This consultancy is based in Jamaica or Barbados, and applicants must have current authorization to live and work there.
The Global Health Advocacy Incubator is seeking a communications consultant to support communications advocacy efforts in Jamaica and Barbados. The goal will be to create a media environment conducive to policy change by reaching the public, but especially influencers and key decision makers, through strategic communications support aimed to support policy advocacy campaigns. The communication consultant will report to the Associate Director, Communications located in Washington, D.C. and will work closely with the Coordinator for the Caribbean, located in Jamaica. This consultancy can be based in either Barbados or Jamaica; applicants must have current authorization to live and work in either country.
SUMMARY OF TASKS
- Facilitate development of a communications strategy to support policy advocacy campaigns with partners in Jamaica and Barbados and assist in the implementation of the strategy.
- Work with partners to develop key messages and talking points.
- Assist with the development of a rapid response strategy to counter negative media stories generated from the opposition that warrant a response, if needed.
- Develop communications materials (template press releases, op-eds, letters to the editor, digital resources) for coalition members to participate and engage in the public debate.
- Help organize and facilitate workshops and training sessions to help build partner communications capacity and spokespeople.
- Work with partners in Jamaica and Barbados to support development of communications strategies to support policy advocacy campaigns.
- Draft, edit and distribute high-quality media relations and other communications materials, including news releases and statements, op-eds, letters to the editor, editorial memos, etc.
- Media tracking of media monitoring reports and, when helpful, engaging in rapid response to diffuse negative stories generated from the opposition. This includes working with Caribbean partners to develop rapid response plans to counter negative stories generated from the opposition to include: monitoring of stories and analysis on appropriate response, development of talking points, development of rapid response tactics (op-eds, media interviews, media statement, as appropriate), and ongoing media tracking.
- On-going technical assistance: reviewing communications materials, developing communications strategies and earned media and digital advocacy tactics in support of key advocacy milestones.
- Work with GHAI and country teams to organize, participate in and facilitate workshops and training sessions, including possible media trainings, media advocacy workshops, and strategic communications planning sessions.
- Work with country teams to help build out network of national media networks. Ideally, candidate will have existing relationships with Barbados and/or Jamaica journalists.
- Develop monthly media reports for GHAI that outline communications highlights. Participate in planning/update calls with GHAI on an ongoing basis. Provide ongoing updates to GHAI on communications activities in the Caribbean.
Timeline: July 1 through December 2019, with potential for renewal.
Level of Effort: this assignment is expected to require 20 hours of work per week, on average.
To apply for this position, please email a cover letter, salary requirement, and attach your resume to: [email protected]. Please reference the position code: CC-JB-13 in the subject line of your email. Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled. No Phone calls please.