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Current Openings at IVAC

 

Full-Time Positions:

     None available at this time. 

Student Positions:

     Interested students should complete the Student Opportunities Form.

  • Social Media & Communications Assistant, PAC Team: Pneumonia Advocacy Project
  • Communications Assistant, PAC Team: Diarrhea Advocacy Project (ROTA Council, IVAC) & CAIH Communications
  • Advocacy & Communications Research Assistant, PAC Team: multiple Pneumonia & Diarrhea advocacy projects

 

 

Social Media & Communications Assistant

(Pneumonia Advocacy Project-Global Coalition Against Child Pneumonia)

About IVAC: The mission of the International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health is to accelerate equitable and sustainable access to life-saving vaccines through the generation, synthesis, and use of evidence to inform decision making and action. IVAC’s work focuses on disease epidemiology, vaccine economics and supply, monitoring and evaluation of vaccine introduction and center programs, and advocacy and communications activities to increase the profile of and global action on vaccine-preventable disease. IVAC is seeking a graduate student to work with the Policy, Advocacy & Communications (PAC) team on a pneumonia advocacy project. The purpose of the project is to increase public education and awareness of pneumonia issues through a digital media campaign, and engage member organizations of the Global Coalition Against Child Pneumonia through robust outreach efforts year-round. A large part of the project is spearheading World Pneumonia Day and coordinating efforts with member organizations in the US, UK, and Canada.

Responsibilities of the positions may include one or more of the following:

  • Manage social media channels for Stop Pneumonia, including Facebook and Twitter
  • Assist in content development for Stop Pneumonia website and social media channels
  • Populate the website by using the content management system WordPress
  • Gather and edit photographs and graphics to accompany social media and website content
  • Monitor social media analytics and draft reports
  • Monitor global pneumonia news to share on social media channels
  • Assist in development and execution of virtual events and campaigns, including World Pneumonia Day
  • Participate in biweekly strategy calls
     

Skills required:

  • Interest in public health, vaccines, major global infectious diseases, international development, advocacy, communications, writing/editing
  • Strong interest in social media and leveraging platforms for global health advocacy
  • Ability to think creatively and strategically about how best to communicate to diverse audiences
  • Experience with or interest in learning WordPress
  • Demonstrated ability to write in a clear and concise fashion
  • Time management
  • Organization skills and keen attention to detail
  • Self-motivated and able to work well independently

Students are expected to work 10-15 hours per week. Some work can be done from home or off- campus. The position is available in late August / early September.

Interested students should fill out the Student Opportunities form.

 

Communications Assistant

(Diarrhea Advocacy Project- ROTA Council, IVAC & Center for American Indian Health Communications)

Purpose of Job:  This position would support two centers within the Department of International Health. Both centers are looking for a highly motivated individual to support communications functions.

About the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health: The Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health supports tribal communities to lead in designing public health programs to raise the health status, self-sufficiency, and health leadership of Native people around the world. We are an independent center within the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with satellite offices on reservations of the White Mountain and San Carlos Apache, Navajo Nation, and Santo Domingo Pueblo, where our American Indian workforce serves on their tribal lands. With 35 years of collaboration with southwestern tribes, our programming now reaches more than 50 tribal nations in over 25 states. These partnerships have achieved landmark public health breakthroughs credited with saving the lives of over 60 million children around the world.

Description of Job: Our Center seeks a highly motivated individual to support communications functions including email newsletter, social media, website management, and presentations. Reporting to the Director of Communications at the Center for American Indian Health, this individual would be responsible for communicating about the center’s programs, training courses, and milestones to diverse audiences including tribal communities, foundations, research partners, and scholars.

About the ROTA Council: The Rotavirus Organization of Technical Allies (ROTA) Council is managed out of the Policy, Advocacy, and Communications group of the International Vaccine Access Center. ROTA Council members communicate evidence to policy makers and other key decision makers about the burden of rotavirus disease and the impact of vaccines. Part of this work relies on effective communications to partners and others who influence decision makers—including through e-newsletters, social media, and through the newly-relaunched website rotacouncil.org.

Job Qualifications: 

  • Ability to think creatively and strategically about how best to communicate to diverse audiences
  • Ability to summarize and distill large amounts of information to identify key messages
  • Ability to summarize information into concise and compelling stories
  • Demonstrated ability to write in a clear and organized fashion
  • Experience managing professional social media accounts (e.g. Facebook pages, Twitter handles) including ability to build engaged community and produce widely shared content
  • Extremely detail oriented and proficient with self-editing, producing copy requiring minimal top editing
  • Advanced PowerPoint skills – preferred but not required
  • Proficient with visual design – preferred but not required
  • Ability to use Adobe InDesign and Illustrator or online software such as Canva.com/ befunky.com– preferred but not required
  • Self-motivated and able to work well independently and collaboratively

Description of Duties:

  • Contribute to the production of high-impact original content including website content, newsletters, and marketing materials such as brochures, fact sheets and presentations.
  • Produce Center for American Indian Health bimonthly e-newsletter: Write newsletter based on established template, and ensure multiple levels of proofreading with excellent end result
  • Contribute to development of ROTA Council bimonthly Progress Updates including compiling research summaries, reviewing media tracking reports
  • Write and edit website copy: Write news pieces, help ensure website pages are up-to-date
  • Develop social media strategy; plan and schedule social media updates
  • Monitor news media coverage of American Indian health issues to share relevant updates with our community via social media and highlight opportunities for news outreach
  • Share news produced through ROTA Council with global health community through e-newsletter and social media
  • Tracks events and conferences to support communications planning
  • Report on monthly website & newsletter analytics to team  

Applicant Instructions:  To apply for this position, send an email inquiry to rweeks@jhu.edu and state your interest in the position and your qualifications. Please include writing and or graphic design samples other than academic writing samples (e.g., blogs, news stories, e-newsletters produced, brochures, professional Facebook page links, photography, etc.) If your resume is up-to-date, you may want to attach it. 

