USAID MAPD Communication Specialist Job Placement – Malaria Consortium

Organization: Malaria
Consortium
Project Name: USAID/PMI
Malaria Action Program for Districts (MAPD) Project
Duty Station: Kampala,
Uganda
Reports to: Deputy Chief of
Party
Salary: USD 20,160 gross per
annum
About Malaria Consortium:
Malaria Consortium is the world’s leading not-for-profit organisation
dedicated to the comprehensive control of malaria and other communicable
diseases in Africa and Southeast Asia. Malaria Consortium works with
communities, government and non-government agencies, academic institutions, and
local and international organisations, to ensure good evidence supports
delivery of effective services, providing technical support for monitoring and
evaluation of programmes and activities for evidence-based decision-making and
strategic planning. Malaria Consortium works to improve not only the health of
the individual, but also the capacity of national health systems, which helps
relieve poverty and support improved economic prosperity.
About USAID MAPD Project:
The Malaria Action Program for Districts (MAPD) project is a 5-year
USAID/PMI funded project. The project aims to prevent and control Malaria
illnesses and deaths in order to minimise the social economic effects of the
disease among the overall population of Uganda especially in children under 5
years of age. The project will be implemented starting in August 2016, and will
cover 43 districts with a total population of more than 13 million. The Malaria
Action Program for Districts project offers a partnership uniquely positioned
to deliver this implementation rollout. Partners include Johns Hopkins Program
for International Education in Gynecology and Obstetrics (JHPIEGO), Banyan
Global, Deloitte &Touché Uganda, Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) and
Communication for Development Foundation-Uganda (CDFU).
Job Summary: The
Communication Specialistwill be tasked with the development and implementation
of all communications related programs and activities for the Malaria Action
Program for Districts (MAPD) project. The incumbent will develop and oversee
the implementation of all communications related programs and activities for
the Malaria Action Program for Districts (MAPD) project. This role involves
implementation of communications activities which include social mobilization
and behaviour change communication (SBCC), advocacy, documentation and
dissemination of learning and external communications/public relations. The
communications specialist will be expected to lead communication efforts needed
by the project, with a particular focus on SBCC activities, as well as
developing and overseeing the implementation of a comprehensive communications
strategy for the project. S/he will also ensure an appropriate level of
relevant visibility for the project among stakeholders through engagement with
the media, national events, and other relevant forum.
Key Duties and
Responsibilities: 
·        
The
applicant will develop and implement a project communications strategy for
MAPD.
·        
Oversee
all SBCC, advocacy and external communication efforts relevant to the project.
·        
The
jobholder line manages the Regional Communications Officers.
·        
Offer
technical management and oversight of all project related communication
activities.
·        
Steer
the development of all the projects’ communication strategies, ensuring that
they incorporate best practices, represent effective strategies and innovative
approaches based on evidence or priority gaps in evidence.
·        
Support
project managers in implementing their communication strategies in a timely and
efficient manner. Conduct technical support supervision of organizational and
project specific communication activities.
·        
Ensure
that all communications activities are implemented cost-effectively,
considering value for money and sustainability. Work with the regional
coordinators to capitalize on synergies related to communication activities
within and outside MAPD, including effective coordination between MAPDs’
communication strategies and materials and the promotion of cross-project
learning.
·        
Ensure
project communication experiences are appropriately documented and
disseminated. Support project managers to develop and implement project
specific documentation and dissemination plans internally across MAPD
and externally.
·        
The
incumbent will assis the project managers to ensure that all communication
strategies and activities are effectively monitored and evaluated and
activities are adjusted or adapted according to findings to ensure
maximum impact.
·        
Act
as a project resource point for technical issues related to BCC and
communications for the project.
·        
Collaborate
with stakeholders in public health communication including the USAID department
of outreach and communications (DOC) to develop, approve and implement the
projects’ communications
·        
Offer
technical support to the Ministry of Health, other authorities, and
partners in communications policy and strategy development, planning for
implementation, reviews/evaluations.
·        
Work
in close coordination with project managers, remain aware of branding and
marketing demands of USAID and how this affects materials production and
delivery of communications activities.
·        
Act
as the key media liaison and public relations person for MAPD as appropriate.
·        
Oversee
all external communications activities, materials, reports and presentations to
ensure they conform to MAPD house style and quality standards in terms
of presentation, consistency, grammar and formatting.
