Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Marketing & Communications Officer - The Union (Apply by: 26th Jan'15)



JOB DESCRIPTION

Marketing and Communications Officer

International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union), Delhi


1. POSITION VACANT: Marketing and Communications Officer, International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union), Delhi
2. BACKGROUND:
The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) is an international scientific organization headquartered in Paris, France, since 1920. It has regional and country offices in Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, North America and South-East Asia regions.
Union South East Asia (USEA), one of the organization’s largest offices since 2009, has managedProject Axshya, a Global Fund Round 9 project designed to extend the reach of India’s Revised National TB Control Programme through advocacy, communication and social mobilization activities in 300 districts across 21 states. Other key projects are to support tobacco control efforts in India, Nepal and Bangladesh through the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use; Project LIGHT, which brought fluorescent LED microscopes to 200 Medical Colleges across India; and the Eli-Lilly supported project to expand sustainable TB control in India. USEA also coordinates trainings to build capacity in the management of TB and MDR-TB, operational research, programme management and other skills.
For more information about The Union visit www.theunion.org

About the Project
Challenge TB is a USAID funded global project led by KNCV with an objective to accelerate the global fight against TB, in partnership with the international consortium of partner organizations including The UnionAmerican Thoracic Society (ATS)FHI 360Interactive Research & Development (IRD)Japan Anti-Tuberculosis Association (JATA)Management Sciences for Health (MSH)PATH and the World Health Organization (WHO).
The Union has been identified as the lead partner for Challenge TB project in India slated to begin on 1 January 2015. TB still continues to be a major public health problem in India, and requires intensified and collaborative efforts from all stakeholders in the country to achieve the Country’s vision of “TB Free India”.Challenge TB will contribute to TB control efforts in India through a Call to Action to End TB in India. The goal is to create and sustain high-level domestic commitment through mobilization of a wide range of stakeholders to provide a momentum capable of demanding and sustaining high-level domestic commitment to end TB in India and tapping the energy and influence of key stakeholders to drive political, administrative and technical solutions to specific key barriers in TB control in India. The project will possibly be one of the most high profile public health campaigns in India in recent years, addressing an infectious disease that stills accounts for around 240,000 preventable deaths in the country each year.
3. JOB DESCRIPTION/ RESPONSIBILITIES:
Reporting to the Sr. Marketing and Communication Officer, the Marketing and Communications Officer shall be assisting in the overall communication related initiatives of the project. S/He will be an expert in communication and media, with experience in health communication, advocacy, media work, and behaviour change communications in the areas of public health. S/He will work in coordination with other members in Project Secretariat.

Job Responsibilities:
1) Assisting with all marketing, communications and advocacy related activities for the Call to Action to end TB in India;
2) Assisting in hiring media and other professional agencies following required contracting and procurement policies, and thereafter facilitate collaboration and coordination between these agencies, the project team and other stakeholders as needed;
3) Contributing to the development of a comprehensive database of stakeholders and constituencies, representing different sectors, that are critical for TB control India, identifying those with perceived potential and interest to support the Call to Action;
4) Assisting with timely implementation of marketing communications and public relations plans to mobilize a wide range of stakeholders to demand and sustain high-level domestic commitment for TB care and control;
5) Assisting with development of content and other materials for the campaign and the summit, and in the organization of various events targeting different sectors and stakeholders in the lead up to the Call to Action Summit;
6) Preparing briefs, newsletters, project reports and presentations, and other advocacy and communications materials for various audiences as well as the project website;
7) Implementing monitoring and evaluation plan for the communications campaign aspect of the project, in line with the campaign strategy and overall project objectives;
8) Documenting project activities including the steps and processes leading up to the Call to Action campaign and summit, and subsequently the outcome of the Call in order to document lessons learnt and inform future best practices for such an event;
9) Managing all contents and materials developed during the course of this project and archiving them for easy retrieval and future references;
10) Contributing to the overall Challenge TB project monitoring and evaluation plan, annual work plans and budgets, and other project deliverables
11) Performing other relevant duties as required by the Supervisor and/or Regional Director of The Union South-East Asia Office.

4. QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERIENCE AND COMPETENCIES:
Essential 
1) MBA, Post Graduate degree/ diploma in mass communications, health communication or related subjects, or its equivalent qualification from a reputed institute;
2) At least 5 years of total experience of working in mass media communication campaigns. Familiarity with the development sector, particularly public health, will be an advantage;
3) A strong knowledge of the media landscape in India, including print, broadcast and are required is required along with a sound understanding of audiences;
4) Demonstrated experience in developing and implementing communications strategies for mass media campaigns;
5) Excellent communication skills (both written and verbal in English and Hindi), good editing skills, and ability to tailor communication materials for different audiences;
6) Experience of working with digital and social media communication (Facebook, Twitter, blogging);
7) Willing to travel to programmatic areas as required.

Desirable:
1) Prior exposure to working in the development sector, Government and/or international organization will be an added advantage;
2) Specific experience around campaigning on the internet and use of e-campaigning tactics and approaches;
3) Understanding of the broad landscape of international development and health issues.

Competencies and skills

1) Demonstrable track record of implementing a broad range of effective and innovative communications and campaigning tactics;.
2) Demonstrable sound judgement in dealing with complex and sensitive campaigning matters;
3) Positive attitude with commitment & good negotiation skills;
4) The ability/experience of negotiating and cooperationutual co-operation across teams; and of working within teams;
5) Ability to summarize and persuasively communicate complex information in written and verbal form to a range of target audiences at a standard appropriate for external publication and presentation;
6) Demonstrated sound understanding and experience of using research in marketing and communication activities in advocacy, communication and resource mobilization;
7) Proficiency in MS Office applications (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint).

5. COMPENSATION OFFERED:
The gross remuneration budgeted for this position is attractive. Please note that offers shall be commensurate with the qualifications, experience and salary history of the selected candidate.

6. LOCATION: Delhi
7. CONTRACT:
The initial duration of the contract will be for two years with possibility of extension based on performance.
8. REFERENCE: MCO-UNION
9. CONTACT INFORMATION:
Senior Consultant
Strategic Alliance Management Services P Ltd.
1/1B, Choudhary Hetram House, Bharat Nagar
New Friends Colony, New Delhi 110 025 
Phones: 011-2684-2162; 011-4165-3612; 011-4101-1564 and 011-4101-1565
10. LAST DATE FOR APPLICATIONS:
Interested candidates must send their latest resume/CV along with the cover letter and remuneration expectations, latest by 26th January, 2015 to southeastasia@theunion.org indicating the position applied for in the subject line.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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