PATH Job Vacancy: Communications Lead - India Country Program

PATH is an international organization that drives transformative innovation to save lives and improve health, especially among women and children. We accelerate innovation across five platforms-vaccines, drugs, diagnostics, devices, and system and service innovations-that harness our entrepreneurial insight, scientific and public health expertise, and passion for health equity. By mobilizing partners around the world, we take innovation to scale, working alongside countries primarily in Africa and Asia to tackle their greatest health needs. Together, we deliver measurable results that disrupt the cycle of poor health.

The India Program is seeking a Communications Lead who will envision and execute strategic communications in support of policy and advocacy goals, and position the organization as a national leader in health innovation. The position will report to the India Country Program Leader, and will build and lead a team to provide advice and support to projects and functions across the organization.

PATH began its work in India in the late 1990s, bringing governments, communities, private-sector companies, and experienced public health practitioners together to address some of the country’s most crucial health problems. In early 2000, the scope of our India program expanded with a major immunization initiative for the state of Andhra Pradesh. Today, PATH’s India projects focus on TB, immunization, HIV/AIDS, injection safety, maternal health, and more.

  • Overall
    • Lead the design and implementation of strategic communications plans and activities to advance PATH’s national policy and advocacy goals, and build visibility for PATH among target audiences in the country.
    • Strengthen communications capacities within PATH for more effective engagement with policymakers, media and influencers to achieve policy objectives and raise PATH’s visibility.
  • Brand
    • Work with Seattle-based communications staff (and any other communication staff in the South Africa office) to ensure internal and external alignment of the brand and identity of the PATH.
    • Representation and Coordination
    • Serve as focal point to ensure effective communications coordination and collaboration with the PATH Global Engagement and Communications team and with other teams across the organization.
    • Represent PATH with a wide array of development partners, funders, communications working groups, and official events.
  • Media
    • Lead media relations for PATH advocacy at national and regional levels, and oversee strategic deployment and management of media and digital communications channels.
    • Establish and maintain contacts with media houses, both English and vernacular – regional, national, and international - and manage press conferences, news briefings, media interviews, visits, and public events.
    • Support maintenance and upgrades of website, along with a sound social media and networking placement for the organization.
    • Monitor relevant media coverage, keep abreast of news developments on relevant issues in India, and assess the general reaction of the public to the work of PATH on the basis of information gathered.
    • Write press releases, press briefings, press statements, media and campaign Q&As, place articles in the appropriate media, and clear internal memos on media developments.
    • Ensure consistency of media messaging from all staff, including monitoring that PATH’s media protocols are followed.
  • Production
    • Develop and produce compelling written and multimedia content to showcase PATH’s experience, expertise, evidence, and impact.
    • Initiate and implement the production of communication materials (e.g., films, video, audio-visual, etc.), and oversee the qualitative aspects of production, (e.g., quality control, translation, review of layouts and graphic design).
    • Develop, as required, and provide quality assurance of all project related communication (reports, web based material, best practice case studies, and project reports).
  • Management
    • Build, manage, and supervise a high-performing team, providing guidance, mentoring and career development, and ensure timely delivery and completion of high quality deliverables.
    • Select, scope, and manage the work (and budgets) of public affairs and communications firms, contractors, and vendors in support of PATH’s communications efforts.
    • Contribute to organization development as a senior managerial resource and collaborate with other functional needs as and when required
Required skills and experience:
  • Postgraduate degree in Public Relations/Communications plus 7-10 years of comparable experience working in communications in public health, international development, or a related field.
  • Experience working in a global health or development organization and in integrating communications and advocacy is strongly preferred.
  • Proven leadership skills and demonstrated success managing a team of communications professionals.
  • Proven success at developing and executing strategic communications plans, and in deploying and leveraging a variety of media and digital communication channels and tactics to reach and engage media, policymakers, and influencers.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills.
  • Diplomacy and tact as an advisor to senior executives and as an external representative to partners and audiences in visible roles and settings.
  • Experience providing communications training and capacity building of colleagues.
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational, and project management skills.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work and to meet deadlines within a flexible, fast-paced environment.
  • Willingness to travel
To apply to the position, please visit the LINK HERE
  • Must have legal authorization to work in India.
  • PATH is dedicated to building an inclusive workforce where diversity is valued.
  • PATH is an equal opportunity employer. Every qualified applicant will be considered for employment. PATH does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or orientation, genetic information, age, national origin, marital status, disability status, political ideology, military or protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.
  • Closing Date: 28 January 2017