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Communications Advisor (Part time – 3 months)

Location: Arlington, VA

Position Category: Direct hire, paid in US

Posting Date: 02/24/2021

Deadline Date: 03/12/2021


JSI is a technical assistance and research organization that works to advance public health in the US and globally ( The JSI Center for Health Information, Monitoring and Evaluation (CHIME) is a technical assistance, research, and knowledge group within JSI dedicated to improving the quality of health information and increasing evidence-based decision making in the health sector. We respond to the growing demand for information-driven health services planning and management and the use of data for program improvement, adaptation and innovation. The Center provides assistance and resources within JSI and to governments and other health-focused organizations to strengthen collection and use of high-quality data to improve health program and system performance. We also coordinate JSI resources and experience in health information systems (HIS) as well as monitoring, evaluation, research and learning to ensure access to essential tools and techniques, and support peer networks.

The Communications Advisor will work closely with Center leadership to create a communication strategy, shape key messages, and develop compelling visual content for print and web to tell the story of JSI’s leadership and learning around research, monitoring, and evaluation. The advisor will also collaborate with JSI corporate communications, home office project backstopping teams, and overseas project teams to raise the visibility of JSI’s international work and will in this role, often support or build the capacity of team members around how to think strategically about

The Advisor will have a blend of development and/or public health, strategic communications and coordination, technology, and data visualization expertise to support CHIME to promote our work internally and externally.

The Communications Advisor works under the supervision of the Center Deputy Director. This position is based in Arlington, VA. Please note the JSI office is closed due to the ongoing pandemic and that all project staff are working remotely until the office reopens.

The Center is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.


The Strategic Communications Advisor is expected to lead three activities with a major focus on internally and externally facing communications strategy and networking related to JSI’s work related to global health evidence driven practices and systems. The Advisor will be responsible for executing three main tasks:

Represent the Center and work closely with the representative of JSI Corporate Communications to oversee a Strategic Communications Review. JSI will engage a professional communications and strategy firm to design and implement this review. Specific activities will include:

a. Serve as the liaison between the firm and JSI

b.Track progress on Strategic Communications Review and ensure work is completed successfully

Design a 5-year communication strategy for JSI’s International Division and the Center for Health Information, Monitoring and Evaluation related to its work in public health research, M&E, data analytics, digital health, health information system development and data visualization and use for evidence-driven programming

a. Collaborate with Center leadership to shape communications strategy

b. Create work plan to implement strategy with appropriate milestones and roles and responsibilities clearly spelled out

In this context, as part of implementing the above strategy,

a. Design pages on

b. Develop an editorial calendar

c. Create an agenda for demonstrating JSI thought leadership (including publications, events, etc.)

d. Define a work plan with specific milestones and tasks (regular and one-off) for Center leadership and the Communications lead (who is returning from leave in April).

Other Responsibilities:

Work closely with Center colleagues to ensure that data generated by JSI projects is shared appropriately with stakeholders (e.g., effective data visualization) and used to tell the story of project achievements.

Advise Center colleagues and JSI colleagues and leadership on information design and strategy to enable JSI to tell its story effectively.

Lead the design and development of communications and marketing materials about JSI’s research, monitoring, and evaluation portfolio

Develop strategies for measuring the reach and success of CHIME communications efforts, including but not limited to social media analytics

Manage the internal CHIME newsletters

Leverage JSI’s various social media platforms (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Medium, LinkedIn) to showcase CHIME work/activities, reinforcing JSI’s technical capacity in RME


data analytics

data visualization


global health

graphic design

health information

health services

information systems


strategic communication

time management

Coordinate conference abstract submission, create necessary collateral, and manage the logistics of conferences in collaboration with the JSI corporate communications conference focal person

Liaise routinely with the Communications Lead in JSI Washington, Boston International Group, Health Services Division, and field offices to ensure they are aware of the technical capacity and resources CHIME have to offer.

Attend the monthly editorial meetings to ensure CHIME’s work is represented and integrated into the greater JSI communication strategy and plan.

Support new business efforts by developing communications materials and graphics for proposals.

Maintain strong, collaborative and supportive communication with the other JSI centers, working groups, centrally funding and bilateral projects (i.e. information sharing meetings, listservs, etc.)

Serve as a liaison on behalf of CHIME for internal and external events as needed in order to network on behalf of JSI and the Center to promote our RM&E and technology work and connect with new partners and contacts.


Education:Advanced degree (Masters preferred) or professional experience working in international development or public health

Experience: Minimum 8-10 years of professional experience in communications, public health, development or related fields, with demonstrated expertise working with teams to use communications to tell stories

Required Skills/ Experience:

– Demonstrated experience in data visualization design, including a diverse portfolio of content for print and web such as infographics, slide decks, slide documents, briefs, and interactive visualizations

– Knowledgeable about best practices in measuring reach and success of strategic communication activities and materials, and can apply those approaches to help teams take a data-centered approach to communication strategy and planning

– Ability to craft visual products using both widely accessible (e.g., Excel, Powerpoint) and more specialized (e.g., Adobe Creative Suite, Inkscape) software

– Experience leading teams and clients through the process of defining the scope, timeline, and deliverable package to tell a story, and managing a design process

– Advanced design training (e.g., graphic design, information design)

Preferred Skills/ Experience:

– Team player with strong written and oral communication skills focused on helping teams and projects succeed

– Well-organized, good time management skills, proactive, able to balance multiple activities, and a transparent communicator

Language: Fluent in English, additional foreign language experience a plus, particularly French

Salary commensurate with experience.

Interested candidates should submit their resumes and cover letters online by 03/12/2021.


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