Job Title: Communication Officer
Organization: Malaria Consortium
Project Name: USAID/PMI Malaria Action Program for Districts (MAPD) Project
Duty Station: Fort Portal, Kabarole, Uganda
Reports to: Regional Coordinator
Salary: USD 13,320 gross per annum
About Malaria Consortium:
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 USAID MAPD Project:
The Malaria Action Program for Districts (MAPD) project is a 5-year USAID/PMI funded project. The project aims to prevent and control Malaria illnesses and deaths in order to minimise the social economic effects of the disease among the overall population of Uganda especially in children under 5 years of age. The project will be implemented starting in August 2016, and will cover 43 districts with a total population of more than 13 million. The Malaria Action Program for Districts project offers a partnership uniquely positioned to deliver this implementation rollout. Partners include Johns Hopkins Program for International Education in Gynecology and Obstetrics (JHPIEGO), Banyan Global, Deloitte &Touché Uganda, Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) and Communication for Development Foundation-Uganda (CDFU).
Job Summary: The Communication Officer will provide communications and implementation support to all MAPD project activities in the region of operation. The incumbent involves implementation of communications activities which include social mobilization and social behaviour change communication (SBCC), advocacy, documentation and dissemination of learnings and external communications/public relations. The jobholder will also 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 forum.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Behaviour Change Communications (50%)
· Under the lead of the Communications Manager and in cooperation with the regional coordinator, lead the implementation of behaviour change communications according to country strategies and project’s work plans
· Work in close collaboraton with the project’s technical officer(s), to liase with communities, local opinion and religious leaders to ensure their involvement and participation in all behaviour 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 MAPD Regional Coordinator and compile work plan updates from the field
· 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 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
· Offer timely support to the regional coordinator and M&E Specialists in story writing and data analysis as required
· Assist the 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 MAPD M&E Officer and Regional Coordinator in the monitoring and evaluation of project activities
· Support the conduct of surveys as required.
· Provide support to the projects’ staff to maintain effective relationships with local governments and development partners when required
· Serve as the main liaison agent between Malaria Consortium and cultural and religious institutions in their region of intervention
· Build effective and collaborative relationships with all project partners, including the district health teams, implementing partners and network of CSOs.
· Actively participate in relevant meetings, presenting project results and experiences as required.
External Communications (5%)
· Facilitate the relationship between Malaria Consortium and the regional media representatives based in their districts of intervention, in accordance with the country office rules regarding media engagement
· Actively participate as a member of the MAPD Project technical team.
· Adhere to all project policies and procedures.
· Adhere to internationally recognized humanitarian and development principles at all times during the implementation of the project.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
· The applicant for the Malaria Consortium USAID MAPD Communication Officer job opportunity should hold a Degree in in communications, marketing, or related field, ideally with a public health bias
· At least three years of professional experience in behaviour change communications, community mobilisation and/or projects documentation.
· Previous experience implementing community activations and implementation of behaviour change communications activities and documentation.
· Experience in story collection and story writing to document projects’ achievements
· Working knowledge of the community and local government structures
· Broad knowledge and understanding of basic public health issues in Uganda and the required behaviour change associated to them.
· Skills in the use of different media outlets (photography, film, TV, radio, newspapers, etc.) for communications/advocacy purposes
· Experience in health sector advocacy work
· The applicant must have foundational knowledge of public health approaches
· Excellent oral and written communication skills, and ability to convey messages to diverse audiences
· Keen interest in and desire to promote improved health policy and practice
· Proven skills in writing, copy editing, proof reading and documentation, with 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 prioritize and manage multiple assignments.
· 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
· Understanding of the Ugandan Health Sector
· Previous experience in public health communications campaigns
· Experience and skills in training and transfer of knowledge
Delivering Results: Takes on pieces of work when required and demonstrates excellent project management skills
· Shows a flexible approach to taking on additional work / responsibilities when needed to achieve results
· Demonstrates excellent project management skills to agreed timescales (timelines, targets, donor requirements)
· Makes clear and timely decisions within remit of own role Analysis and use of information
Uses evidence to support work:
· Identifies and uses various sources of evidence and feedback to support outputs
· Uses evidence to evaluate policies, projects and programmes
· Identifies links between events and information identifying trends, issues and risks
· Ensures systems are in place to address organisation needs
Interpersonal and Communications: Fosters two-way communication
· Recalls others’ main points and takes them into account in own communication
· Checks own understanding of others’ communication by asking questions
· Maintains constructive, open and consistent communication with others
· Resolves minor misunderstandings and conflicts effectively
Collaboration and Partnering: Collaborates effectively across teams
· Proactive in providing and seeking support from expert colleagues
· Raises difficult issues with teams/ partners and stakeholders with a view to positive resolution
· Proactive in building a rapport with a diverse range of people
Leading and motivating people: Manages own development and seeks opportunities
· Actively manages own development and performance positively
· Learns lessons from successes and failures
· Seeks and explores opportunities within Malaria Consortium which develop skills and expertise
Flexibility/ adaptability: Remains professional under external pressure
· Able to adapt to changing situations effortlessly
· Remains constructive and positive under stress and able to tolerate difficult situations and environments
· Plans, prioritizes and performs tasks well under pressure
· Learns from own successes / mistakes
Living the Values: Promotes Malaria Consortium values amongst peers
· Shows a readiness to promote Malaria Consortium’s values amongst peers
· Promotes ethical and professional behaviour in line with Malaria Consortium’s values
Strategic planning and thinking and sector awareness: Is aware of others’ activities and vice versa in planning activities
· Takes account of team members and others workload when planning.
· Maintains awareness of impact on other parts of the organisation, keeping abreast of other’s activities, objectives, commitments and needs
· Has a good understanding of the sector in which Malaria Consortium works
How to Apply:
All interested applicants are encouraged to apply online at the web link below.
Deadline: 16th September 2016 by 2:30 pm
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