leadership, planning and management
Communication strategies and deliverables
Takes ultimate responsibility for the quality, relevance, accuracy and impact of communication strategies and materials developed and distributed internally or externally by GARDP, including by:
driving high-level media coverage of GARDP positions by devising press outreach strategies and managing proactive and reactive messaging targeted at media. This includes generating hard news or feature angles for scientific & medical
journals and mainstream news media to raise the profile of GARDP's brand and activities, supporting media outreach
with supporting materials, such as press releases, etc. ensuring GARDP produces innovative and impactful messages and storytelling materials, by harnessing the potential of multimedia content development and digital dissemination overseeing the delivery of publications (including annual report, regular internal and external newsletters, brochures, thematic reports including on GARDP activities, GARDP portfolio, etc.), including through the writing and editing of texts devising scientific communications strategies, which harness publication of peer-reviewed studies and presence at international conferences and meetings oversee all aspects of digital communications including websites, social media, targeting, reporting etc. developing and implementing public-facing campaigns on specific thematic issues
- Contributes to GARDP's stakeholder engagement, including through:
stakeholder mapping and targeting supporting the communications needs of stakeholder engagement efforts led by External Relations, Policy Advocacy, Business Development, R&D teams the development of the public profile of key GARDP staff and board members as well as other GARDP brand ambassadors and supporters
- Advanced post graduate degree or graduate degree with equivalent in experience to reach Master level