NGO Careers – Interpersonal Communication Coordinator at Marie Stopes

Organisation: Marie Stopes
International (MSI)
Project Name: USAID Long
Term Methods (LTM) Programme
Reports to: Head of
Communications

Duty Station: Eastern Region, Uganda
About US:
Marie Stopes
International (MSI) is an international non-profit organisation providing
personalised contraception and safe post-abortion care services to women and
girls. Our local teams of professionals are passionate about the work they do
in communities across 37 countries. The services we provide give a woman the power
to choose when she has children so that she is free pursue her plans and dreams
for herself and her family.
About USAID LTM Programme:
Established in
2008, Marie Stopes International Uganda (MSI Uganda) is an international branch
office of MSI. In 2015, MSI Uganda assumed leadership of the USAID Long Term
Methods (LTM) Programme.  The LTM
Programme expands affordable services and choice of the full range of
contraceptive choice to rural and underserved communities through a dynamic mix
of mobile clinical outreach, social franchising and community based
distribution.  In partnership with the
Ministry of Health, this programme supports the long term capacity of public
and private sector providers to deliver high quality FP counselling and
services.
Job Summary:  The Interpersonal Communication Coordinator
will provide coordination, quality assurance and mentoring of community based
distributors (CBDs), community health workers (CHWs) and Village Health Teams
(VHTs) who support the LTM Programme. Effective delivery of evidence based
communication strategies through these community change agents will result in
increased awareness and informed demand for FP services delivered by outreach,
BlueStar and trained public sector providers. 
As a Interpersonal Communications (IPC) Coordinator, you will use your
excellent skills as a communicator and a mentor 
to ensure that IPC activities implemented in your assigned geographic
area: 1) effectively engage communities and individuals to discuss and address
social barriers to family planning uptake; 2) directly address myths and
misconceptions about family planning; 3) ensure women and men who want more
information regarding family planning know where they can go for comprehensive
counseling and services; and 4) vouchers for FP are distributed to those in
need.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
1.
Effective coordination of IPC activities in designated geographic areas that
increase referrals for comprehensive FP counselling for outreach and BlueStar
·        
Responsible for the development of effective
strategy to ensure IPC activities and messages are tailored to the specific
needs of supported communities
·        
Ensure that IPC activities coincide with and support
demand creation for outreach events
·        
Actively promote BlueStar providers in their
community catchment areas
·        
Effective mapping and tracking of all IPC agents
(CBDs, CHWs and VHTs) to ensure effective deployment and quality of messaging
·        
Recommend locations, including new sites, for
outreach to increase convenience and access for women, men and youth with unmet
need and unmet demand for FP
·        
In charge of training of IPC agents in correct FP
messaging (in accordance with MSI and USAID guidelines)
2.
Effective management of voucher short term methods (STM) distribution:
·        
Work closely with the Head of Communications and
Social Franchise Coordinator for your region, develop a clear and effective
strategy for voucher distribution that increases voucher redemption
·        
Appropriate and correct tracking of voucher
distribution and STM sales in community
·        
Appropriate use of the poverty grading tool
·        
In charge of accurate reconciliation of short term
methods stock sold through CBDs and CHWs
Key Performance Indicators:
·        
Responsible for the effective coordination of IPC
activities in designated geographic areas that increase referrals for
comprehensive FP counselling for outreach and BlueStar
·        
Ensure effective management of voucher and short
term methods distribution
·        
Effective coordination of IPC activities in
designated geographic areas that increases referrals for comprehensive FP
counselling for outreach and BlueStar
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
·        
The ideal candidate for the Interpersonal
Communication Coordinator vacancy should possess a good bachelor’s degree or
equivalent experience in communications at the community level
·        
Working knowledge of behaviour change communication
methodologies and effective gender and youth approaches
·        
Possess the ability to communicate to people of
different backgrounds about SRH issues
·        
Experience training diverse teams in communication
messages
·        
Proven experience coordinating activities that
involve multiple people in or from multiple locations
·        
Proven experience working at the community level
·        
Past experience in community organising is desired
·        
Highly organised and detail oriented
·        
Be proficient in more than one Ugandan language i.e.
Eastern Region
As an
Interpersonal Communication Coordinator, you will be required to demonstrate
MSI Uganda’s core values of:
·        
Accountability of all staff to each other and our
clients and stakeholders
·        
Equality of opportunity and access
·        
Value for money in the management of our resources
Personal Competencies:
·        
Initiative: Thinking ahead
and taking action to make the most of opportunities by finding the optimum
solution
·        
Innovative: Thinking
creatively and outside of the box so that ideas generated create a positive
outcome
·        
Effective Communication: Communicating
through active listening and good questioning techniques, using appropriate
body language, ensuring information is clear and concise.
·        
Responsive: Being
responsive to changing priorities and demands
·        
Working Efficiently: Planning,
prioritising and organising work to ensure work is accurate and deadlines are
met
·        
Sharing Information: Sharing
information and knowledge whilst maintaining confidentiality
·        
Focus on Learning: Taking
responsibility for keeping knowledge and skills updated and for seeking
opportunities to develop further
·        
Commitment: Awareness and
understanding of goals, vision and values and how your role impacts on this and
going the extra mile to meet role requirements
·        
Driven: Drive and
determination to deliver results
·        
Accountable: Taking
responsibility for appropriate decisions that you make, and the actions and
behaviour you demonstrate
·        
Embracing Change: Openness to
embracing change within the organisation and being able to adjust
plans/activities accordingly
·        
Motivated: Motivation
towards achieving quality results to maximise potential
·        
Team Player: Working as
part of a team by being supportive, flexible and showing respect for each other
The Interpersonal
Communication Coordinator is required to demonstrate MSI Uganda’s core values
of:
·        
Accountability of all staff to each other and our
clients and stakeholders
·        
Equality of opportunity and access
·        
Value for money in the management of our resources
How to Apply: 
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates are encouraged to send their electronic
applications including a cover letter, updated CV and academic documents via
E-mail to: vacancies@mariestopes.or.ug.
Deadline: 11th September, 2015
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