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Head of Communication
29.07.2019 | Employee | 100%

Head of Communication

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

  • Leads the development and implementation of the communications strategy and Annual Plan in alignment overall organizational strategic objectives and mission

  • Identifies objectives, needs and opportunities, audience and communication targets, prioritizes, and determines appropriate and effective tools, channels and messages and outputs

  • Provides strategic communications advice to the Director of External Affairs, Executive Director, and Management Team, including crisis communications responses as needed

  • Oversees implementation of processes to enable planning, foresight, management, and reporting, including calendars, meetings, retreats, Key Performance Indicators to analyse progress towards goals, assess impact and guide future strategies, etc.

  • Manages, animates and guides a global team of communications staff, ensuring alignment and coherence and identifying mechanisms for collaboration

  • Establishes and enforces the communications policies and standards of GARDP

  • Actively facilitates and secures internal buy-in and validation for GARDP communications and campaigning initiatives, by working with GARDP leadership, R&D teams, External Affairs colleagues, Legal, Business Development, Regional Offices and other internal stakeholders

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


  • Over 10 years in a senior leadership role (with a background in journalism, communications management, media relations or global health) ideally with a strong public health background
  • Proven ability to work effectively in a multicultural, multi-location team environment and a matrix structure
  • Understanding of and commitment to global health, medical innovation, scientific research, and access to medicines issues
  • Knowledge of Salesforce, Wordpress, Adobe Photoshop, photography and video (also editing tools) ideal


- Advanced post graduate degree or graduate degree with equivalent in experience to reach Master level

Other Requirements

  • Fluency in written and spoken English (English mother tongue)
  • Proficiency in French, German, Spanish and/or Portuguese highly desirable
  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Suite

To apply

  • Please submit your application using the online form

  • Deadline for application: Accepting applications until August 30 th 2019
  • All candidate will be reviewed after closing date
  • Only Swiss and EU citizen candidate will be considered

  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

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