USAID OHW Communications Specialist Project Placement – One Health Central and Eastern Africa (OHCEA)

Organisation: One Health
Central and Eastern Africa (OHCEA)
Project Name: USAID One
Health Workforce Project (OHW)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Uganda
Reports to: Regional
Manager – Technical
About US:
One Health
Central and Eastern Africa (OHCEA) is a University network of Schools of Public
Health and Schools of Veterinary that are located in seven countries namely;
Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and
Uganda with the regional secretariat located in Kampala Uganda, at the Makerere
University School of Public Health Annex in Kololo.
About USAID OHW Project:
OHCEA received
a five-year sub award for implementation of activities funded through
University of Minnesota from USAID for the implementation of the One Health
Workforce Project (OHW). This project will facilitate Government Led,
University Driven, Network Supported Coordination and collaboration across all
levels of the human and animal health sectors essential to meet the Global
Health Security Agenda (GHSA) vision for “a world safe and secure from global
health threats posed by infectious diseases.”
Job Summary: The Communications
Specialist will support the USAID Project in the planning, development and
delivery of internal and external communications for the One Health Central and
Eastern Africa (OHCEA) Network as well as be responsible for the development of
proactive and effective communications, which will include drafting website
updates, new releases, member bulletins, brochures and other written materials
used in the promotion of the network’s brand identity and public image and
execution of communication.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
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Technically support communication objectives and
communication plans.
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Compose, edit, design and produce publications such
as newsletters and correspondence.
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Write news releases, speeches, articles as well as
work with the programme manager to provide appropriate information packages for
the different audiences
·        
Prepare PowerPoint presentations for network
functions and events.
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Manage the composition, editing, design, recording
and production of publications of documents such as quarterly newsletters,
brochures, supplements, journals, annual reports and audio – visual recordings.
·        
Coordinate, integrate, and manage information
contributed to the website, including website content generation, update and
coordination of the website maintenance in liaison with the website
administration.
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The incumbent will coordinate the organization of
open days, exhibitions, visits and support with any other special events of the
network.
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Assist with communications strategy audit and review
as and when determined.
·        
Quickly respond to email and phone requests to
provide information and resolve any concerns or issues regarding the network.
·        
Assist with various special projects as requested to
ensure the network operates effectively and meets business requirements.
·        
Manage media contacts and continuously provide
newsworthy information to the media
·        
Perform any other related duties, as assigned.
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience: 
·        
The ideal candidate should preferably hold University
education with a focus on professional writing, journalism, communications, public
relations or equivalent work-related experience.
·        
Possession of a Master’s Degree or higher/equivalent
in Mass communication or related fields
·        
At least five years of development communications,
journalism or public relation experience.
·        
A minimum of four years’ experience in leading the
Communications for International NGOs.
·        
Previous experience in donor relationship
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Broad knowledge and understanding of draws on a
number of known options to solve problems and to develop improvements.
·        
Broad knowledge and understanding of inter-related
work processes to be able to adapt to differing assignments.
·        
Provides routine information to coordinate the
assignments and work procedures of others.
·        
Professional manner, tact, diplomacy and discretion
in dealing with members, non-members, complainants and colleagues.
·        
Excellent written and oral communications skills
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Ability to work in a team and independently.
·        
Demonstrated ability to work under minimum supervision
·        
Computer literacy skills to produce effective          reports, documents and presentations,
as required.
·        
Working knowledge of marketing and communications
principles, guidelines and best working practices.
·        
Adaptable to set and prioritize work with varying
exceptions.
·        
Ability to work with diverse personalities and
styles.
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Ability to work well under pressure
·        
Good Internet search and navigation skills
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Skills in social media use
·        
Broad working knowledge of national and
international trends, conditions and developments related to communication and
public relations
·        
All candidates MUST be willing to work and live in
Uganda with frequent travels within the region.
·        
Candidates that speak French are encouraged to
apply.
How to Apply: 
All suitably qualified
and interested candidates should send an application letter, a detailed CV,
academic transcripts and three professional referees to:
The Dean,
Makerere
College of Health Sciences School of Public Health,
Mulago Hospital
Complex,
Room 215, 2nd
Floor, Kampala. Uganda
Or via E-mail to: dean@musph.ac.ug
Deadline: 18th December, 2015
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