Position Description

Contact Tracing Communications Consultant, COVID-19 U.S. Contact Tracing Acceleration Initiative
Location United States
# of openings 1
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Vital Strategies is a US-based international public health organization working in more than 70 countries to address important and challenging health issues. We develop and oversee programs to strengthen public health systems and address leading causes of morbidity and mortality, providing expertise in project implementation and management, strategic communications, epidemiology and surveillance, and other core public health capacities.

Resolve to Save Lives is a global health initiative of Vital Strategies that since 2017 has been working closely with governments, the World Health Organization, the World Bank, academic and other partners in a number of countries to strengthen national capacity to prevent, detect and respond to epidemic threats. For more information about our Prevent Epidemics initiative, visit: https://www.resolvetosavelives.org/ and https://preventepidemics.org/

Vital Strategies has formed a COVID-19 Incident Management System to control and mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus in vulnerable low- and middle-income countries and the United States. A significant area of focus for our work in the US is accelerating and strengthening the technical and operational capacity of local public health departments to carry out impactful contact tracing to reduce the spread of infection and allow for the safe reopening of society as soon as possible.


The Role

We are seeking a Contact Tracing Communications Consultant to be part of small US communications team supporting contact tracing strengthening efforts in pilot jurisdictions in the US. Under the supervision of the Contract Tracing Initiative Director and with support from key Vital Strategies / Resolve to Save Lives communications staff, the Contact Tracing Communications Consultant will work with media and community engagement specialists to ensure public understanding, appreciation and buy-in for contact tracing as a critical measure for stopping the spread the novel coronavirus.


Main responsibilities:

  • Advise pilot jurisdictions implementing contact tracing programs on public communication for adoption and buy-in by the community
  • Promote dissemination and use of a model contact tracing “playbook” to local and state governments
  • Serve as initiative’s communications point of contact, contributing to a variety of communications projects
  • Liaise with partners, including donors and local governments in supporting and leading first rate communications efforts such as public campaigns
  • Develop communications materials to support Contact Tracing program efforts, such as fact sheets, brochures, posters, op-eds, blogs, public service announcements, success stories, panel remarks, and other project collateral
  • Help to identify opportunities for media outreach
  • Support tracking/management of all Contact Tracing communications activities
  • Any other duties as assigned

Required competencies and qualifications:

  • 6 to 10 years’ experience in communications (eg, health communication, health policy, strategic communications, public relations or digital communications)
  • University degree in communications, public health or equivalent
  • Demonstrated project management experience
  • Exceptional writing skills with sample blogs, OpEds, fact sheets, brochures, etc
  • Previous experience with communications campaigns; background in public health is highly desirable
  • Clear, effective and responsive communicator, both written and oral
  • Outstanding computer skills with experience in all Microsoft Office programs
  • Proficiency in Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign preferred (and/or other desktop publishing skills)
  • Proficiency in HTML and CSS is a plus
  • Self-motivated, excellent organizational skills, detail-oriented, ability to prioritize, multi-task and meet deadlines
  • Can build trust and collaborate effectively with team members
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, high pressure environment with multiple stakeholders
  • Enthusiasm for the mission of Vital Strategies / Resolve to Save Lives and the communities we serve

Duration: Six months, with the possibility of renewal. Starting immediately.

Level of Effort: Full-time

Location: Remote; preferably in NYC area.

To Apply: Please submit a resume and cover letter including your consulting fee expectations through the employment portal. Given giving the urgent nature of responding to COVID-19, we will review applications as they come in and move quickly to selection, ideally by 15 May. Therefore, we urge applicants to submit their materials as soon as possible. Unfortunately, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


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