Senior Communications Associate, Policy and Advocacy
Location: New York City
Posted: February 2019
Priority Deadline: 22 February 2019
Women Deliver is a leading global advocate that champions gender equality and the health and rights of girls and women. Our advocacy drives investment–political and financial –in the lives of girls and women worldwide. We harness evidence and unite diverse voices to spark commitment to gender equality. And we get results. Anchored in sexual and reproductive health, we advocate for the rights of girls and women across every aspect of their lives. We know that investing in girls and women will deliver progress for all.
Summary of the Position:
The Senior Communications Associate plays a significant role in designing and implementing Women Deliver’s strategic communications for the general advocacy and policy workstream, in alignment with the overall communications strategy of Women Deliver. This position reports to the Director, Communications with a dotted line to the Senior Manager, Policy & Advocacy.
- Serves as the daily focal point and communications lead for communicating key policy and advocacy positions on behalf of Women Deliver including key events such as UNGA, G7, WHA, Beijing +25, CPD, and CSW.
- Working in close coordination with the policy and advocacy team, develops and implements the communications plans for key programmatic and advocacy moments (including commissions, conferences, and consultations) to advance the policy and advocacy strategy and workplan.
- Leads on dissemination of new research, leveraging policy asks and material.
- Serves as communications lead on several coalitions, including Equal Measures 2030, Every Woman Every Child, What Women Want, and others.
- Lead communications for the Advocacy Academy at the Women Deliver 2019 Conference.
- Manages the translation of policy briefs and infographics into French, for printing and dissemination.
- Develops campaign to drive traffic to SDG Auditors page and/or guide.
- Integrates the policy and advocacy key highlights into the overall Women Deliver editorial calendar, and manages external communications.
- Oversees Women Deliver press and media outreach related to the general policy and advocacy workstream including pitching, external contracts, and relationship cultivating with journalists and others in the media.
- Conducts and oversees writing, editing, production, dissemination, and tracking related to the policy and advocacy key deliverables including coordination of content within all promotional materials (across multiple platforms – including, but not limited to, presentations, digital content, video, photography, website content, blogs, social media posts, e-blasts, collateral materials, external reports and donor reports), aligned with Women Deliver’s broader communication efforts.
- Supports the management of relationships and projects plans, timelines, and budgets with work that may require external consultants or vendors (e.g., designers, printers, editors, videographers, photographers, digital and communications consultants, etc.).
- Collaborates on social media outreach and engagement, including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Medium and LinkedIn, to engage with cross-sector and cross-issue partners, allies, supporters, and their networks.
- Tracks and analyses communications and advocacy activities, communications messages and media hits (traditional and digital) related to the general policy and advocacy workstream for donor reporting as well as to help refine communications activities and messages.
- Ensures the coordination of general policy and advocacy communications within the broader Women Deliver communications efforts including with the conference, external relations, humanitarian and youth teams.
- Organizes and attends meetings, briefings, conferences, and other events, as requested.
- Supervises interns and consultants, as needed.
- Contributes to Women Deliver’s organization-wide communications planning efforts.
- Carries out other duties as assigned.
Qualifications, Skills, Education, and Knowledge:
- BA/BS required in related field such as communications, journalism, international affairs, public health, human rights, or gender studies; Master’s degree preferred.
- 4-6 years of media/communications experience in an NGO, UN agency, a communications agency, a media outlet, or corporation.
- Expertise in and passion for gender equality, international maternal, sexual and reproductive health and rights issues, with an emphasis on girls and women.
- Solid knowledge of and experience with developing and executing advocacy and communications campaigns using research, public events, and media–particularly in an international and developing country context.
- Proven ability to work effectively with communications consultants and vendors on creative outputs across multiple platforms.
- Experience developing highly-effective digital media content (including, but not limited to, newsletters, social media, blogs, photo essays, videos) and storytelling.
- Superior oral and written communication skills.
- Strong project coordination skills.
- Ability to effectively work in a fast-paced environment under tight deadlines and work.
- Strong attention to detail and a commitment to consistently delivering excellent-quality work.
- Experience working with partners and coalitions on the development and execution of communications strategies and deliverables.
- Experience with advocacy and communications campaigns, monitoring and evaluation techniques a plus, but not required.
- Experience working on communications and advocacy campaigns in a developing country context, a plus.
- Excellent interpersonal skills, flexibility, and resourcefulness in solving problems.
- Fluency in French, a plus.
- Ability to travel, both domestically and internationally, if needed.
- Must be eligible work in the United States without sponsorship.