Students are expected to work 10-15 hours per week.

 

Advocacy & Communications Research Assistant

(multiple Pneumonia & Diarrhea advocacy projects)

About IVAC: The mission of the International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is to accelerate equitable and sustainable access to life-saving vaccines through the generation, synthesis, and use of evidence to inform decision-making and action. IVAC’s work focuses on disease epidemiology, vaccine economics and supply, monitoring and evaluation of vaccine introduction and center programs, and advocacy and communications activities.

About PAC Team: IVAC’s Policy, Advocacy, and Communications (PAC) Team supports global, regional, and country-level advocacy and immunization policy efforts, translating evidence to policy to facilitate decision-making and support advocacy to advance country priorities in low- and middle-income countries.

Purpose and Functions of Role: Support three PAC projects’ efforts around pneumonia and diarrhea by:

  1. Providing communications support (conducting background research, drafting, proofing, etc.)
  2. Providing logistics support, as needed

Level of Effort and Supervisors:

  • Support Pneumonia & Diarrhea Progress Report (50%);
    •  supervised by Prar Vasudevan with oversight from Mary Carol Jennings
  • Support RAVIN project (25%);
    • supervised by Mary Carol Jennings and other team affiliates as appropriate
  • Support India advocacy project (25%);
    • supervised by Prar Vasudevan

Overall Responsibilities:

  • Pneumonia and Diarrhea Progress Report
    • Support lead writer and project manager to prepare and standardize key messages for writer assignments
    • Gather, maintain, and update references using a reference manager
    • Copy-edit report for consistency of messaging
    • Contribute to the development of a social media strategy to disseminate report
      • Plan and schedule Tweets on IVAC’s Twitter channel
    • Participate in strategy meetings/calls around report dissemination and launch
    • Provide logistics support to a report launch event, as needed

 

  • RAVIN project
    • Provide advocacy strategy support to project staff as needed
    • Support technical staff in developing training and communication materials for in-country EPI stakeholders, e.g. vaccinators and trainers
    • Conduct and synthesize background research on RAVIN topics, as needed
    • Create draft content based on evidence and team leadership guidance, and ensure multiple levels of review
    • Update communications materials as requested or as appropriate
    • Draft briefs and related documents to support in-country advocacy work, as needed

 

  • India advocacy project
    • Develop (and/or update) a portfolio of evidence-based materials for a variety of audiences; materials include fact sheets, slides, brochures, talking points, messaging documents, etc.
    • Draft briefs and related documents to support in-country advocacy work
    • Support technical staff in developing training materials for in-country partners
    • Draft and edit content for blogs, newsletters, websites, tweets, and other forms of media
    • Gather, organize, interpret, and analyze data on immunization, health policy, and economics and financing – generating tables and figures.
    • Provide additional support as needed

 

Desired Qualifications:

Communication and Advocacy Skills

  • Strong copy-editing skills
  • Demonstrated ability to write in a clear and organized fashion
  • Ability to understand how to write for multiple audiences (technical, public, policymakers)
  • Ability to summarize and distill large amounts of data to generate key messages
  • Intermediate to advanced MS Excel skills
  • Intermediate to advanced PowerPoint skills
  • Ability to use Adobe InDesign
  • Strong interest in social media and leveraging platforms for global health advocacy (Twitter, Facebook)
  • Previous advocacy, communications, and/or public health work experience—preferred

Project Management Skills

  • Self-motivated and able to work well independently
  • Highly organized and highly detail-oriented
  • Ability to take direction well, while also providing own insights and ideas
  • Ability to manage multiple projects successfully and communicate clearly with supervisors
  • Ability to work well under pressure (demanding and/or shifting deadlines)
  • Proficiency in database management (Endnote or Mendeley)

Technical Skills

  • Interest in vaccines, diarrhea, pneumonia and/or other major global infectious childhood diseases
  • Understanding of basic epidemiologic and statistical concepts
  • Background in vaccines sciences preferred, but not necessary

 

Time Commitment and Compensation:

Student is expected to work around 10-15 hours per week, from IVAC’s home office in Baltimore, MD. Position is available immediately, with compensation of approximately $18-20/hour, depending on experience. Student will have the opportunity to be closely mentored by supervisors, and to attend Lunch n’ Learns and interact with the broader IVAC team. 

 

How to Apply:

To apply, please submit the following materials to Prar Vasudevan, hiring manager, by email at pvasude2@jhu.edu

  1. Completed IVAC Student Opportunities Form
  2. Personal cover letter that is less than 400 words, explaining your interest and qualifications
  3. Writing samples: 1 academic and 2 non-academic
  4. An updated CV/resume of appropriate length for your career experience