Stop TB – Communications Manager

Geneva, Switzerland
Industry Sector:
International Public Sector
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Stop TB – Communications Manager

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Application closing date: 30 September 2018

Background Information 

UNOPS hosts the Stop Tuberculosis Partnership Secretariat (STBP) as of 1 January 2015, in Geneva, Switzerland. The vision of the Stop TB Partnership is to realize the goal of elimination of Tuberculosis (TB) as a public health problem and, ultimately, to obtain a world free of TB by ensuring that every TB patient has access to effective diagnosis, treatment and cure; stopping transmission of TB; reducing the inequitable social and economic toll of TB; and developing and implementing new preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic tools and strategies. The Stop Partnership is uniquely positioned to support the development and further implementation by partners of the current and future Global Plan, acting as a coordinator and catalyst for the range of partners engaged in the fight against TB.

Functional Responsibilities

Under the guidance of  Stop TB Partnership’s Executive Director, the incumbent serves as Communication Manager providing leadership on Communication strategies to promote the Partnership’s objectives, ensure visibility and understanding of the STBP brand, and strengthen the internal and external communication of the Partnership. The Manager will work with all the teams in the STBP Secretariat, as well as external partners, donors, and key influencers in order to achieve the objectives of the current and future Operational Strategy and the Global Plans to End TB. The purpose of all Stop TB Partnership communication work is to engender political and financial commitment to end TB as a public health problem.

The specific responsibilities of the Communication Manager include:

  • Under the guidance of the Executive Director and the Deputy Executive Director, lead Stop TB Partnership’s work on comunication, ensuring that all opportunities are optimally utilized to build high-level political commitment for TB at global level and in strategically important countries.
  • Advice and support the Executive Director on activities that will follow  the United Nations High Level Meeting (UNHLM) on TB in 2018, promoting and supporting the efforts to engage Ministries of External Affairs, Ministries of Health and Offices of Heads of State and Governments. Ensure effective communication between all stakeholders and provide guidance on communication related follow-up actions from the UN HLM.
  • Promote STBP and its objectives by ensuring high visibility and understanding of TB among partners and at highest political level, building a movement to strengthen global and national TB efforts towards ending the epidemic.
  • The incumbent will be responsible, for executing and evolving the Partnership’s communications, by designing, developing, and delivering communication strategy, messaging and messages, lay out the tactics, engage partners, build and sustain campaigns and proactively take necessary action – to meet the objectives of the current and future Operational Strategy. All communication work needs to be planned and executed in close collaboration with all Secretariat teams and partners.
  • Conceptualize ambitious and realistic longer-term communication goals for TB, aligned with the Global Plan to End TB,  and to work with partners to achieve consensus. Critically assess the progress and achievements, identifying gaps and pitfalls towards recommending remedial actions and, within the delegated authority, implementing innovative strategies for further improvements.
  • Develop together with the Executive Director and Secretariat staff in the development of communication messages, news alerts and executing strategic activities to ensure that these meet the high standards and visibility requirements and promote further cooperation and coordination with partners.
  • Collaborate on the development and execution of Partnership work plans and budgets related to communciation, and the optimization of the use of financial and human resources, as well as effective processes, streamlined procedures and best practices.
  • Develop communication messages to be used by Stop TB.
  • Through effective communication, ensure that Stop TB Partnership, including its mandate and work, is well understood by partners and country – including country missions in Geneva and New York.
  • Serve as the Leader and the Manager of a small team for communication in the Stop TB Partnership, and take human resource actions as needed in consultation with the Deputy Executive Director to ensure that the team is well served and well motivated to perform with high efficiency.
  • Work with Communication agencies and companies to prepare and partner Stop TB related events.
  • To perform other related responsibilities as assigned, to assist the Executive Director and others, as required.



Preferably, advanced university (Master) degree in political science or international relations, media and communication, Journalism, economics, development studies, resource mobilization and  social media PR, or similar subjects.

A University degree (Bachelor) in one of the subjects above in addition to 2 extra years of relevant experience, may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree. 


  • A minimum of 10 years of progressive experience in the development and implementation of communication strategies, ideally with emphasis in at least one of the following areas: campaigning, networking, public relations at national and international levels.
  • Track record in the development and successful delivery of communication campaigns related to public health/development is highly desirable.
  • Experience in the development of communication, messages, writing and journalism strategies and related high level messages through interaction at senior level would be a strong asset; and proven experience in development and/or run of campaigns, news items, and work under pressure to deliver results against tight deadline is desirable.
  • Experience working with large Organizations in the area of strategic communication is required.
  • Experience in leading and managing multicultural teams is required.
  • Experience interacting with and presenting to senior leadership of donors, government and partner organizations is desirable.
  • Sound understanding of the global public health arena and future directions is a strong asset.
  • Experience working with a multitude of partners and high level representatives is highly desirable.
  • Proven networking capacity with important stakeholders – including but not limited to private sector, business leaders, members of parliament, senior government officers and/or Ministers is a strong asset.
Excellent knowledge of English with proven ability to write and communicate in English (spoken and written) in a clear and concise manner. Knowledge of another UN official language is an asset.

Contract type, level and duration 

Contract type: International Individual Contractor Agreement (IICA)
Contract level: IICA-3 (ICS12)
Contract duration:Ongoing ICA – Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance
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