Communications Officer

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

[Closing date: 10 May 2015]

Drugs for Neglected Disease initiative (DNDi), a not-for-profit organization, vision is to improve the quality of life and the health of people suffering from neglect diseases by developing medicines and by ensuring access to health tools.

Its main goal is to provide new treatments to meet patient’s needs for Leishmaniasis, Sleeping sickness (HAT) and Chagas disease; and also establish a solid portfolio of projects in Research and Development (R&D).

DNDi also has two other goals related to regional capacity building and advocacy:
At regional level, the DNDi Latin American is going through an important period of growth both in terms of the projects under development and in terms of building a sustainable institution profile in the region.

You are invited to access the following links for more information: / / /

Purpose of the position:
We are a small team with an important mission: work for neglected patients. DNDi focuses on public health and neglected patients’ needs by developing R&D and delivering new treatments. We are looking for someone with truly interest in our work and integrated corporate communication (communication without borders; press, corporate, digital and social media) that can fully support regional activities and take advantage of a multicultural work environment. The scopes of our activities are very broad and the communication team worldwide works together in a multitude of tasks, dynamically and with short deadlines. As such, a person with hands on and strategic planning is essential to support the Latin American office.

Position Objective:

  • Ensure in Latin America the management and update of external website, intranet and social media in liaison with Webmaster in HQ-Geneva and LA communications manager
  • Key role in supporting the Regional Communications Manager with strategic planning and decision-making
  • Support regional internal communication up to date and managing current and developing new internal and external communication tools
  • Key role in planning and organizing DNDi’s institutional participation in regional formal and informal events and organizing strategic institutional events
  • Assisting and sharing duties with the communications intern
  • Manage regional database and stakeholders contacts and contribute to improve stakeholders relationship management within the Latin America region
  • Corporate Materials
  • Support the development and execution of the regional annual report
  • Text revisions, translations and comparisons in Portuguese, Spanish and English – global and regional institutional/advocacy/fundraising communication materials
  • Media and digital communication
  • Proactively identify and pursue traditional and social media opportunities
  • Produce draft press releases and be responsible for cross-adaptation and translation among English, Portuguese and Spanish.
  • Support a database of media contacts in Latin America (focus on Mexico, Argentina, Bolivia and Colombia); help the organizations to build a strong relationship with key-journalists mainly those covering specific health issues; support press relations in general
  • Event organization
  • Strategic mapping of key regional event opportunities
  • Conduct event organization including sponsorship proposals and negotiation; invitation to speak or attend when suited; develop specific content when necessary; manage booth presence and support Admin Officer on general logistics.


  • Reports to the Regional Communications Manager.
  • Work closely with the global Communications team (Geneva, India, USA, and Kenya).


  • Degree in Social Communications is preferable, but other humanities majors will be also considered, such International Relations, Languages/Literature, with a proof of real interest/experience in communications.
  • Professional experience in communication, journalism, marketing, public relation and/or related areas.
  • Excellent written communication – able to produce final texts.
  • Knowledge of website management is desired.
  • Basic knowledge of HTML, Photoshop and Adobe suite and multicultural and international experiences are an advantage
  • Domain with the office suite and internet

Competencies / Skills

  • Interest in DNDi’s vision and mission
  • Enthusiasm to have a full dedication to a fulfilling job.
  • Capacity to work as a team player with a level of independence when needed.
  • Capacity to deal with a large amount of information, from different sources
  • Collaboration, facilitation and interpersonal skills; Team spirit
  • Resilience and coping strengths to meet deadlines and maintain high levels of professionalism while managing multiple demands.
  • Positive learning attitude and be functional out of the comfort zone
  • Availability to travel for work
  • Attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Creativity and flexibility
  • Pro-activity


  • Spanish – Native
  • English – Fluent
  • Portuguese – Desirable, but not a key determinant

Working Terms and Conditions
The Communications Officer will be based in Rio de Janeiro and will therefore attend all team and coordination meetings on a regular basis as well as be prepared for work related traveling.

Workplace: DNDi Latin America’s office in Jardim Botânico – Rio de Janeiro – Brazil
Time employment: 100% (full-time position)
Type of contract: Indeterminate contract (with a 3 month probation period)

Motivated and qualified candidates are highly encouraged to send their CV along with a motivation letter to

Accepting applications until: May 10th, 2015

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Work Environment and Physical Demands:
Essential functions are typically performed in an office setting. Reasonable accommodations may be
made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.