Senior Communications Officer

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Senior Communications Officer




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Senior Communications Officer – DRC


Title: Senior Communications Officer

Location: Kinshasa

Division: DRC Country Program


PATH is a global nonprofit dedicated to achieving health equity. With more than 40 years of experience forging multisector partnerships, and with expertise in science, economics, technology, advocacy, and dozens of other specialties, PATH develops and scales up innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing health challenges.

Working closely with Congolese communities and government leaders, PATH addresses some of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) toughest health challenges. We apply our on-the-ground expertise to HIV, tuberculosis, malaria, digital health and neglected tropical diseases as well as reproductive, maternal, and child health. Our work includes advocating at the national level to strengthen funding for essential health interventions, such as immunization; providing targeted technical assistance; leveraging our relationships with funders, private industry, community-based organizations, and others for sustainable results; and adapting and introducing innovative, low-cost technologies and evidence-based best practices. Our operational presence in the DRC has grown steadily since 2009.

PATH DRC is looking to hire a Senior Communications Officer to develop and implement communications strategies to advance public health goals. The officer will support advocacy and programmatic work in DRC and will report to the Director of Programs, DRC.


1. Devise and execute PATH DRC’s communication strategy in support of programmatic and advocacy goals to advance health equity in the DRC, specifically:

    • Envision and execute communications activities in support of PATH’s programmatic goals in the DRC across a vast portfolio of projects in Malaria, HIV/AIDS, Immunization, Digital Health and Emergency response and preparedness.
    • Work closely with RPMs, the Director of Programs and the Country Director to understand program activities and communications needs and advise on tactics.
    • Coordinate with Regional and Seattle-based communications colleagues to prioritize and assign resources, as well as to ensure communications activities are well executed, tied to the institution-wide strategy, and aligned with the realities and norms of communications work in the DRC.
    • Identify key target audiences and prepare key messages that will result in decision-making and actions. This also includes to proactively identify opportunities, priority events and platforms to reach target audiences in the DRC.
    • Develop and manage communications materials from concept to completion through research, writing, editing, and proofreading content in order to reach key stakeholder audiences—e.g. fact sheets, policy briefs, blogs, op-eds, presentations, web copy, and op-eds.
    • Conceptualize, develop and implement national media outreach strategies for major milestones.
    • Plan effective events and meetings to convene decision makers and influencers.
    • Manage communications vendors, such as media relations firms and graphic designers.
    • Assist in developing, strengthening, and supporting PATH’s relationships with key Ministry of Health and other agencies, civil society partners, and multilateral organizations, particularly when it comes to coordinating on communications activities.

2. Lead PATH DRC’s internal communication efforts to foster team collaboration and knowledge sharing across the organization:

    • Work with PATH DRC’s Senior Management Team to establish a communication strategy specific to organizational needs, including use of media (Microsoft Teams, Zoom, monitors) to share important operational, programmatic and security developments.
    • Support planning and facilitation of PATH DRC meetings (all-staff, senior management team, brown bags) and project-specific meetings.
    • Manage knowledge sharing across the organization to ensure that all staff are kept up to date with important project and/or organizational developments, share information and lessons learned.
    • Any other tasks assigned by Supervisor/Country Director
    • Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Required skills and experience:

  • Degree in communications or related field, and a minimum of 3-5 years of experience in communications and media relations and/or a combination or work and education experience.
  • Experience in health and familiarity with immunization, infectious diseases or MNCH in the DRC context
  • Demonstrated ability to translate highly technical information for effective communication to a wide range of audiences.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing messages and communications activities to influence decision makers.
  • Demonstrated experience in engaging media both at national and provincial level.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and French.
  • Self-starter, proactive and positive with a solutions-oriented attitude and works with minimal supervision.
  • Deadline driven, ability to juggle multiple priorities and deliver them on time.
  • Expertise in computer skills in Microsoft Office Suite applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
  • Current legal authorization to work in DRC preferred.

PATH is dedicated to building an inclusive workforce where diversity is valued.
PATH is an equal opportunity employer. Every qualified applicant will be considered for employment. PATH does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or orientation, genetic information, age, national origin, marital status, disability status, political ideology, military or protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

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