Karna, LLC

  • Sr. Health Communications Specialist (IC)

    Job ID 2018-1989
    Job Locations
    Health Communications
  • Overview

    Karna is seeking an Independent Consultant (IC) Sr. Communications Specialist that has substantial experience in communications planning and execution and stakeholder engagement to join our team of diverse individuals in developing and defining the global communications strategy for the nation’s leading public health agencies.


    This IC position (300-500 hours per year) is located in Atlanta, GA in support of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Global HIV & TB in its Center for Global Health (DGHT).  The qualified candidate will be responsible for developing stakeholder engagement plans, conducting formative research for message development, and evaluating the impact of DGHT campaigns. This position will provide strategic support, technical assistance and consultation to Division leadership and subject matter experts related to CDC’s global HIV efforts as part of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) as well as the agency’s global TB activities. Specifically, this position will provide support in the areas of communication planning, message development, media relations strategy, materials development, creative direction, policy and stakeholder communications and related projects.  The candidate must be open to domestic and international travel.


    • Lead stakeholder engagement planning
    • Create stakeholder engagement strategic plans
    • Evaluate stakeholder engagement strategy
    • Lead formative research on DGHT communications reach
    • Provide senior level communications consultation to Division leadership and SMEs
    • Support key messages development for Division programs, initiative and issues
    • Develop content and dissemination strategies for a wide range of Division materials (e.g. newsletters, blogs, fact sheets, issue briefs, stakeholder e-communications, website content)
    • Provide input on messaging training
    • Develop brown bag sessions
    • Gather and analyze relevant data for the development of communication products
    • Translate scientific information into easy-to-understand language for non-scientific audiences.
    • Respond to inquiries or information requests from headquarters and the field and provide communications guidance
    • Evaluation impact of communication messages
    • Domestic and international travel may be required


    • Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Communications, English, Public Health, Public Policy, or related fields with a minimum of 6 years of experience.
    • Six years’ experience in the field of communications , preferably within the public health arena, including experience developing and executing a broad range of communication and media strategies
    • Minimum 5 years’ experience in message and web content development
    • Experience developing presentations/slide sets and delivering presentations
    • Experience working with a range of stakeholders including senior leadership, subject matter experts and other internal and external partners.
    • Ability to multi-task effectively without sacrifice to quality
    • Strong critical and creative thinker
    • Ability to work independently and as a part of a team.
    • An energetic, self-driven, conscientious and organized team player
    • Excellent written and communications skills.


    Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration:

    • Master’s degree in Journalism, Public Health, Global Health, Public Policy, Communications, or related fields with a minimum of 4 years of experience.
    • Previous experience in the area of policy and communications at CDC or other agencies involved in HIV, TB or global public health (UNAIDS, WHO, USAID, State Department).
    • Strong understanding of communication theory and its application to strategy.
    • Experience leading a team or leading a collaborative effort on behalf of a team or organization
    • Experience translating scientific content into easy-to-understand language for non-scientific audiences.
    • Experience in identifying new communications technologies and channels to strengthen communication dissemination and readership



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