GARDP – Senior Communications Manager

Geneva, Switzerland
[Closing date: November 9, 2017]


The Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) is a collaborative, patients’ needs-driven, non-profit drug research and development (R&D) organization that is developing new treatments for neglected diseases (

The Global Antibiotic Research & Development Partnership (GARDP) is a not-for-profit research and development organization that addresses global public health needs by developing and delivering new or improved antibiotic treatments, while endeavoring to ensure sustainable access. Initiated and incubated through close collaboration between WHO and Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi), GARDP is part of the implementation of the Global Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance that calls for new public-private partnerships for encouraging research and development of new antimicrobial agents and diagnostics.

GARDP’s mission is to work in partnership with the public and private sectors, to develop and deliver new treatments for bacterial infections where drug resistance is present or emerging, or for which inadequate treatment exists.

GARDP is currently hosted and facilitated by DNDi, which provides the scientific environment, necessary personnel, and infrastructure to ensure an effective start-up phase.


Purpose of the position

  • The primary objective of the position of the Senior Communications Manager (SCM) is to raise the profile of GARDP R&D portfolio and position GARDP in AMR landscape and Participate in building GARDP annual communications plan in an integrated way within the overall DNDi/GARDP plan.
  • S/he Propose and help lead in implementation of communications strategies for GARDP, both institutionally and programmatically (STIs, Neonatal sepsis, Memory Recovery, other programmes)
  • S/he will Play a leading role in the DNDi communications team as member of the DNDi communications strategic group (together with the Head of Communications, Media and Content Lead, Digital Communications Lead, Corporate and Scientific Communications Lead, possibly others)


Specific job responsibilities

Programme communications: sexually-transmitted infections, neonatal sepsis, Memory Recovery, paediatrics (80%)

With DNDi communications strategic group and with relevant Directors and Heads from GARDP, develop communications strategies around GARDP R&D programmes and across all aspects of communications, including:

  • MEDIA- Working with Media and Content lead and other relevant colleagues to:
    • Devise media outreach strategies, identify angles and targets, opportunities etc.
    • Develop messages, press releases, talking points, Q&As and other supporting documents.
    • Train potential spokespeople, organize press conferences etc.
    • Assess external coverage or lack thereof to inform future strategy, etc.
    • Act as interface with external stakeholder communications colleagues as appropriate.
  • CONTENT – Working with Media and Content lead and other relevant colleagues to:
    • Strategize on content and storytelling needs, potential internal and external voices or partners to feature, content formats.
    • Organize field or partner visits for content collection, managing external vendors, timelines and budget aspects, and ensuring full integration into DNDi editorial calendar and planning.
    • Ensure integration of content outputs into DNDi/GARDP common multimedia database, as well as respect of DNDi guidelines in terms of consent, rights of use, logo use, validation etc.
  • DIGITAL – Working with Digital lead and other relevant colleagues to:
    • Ensure is populated with relevant appealing and up-to-date content, by providing blurbs, texts, suggestions for edits etc.
    • Ensure GARDP messages and themes are regularly featured on social media channels in accordance with DNDi social media strategy.
    • Collaborate with Junior Community Manager to ensure promotion strategy for REVIVE (Memory Recovery Portal), including organisation of webinars.
  • PUBLICATIONS – Working with relevant colleagues to:
    • Undertake multiple varied writing/editing tasks including 2 pagers, factsheets, programme brochures, annual report, programmatic updates, blurbs for websites/REVIVE, scripts for films and animations, op eds etc.
  • SCIENTIFIC – Working with Scientific and Corporate lead to and other relevant colleagues to:
    • Ensure scientific publications and participation in scientific conferences are well-planned, appropriately validated through scientific validation policy.
    • Ensure GARDP scientific output is linked to other forms of communications outputs (e.g. media, social) where appropriate and where potential exists.

For corporate and institutional visibility and branding of GARDP (20%)

Through media, digital, scientific, publications, events and content creation, work to increase visibility of GARDP, clarify its mandate and objectives, methods of work, mission/vision, including by:

  • Ensuring outcome of current governance reform is clearly communicated to external stakeholders.
  • Ensuring founding and ongoing role of WHO is clearly and appropriately represented in communications outputs.
  • Ensuring corporate (and programmatic) communications directly support the Fundraising efforts of GARDP as required.
  • Ensuring GARDP policy/advocacy positioning works to clarify GARDP mission/vision and mandate.
  • Delivering on range of corporate communications tools such as annual activity report, programme updates, communications to Board/Scientific Advisory Committee etc.
  • Ensuring branding guidelines are respected in terms of use of logo, joint logo, and other forms of corporate visual identity (fonts, colours etc.).

Other tasks

  • Assist the Head of Communications in identifying GARDP communications budgetary needs.

Reporting line

  • S/He reports to GARDP Direct with functional line to Head of Communications and Advocacy, DNDi.
  • Is a member of the DNDi communications team “embedded” in the broader GARDP team.
  • Is a member of the DNDi communications strategic group.


  • Works with close collaboration and daily contacts with Business Development Director, R&D programme heads, and Head of External Affairs, GARDP, as well as Communications Team, DNDi.


Job requirements

Skills and attributes

  • Communications all-rounder with a strategic mindset, with excellent or good knowledge of the potential of media, digital, corporate, print, events and other communications channels and tools to reach communications objectives.
  • Excellent English mother tongue writing skills.
  • Mature and diplomatic, ability to navigate internal sensitivities, work with multiple teams, juggle competing priorities.
  • Collegiate mindset, willing to share responsibilities, work as part of a team, facilitate the flow of information and ideas.
  • Sound political judgement, ability to work in an international environment and with a broad range of external stakeholders, including WHO, pharmaceutical companies, Ministries of Health, scientific experts, media.
  • Culturally sensitive and able to forge good working relationships across cultural differences.
  • Familiarity or ability to engage with policy themes or advocacy messages.


  • Over 8 years in similar position (with a background in journalism, communications management, media relations or global health) ideally with a strong public health background.
  • Experience in managing a global team and coordinating network of collaborators.
  • Experience working internationally and preferably with organization involved in global health issues.
  • Proven ability to work effectively in a team environment and matrix structure.


  • Advanced postgraduate degree or graduate degree with equivalent in experience to reach Master level. Studies in communication, public health or science, or related area.

Other requirements

  • Fluency in English.
  • Proficiency in local languages desirable.
  • Very good knowledge of Microsoft Suite.
  • Based in Geneva.

Other information

  • Status: (Full time – Permanent role).             


To apply

  • Deadline for application: Accepting applications until November 9th.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.