Job Title: Communications and Advocacy Officer
Project Name: Sayana Press Project
Funding Source: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Tracking Code: 7818
PATH is an international organization that drives transformative innovation to save lives and improve health, especially among women and children. We accelerate innovation across five platforms—vaccines, drugs, diagnostics, devices, and system and service innovations—that harness our entrepreneurial insight, scientific and public health expertise, and passion for health equity. By mobilizing partners around the world, we take innovation to scale, working alongside countries primarily in Africa and Asia to tackle their greatest health needs. Together, we deliver measurable results that disrupt the cycle of poor health.
About Sayana Press Project:
The Sayana Press Project is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF). Sayana Press (SP) is an innovative subcutaneous contraceptive. The project facilitates the introduction of Sayana Press through existing delivery channels in four African countries - Senegal, Burkina Faso, Niger and Uganda. Research on the new delivery mode of Sayana Press self-injection in Senegal and Uganda is underway. A new project will launch in January 2017 to generate evidence and guidance that decision-makers and implementers in Uganda and beyond can use to advance self-injection programs. This work will provide insights on how to design and implement self-injection programs that are cost-efficient but still achieve client proficiency and satisfaction; reach a range of women and adolescents through multiple channels; and ensure acceptability among health providers across multiple channels. The principal results of this new project will be optimal self-injection program components that can advance scalable and replicable self-injection programs in Uganda and elsewhere.
Job Summary: The Communications and Advocacy Officer will work in liaison with the communication, advocacy and technical experts across PATH to support the expansion and scale up of Sayana Press in Uganda and globally, document the project implementation, lessons learned and prepare project dissemination through photography, narrative stories, digital/electronic and print media, and other journalistic approaches , liaise with the Advocacy for Better Health team, particularly the communications focal person, to share information and learning, and harmonize advocacy objectives to influence policy shifts.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
· The incumbent will document the project implementation, lessons learned and prepare project dissemination through photography, narrative stories, digital/electronic and print media, and other journalistic approaches (newsletter as example).
· Work closely with the media to identify and nurture media allies.
· Serve as focal person with communications sub-awardee, guiding and reviewing communications deliverables for accuracy, appropriateness and appeal.
· Actively promote innovation in communication approaches, including multi-media, theatre and interpersonal communication (ex: Magnet Theatre, interactive radio programming).
· Identify Sayana Press champions in government and beyond, coordinating with the Project Manager to collaborate with these champions as the need arises.
· Work closely with the Advocacy for Better Health team, particularly the communications focal person, to share information and learning, and harmonize advocacy objectives to influence policy shifts.
· Steer the participation of the Sayana Press project in national events such as World Contraception Day and youth-focused activities.
· Support the Project Manager to review and track policy and implementation documents.
· Tracking FP and Sayana Press information on web globally and nationally.
· Participate in overall project and team planning activities, working closely with the Adolescent Officer and Evaluation staff to harmonize implementation approaches and field work, and with the Project Manager and Deputy Project Manager to coordinate relationship-building with governmental and non-governmental partners.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
· The ideal candidate for the PATH International Communications and Advocacy Officer career placement should hold a Master’s degree in public policy or public health preferred.
· At least five to seven years of professional experience in related field, ideally in a combination of technical, communication and policy roles.
· Previous experience in advocacy in the health care sector, ideally in reproductive health and an intimate familiarity with reproductive health products and services.
· An experienced networker with a proven track record of interacting with governments, civil society, private sector and donor agencies.
· Track record of developing advocacy strategies to achieve policy objectives.
· Demonstrated effective project management and organizational skills; event management skills desired.
· Excellent written and oral communication skills.
· Excellent research and policy analysis skills, ideally related to global public health.
· Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills.
· Computer literacy i.e. proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.
· Highly flexible and adaptable to changing priorities.
· Demonstrated ability to work with a variety of work styles and personalities.
· Demonstrated success working effectively while under deadlines.
· Ability to work in team environment with minimal supervision, and cross-culturally.
· Must have legal authorization to work in Uganda.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates who wish to join PATH in the aforementioned capacity are encouraged to apply online by clicking the link below.
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