Communications Officer

International Women's Health Coalition | New York, New York

Background

IWHC'S VISION

The International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC) recognizes that women’s and girls’ human rights, health and equality are essential to social, environmental, and economic justice for all.

We envision a world in which all women and girls can exercise their human rights to:

  • access the information, resources, and services they need to enhance and protect their health and achieve their full potential;
  • make informed decisions about their sexuality, relationships, pregnancy, child-bearing, and marriage and all other matters related to their sexual and reproductive health and rights, free of discrimination, coercion, and violence; and
  • participate in and assume leadership of civil society movements to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights.

IWHC'S MISSION

IWHC advances the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and young people, particularly adolescent girls, in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. IWHC furthers this agenda by supporting and strengthening leaders and organizations working at the community, national, regional, and global levels, and by advocating for international and U.S. policies, programs, and funding.

IWHC builds bridges between local realities and international policy by connecting women and young people in the Global South to key decision-makers. In doing so, IWHC brings local voices to global debates and in turn, makes global processes and policies more understandable and actionable at the local level.

Job Summary

PRIMARY PURPOSE & FUNCTION

The Communications Officer works closely with the Director of Communications to ensure that IWHC’s holistic approach—including grantmaking programs; technical assistance and trainings; field research and evaluation; and direct advocacy— are properly conveyed to multiple audiences and secure prominent spaces in global media. The Communications Officer is responsible for ensuring cohesive content across multiple channels to ensure a pipeline of timely and engaging content that strengthens the IWHC brand, advances fundraising and advocacy goals, elevates the Coalition’s profile, and appeals to donors. She/he will be the keeper and implementer of IWHC’s voice and style, and ensure a smooth publishing process for both print and online content. The ideal candidate is politically savvy, culturally sensitive, and able to complete ambitious projects delivered on tight deadlines.

Reports To

Director of Communications

Responsibilities

Editorial

  • Conceptualize digital content that serves IWHC’s key audiences, making the case for policies and practices that advance sexual and reproductive health and rights, including visual elements, as needed.
  • Working with teams across the organization, draft and/or edit blogs, thematic reports, fact sheets, and other communications materials as needed, ensuring adherence to a consistent voice in keeping with IWHC house style.
  • Conceive and coordinate drafting, editing, and production of IWHC publications in a consistent, timely, and cost-effective manner; oversee production of the IWHC Annual Report.
  • Provide strategic input to graphic designers and printers on visual design and production of IWHC publications.
  • Assist in the production of multimedia elements, such as videos; draft or edit collateral pieces and/or invitations and concept notes.

Media Relations

  • Assist the Director of Communications in the conceptualization and implementation of IWHC’s media strategy, including ways to optimize journalist outreach on social media. 
  • Cultivate, maintain and expand relationships with key journalists who cover reproductive health and rights issues, with a primary focus on global news organizations, with the goal of establishing IWHC as a vital resource and a source of field expertise in countries worldwide.
  • Write press releases, media advisories, statements and develop supplementary materials (fact sheets, background briefings or talking points etc.) for use by IWHC leadership and select staff in media interviews and public speaking engagements.
  • Draft and/or edit, and secure placement of op-eds, commentaries, letters-to-the-editor, and blog submissions to strategic media outlets.
  • Monitor media coverage of sexual and reproductive health and rights issues, and proactively suggest topics for potential stories on IWHC communications platforms.
  • Manage news monitoring service account for coverage of IWHC, its leaders, and key partners; work with communications assistant to produce regular monitoring reports and contribute analysis.
  • Work with partner organizations on joint messaging and media outreach efforts, as appropriate.
  • Distribute important news and technical articles to relevant staff.

Capacity-Building

  • Carry out media trainings for IWHC staff and partners, as needed.
  • Guide staff on effective writing across diverse styles, such as blogs and editorials.
  • Provide guidance, concept notes, or engage directly in content-gathering field trips.
  • Identify opportunities for strategic capacity building of IWHC grantee partners and assist in implementation of these opportunities.
  • Maintain IWHC editorial and style guide and other procedural guidance to ensure accuracy, consistency of brand, and a high level of quality in written communications. 
  • Create and maintain story bank of compelling IWHC and partner stories for use by IWHC staff and Board.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s or advanced degree in Communications, Journalism, International Relations, English, or related field.
  • Five to 7 years of professional experience in progressive media or strategic communications, preferably with global nonprofits.
  • Exceptional writing, editing, research, and proofreading skills; knowledge of Chicago Style is an asset.
  • Broad awareness of trends in a rapidly evolving media landscape and a good understanding of current best practices for communicating effectively; good instinct for news and ability to identify and leverage opportunities for visibility.
  • Ability to write in diverse styles for different audiences and across mediums, including blogs, mainstream news media, and specialty publications.
  • Strong organizational skills, ability to effectively manage priorities in a fast-paced environment, and meet deadlines with attention to detail and quality.
  • Passion for IWHC’s mission and a strong commitment to sexual and reproductive rights and health, human rights, and gender equality.
  • Excellent communications skills, with a high level of intercultural competence and political sensitivity, with the ability to build trust and partnerships
  • Experience in media monitoring, InDesign skills and experience using a CMS are a plus.
  • Additional languages, in particular French and/or Spanish, would be valuable.
  • Ability to travel, as needed.

Compensation

Competitive salary and excellent benefits, including generous vacation time, and no employee contribution for employee-only medical, dental and vision coverage, among others. Please note that there may be a need to work additional hours, including evenings of special events. 

How to Apply

Send cover letter (including ref. #CO2018) and resume to: Liisa Sweet-Korpivaara @ fax 212-979-9009, or via email to: recruitment@iwhc.org

Only complete applications will be reviewed and due to the large number of applications, only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews.

IWHC is an equal opportunity employer. IWHC values the dynamism and perspective that staff diversity brings to the work and culture of the office. We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to consider joining us. IWHC does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the individual’s race, ethnicity, religion, age, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, HIV status or disability. This policy applies to all of IWHC’s activities including, but not limited to, recruitment, hiring, compensation, assignment, training, promotion, discipline and discharge. We are committed to seeking qualified candidates who contribute to the diversity of the working environment.

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