Writer/Communications Specialist

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International Partnership for Microbicides

Published 7 days ago


IPM was established in 2002 to develop new HIV prevention tools and other sexual and reproductive health technologies for women and make them available in developing countries where the epidemic has hit hardest.

As a nonprofit product developer, IPM manages resources and partnerships across public, private and philanthropic sectors to develop new HIV prevention tools that advance global development and promise to save millions of lives. In July 2020, the Dapivirine Vaginal Ring received a positive opinion from the European Medicines Agency (EMA), which opens the pathway to regulatory approvals and market introduction in Africa as the first long-acting HIV prevention product for women.

IPM has offices in the United States, South Africa, and Belgium and works with partners worldwide. For more information about IPM and microbicides, please visit our website at

Job Summary:

The Writer/Communications Specialist reports to the Sr. Director, Communications, and supports and coordinates writing projects and strategic communications activities to raise awareness of IPM’s work and deepen support for our nonprofit mission among key global stakeholders. As part of a small and energetic communications team, they write, produce and support an array of engaging materials and resources from concept through strategic delivery. The candidate also supports selected proposals, donor reports and other pieces with compelling investment cases. They help ensure messaging accuracy and consistency across internal teams and external partners, and provide communications support for conferences and meetings. The Writer/ Communications Specialist may oversee consultants and vendors, as appropriate.

The ideal candidate has a strong interest in HIV prevention, gender equality, sexual and reproductive health and/or public health communications plus a demonstrated ability to translate complex topics into compelling narratives for a broad range of audiences around the world.

Job Responsibilities:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily:

Strategic Communications (75%):

  • Work collaboratively with subject matter experts across teams to research, craft or support development of engaging resources for internal and external use, including messaging, fact sheets, annual reports, blog posts, web content, presentations, brochures, infographics as well as video, animation and other multimedia, and social media and other digital content.
  • Translate complex topics into compelling stories to raise visibility of IPM’s work and accomplishments among key stakeholders, including policymakers, donors, communities, advocates, implementers, researchers and media.
  • Ghostwrite clear and persuasive op-eds, letters to the editor and blog posts.
  • Develop an editorial strategy, including identifying key channels and formats for content dissemination to stakeholders.
  • Select, create or outsource development of visual/multimedia assets.
  • Ensure continuity of IPM brand, positioning and messaging across communications resources and platforms; serve as a resource for teams.
  • Ensure all communications comply with regulatory and donor marking guidance.
  • Work across teams to support IPM’s knowledge management efforts, including internal and external messaging needs.
  • Contribute to IPM’s communications strategy and assist with budget monitoring.
  • Support reputation management and risk communications efforts.
  • Liaise with consultants and vendors.
  • Carry out other research and writing tasks as requested.

Resource Development Support (20%)

  • Support proposal development and other donor deliverables, as needed, by drafting clear and persuasive content, including investment cases.
  • Provide editorial and content reviews for proposals, donor reporting and other deliverables; ensure consistency with organizational messaging and formatting; and select visual assets, as appropriate.
  • Support slide development for donors and prospects.
  • Create and maintain donor prospecting packages.

Administrative (5%):

  • Assist with updating Communications vendor contracts and agreements.
  • Take notes at twice-yearly IPM Board meetings.
  • Provide additional administrative support as needed.

Job Specifications/Qualifications:

Candidates for this position should have the following education/experience and demonstrate mastery of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:


  • Degree in Health/Science Communication, Public Communication, Journalism or related field, or Public Health, International Development or related field (Bachelor’s required, Master’s preferred).
  • At least 5-7 years relevant writing, communications or other related experience.
  • Willingness and ability to learn complex concepts pertaining to product research and development, and delivery.
  • Knowledge of, or keen interest in, global public health, women’s health, gender equality and HIV prevention; women’s issues and health systems in developing countries.
  • Familiarity with, or experience working in, developing countries, particularly Africa.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Strong writing and editing skills, and proven ability to synthesize complex. information into meaningful messages and stories for various audiences.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills; ability to effectively handle sensitive information; cultural sensitivity.
  • Proficiency with MS Office required (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Ability to design simple and effective graphics, infographics and web stories a plus. 
  • Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite a plus.
  • Experience with major social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook); familiarity with digital marketing.
  • Takes initiative; ability to work as a team player and independently.
  • Skilled at delivering results on short timelines.
  • Ability to think strategically and prioritize competing demands.
  • Careful attention to detail and accuracy; strong organizational skills.
  • Tolerant of ambiguity, works well under pressure, and highly organized
  • A sense of humor, flexibility and humility.
  • General familiarity with website content management systems a plus.

Terms and Conditions

Position located at Headquarters in Silver Spring, MD, with flexibility for some remote work. Currently, all IPM employees work remotely due to the pandemic and will return to the office as public health recommendations and IPM safety guidelines allow. Job holder should expect fast-paced working environment.  Travel is expected domestically and internationally as appropriate.  IPM is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.  


IPM was established in 2002 to develop new HIV prevention tools and other sexual and reproductive health technologies for women and make them available in developing countries where the epidemic has hit hardest.

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  • Full Time Schedule
  • 4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional


Temporarily Remote
Work may be performed anywhere in United States
Associated Location
8405 Colesville Road, Suite 600, Silver Spring, MD 20910

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