Senior Manager, Media Relations

Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance, Geneva, Switzerland

Skill Required:, Media and Communication
Preferred Experience: 
7 to 10 Year
Closing Date for Applications: 
13th January, 2021

Job Description

Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance is looking for a passionate, resourceful and experienced media relations professional with a specific expertise in French-speaking markets. The Senior Manager, Media Relations would be expected to play a leading role in our interactions with the media as well as actively contribute to a wider communications strategy taking in owned as well as earned media.
Main Duties/Responsibilities

  •  Lead and manage media relations to deliver positive results in French-speaking and other media markets;
  •  Identify and develop relationships with key reporters, editors and other media;
  •  Lead communications workstreams within the organisation, developing content across earned and owned media;
  •  Help evolve and implement Gavi’s over-arching media strategy;
  •  Develop, write and edit content for media and other external audiences;
  •  Identify and manage reputational risk issues facing the Gavi Secretariat and the Vaccine Alliance;
  •  Brief Gavi’s executive leadership on communications and media issues and ensure they are prepared for media interviews and other external interactions as needed;
  •  Manage relationships with suppliers, for example PR or translation agencies;
  •  Develop and maintain relationships with key external partners.

Note: The essential functions listed in this section are not exhaustive of the job responsibilities; other duties may be assigned consistently with the department needs.

Work Experience

  •  Minimum 8 years of work experience in communications or media are required, preferably with some exposure to science and/or global health;
  •  Familiarity with French, German and Swiss media markets is necessary;
  •  Advanced writing competencies, for example opeds, speeches, blogs and other formats is essential.


  •  The ability to develop and write compelling messages and narratives to short deadlines;
  •  Confidence to communicate highly technical information accurately to a lay audience;
  •  Ability to think strategically and manage communications initiatives across media and digital channels;
  •  Excellent relationship management skills;
  •  Be comfortable and confident in writing in the voice of different people;
  •  Excellent copyediting and subediting skills.


  •  Fluency in French and English is essential for this role.


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