Position Description

Communication Programs Manager, India
Location India
Department Road Safety Non Mass Media
# of openings 1
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Vital Strategies India Services Private Limited, is a private limited company focused on strengthening and revitalizing public health systems through design and supporting scalable solutions to leading causes of death, disease and injury. Vital Strategies provides technical assistance, consultation, as well as project management, design and evaluation to a wide range of private and public sector clients, in order to further its mission to improve and save lives, including through non-communicable disease prevention, environmental health and urban health, with specific areas of focus in tobacco control, data for health, cardiovascular health, road safety, overdose prevention, air quality, obesity prevention and tuberculosis research.

The Communication Programs Manager, India, will provide technical support to government agencies on the planning and implementation of social marketing campaigns to improve risky behaviors, support policies and and change social norms. Communication campaigns will be coordinated with local government plans and tied to BIGRS and BI partner and grantee activities. Day-to-day responsibilities will include working collaboratively with government and non-government partners on a range of projects from designing national and sub-national media campaigns, managing advertising, media planning/buying, research, social, digital and public relations agencies and coordinating with partners and grantees, to providing on-the-ground analysis and execution of campaign elements.

We encourage all qualified individuals who share Vital Strategies’ vision of a world where everyone is protected by a strong public health system to apply. We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and do not discriminate on the basis of characteristics such as race, color, age, religion or creed, gender, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, veteran or military status, marital status or any other basis protected by country and local laws.

We are proud of our commitment to a professional work environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. Vital Strategies will not tolerate its employees, volunteers, consultants, partners or any other representative associated with the delivery of its work carrying out any form of sexual harassment, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse and thoroughly vets all final candidates.

The salary for this position is INR 14,40,000-21,60,000. To help you stay energized, engaged and inspired, we offer a wide range of benefits including a strong retirement plan, flexi basket reimbursement option, comprehensive healthcare, and Paid Leaves so you can relax, recharge and be there for the people you care about.

Candidates must have valid work authorization to work in the countries of hiring. Prefer hiring local candidates.

Vital Strategies India Services Private Limited, is a private limited company focused on strengthening and revitalizing public health systems through design and supporting scalable solutions to leading causes of death, disease and injury. Vital Strategies provides technical assistance, consultation, as well as project management, design and evaluation to a wide range of private and public sector clients, in order to further its mission to improve and save lives, including through non-communicable disease prevention, environmental health and urban health, with specific areas of focus in tobacco control, data for health, cardiovascular health, road safety, overdose prevention, air quality, obesity prevention and tuberculosis research.

The position is part of Vital Strategies’ Policy, Advocacy and Communication Division’s global team of 40, comprised of people from varying backgrounds from public relations to advertising to communication research. The team has a collaborative culture, clustering people with different skills and backgrounds to execute projects. Vital Strategies’ global team values diversity and multicultural fluency.

As part of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS) and Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use Globally (BI TC) , we are seeking a Communication Manager, India with experience running social marketing—ideally public health campaigns integrating mass media, public relations, earned and digital media strategies. The Communication Manager will be based in Delhi and serve priority localities across India.

The Communication Programs Manager, India will provide technical support to government agencies on the planning and implementation of social marketing campaigns to improve risky behaviors, support policies and and change social norms. Communication campaigns will be coordinated with local government plans and tied to BIGRS and BI partner and grantee activities. Day-to-day responsibilities will include working collaboratively with government and non-government partners on a range of projects from designing national and sub-national media campaigns, managing advertising, media planning/buying, research, social, digital and public relations agencies and coordinating with partners and grantees, to providing on-the-ground analysis and execution of campaign elements.

The Communication Programs Manager, India will also be involved in organizing communication training and capacity building workshops for government communication stakeholders and media to support these public health programs.

Working with dedicated local and global PR team, the Communication Programs Manager, India will also involved in earned media efforts, including media campaign launch events, participation in the planning and execution of journalist trainings and general promotion of the initiative and Vital Strategies in the media.

The ideal candidate will be familiar with public health and have experience with media campaigns that motivate positive behavior change. They will be conversant with various media channels and have familiarity with media planning and placement to optimize reach. In addition, it is expected that the individual selected for the role will have experience in multi-sectoral stakeholder relations and be able to work closely with Government and mInistry organizations in India.

Qualities and Qualifications:  

  • Bachelor's degree preferred, with minimum 5 years of job-related experience in advertising, communications or public relations;
  • A strong track record of working closely and collaboratively with stakeholders, including governmental agencies and NGOs;
  • Familiarity with public health and health advocacy;
  • Experience developing and executing social marketing campaigns;
  • A good understanding of the media and PR landscape in India an d established media connections;
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to successfully manage competing priorities and meet deadlines;
  • The capacity to work independently and collaboratively in an international team environment with solid interpersonal and verbal communication skills;
  • Excellent judgment, strategic thinking and strong initiative;
  • Solid knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook);
  • Consistent and reliable internet access is required to be able perform this role;
  • Current residency and permit to work in the country
  • Mandatory – native speaker, proficient in English (written and spoken).

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