Senior Advisor for Strategic Communications
University Research Co., LLC. - Bethesda, MD

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University Research Co., LLC (URC)

URC is a global company that works to improve the quality of health care, education and social services in the U.S. and around the world. We provide technical assistance and field research to strengthen health systems and service quality by empowering health workers to find and expand proven and locally appropriate solutions to critical problems. URC is dedicated to expanding access to high-quality maternal, newborn and child health services, preventing and reducing infectious diseases including HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria; and improving family planning and reproductive health education.

Established in 1965, our work spans over 30 countries around the globe. Our mission is to provide innovative, evidence-based solutions to health and social challenges worldwide. Please join us in carrying out our mission ( ).

Division & Project Overview

The USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project is a new five-year project dedicated to improving health, population and nutrition services through technical support to service delivery institutions, Ministries of Health in USAID-assisted countries, USAID country missions, and cooperating agencies. The project is a global leader in the advocacy, development, and promotion of cost-effective methods to design and improve health care services and systems in low- and middle-income countries. An important objective of the project is global technical leadership to advocate for the adoption of improvement science methods by international, regional, and national organizations and USAID implementing partners and to expand awareness among civil society actors about the value of and evidence-based strategies for improving health care.
ASSIST is managed by URC’s Quality and Performance Institute, (QPI), which has implemented quality improvement and operations research programs in health care since 1981 and continues to be at the cutting edge of health care improvement work in countries around the world.

Roles and Responsibilities:

The Senior Advisor for Strategic Communications will be responsible for providing direction for and managing the portfolio of activities to promote the ASSIST Project’s work in applying improvement science in global forums and by international, regional and national health organizations working in health care delivery and health systems strengthening in low and middle income countries. The Senior Advisor will collaborate with the project staff and partners and report to the ASSIST Director of Knowledge Management and Communication.
The following are the main responsibilities of the position:
  • Design and support the implementation of a strategic plan for positioning the project and its approaches and results in international, regional, and national conferences. Identify conferences and events for promotion of the project’s results and improvement science approaches. Work with project staff to identify key messages and results for presentation at specific conferences and events and to design panels and interactive sessions that feature project results and approaches. Review abstracts developed by staff and provide feedback to yield high-quality abstracts that are responsive to conference requirements. Guide project staff in developing effective presentations, scientific posters, and interactive sessions, including presentation rehearsal and development of supporting materials.
  • In close consultation with the Project Director, manage the design, planning and delivery of project events, including briefings, technical advisory group meetings, seminars, and launch events.
  • In consultation with the Project Director, develop and manage strategic partnerships and relationships with other international organizations and implementing partners. Plan and manage joint activities such as sharing of information, staff exchanges, development of networks and communities of practice, and development of joint events and conference sessions related to improving health systems. Liaise with the strategic communications directors of such organizations to identify and design joint events and speaking engagements for the Project Director and other senior staff.
  • Design social media strategies (especially through Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn) to complement the strategic plan for positioning the project’s approaches and results, and direct the project’s Communications and Social Media Coordinator in executing this social media strategy and in coordinating with URC’s Corporate Communications team.
  • In coordination with URC’s Corporate Communications team, manage global media relations for the project. Advise Chiefs of Party on media relations and strategies. Respond to general requests for information about the work of the project and/or other informational requests related to the science of improvement as applied to health care.
  • Advise country teams on creating blogs and impactful stories suitable for sharing on USAID and partner websites and URC’s corporate website.
  • Manage the development of flyers and short reports (2-8 pages) describing project results and approaches. Work with URC’s Media Department to develop general promotions materials about the project’s work. Work with technical staff to develop short reports based on conference presentations and posters for distribution at conferences and events.
  • Build capacity of and mentor project staff in designing and making effective presentations and in writing impactful blogs and results stories.
  • Actively participate in corporate business development activities.

Minimum Qualifications:

Required Experience & Qualifications
  • You must be eligible to work full-time in the United States for an indefinite period without the need for visa sponsorship.
  • Masters degree in communications, journalism, public policy, or a related field or its equivalent.
  • Ten (10) years of experience related to strategic communications in global health or international development.
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience designing and organizing strategic events
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with people of diverse cultures and backgrounds.
  • Good analytical skills and ability to interpret public health and epidemiological data. High comfort level with writing about quantitative results of improvement interventions.
  • Familiarity with USAID and U.S. Government strategies and initiatives in international health as well as the work of other key actors in international health is highly desired.
  • Fluency in French, Spanish, or other language is desired.
  • Willingness to travel to work with project teams in developing countries.

To Apply:

For immediate consideration, please click HERE .

Due to the large number of inquiries we receive, only candidates who have met the required experience & qualifications for this position will be contacted. No phone calls please. However, since we are active around the world in the field of public health, we may wish to retain your CV in our database for other/future opportunities, unless you direct us otherwise. Thank you very much for your interest.

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In the U.S., URC is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of the American people by addressing health and related social...