Advocacy and Communications Officer NGO Internship Jobs – Brick by Brick Uganda

Organisation: Global Health
Corps (GHC)
Placement Organisation:
Brick by Brick Uganda
Duty Station: Rakai, Uganda
Eligible Citizenship:
Salary: Monthly Stipend of
550 dollars per month
About GHC:
Global Health Corps pairs intelligent and passionate fellows with
organizations that require new thinking and innovative solutions. We provide
these young leaders with the tools to remain connected after their fellowship
year finishes, deepening their ability to enact change through heightened skills
and strong partnerships. We currently place fellows in Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda,
the United States, and Zambia.
About US:
Brick by Brick’s mission is to create partnerships that improve
education, health, and economic opportunity in the communities we serve. Brick
by Brick Uganda is implementing the Babies and Mothers Alive (BAMA) Program in
the Rakai District of Uganda to impact the unacceptably high rates of maternal
and newborn mortality. The program’s purpose is to increase demand, access to,
and utilization of quality obstetric and newborn care services in Rakai. Its
implementation strategy focuses on affecting change in health service delivery
practices at health facility and district levels by influencing clinical
practices, providers’ behaviors and attitudes, management practices, and
management systems. The program has four main objectives: 1) to increase
demand/access to institutional maternal and newborn health (MNH) services; 2)
to increase utilization of institutional MNH services (including institutional
MNH services); 3) to improve quality of obstetric and newborn care in health
facilities and; 4) to strengthen health management systems at the facility
level and increase district leadership accountability for service delivery. The
program interventions include trainings, mentorships, supportive supervisions,
distribution of life-saving commodities to health facilities and MNH
performance reviews at facility and district levels, and support to leadership
and governance.
Job Summary: The Advocacy
and Communications Officer will provide overall guidance for promoting
visibility of the BAMA program to stakeholders and design demand-generation
solutions as well as support implementation of various communication
interventions using appropriate platforms. The fellow will also manage
information and reporting in both digital and other forms.
Key Duties and
  • Formulate a communication strategy for
    BAMA as per Brick by Brick guidelines
  • Actively promote the visibility of the
    BAMA program to all stakeholders (particularly district leaders), and
    beneficiaries of the program, namely pregnant women and their families.
  • Design demand-generation solutions aimed
    at increasing utilization of maternal and newborn care services including;
  • Develop key health promotional messages in
    consultation with the BAMA team
  • Lead in adoption or development and
    evaluation/utilization of Information Education and Communication (IEC)
  • Engage in design and implementation of
    dissemination of digital/electronic information through appropriate
    platforms (e.g. social media, SMS messaging, electronic reminder systems,
    radio, and internet).
  • Lead the coordination of communication and
    community mobilization activities and events of the BAMA project and
  • Conduct awareness raising campaigns,
    events, and information dissemination workshops for target groups
  • Conduct field visits to monitor program
    implementation and liaise closely with target groups
  • Actively participate in donor visits for
    documentation and showcasing project progress and achievements
  • Take lead in dissemination of
    communication materials to relevant stakeholders
  • Draft success stories, case studies, and
    relevant project documents and suggest recommendations on varied issues
    (as and when required)
  • Maintain documentation management system
    (hard copy and on network or on various media)
  • Actively engage in a 360 documentation of
    the BAMA program highlighting successes and generating success stories as
    well as high quality quarterly and annual reports
  • Maintain a digital library of all
    knowledge products and reports arising from the work of BAMA
Qualifications, Skills and
  • The ideal candidate for the Global Health
    Corps Advocacy and Communications Officer career placement should hold a
    Bachelor’s degree
  • A minimum of two years of professional
    work experience in designing and executing communication activities,
    preferably in health and development programs
  • Previous experience of working with local
    and international NGOs and government bodies would be an advantage  
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Ability to work in a team and meet tight
    deadlines in a dynamic and fast-paced work environment
  • Working knowledge of and experience with
    media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods,
    including alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and
    visual media
  • Experience with communication and creative
    agencies/vendors will be an added advantage
  • Ability to communicate with people outside
    the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public,
    government, and other external sources
  • Ability to contribute creatively to and
    generate new ideas, relationships, systems, or products
  • Proficient in use of computer applications
    related to the tasks such as Microsoft office, Publisher, Adobe Page
    Maker, smartphone apps and social media as well as other computer
    applications relevant for designing graphics and communication
  • Mastery of Luganda, and knowledge of other
    Ugandan languages
Job Terms and Conditions:
Fellows will be provided with housing, health insurance and a living stipend of
$550/month. Additionally, fellows will receive an award of $1500 upon
successful completion of the fellowship year. Flights to and from the placement
site and all other costs associated with GHC programming are included,
including $600 in professional development funds. Housing arrangements vary
based on the placement organization and location within the country and are
subject to change. All housing will meet GHC safety standards. Common types of
housing include apartment, house, or living compound, and fellows may be housed
with other fellows or colleagues. Accommodations are basic but comfortable,
situated in a peri-urban center. National fellows may have the option to remain
in their own housing and receive a supplemental housing stipend.
Note: The living stipend and
completion award may be paid out in USD or local currency, as determined by the
placement organization.
How to Apply:
All applicants who desire to be placed by the Global Health Corps in
the aforementioned organization should express interest by clearly following
the instructions at the web page below.
Deadline: 18th January,
2016 at 11:59pm EST
NB: Early applications
are encouraged because they will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
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