Earn over 15,000 US Dollars as Communications Officer at Malaria Consortium

Job Title:    Communications Officer
Organization: Malaria
Consortium
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: Regional
Coordinator
Salary: USD 15,629 Gross
Per annum
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.
Job Summary:   The Communications
Officer will provide communications and implementation support to all SURM
project activities in the 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 appropriate data is collected to monitor the impact of the
    communications activities
  • Maintain regular communication with the 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 required
  • 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 of 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 project 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
  • Previous experience implementing community activations and
    implementation 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
  • 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 design software)
  • Excellent organization, planning, communication and follow-up skills
  • Ability to prioritise and manage multiple assignments



Desirable
  • 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.) for communications purposes
  • Experience in public health communications campaigns
  • Foundational knowledge of public health approaches
  • Experience and skills in training and transfer of knowledge
  • Knowledge of the Ugandan health sector
  • Experience in health sector advocacy work
  • Foundational knowledge of public health approaches
How to Apply:
All interested
applicants are encouraged to apply online at the web link below.
Deadline: 20th September 2019
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