Communications Manager

Job description

The Communications Manager is a member of the management team and advises the director and the rest of the management team on the communications strategy of SHM and is responsible for defining and implementing a communications plan covering internal and external communications. Part of the approach should be an ongoing engagement with all relevant stakeholders and to organise and/or coordinate media relations. This is a key role within the organisation and requires a combination of strategic insight with both a hands-on approach and proactive perspective for innovation.  The Communications Manager reports directly to the director of SHM. A Communications assistant reports to the Communications Manager. The manager oversees the work of this assistant.


Principle responsibilities include:

-        Planning and strategy

  • Develop and manage the implementation of a proactive communications program for internal and external audiences
  • Manage the annual communications budget
  • Constantly assess and improve/innovate communications strategy, processes and systems

-        Advisory role

  •  Advise the director and the rest of the management team on relevant communications issues, offering creative and efficient solutions
  • Evaluate and report on the consequences and achievements of the communications program and projects, and advise on aspects that may require special focus
  • Identify and extract stories and information from within the organisation to be tailored for positive internal and external audience use
  • Internal communications
  • Devise and deliver other systems and events to share and disseminate relevant information within the organisation
  • Further build internal cohesion and highlight opportunities to the MT

-        External communications

  • Project manage the production of SHM’s Annual Report (published end of May) and Monitoring Report (published in November), contributing and reviewing content
  • Manage and deliver communications through a variety of channels to stakeholders and key audiences
  • Oversee the management and upgrades of SHM’s website, reviewing on a regular basis to ensure accuracy and functionality
  • Serve as a managing editor of SHM’s bilingual newsletters
  • Deliver a strategic programme for media relations, advising the director on communications with the media
  • Project manage the yearly National Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Epidemiology, Treatment and Prevention (NCHIV), including budget management, funding and venue selection



Skills and experience:

  • You have a university degree (preferably in biomedical and/or communication science) and have 5+ years of communications experience
  • You have a background in healthcare communications and have a creative mindset toward novel means of communication
  • You have excellent communication skills and are fluent in written and spoken Dutch and English (native English speaker preferred)
  • You display exceptional writing and editing skills, have an eye for detail and can accurately proofread
  • You have organisational, project management and problem solving skills and demonstrate hands-on skills balanced with strategic insight
  • You are able to work and bring people together across the organisation, as well as collaborate with external stakeholders
  • You are an energetic person with a positive can-do mentality and you are achievement oriented, motivated and pro-active
  • You have good computer literacy and experience with Microsoft Office, various CMS systems and social media


What we offer:

This is a dynamic position for 32 hours a week, with varied responsibilities in a scientific environment. The salary is commensurate with the required qualifications and experience. SHM also offers excellent primary and secondary terms of employment. We offer (initially) a one year contract.


Are you interested?

For specific information about the position, please contact Inge Bartels (HR advisor) at 020-5664172. To apply, please email your letter of application and CV in English to Human Resources at An assessment of your skills is part of the application process. 

Deadline for application: 12 January 2020 

No queries or applications from recruitment agencies please.