Monday, June 16, 2014

Communications Specialist - John Snow Inc. (Apply by: 30 June 2014)

Job Description

Job Title: Communications Specialist
Location: Arlington, VA
Posting Date: 06/10/2014
Deadline Date: 06/30/2014

The Partnership for Supply Chain Management (PFSCM) brings together multiple private sector, non-government and faith-based organizations that are among the most trusted names in supply chain management and international public health and development in the world. PFSCM has been recognized internationally for its work to save lives through stronger public health supply chains; the partnership won two supply chain distinction awards from the European Supply Chain and Logistics Summit in 2010 and was a finalist in the 2012 Supply Chain Innovation Award Competition sponsored by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) and SupplyChainBrain.

PFSCM is implementing the Supply Chain Management System (SCMS) contract for USAID as part of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). With offices in more than 20 countries and over 800 dedicated staff members around the world, SCMS is helping to improve the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS in some of the countries most severely impacted by the pandemic. SCMS procures essential medicines and supplies at affordable prices; helps strengthen and build cost-effective, reliable, secure and sustainable supply chain systems; and fosters coordination of key stakeholders.

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is a major financing institution in the fight against these diseases in 140 countries. The Global Fund selected PFSCM to be its primary Procurement Agent for Global Fund principal recipients, under its Pooled Procurement Mechanism aimed at ensuring a cost effective and efficient procurement process that meets all the Global Fund standards for a Procurement Agent. This service provides support to countries to resolve procurement bottlenecks and supply chain management challenges and
to facilitate timely access to pharmaceuticals and other health products.

In addition, PFSCM implements other supply chain management projects with other client/donors as appropriate.


The Communications Specialist will provide information and communication support to PFSCM’s projects and partners, as well as SCMS country programs and units at the project management office to promote the reputation and brand of PFSCM and its projects, and the superior performance of global, regional and national supply chains by connecting our constituents to transformational ideas, insights, information and people.

Specific Responsibilities:
  • Support a comprehensive multi-channel strategic communications plan for PFSCM and its projects to create demand for and to share best practices related to effective, efficient supply chain management.
  • Draft and contribute to key reports, newsletters, web, social media and other communication channels, including, Supply Lines Blog, Facebook, Twitter and other channels, as appropriate.
  • Contribute to defining PFSCM and its projects’ mission, vision, identity and brand(s).
  • Advance PFSCM and its projects’ interests, including promotion of staff participation in global, regional and national conferences, forums, and specific events by assisting staff in the development of abstract, powerpoint and poster presentations, as appropriate.
  • Assist PFSCM’s projects in developing and executing client relations strategies.
  • Facilitate SCMS conference strategy preparation and execution. Assist in the management of internal and external conferences and events
  • Serve as the communications liaison to Field Program Support and/or other PMO units and to selected field offices and provide training in communications strategy and planning.
  • Oversee the production of promotional material such as success stories, podcasts, white papers and other publications and facilitate their distribution
  • Responsible for supervision of the Communications Associate
  • Travel internationally, as required
  • Perform other duties as assigned
  • Degree in communications, journalism, public health , education, public policy, international development or related field and at least five years of relevant experience
  • Excellent writing and editing skills for a variety of mediums; attention to detail to produce high-quality documentation
  • Avid user of social media across key channels including Facebook and Twitter with a deep understanding of how major social media platforms function and a passion for understanding trends and developments in social media
  • Excellent interpersonal and public communication skills, organizational skills, with a problem-solving attitude and as a self-starter who works both independently and as a collaborative team player
  • Exceptional organizational skills and ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Experience in international development and/or global health; knowledge of international programs, strategies, donors and organizations advantageous
  • Team-focused with the ability to network and facilitate strong working relationships between partners
  • Understanding of knowledge management and on adopting, adapting, and applying knowledge to work more effectively
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Fluency in English required; fluency in French, Portuguese or Spanish a plus
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States of America. 
Salary commensurate with experience.

Interested candidates should submit their resumes and cover letters online by 06/30/2014.

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