Earn over 75,000 US Dollars (270m) as Senior Health Communications Specialist at United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/Uganda

Organisation: United
States US Embassy, US Mission in Uganda
Duty Station: Kampala,
Salary Grade: USD
$75,628 to $98,317 
About US Embassy:
The United States
Embassy in Kampala, Uganda has enjoyed diplomatic relations with Uganda for
over 30 years.  Ambassador Deborah R. Malac currently heads the U.S
Mission to Uganda.  The Mission is composed of several offices and
organizations all working under the auspices of the Embassy and at the
direction of the Ambassador.
Among the offices
operating under the U.S Mission to Uganda are:
  • United States Agency for International
    Development (USAID)
  • Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
  • Peace Corps
Job Summary:  The Senior Health Communications Specialist
will be seconded to the State Public Affairs Office, in Kampala, Uganda and
work closely with Mission leadership, the PEPFAR Coordination Office and the
Mission’s Interagency Health Team (IAHT) to formulate Mission-wide messages and
implement development, outreach and communications efforts to increase
awareness of the USG’s health programs in Uganda. The Senior Health
Communications Specialist (SHCS) works with Mission leadership, the PEPFAR
Coordination Office and the LAHT to formulate Mission-wide messages and
implement development, outreach and communications efforts to increase
awareness of the USG’s health programs in Uganda. The Specialist will assist
the Mission to achieve the goals set out by the PEPFAR Coordination Office and
the LAHT, to include but not be limited to HIV/AIDS; Malaria, Tuberculosis, and
communicable diseases; maternal and child health; family planning and
reproductive health; nutrition; health systems strengthening; and gender-based
Under the direct
supervision of the Public Affairs Officer (PAO) and Information Officer (lO),
the Specialist will initiate and manage public awareness campaigns by assisting
in planning, organizing, and implementing outreach campaigns, including a media
plan and regular press contacts, in support of health programs. The Specialist
will lead an analysis of communications needs and proactively promote the
health program to raise awareness of health assistance provided by American
taxpayers in Uganda. The Specialist will work closely with the Public Affairs
Section (PAS) in the development of communications and messaging for health
events. Under the supervision of the PAO/IO, and in close consultation with the
PEPFAR Coordination Office and the IAHT, the Specialist will plan events and
produce speeches, press releases, podcasts, and videos on USG health efforts,
particularly their successes and achievements, for dissemination to the Ugandan
press, media outlets, government officials, civil society leaders and the
public, as well as the State Department, agency headquarters, and U.S. Congress.
Much of the material produced by the Specialist will be posted to U.S. Mission
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Communications and Information Management:
Under the supervision of the PAO/IO and working in close coordination
with the PEPFAR Coordination Office and IAHT members, the Specialist will
create appropriate and strategic health messaging and strategies to deliver the
messaging to targeted audiences.
  • Develop and update the PEPFAR and IAHT Health Communication
  • Develop and disseminate health-related public information materials
    through various media.
  • Serve as the PEPFAR and IAHTs point of contact for interagency
    health information and media relations.
  • Coordinate with PAS and USG agencies to achieve maximum exposure and
    understanding of health assistance efforts and initiatives in Uganda, as
    defined by the Chief of Mission.
  • Ensure a targeted, coherent, and consistent message from all USG
    staff and implementing partners.
  • Monitor local and international press coverage, and local and donor
    opinion, for awareness and attitudes concerning USG programs to gauge the
    effectiveness of the information dissemination strategy.
  • Establish and maintain contacts with donor representatives and USG
    agencies to collect information for health reports.
  • Serve as PAS’s principal liaison with PEPFAR to manage
    communications, press, and media relations and develop press and media
  • Develop and maintain all PEPFAR public relations materials,
    including website content, fact sheets, presentations, and success
  • Draft speeches for the Ambassador, Deputy Chief of Mission, PEPFAR,
    and IAHT members.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for the Office of Global AIDS
    Coordinator (OGAC) public affairs and outreach planning efforts. Responsible
    for sharing with OGAC all press and event results as well as documenting
    said events and results to the Department of State and Congress via the
    Mission Activity Tracker (MAT).
  • Travel to the field to capture PEPFAR and IAHT success stories for
    dissemination through the U.S. Mission website, outreach folders, and the
  • Establish and maintain collegial working relationships with the
    local media and coordinate training sessions for Uganda press corps
    members to encourage accurate reporting of health activities.
  • Assist PEPFAR, IAHT and technical teams in planning and scheduling
    of events and publicity to highlight the Mission’s health programs and to
    increase public awareness and understanding of USG assistance.
  • Regularly attend IAHT meetings, PEPFAR Interagency Technical Team
    meetings, PEPFAR Coordination Office meetings, and PEPFAR events.
Public Information,
Outreach and Media Relations:
Specialist will be the advisor on all public awareness campaigns in health.
