Public Affairs Manager
As an essential member of the ORBIS Flying Eye
Hospital team, the Public Affairs Manager is responsible for developing public awareness
and education campaigns to help draw attention to the issue of avoidable
blindness, raise the public and policy makers’ consciousness of eye health
problems and their impact, and help
ORBIS partners gain access to the human, material and financial resources
needed to bring about improvements in eye health. This position requires
approximately 45 weeks of worldwide travel per year.
REPORTING & WORKING RELATIONSHIPS:
Affairs Manager reports to the Director, Global Communications and Branding,
with an administrative reporting relationship to the Director,
Hospital. This position
also liaises closely with ORBIS DC-10 colleagues, especially the FEH
Communications Manager, International Program
Department, communication teams in
New York, country
and affiliate offices as well as the local hosts of the
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
- Work in close partnership with
New York colleagues and the Flying Eye
Hospital Communications Manager to develop a public affairs program that facilitates
ORBIS’s access to the human, material and financial resources needed to bring
about improvements in eye health and eliminate avoidable blindness. This
- Participating in the development and implementation of
strategies focused on building support and alliances with government leaders,
health officials, peer organizations and NGOs who can support ORBIS-sponsored
programs and initiatives.
- Researching the social and political impact of eye
health problems and assessing the effectiveness of strategies to overcome these
- Preparing messaging tailored to the target audiences
that defines the issue, states solutions and describes the actions that need to
be taken to advance the promotion of eye health and blindness prevention.
- Choosing the appropriate channels of
communication to speak with and deliver targeted messages to policy makers,
community leaders, health professionals and the general public.
- Participate as a
member of a planning team prior to a program to assess and work with local
partners in the development of a public awareness and education campaign in
support of the sight-saving training program.
local sponsorship opportunities in-country and manage the relationship in
coordination with fundraising colleagues in
New York, country and affiliate offices.
- Manage the
invitation and coordinate all logistics in preparation for the attendance of
VIPs (heads of state, ministers of health, ambassadors, major donors and
corporate partners) to a
timely distribution of program background information and related
advocacy/public affairs materials to media and ORBIS staff.
- Work with
representatives from the International Program Department to devise and
implement a monitoring and evaluation plan for public awareness and education
coordination with Flying Eye Hospital
Manager, prepare the public affairs section of the final
program report, including an in-depth analysis and reports on campaign achievements.
- Work in
close partnership with the Flying Eye Hospital
Manager and provide assistance to develop a comprehensive
communications and advocacy strategy that supports all
ORBIS, on and off the plane, at fundraisers, goodwill tours and host-sponsored
policies and procedures.
- Assist in
the daily cleaning, set-up and packing of the aircraft.
in special projects and take on other duties as requested.
QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE:
or equivalent degree in public health, government relations or advocacy related
3-5 years public affairs, government relations or advocacy work experience.
awareness of global health and human interest issues.
experience working in a non-profit environment or with policy-development
initiatives is a plus.
SKILLS & ABILITIES:
- Outstanding presentation and
written communications skills in English – working knowledge of a second
language is a plus.
- Demonstrated ability to
strategize, organize and articulate the mission and vision of an organization.
- Excellent interpersonal and
diplomacy skills; the ability to interact effectively with people of diverse
cultural and professional backgrounds.
- Team-oriented work style,
with a pro-active, open-minded and flexible approach.
- High level of professional
integrity and discretion.
- Exceptional tolerance to
stress: ability to function effectively in a demanding, fast-paced and
constantly changing work environment.
- High degree of computer
literacy (Windows XP, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel and the Internet).
- Ability and desire to travel
to developing countries up to 10 months a year — including no significant
disqualifying factors that would preclude approval of entry visas in the
countries on the
To apply for this position, please forward your resume and cover letter to HR@orbis.org.