Earn over 22K US Dollars as Communications Specialist – Malaria Consortium

Organization: Malaria
Duty Station: Kampala,
Salary: USD 22,758 gross
per annum
Reports to: Program
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
Job Summary: The
Communications Specialist will develop and oversee the implementation of all
communications related programs and activities for the Strengthening Uganda’s
Response to Malaria (SURM) project. 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. 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, regional events and other relevant forums.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
  • Develop and implement a project communications
    strategy for SURM
  • Oversee all SBCC, advocacy and external
    communication efforts relevant to th
    e project
  • Line manage the field Communications Officers
    in Gulu & Lira
  • Provide technical management and oversight of
    all project related communication activities
  • Lead the development of all the projects’
    communication strategies, ensuring that they i
    ncorporate 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
    organisational and project specific communication activities
  • Ensure that all communications activities are
    implemented cost-effectively, considering value for money and
  • Work
    with the regional coordinators to capitalise on synergies related to
    communication activities within and outside SURM, including effective
    coordination between its communication strategies and materials and the
    promotion of cross-project learning
  • Ensure
    project communication experiences are appropriately documented and
  • Support project managers to develop and implement
    project specific documentation and dissemination plans internally across
    SURM and externally
  • Support project managers to make sure that all communication
    strategies and activities are effectively monitored and evaluated and
    activities are adjusted or adapted according to findings to ensure maximum
  • 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 UNICEF communications to develop, approve and
    implement the projects’ communications
  • Provide technical support to the Ministry of
    Health, othe
    r authorities
    and partners in communications policy and strategy development, planning
    for implementation, reviews/ evaluations
  • In coordination with project managers, remain
    aware of branding and marketing demands of DFID/UNICEF and how this
    affects mate
    production and delivery of communications activities
  • Act as the key media liaison and public
    relations person for SURM as appropriate
  • Oversee all external communications activities,
    materials, reports and presentations to ensure they conform to S
    URM house style and quality standards in
    terms of presentation, consistency, grammar and formatting
  • Participate as an active member of SURM
    technical team in meetings, internal seminars and other technical and
    administrative discussions

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The
    applicant for the Malaria Consortium Communications Specialist job
    opportunity should hold a
    Master’s degree in Communications, Journalism,
    Marketing or relevant discipline
  • Eight years of work experience in
    communications, public relations, marketing or related field, ideally in
    public health
  • Five
    years’ experience developing and implementing SBCC strategies
  • Experience in best practice and/or research
  • Experience in a range of communications
    activities (writing strategies, briefing papers, press releases, concept
    use of social media
  • Knowledge of the Ugandan health sector
  • Experience in health sector advocacy work
  • Foundational knowledge of public health
  • Exceptional oral and written communication
    skills and ability to synthesize key concepts and convey messages to
    diverse audiences
  • Strong analytic, strategic thinking and
    planning skills
  • Strong interest in and desire to promote
    improved health policy
  • 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
  • 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.) communications purposes
How to Apply:
All interested applicants are
encouraged to apply online at the web link below.
Deadline: 27th April 2018
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