The SMART4TB Communications Associate is responsible for developing and supporting communications for a ground-breaking new initiative to radically improve the global response to tuberculosis. Reporting to the Communications Director, SMART4TB, this position will liaise with and provide support to project partners, Regional Hubs across the globe, and local partners on SMART4TB branding and country-specific communications strategies. The ideal candidate will be an excellent writer, editor, and proofreader, with demonstrated experience writing web-optimized content, project briefings. They should have the ability to work well in multicultural environments, and to distill complex research processes into compelling stories for all stakeholders (including communities, civil society, government officials, policy makers, and scientific investigators and their teams).
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) launched the Supporting, Mobilizing, and Accelerating Research for Tuberculosis Elimination (SMART4TB) project. SMART4TB, a five-year $200 million initiative, to identify more effective methods and tools for finding, treating, and preventing tuberculosis (TB) in 24 priority countries for TB programming. This is a grant-funded position through July 2027 contingent on the Agency's continued support throughout the duration of the project period.
This initiative will build research capacity in high TB burden countries by supporting studies that evaluate novel approaches, interventions, and tools to combat TB–including diagnostic tests, new treatment drugs and regimens, socioeconomic and health system challenges, methods to interrupt TB transmission, and TB vaccines readiness and delivery.
Led by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, the SMART4TB international consortium partners are University of California, San Francisco, KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Treatment Action Group, Perinatal HIV Research Unit (South Africa), YR Gaitonde Medical, Educational and Research Foundation (India), Walimu (Uganda), Kyrgyz State Medical Academy, and Victory Network (Vietnam).
Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
Identify, research, and write articles, messages, and other communications for describing and advancing SMART4TB's strategic vision, through the project website, e-newsletters, social media platforms, and multimedia content such as videos and podcasts for both internal and external audiences.
Develop communications standards and trainings for all partners and regional hubs
Meet with partners and regional hubs to conceptualize, create, and revise content that promotes SMART4TB's processes and progress
Develop and implement an overall social media strategy for SMART4TB, in concert with the project leadership team and SMART4TB Communications Director
Develop strategies for monitoring and summarizing research and policy developments that relate to SMART4TB's strategic vision in 22 high-burden countries
Write, edit and proofread copy for a variety of materials, including study briefs, progress reports, events, and other content
Share ideas with the SMART4TB Communications Director and project teams for storytelling opportunities related to each technical area's workplan
Assist the SMART4TB Communications Director with managing media relations by identifying compelling or stakeholder-valued media placement opportunities and developing and producing media advisories, press releases, interviews, etc.
Assist the SMART4TB Communications Director in developing standard community mobilization materials and support project partners with materials for advocacy campaigns
Assist the SMART4TB Communications Director in working with the US-based Communications team on global SMART4TB branding and adapted brands for each country and project
Bachelor's Degree in related field.
Four years related experience.
Additional education may substitute for required experience, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.
Experience in or knowledge of research processes, especially in international work
Proven ability to take initiative and to work independently towards a shared goal
Proven ability to work within a collaborative team in a multicultural environment where commitment to diversity and equity is a core value
Commitment to using Communications to advance social justice and equity
Demonstrated ability to translate complex information into compelling communications for a general audience. Experience in or knowledge of research processes, especially in international work is a plus
Demonstrated ability as a feature writer
Excellent proofreading and editing skills, outstanding proficiency in grammar, spelling, punctuation, and Associated Press style
Awareness or willingness to stay aware of developments that may impact SMART4TB, including research and policy developments at the global and national level
Excellent written and oral English language skills
Excellent interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills, including listening skills, strongly preferred
Familiarity with Office 365 products is a must, experience with data analytics and visualization a plus
Flexibility to work occasional weekdays before/after normal East Coast business hours and rare weekends, depending on deadlines and availability of partners based in different time zones
Classified Title: Communications Associate Role/Level/Range: ATP/04/PD Starting Salary Range: $61,070 - $83,900 (Commensurate with experience) Employee group: Full Time Schedule: M-F 8:30-5pm Exempt Status: Exempt Location: Hybrid/School of Medicine Campus Department name: SOM DOM Infectious Disease Personnel area: School of Medicine
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