Position Description

Public Health Communications Consultant
Location India
Department Cardiovascular Health
# of openings 1
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Vital Strategies, headquartered in New York City, is an international public health organization. Our programs strengthen public health systems and address the world’s leading causes of illness, injury and death. We currently work in 73 countries, supporting data-driven decision making, advancing evidence-based public health policies and programs and mounting strategic communication campaigns. Our programs are concentrated in low- and middle-income countries and cities in Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Pacific.

Resolve to Save Lives (RTSL) is a global health initiative of Vital Strategies that aims to save millions of lives by reducing preventable deaths from cardiovascular disease and to prevent infectious disease epidemics. Since 2017, RTSL has worked closely with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoH), Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), State governments, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), and the World Health Organization (WHO) to implement a core package of interventions to reduce cardiovascular disease. These interventions are: hypertension screening and treatment; the elimination of trans fat from foods; and the reduction of sodium consumption.

Vital Strategies / Resolve to Save Lives is seeking a Delhi-based, Communications Consultant to support our work on cardiovascular health in India. For the duration of any COVID-19 restrictions, the Consultant is expected to work remotely; when restrictions are lifted, the Consultant will be expected to work from the Vital Strategies office in Gurgaon and attend in-person meetings with program partners. This is a full-time twelve-month consultancy, reporting to our India team Deputy Director and collaborating closely with Delhi-based technical staff and institutional partners, and with the RTSL communications team. The consultant would take on a variety of tasks such as coordinating specific campaigns, drafting communications materials, tracking progress on specific communications projects, supporting earned and social media efforts, and helping to see through advocacy and strategic communications plans.

Key tasks and deliverables:

  • RTSL India coordination for a behavior change campaign about hypertension (national level and eventually state level planning and execution)
    • Coordinate RTSL partner awareness, input, and ultimately amplification activities (partners include ICMR, WHO, MoH)
    • Attend high level meetings along with RTSL team at MoHFW if required to present campaign objectives and explain how they support RTSL’s hypertension goals in India
    • Provide feedback on campaign messages to ensure they are technically accurate, locally appropriate, and supportive of messages needed in clinical practice
  • Liaise with RTSL India, RTSL New York and the Global Health Advocacy Incubator (GHAI) on the hypertension advocacy campaign at the National and State level.
  • Liaise with GHAI, FSSAI, RTSL India and RTSL New York on the trans fat national advocacy campaign
  • Support GHAI’s earned media efforts by meeting regularly to discuss program updates, upcoming milestones and story ideas and developing story briefs
  • In coordination with RTSL New York, develop first drafts of communications materials for different components of our India work: hypertension control, private sector engagement, transfat elimination, salt reduction, Simple android application, etc, to be used internally or externally
  • In coordination with RTSL New York, support our India initiative’s branded materials and resources such as a website, designed report templates, social media campaigns 
  • In coordination with our Policy Advocacy & Communications (PAC) team in India, PAC New York and RTSL New York, determine strategy and execution of KAB studies about hypertension, sodium and trans fat as well channel analysis for message distribution
  • Coordinate requests from the States for communications materials for the hypertension program  
  • Support development and placement of OpEds
  • Track and support scientific article development in RTSL India, report out to RTSL New York communications team
  • Support RTSL India with data visualization and infographics and coordinate with the design team on India-specific materials
  • Create content for RTSL and partner social media accounts highlights programmatic work in India
  • Coordinate translations of communications materials as needed
  • Maintain database of photos
  • Maintain calendar of events for communications efforts
  • Any other communication-related work that may be assigned by the reporting manager

Required Qualifications:

  • Strong writing skills with sample blogs, OpEds and short essays
  • 3-5 years’ experience in communications required
  • Background in health or biological sciences strongly preferred
  • Experience in health or development communications strongly preferred
  • Excellent communicator, both written and oral
  • Outstanding computer skills with experience in all Microsoft Office programs
  • Proficiency in Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign preferred
  • Proficiency in HTML and CSS is a plus
  • Self-motivated, good organizational skills, detail-oriented, ability to prioritize, multi-task and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work independently and with others
  • Enthusiasm for the mission of Resolve to Save Lives and the communities we serve

Start date : ASAP

Contract Duration : Twelve months, with possibility of renewal

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