Flexible location, ideally within the European time zone
Salary: Salary will be defined based on location and experience and adjusted to cost of living for each location
Candidate Level: Management
Contract Type: Permanent
Working Hours: Full Time
Sector: Health
Link to Website
Closing date: 02/06/2024
City Cancer Challenge Foundation (C/Can)
Head of Marketing & Communications (Marcom)

City Cancer Challenge Foundation (C/Can) supports cities around the world as they work to improve access to equitable, quality cancer care. The approach is built on the core principle that cities can drive impact at the national level by crafting data-driven solutions with the support of a network of global, regional, and local partners that reflect an understanding of the unique local context.

C/Can was launched by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) at the 2017 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos. It was established as a standalone Swiss Foundation in January 2019 and is now active in 15 cities worldwide.

C/Can is at an exciting time in the organisation’s growth and is currently launching a new strategy, to further support its mission and commitment to cancer patients worldwide. This new approach includes using their gained credibility to strengthen their communications narratives and storytelling and strategically place their brand and position the organisation to the next level. As part of this strategy, C/Can is recruiting a Head of Marcom, as a member of their Senior Management team, reporting to the CEO.


Purpose of Role

Reporting to the CEO, C/Can is looking for a highly experienced marketing & communications professional to inspire and mobilise new approaches to building C/Can’s reputation as an innovative, subject expert and locally led reference organisation.

The successful candidate will bring experience, dynamism, strategic thinking, and fun to the City Cancer Challenge leadership team. Leading proactive communications, engagement, and marketing strategies to position C/Can's work, vision, and voice to local and international stakeholders. The role is location agnostic, but ideally within the European time zone. It comes with a small team of communications professionals. C/Can is at a growth stage and at a perfect time for this strategic and creative communication specialist to build momentum, reposition the C/Can brand and increase its partner base.

Core areas of focus

  1.  Strategy. As part of the SMT, the Head of Marcom will play a pivotal role in shaping the organisation’s positioning and managing its macro strategies as well as providing insight to the overall business strategy.
  • Ensuring C/Can is positioned as a catalyst for city level cancer care, leveraging this position to raise significant year-on-year funding.
  • Delivering a multi-year marketing and communications strategy with a strong focus on branding and supporting diversifying funding strategies.
  • Proactively progressing the delivery of C/Can´s mission and organisational strategy through the Marketing and Communications strategic plan.
  1. Corporate reputation. Critical to the success of C/Can is recognition for best practices in developing quality cancer care capacity at a city level, and sustainable funding to achieve this goal. To this end, communications plays a key role in positioning C/Can as a trusted partner; expert in the field and as a community led reference organisation to a broader public health audience.
  2. City engagement and public relations. This important part of the role is to provide guidance and consistency in engagement and communications at the local level. It involves raising awareness of C/Can’s guiding principles of multi-sectoral partnerships, multilevel governance, and local ownership. Collaborating locally to drive prioritisation of cancer care and mobilise political and/or public opinion where appropriate.
  3. Knowledge generation. A core part of the C/Can strategy is to build on the C/Can data framework and become a generator of knowledge around the interventions that worked (why, how and in what context) and translate them into global wisdom. The communications team will play a critical role in building this reputation for excellence and transferable lessons for capacity building in cancer care, ensuring C/Can knowledge is demonstrated and used in the public health sphere through the publication of journals, abstracts, and articles.
  4. Internal communications. The successful candidate will develop robust strategies to engage the organisation and improve performance by connecting our culturally and geographically diverse team of people. C/Can is a people-centred organisation, which means celebrating and sharing the achievements of its people and continually highlighting the collective efforts of the C/Can team, which in turn aligns everybody with C/Can’s values.


We are looking for an experienced marketing and communications leader with the proven ability to create high impact strategy, develop and motivate teams. The right candidate will bring a good balance of strategy and 'hands-on' management experience.

Required work experience

  • 10+ years of experience in leading communications, marketing, and public affairs, with a preference for NGO, public health and/or health sector industry.
  • A proven track record of building reputation and positioning organisations internationally with a diverse array of audiences.
  • Experience across all areas of communications and public affairs, in particular branding, media relations, social media engagement, thought leadership and internal communications
  • Experienced in shaping successful global communications strategies that serve multiple audiences and stakeholders – including experience building fundraising communications for corporate and other partners.
  • Understanding or experience of the issues facing INGOs in effective communications and fundraising.


  • Advanced university degree in communications, marketing, or public relations preferred, or a comparable education.


  • Fluency in written and spoken English, other languages will be an advantage, especially Spanish.

Required competencies

  • Superb written, verbal, and digital communication skills.
  • Ability to analyse and simplify complex content and transform them into appealing stories.
  • Willingness to work across different cultures and quickly understand local challenges.
  • Evidence in successfully mentoring/coaching colleagues and inspiring others towards a common vision.
  • An agile mindset and ability to multitask and prioritise projects while working on a deadline in a fast-paced environment.
  • Solid track record of developing relationships and engaging effectively externally.
  • Background in healthcare a plus - ideally Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs).
  • Able to manage budgets to optimise impact.
  • Highest standards of ethics and integrity.

Reporting to:          C/Can CEO

Manages:                Small team of communications professionals



To apply for this role, please submit a copy of your CV/resume and a cover letter outlining your interest in the role and how you fulfil the requirements set out in the job announcement by clicking on the link below.

Please contact Karem Armstrong for any queries you may have.

 The deadline for application is Sunday 2nd June 2024

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Contact person: Karem Armstrong
Preferred method of response: Web
Apply link: Link to Apply
Closing date: 02/06/2024