·        
Actively
participate as an active member of MAPD technical team in meetings, internal
seminars and other technical and administrative discussions
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience:
·        
The applicant for the Malaria Consortium USAID
MAPD Communication Specialist job vacancy should hold a Master’s degree in Communications, Journalism, Marketing, or relevant
discipline
·        
A
minimum of eight years of work experience in communications, public relations,
marketing or related field, ideally in public health
·        
A
minimum of five years’ experience developing and implementing SBCC
strategies
·        
Previous
experience in best practice and/or research dissemination
·        
Previous
experience in a range of communications activities (writing strategies,
briefing papers, press releases, concept notes, use of social media,
etc.)
·        
Knowledge
of the Ugandan Health Sector is desired
·        
Previous
experience in health sector advocacy work is desired
·        
Foundational
knowledge of public health approaches
·        
Exceptional
oral and written communication skills, and ability to synthesize key
concepts and convey messages to diverse audiences
·        
Strong
analytical, strategic thinking, and planning skills
·        
Broad
knowledge and interest in and desire to promote improved health policy and
practice
·        
Proven
skills in writing, copy editing, proof reading and research, with
excellent attention to detail.
·        
Excellent
computer skills (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher or other design
software)
·        
Ability
to take initiative and manage assignments from conceptualization to completion
·        
Excellent
organization, planning, communication and follow-up skills
·        
Ability
to prioritize and manage multiple projects with conflicting time frames
·        
Strong
interpersonal skills and ability to interact effectively with all levels of
associates, including management.
·        
Skills
in the use of different media outlets (photography, film, TV, radio,
newspapers, etc) for communications purposes
Core Competencies:
Delivering Results: Supports others to achieve results
·        
Displays
a positive and enthusiastic approach and is not deterred by setbacks, finding
alternative ways to reach goals or targets.
·        
Supports
others to plan and deliver results
·        
Supports
others to manage and cope with setbacks
Analysis and use of information: Works confidently with complex
data to support work
·        
Interprets
complex written information
·        
Works
confidently with data before making decisions: for example; interpreting
trends, issues and risks
·        
Acquainted
with the validity, relevance and limitations of different sources of evidence
Interpersonal and
Communications:
Adapts communications effectively
·        
Tailors
communication (content, style and medium) to diverse audiences
·        
Communicates
equally effectively at all organizational levels
·        
Understands
other’s underlying needs, concerns and motivations and communicates effectively
in sensitive situations
·        
Resolves
intra-team and inter-team conflicts effectively
Collaboration and
partnering:
Builds strong networks internally and participates actively
in external networks and think tanks
·        
Builds
strong networks internally
·        
Participates
actively in external networks and/or think tanks.
·        
Engages
with relevant experts to gather and evaluate evidence
·        
Shares
and implements good practice with internal and external peers
Leading and motivating
people:
Effectively leads and motivates others or direct
reports.
·        
Gives
regular, timely and appropriate feedback
·        
Acknowledges
good performance and deals with issues concerning poor performance
·        
Carries
out staff assessment and development activities conscientiously and effectively
·        
Develop
the skills and competence of others through the development and application
of skills
·        
Coaches
and supports team members when they have difficulties
Flexibility/ Adaptability: Supports
others to cope with pressure
·        
Responds
positively to change, embracing and using new practices or values to accomplish
goals and solve problems and supports others to do the same
·        
Adapts
team approach, goals, and methods to achieve solutions and results in dynamic
situations
·        
Sets
realistic deadlines and goals for self or team
Living the Values: Promotes
Malaria Consortium values amongst peers
·        
Shows
a readiness to promote Malaria Consortium’s values amongst peers
·        
Promotes
ethical and professional behaviour in line with Malaria Consortium’s values
Strategic planning and
thinking and sector awareness:
Is aware of others’ activities
and vice versa in planning activities
·        
Takes
account of team members and others workload when planning.
·        
Maintains
awareness of impact on other parts of the organisation, keeping abreast of
other’s activities, objectives, commitments and needs
·        
Has a
good understanding of the sector in which Malaria Consortium works
How to Apply:
All interested applicants are encouraged to apply online at the web
link below.
Deadline: 16th
September 2016 by 2:30 pm
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