Senior Communications Officer – Engagement


About the IAS:

The International AIDS Society (IAS) leads collective action on every front of the global HIV response through its membership base, scientific authority and convening power. Founded in 1988, the IAS is the world’s largest association of HIV professionals, with members in more than 170 countries. Working with its members, the IAS advocates and drives urgent action to reduce the impact of HIV. The IAS is also the steward of the world’s most prestigious HIV conferences: the International AIDS Conference, the IAS Conference on HIV Science, and the HIV Research for Prevention Conference.

The IAS promotes and invests in HIV advocacy and research on key issue areas through our strategic programmes, initiatives, and campaigns that advocate for urgent action to reduce the global impact of HIV, including increased investment in HIV cure research; optimizing treatment and care for infants, children and adolescents with HIV in resource-limited settings; preventing and treating HIV-related co-infections; and expanding access to prevention, treatment and care for key populations vulnerable to HIV acquisition – such as men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, sex workers and transgender people – including protecting their human rights by combatting punitive laws and discriminatory policies.

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Details of Employment:

The Senior Communications Officer – Engagement will be based in Geneva, Switzerland and report to the Director, Communications and Public Affairs. The position is open-ended and full-time to start as soon as possible.

Purpose of the Position:

The Senior Communications Officer – Engagement will head up the engagement team and work closely with the content team. The incumbent will devise engagement strategies to reach existing and new audiences for the IAS.

Working across campaigns, events, programmatic priorities, the incumbent will use creative and innovative approaches and manage key relationships to amplify the IAS’ voice and help shape a resilient and evidence based HIV response.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Elaborate and execute the IAS engagement strategy to drive the IAS’s programmatic and events related positioning priorities
  • Work with internal stakeholders across the organization to ensure that IAS messaging reaches and engages target audiences
  • Ensure that IAS events support and promote IAS messaging and positioning priorities
  • Conceptualize and produce high profile segments such as opening and closing sessions of IAS conferences and events in line with overall IAS positioning priorities
  • In collaboration with relevant programmes, drive IAS communications campaigns, harness IAS leadership reach and influence to further IAS engagement priorities
  • Work closely with the content team to ensure engagement is fact-checked and promotes strategic priorities accurately
  • Manage the relationships with strategic stakeholders, communications consultants and media partners and influencers
  • Create and curate an engagement stakeholder map to identify new and diverse audiences for the IAS
  • Cultivate a data driven engagement approach, and articulate, and meet engagement KPIs
  • Work closely with Communications Focal Points in other departments
  • Produce written content as required.


  • Manage a Digital Communications Officer and a Social Media Officer.


  • Execute administrative tasks, such as tracking budget, reporting, contractual relationships with consultants and other logistical/organizational tasks.
  • When required, step in for colleagues in the Communications and Public Affairs as needed
  • Perform any additional tasks requested by the Director, Communications and Public Affairs.

Academic Qualifications:

  • University degree in communications, journalism, public policy, public health or related field or a first-level university degree in combination with communications experience.

Work Experience:

  • At least 7 years experience working on events / engagement and/or communications campaigns
  • Experience in the HIV / public health / public policy realm
  • Experience with communications for conferences or other high-level events (in-person, hybrid and virtual)
  • Experience with cause-based communications is considered a plus
  • Demonstrated experience working in an international context.


  • A sense for what constitutes “news” and what does not
  • Knowledge of relevant international and domestic broadcast media, and the ability to make well-informed decisions in targeting appropriate media outlets and reporters
  • Strong story-telling competence
  • Ability to work against tight deadlines
  • A firm understanding of the HIV/AIDS and/or the global health landscape
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills; a demonstrated ability to create persuasive and clear communications in all forms, for a variety of audiences
  • Strong organizational skills, coordination skills and ability to multi-task
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously with meticulous attention to detail
  • Stress tolerance and resilience, ability to work under pressure with multiple and shifting priorities
  • High-energy self-starter who can operate with minimal supervision but also knows when to ask for counsel
  • Ability to work well as a team member, as well as work independently.


  • Native English or full professional proficiency is a requirement
  • Knowledge of other languages is an asset.

How to apply

Interested and qualified candidates should send their CV and a cover letter, in English and by email only, to by Sunday, 18 April 2021. The applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Only candidates from Switzerland, from an EU/EFTA country or candidates already having a valid Swiss working permit to work full-time will be considered.

IAS employees are evidence-based, human rights-focused, inclusive and accountable partners in the HIV response. Candidates should display genuine commitment to IAS values (learn more here).

The IAS is committed to recruiting and sustaining a skilled, effective, diverse and gender-balanced secretariat, and to the greater involvement of people living with HIV (GIPA) in all aspects of its work. People living with HIV are strongly encouraged to apply.


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