This role is part of the DHIS2 Training & Communications team. Our work includes a large variety of digital and print media types, such as website content, newsletters and other email campaigns, informational articles and in-depth country stories, news bulletins and press releases, social media content, scripted and interview-based video content, photographs and digital image assets, presentations and talking points, internal and external reports, posters, conference peripherals, etc. It also involves a variety of outreach activities and events, both in-person and online, including conferences, training courses, webinars, meetings, online community engagement, and more.
While writing is an essential part of the role, we’re envisioning this as an all-around communications position that will have the opportunity to contribute to all stages of our work. You’ll work with the communications team to develop new — and iterate on existing — communications products and campaigns. You’ll engage in independent background research and meet with subject matter experts to identify topics of interest and develop articles and resources that help convey innovations and DHIS2 impact. Beyond the core team, this role can also potentially include a capacity-building component to strengthen communication skills within our network of HISP groups in the global south. Depending on your background and interest, you may also be able to contribute to shaping our profile for a growing number of “brands” within HISP and DHIS2, and contribute to planning and execution of targeted campaigns for key audiences.
This is a new position in the DHIS2 Training & Communications team. We are looking for motivated and experienced candidates who will work with us to shape this role and help us improve our communication impact across platforms, channels, and media types.
What you’ll do:
- Work with the Communications Lead, DHIS2 core team and HISP groups, and other stakeholders to identify topics of interest, gaps in communication, areas for improvement, and new opportunities
- Collaborate with the communications team on the development and design of new communications products and strategies
- Plan, prepare, review, revise and maintain communications material for a variety of channels and formats, including but not limited to:
- DHIS2 and HISP websites
- newsletters and email campaigns
- social media
- reports and fact sheets
- presentations and posters
- print materials
- Research and analyze real-world DHIS2 projects, tools, applications and integrations, and draft stories that describe them and their relevance/impact for different audiences
- Conduct interviews with members of the HISP network and global DHIS2 community
- Help plan and conduct outreach and communications campaigns to targeted audiences
- Support the online course production team with content as needed
- Provide ad hoc communications support to teams within the larger DHIS2 project
- Potential: Contribute to capacity building efforts on communication for HISP groups
- Other communications duties as assigned
- At least three years of professional writing experience, preferably in fields related to the HISP Centre’s work (digital health, global health, digital public goods, etc.)
- Significant communications experience, ideally with a variety of media types
- Excellent research, writing, communication, editing and organizational skills
- Experience with digital publishing tools and platforms
- Experience collaborating with technical subject matter experts on writing projects
- Experience producing rich media content, including social media, video and educational materials is a plus
- Experience with targeted communication to high-level stakeholders (leadership at donor and partner organizations, government officials, etc.), particularly in a field related to our work, is a plus
- Fluency in written and spoken English is required; fluency in other priority languages (French, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic) is a plus
- Ability and willingness to travel internationally as needed
Diversity and Inclusion
The people designing and building DHIS2 should reflect the people of every imaginable background, identity, gender, religion, ability, and nationality in more than 100 countries and on 6 continents worldwide who rely on it. We have published a diversity pledge where you can learn more about our commitment to continually improve the diversity of our teams and to combat unjust disadvantages prevalent throughout the technology industry.
We encourage people from diverse backgrounds to apply for our roles. This includes women, non-binary people, ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, LGBTQ+ people, people from the Global South, and anyone else who identifies with a group that remains underrepresented in tech and engineering. Please reach out if you have doubts about your suitability for a role, and let us know if you require any reasonable adjustments during any part of the application process.
Location and Time Zones
You can work remotely from any country in the world or from our office in Oslo, Norway. If working remotely, we strongly prefer candidates who can have at least 4 hours of overlap with Central European Time Zone working hours. If you are located more than 2 time zones away from Europe, please indicate in your application how you will accommodate this difference. If you are located many timezones away and do not including any additional information in your application it may be automatically rejected.
Remote Work and Travel
We are a remote-first global team but we recognize the importance of meeting and collaborating with colleagues in person. You will have the opportunity to travel at least once per year to meet with other members or your team. We host one annual in person gathering of the Training & Communications team during the DHIS2 Annual Conference in Oslo. There may be additional opportunities to travel for work related to DHIS2 projects in the field or other events. All travel expenses are fully covered.
We recognize that travel has an environmental impact, and so we work to limit travel to only what is essential and to mitigate or offset the impact of necessary travel we fund. We encourage the use of trains and other low-carbon transportation whenever this is a reasonable option.
This is a full-time position (80% possible) on an annual renewable contract. We are focused on building long-term contractor relationships. We support flexible work arrangements with generous holiday allowances, and we offer the option to renew for longer contract periods over time.
How to apply
PLEASE READ! Important instructions to ensure your application is considered
Your application should include the following:
- Examples of your writing that display a range of relevant formats and modes
- Examples of your other communications projects/content
- A few sentences (in the “Message to Hiring Manager” section) outlining how your skills fit well with this role.