USAID MAPD Communication Specialist Job Placement - Malaria Consortium

Organization: Malaria Consortium
Project Name: USAID/PMI Malaria Action Program for Districts (MAPD) Project
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Deputy Chief of Party
Salary: USD 20,160 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 Specialistwill be tasked with the development and implementation of all communications related programs and activities for the Malaria Action Program for Districts (MAPD) project. The incumbent will develop and oversee the implementation of all communications related programs and activities for the Malaria Action Program for Districts (MAPD) project. This role involves implementation of communications activities which include social mobilization and behaviour change communication (SBCC), advocacy, documentation and dissemination of learning 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, national events, and other relevant forum.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
·         The applicant will develop and implement a project communications strategy for MAPD.
·         Oversee all SBCC, advocacy and external communication efforts relevant to the project.
·         The jobholder line manages the Regional Communications Officers.
·         Offer technical management and oversight of all project related communication activities.
·         Steer the development of all the projects’ communication strategies, ensuring that they incorporate 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 organizational and project specific communication activities.
·         Ensure that all communications activities are implemented cost-effectively, considering value for money and sustainability. Work with the regional coordinators to capitalize on synergies related to communication activities within and outside MAPD, including effective coordination between MAPDs’ communication strategies and materials and the promotion of cross-project learning.
·         Ensure project communication experiences are appropriately documented and disseminated. Support project managers to develop and implement project specific documentation and dissemination plans internally across MAPD and externally.
·         The incumbent will assis the project managers to ensure that all communication strategies and activities are effectively monitored and evaluated and activities are adjusted or adapted according to findings to ensure maximum impact.
·         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 the USAID department of outreach and communications (DOC) to develop, approve and implement the projects’ communications
·         Offer technical support to the Ministry of Health, other authorities, and partners in communications policy and strategy development, planning for implementation, reviews/evaluations.
·         Work in close coordination with project managers, remain aware of branding and marketing demands of USAID and how this affects materials production and delivery of communications activities.
·         Act as the key media liaison and public relations person for MAPD as appropriate.
·         Oversee all external communications activities, materials, reports and presentations to ensure they conform to MAPD house style and quality standards in terms of presentation, consistency, grammar and formatting.
·         Actively participate as an active member of MAPD technical team in meetings, internal seminars and other technical and administrative discussions

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
·         The applicant for the Malaria Consortium USAID MAPD Communication Specialist job vacancy should hold a Master’s degree in Communications, Journalism, Marketing, or relevant discipline
·         A minimum of eight years of work experience in communications, public relations, marketing or related field, ideally in public health
·         A minimum of five years’ experience developing and implementing SBCC strategies
·         Previous experience in best practice and/or research dissemination
·         Previous experience in a range of communications activities (writing strategies, briefing papers, press releases, concept notes, use of social media, etc.)
·         Knowledge of the Ugandan Health Sector is desired
·         Previous experience in health sector advocacy work is desired
·         Foundational knowledge of public health approaches
·         Exceptional oral and written communication skills, and ability to synthesize key concepts and convey messages to diverse audiences
·         Strong analytical, strategic thinking, and planning skills
·         Broad knowledge and interest in and desire to promote improved health policy and practice
·         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 completion
·         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) for communications purposes

Core Competencies:
Delivering Results: Supports others to achieve results
·         Displays a positive and enthusiastic approach and is not deterred by setbacks, finding alternative ways to reach goals or targets.
·         Supports others to plan and deliver results
·         Supports others to manage and cope with setbacks
Analysis and use of information: Works confidently with complex data to support work
·         Interprets complex written information
·         Works confidently with data before making decisions: for example; interpreting trends, issues and risks
·         Acquainted with the validity, relevance and limitations of different sources of evidence
Interpersonal and Communications: Adapts communications effectively
·         Tailors communication (content, style and medium) to diverse audiences
·         Communicates equally effectively at all organizational levels
·         Understands other’s underlying needs, concerns and motivations and communicates effectively in sensitive situations
·         Resolves intra-team and inter-team conflicts effectively
Collaboration and partnering: Builds strong networks internally and participates actively in external networks and think tanks
·         Builds strong networks internally
·         Participates actively in external networks and/or think tanks.
·         Engages with relevant experts to gather and evaluate evidence
·         Shares and implements good practice with internal and external peers
Leading and motivating people: Effectively leads and motivates others or direct reports.
·         Gives regular, timely and appropriate feedback
·         Acknowledges good performance and deals with issues concerning poor performance
·         Carries out staff assessment and development activities conscientiously and effectively
·         Develop the skills and competence of others through the development and application of skills
·         Coaches and supports team members when they have difficulties
Flexibility/ Adaptability: Supports others to cope with pressure
·         Responds positively to change, embracing and using new practices or values to accomplish goals and solve problems and supports others to do the same
·         Adapts team approach, goals, and methods to achieve solutions and results in dynamic situations
·         Sets realistic deadlines and goals for self or team
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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