Communications Associate

July 9, 2024

Job Overview

  • Date Posted
    July 9, 2024
  • Location
  • Expiration date
    July 23, 2024
  • Experience
    4 Years
  • Qualification
    Bachelor Degree
  • Organization
    Partners in Health
  • Required Languages

Job Description


                  Vacancy Announcement

Job title:    Communications Associate, PIH Sierra Leone
Work Location: Preferred: Koidu Town, Kono District

Optional: Freetown, Sierra Leone with significant in-country travel (up to 50%)

Department: Communications Department
Reports to:  Communications Manager
Line Management  TBD
Requisition # 4236
Duration of Contract Twelve (12) Months with possibility of extension
Application Status External Advert
Organisation Profile 
Partners In Health (PIH) is an international health organization relentlessly committed to improving the health of the poor and marginalized. PIH partners with local governments to build local capacity and works closely with impoverished communities to deliver high-quality health care, address the root causes of illness, train providers, advance research, and advocate for global policy change. Our delivered services in the field are based in our partnership with the Governments and Ministries of Health and the support to education, training and mentorship to Health care workers and students is one of our pillars for the Health care system strengthening.

PIH currently has implementation programs in Haiti, Rwanda, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Peru, Mexico, Russia, Sierra Leone and Navajo Nation. Through our partnership with Harvard Medical School and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, we support a wide range of programs in dozens of other countries around the world. 

Our Work In Sierra Leone:

Partners In Health (PIH) began supporting the government of Sierra Leone in response to the Ebola epidemic in October 2014. Recognizing the large need for continued investments in the health system after Ebola, PIH is committed to long-term health system strengthening in support of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS), guided by the same principles as our emergency response and our work around the world: public sector accompaniment, integrated and comprehensive services, social justice, nimbleness and flexibility, partnership, community ownership, and evidence-based interventions. In the aftermath of the epidemic, PIH is committed to supporting the delivery of comprehensive health services in Sierra Leone, from the community level to the health center and to referral hospitals.

Position Overview
Partners In Health (PIH) seeks a creative, social justice-oriented professional to support communications for a growing organization. The Communications Associate will work with PIH colleagues and external partners around the world to broaden and deepen support for PIH. 

By celebrating the organization’s unique mission and values, showcasing its pioneering accomplishments, and promoting its valuable brand, the Communications Associate will provide hands-on support to PIH Sierra Leone’s communications efforts, including through production and delivery of assets, maintaining and growing social media channels, supporting content creation for the website, and other communications initiatives. 

As a collaborator with clinical staff as well as the Policy and Partnerships team, the Communications Associate creates and curates compelling, timely content to advance PIH-SL’s strategic plan and create fundraising and resource mobilization materials such as the annual report and “At A Glance” resources.  

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 
External Communications (30%)

Support the creation, of country-specific content showcasing the impact of PIH in Sierra Leone for print and digital channels 

Engage with staff at all levels to seek out compelling stories ideas and coordinate the production process

Maintain and grow PIH-SL’s social media channels by coordinating the creation of engaging content and tailoring messages to national and international audiences

Support and coordinate the content creation for PIH-SL’s new website 

Internal Communications (30%)

Coordinate continued development and deployment of existing internal communications structures 

Proactively propose ways to strengthen internal engagement and improve accessibility of internal communications for staff across all levels 

Coordinate file management systems that provide staff easy access to shared resources

Fundraising and Resource Mobilization Communication (40%)

Develop strategic communications documents for external audiences, including government, partners, potential funders, and others as required (e.g. annual report, fact sheets, PowerPoint presentations)

Support the engagement strategy for PIH-SL’s flagship project, the Maternal Center of Excellence in Kono District

Support teams in external engagement such as the Policy and Partnerships team through content-generation including 1-pagers, proposals, reports, and other communications requests as needed 

Coordinate the creation of communication outputs for active grant funded projects and provide mentorship to program managers on report and success story writing requirements 

Prevention of Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment
At Partners In Health, we are committed to ensuring that those who benefit from our work- including our patients, families and community members – as well as our staff are treated with dignity and respect and protected from sexual exploitation, abuse and sexual harassment. A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Partners In Health’s PSEAH policy. Partner In Health will request information from applicants’ previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during emploment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment.  By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms their understanding of these recruitment procedures
Essential Experience And Skills

Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Media, Journalism or a related field.

At least four years of relevant experience in a similar role

Experience working in public health preferred

Proven ability to produce high-quality content by collaborating across departments, countries, and cultures 

Proven ability to build relationships with a range of stakeholders, both internally and externally to the organization

Demonstrated experience managing, and meeting, multiple deadlines

Detail-orientated approach to content creation, with excellent planning and prioritization skills

Ability to self-motivate and implement new communications initiatives with minimal oversight and direction 

Passion for PIH’s mission and interest in global health equity and social justice

Essential Competencies and Attributes

Good organizational skills, attention to detail, and the ability to work in a very fast paced, deadline-driven environment

Proficient in Microsoft 365 suite, including Outlook and Teams as well as Canva 

Working knowledge of website content management systems

Humility and flexibility. Capacity to enter each conversation as a learner and a teacher

Commitment to health as a human right and social justice

Strong understanding of ethical content gathering and safeguarding standards

Social Justice
We are a global health and social justice organization that responds to the moral imperative to provide high-quality health care globally to those who need it most. We strive to ease suffering by placing patients at the center of all care, bringing the benefits of modern medicine to all.
Method of application
Interested candidates are required to apply by email to   In your application, please ensure to include names, addresses, email addresses and telephone numbers of three (3) referees not later than 12:00pm GMT (Midnight) on Tuesday 23rd  July 2024