2 Communications Officer Non-profit Job Opportunities – Malaria Consortium

Organization: Malaria
Consortium
Duty Station: Uganda
Salary: USD 15,037 gross
per annum
Reports to: Regional
Coordinator
About US:
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 Project:
Malaria Consortium Uganda has
received funding from DFID/UNICEF to implement the Strengthening Uganda’s
Response to Malaria (SURM) project which will focus on reducing the impact of
the leading causes of U5M morbidity and mortality in 16 districts in Northern
Uganda. The project will address lagging maternal and neonatal mortality
through a combination of iCCM and selected maternal and neonatal care
interventions. The project is implemented with UNICEF and spans a five-year
period (April 2018-March 2023) in 16 districts in the Northern region of
Uganda.
Job Summary: The Communications
Officer will provide communications and implementation support to all SURM
project activities in the Northern region districts of operation. This role
involves implementation of communications activities which include social
mobilisation and social behaviour change communication (SBCC), advocacy,
documentation and dissemination of learnings and external communications/
public relations. S/he will implement these activities according to the
communications strategies of the country office, the projects’ activity
planning and under the guidance of the Communications Specialist and with
support from the Regional Coordinator. S/he will also ensure an appropriate
level of relevant visibility for the project among stakeholders through
engagement with the media, regional events and other relevant forums.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
 Behaviour Change Communications (50%)
  • Under
    the lead of the Communications Specialist and in cooperation with the
    Regional Coordinator, lead the implementation of behavior change
    communications according to country strategies and project’s work plans
  • In cooperation with the project’s technical officer(s), liaise with communities,
    local opinion and religious leaders to ensure their involvement and
    participation in all behavior change communications activities
  • Under the lead of the M&E Specialist and
    the Communications Team, ensure appropriat
    e data is collected to monitor the impact of the communications
    activities
  • Maintain regular communication with the SURM
    Regional Coordinator and compile work plan updates from the field
Documentation (25%)
  • Under the lead of the Communications Specialist and in cooperation with the Regional
    Coordinator, ensure the implementation of documentation exercises such as
    story collection – including pictures and video – and coordination of
    research assistants for the collection of data for dipstick surveys or
    case studies
  • Ensure the quality of the data, testimonies and
    pictures collected in the field and their appropriate label
  • Provide support to the Regional Coordinator and
    M&E Officers in story writing and data analysis as requi
    red
  • Support M&E Officer to ensure that all
    relevant project documentation is disseminated to the district health
    teams
Monitoring and evaluation
(10%)
  • Work closely with the SURM M&E Officer and
    Regional Coordinator in the monitoring and evaluation o
    f project activities
  • Support the conduct of surveys as required
Networking (5%)
  • Provide support to the projects’ staff to
    maintain effective relationships with local governments and development
    partners when required
  • Act as the main liaison agent between SURM and cultural and religious
    institutions in their region of intervention
  • Develop effective and collaborative
    relationships with all project partners, including the district health
    teams, implementing partners and a network of CSOs
  • Participate in relevant meetings, presenting project results and experiences
    as required
External Communications (5%):  Facilitate the relationship between SURM and
the regional media representatives based in their districts of intervention, in
accordance with p
roject
guidelines regarding media engagement
Other (5%)
  • Actively participate as a member of the SURM
    project Technical Team
  • Adhere to all project policies and procedures
  • Adhere to internationally recognised
    humanitarian and development principles at all times during the
    implementation of the project


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The
    applicant for the Malaria Consortium Communications Officer job
    opportunity should hold a
    Degree in communications, marketing or related
    field, ideally with a public health bias 
  • At least three years of professional experience in behavior change
    communications, community mobilization and/ or projects documentation
  • Experience implementing community activations
    and implemen
    tation of
    behavior change communications activities and documentation
  • Experience in story collection and story
    writing to document projects’ achievements
  • Knowledge of the community and local government
    structures
  • Understanding of basic public health issues in Uganda and the required
    behavior change associated to them
  • Skills in the use of different media outlets
    (photography, film, TV, radio, newspapers, websites, etc.) for
    communications/ advocacy purposes
  • Knowledge of the Ugandan health sector
  • Experience in health sector advocacy work
  • Foundational knowledge of public health
    approaches
  • Good oral and written communications skills and
    ability to convey messages to diverse audiences
  • Strong interest in and desire to promote improved health policy and
    practice
  • Proven skills in writing, copy editing, proof
    reading and documentation, excellent attention to detail
  • Excellent computer skills (MS Word, Excel,
    PowerPoint, Publisher or other des
    ign software)
  • Excellent organization, planning, communication
    and follow-up skills
  • Ability to prioritise and manage multiple
    assignments
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to
    interact effectively with all levels of associates, includin
    g management
  • Skills in the use of different media outlets
    (photography, film, TV, radio, newspapers etc.) for communications
    purposes
  • Experience in public health communications
    campaigns
  • Foundational knowledge of public health approaches
  • Experience and skills in training and transfer
    of knowledge
How to Apply:
All interested applicants are
encouraged to apply online at the web link below.
Deadline: 27th April 2018
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