Working under the supervision of the PAO/IO, the Specialist will advise the
IAHT and PEPFAR Coordination Office on press and media events, organize press
and media relations and events, maintain press and media contacts, develop
press and media materials (e.g., press releases, brochures, fact sheets, visual
displays, audio and video materials) and coordinate with relevant staff to
promote press and media coverage of health activities. The Specialist serves as
PEPFAR and IAHT’s press relations officer for its HTV/AIDS and health activities,
taking responsibility for all media relations in the health sector, including
interviews, releases, feature articles and press events.
  • Advise on media and publicity opportunities and the dissemination of
    the Mission health information materials and messages, and provide
    feedback on health messages and public and media reaction.
  • Work with Mission implementing partners to organize public and media
    events, and help coordinate site visits.
  • Advise on protocol issues involving USG or other government
    officials, including Ambassadors and other high-level dignitaries.
  • Take the lead in updating the health sector content of the Mission’s
    public website, working with the webmaster and with other Mission offices
    to ensure that all content is accurate, conforms to USG guidelines and is
    appropriately written for the target audience.
  • Prepare and edit other U.S. Mission HIV/AIDS and health publicity
    material for external audiences and events.
  • Serve as PEPFAR and IAHT’s point of contact for all press relations,
    both international and local media, and work closely with PAS on press
  • Work with PAS to arrange press conferences and media round-table
    conferences on health issues to keep the media abreast of USG programs.
  • Support the 10 in serving as a USG contact for representatives of
    the local and international media to promote stories on USG programs. As
    appropriate, organize media tours and facilitate contacts among members of
    the media and USG agencies to encourage in-depth coverage of USG programs
    in the local and international media.
  • Coordinate with GOU public relations offices, maintaining good
    relations and advising on working with Ugandan and international media.
  • Respond to inquiries from the general public, media, and other
    sources about USG health programs and projects.
  • Produce short video success stories for publication on the U.S.
    Embassy website, YouTube, Facebook and other social media sites.
  • Suggest timely ideas for podcast content about various issues in
    health. Coordinate guest speakers and interviewees for podcasts, and
    assist in the production of podcasts.
  • Provide content for U.S. Mission and OGAC social media platforms
    including photos, videos and podcasts.
Internal USG
Information Management:
incumbent has responsibility for the quality and content of the health briefing
materials including briefing books, program information materials and power
points for VIP visits, new staff orientation and special events.
  • Work with appropriate PEPFAR and IAHT members to develop, select,
    edit, and update program information materials, to prepare and organize
    briefing packets and assist with PowerPoint and other media materials.
  • If appropriate, develop a periodic internal newsletter of PEPFAR and
    IAHT developments and help produce and disseminate a Mission-wide health
  • Develop procedures and systems to facilitate the efficient
    organization, updating, and management of public information materials,
    including the Mission’s intranet, helping reorganize electronic
    information storage and initiating other innovative approaches to
    information management.
  • Provide the State Department’s Bureau of African Affairs and other
    stakeholders with information on USG health programs and activities.
  • When needed, serve as the Mission’s primary point of contact for
    site visits by official visitors from Congress and other USG agencies or
    entities. Coordinate with the Embassy Protocol Officer on schedules and
    logistics. Lead the preparation of briefing materials, scene setters, and
    other information products and processes to support these visits.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
NOTE:  All applicants must address each selection criterion detailed
below with specific and comprehensive information supporting each item.
  • The applicants for the US Embassy Senior Health Communications
    Specialist career opportunity should hold a Bachelor’s degree with
    significant coursework in relevant fields – including but not limited to –
    journalism, communications, public health, public relations or affairs,
    international relations, international development, public administration,
    development or area studies, and social studies.
  • A minimum of five (5) years’ experience as Development Outreach and
    Communications Specialist (DOCs) or in a similar position in international
    development OR at least five (5) years’ experience as a journalist,
    experience in public affairs or international relations is required if the
    candidate has less than five years’ experience as a DOCS or in a similar
  • Language Proficiency: The candidate must be fluent in both spoken and written English and
    be able to serve as both editor and speechwriter.
How to Apply:
Eligible offerors
are required to complete and submit:
  • A signed offer form AID 309-2, “Offeror Information for Personal
    Services Contracts with Individuals,” Download
  • Cover letter clearly indicating the position for which you are
    applying and describing how you meet the minimum requirements;
  • Curriculum vitae/resume specifically addressing each QRF as outlined
    in the solicitation;
  • Three (3) professional references (e.g. supervisor, peer and/or
    subordinate in current or previous employment) with current email address
    and telephone number;
  • Valid work permit to work in Uganda; and
  • At least two writing samples. The samples should be 350 to 1,500
    words (preferably 750-1000 words). They can be excerpts from larger
    articles or papers, and do not have to concern development or be written
    specifically for this solicitation. The samples should demonstrate the
    applicant’s ability to clearly and lucidly communicate complex ideas to
    the public. The samples must be by the applicant – co-written articles are
    not accepted.
Deadline: 1st April 2019
The US Mission in
Kampala provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in
employment to all people without regard to race, color religion, sex, national
origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual
orientation.  The Department of State also strives to achieve equal
employment opportunity in all personnel operations through continuing diversity
enhancement programs.
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