Communications Officer (maternity replacement 7 months)

Geneva, Switzerland | Communications Team | Contract

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Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) is a leading product development partnership (PDP) in the field of antimalarial drug research and development. Its mission is to reduce the burden of malaria in disease-endemic countries by discovering, developing and delivering new, effective and affordable antimalarial drugs. 

Over the past 20 years, MMV has worked with an extensive network of donors, private and public sector partners, experts and clinical centres in endemic countries to develop an outstanding portfolio of antimalarial projects. Our portfolio is financed through funding support coming from government agencies, private and corporate foundations, international organizations, corporations and private individuals.

We are currently seeking a Communications Officer for a period of 7 months, to cover a maternity leave. The successful candidate will support the implementation of the organisation’s communications strategy through various internal and external activities, primarily management of MMV’s external website, creation of print and digital content and responding to the communications needs of internal teams. 

The Communications Officer will be responsible for the following:

Content and events

  • Produce print and digital content, including news stories, image slideshows, interviews and infographics 
  • Manage MMV’s visibility at events and conferences
  • Respond to the needs of internal teams, taking on ad hoc projects and developing communications plans, as needed
  • Coordinate translation and layout of content
  • Manage media monitoring tool to gauge the impact of MMV’s communications and monitor for organisational risks
  • Train new staff on communication processes (SOPs)

Digital channels

  • Ensure MMV website content is up-to-date on an ongoing basis
  • Grow MMV web traffic using Google Ads, as well as search engine optimization and marketing
  • Create and analyse Google Analytics reports to gauge the performance of the site and feed into its continuous improvement
  • Work with web developers to ensure the web design remains fresh and continuously improve the functionality of the Content Management System (CMS) with new features
  • Lead creation and content development for new websites with web developers, as needed
  • Update social media strategy to align with organisational strategy and advise on its implementation
  • Create social media plans for events or campaigns as needed
  • Keep up-to-date on new social media tools and identify opportunities

Education and experience::

  • University degree in communications, digital marketing or related field
  • At least 4 years of work experience with digital and print and communications
  • Experience in global health/ development issues

Technical skills required: 

  • Strong English writing and editing skills; able to produce clear, concise and engaging messages
  • Web editing experience and knowledge of content management systems
  • Ability to compile, consolidate and organize information
  • Comprehensive understanding of building social media communities, particularly on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn
  • Experience with social media management tools
  • Skilled at editing images and preparing graphics; good knowledge of Photoshop
  • Experience with Google AdWords an asset
  • French language skills an asset

Behavioural skills required:

  • Excellent people skills with the ability to work in a small team
  • Proven ability to manage multiple priorities within specified timeframes
  • Collaborative, creative and flexible
  • Proactive, highly organized and detail-oriented self-starter
  • Strong reporting and analytical skills
  • Passionate about digital communication, with a strong desire to learn about new technologies

Start date: 1st May 2020

Interested applicants should send their CV and motivation letter by the 4th of March 2020.
Recruitment agencies are kindly requested to refrain from submitting applications.