2 USAID Interpersonal Communication Coordinator Job Vacancies – Marie Stopes International (MSI)

Organisation: Marie Stopes
International (MSI)
Project Name: USAID Long
Term Methods (LTM) Programme
Reports to: Head of
Duty Station: Central and
Western Regions, 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
Communications(IPC) 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. The
incumbent will ensure 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
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Effective coordination of IPC activities in designated geographic areas
that increases referrals for comprehensive FP counselling for outreach and
  • In
    charge of 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
  • 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
  • Training
    of IPC agents in correct FP messaging (in accordance with MSI and USAID
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
  • Accurate
    reconciliation of short term methods stock sold through CBDs and CHWs
Qualifications, Skills and
  • The
    ideal candidate must hold a relevant degree or equivalent experience in
    communications at the community level
  • A
    minimum of three years’ experience in a similar position and working with
    the community
  • Ability
    to communicate to people of different backgrounds about SRH issues
  • Previous
    experience training diverse teams in communication messages
  • Highly
    organised and detail oriented
  • Proven
    experience coordinating activities that involve multiple people in or from
    multiple locations
  • Proven
    experience working at the community level
  • Experience
    in community organising an advantage
  • Excellent
    verbal, written and presentation skills
  • More
    than one Ugandan language desirable
  • Knowledge
    of behaviour change communication methodologies and effective gender and
    youth approaches
Personal Competencies:
  • Initiative: Thinking ahead and
    taking action to make the most of opportunities by finding the optimum
  • 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
  • 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
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@msiu.or.ug
Deadline: 21st October, 2016
by 12:00 Noon
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