USAID Non-profit Jobs – Community Empowerment Officer at PATH International

Organisation: PATH International
Project Name: USAID Advocacy for Better Health
Duty Station: 
Kampala, Uganda
Tracking Code: 6734
About US:
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 USAID Project:
The USAID Advocacy for Better
Health is a five-year, USAID funded project implemented by PATH in
collaboration with Initiatives whose goal is to improve the quality,
availability and accessibility of health services in Uganda by fostering
citizen demand and enhancing the capacity of CSOs to advocate for improved
responsiveness and accountability by decision-makers and service providers. The
project is implemented in 35 districts in Uganda.
Job Summary:  The
Communications and Empowerment Officer will offer technical support in the
development and implementation of the USAID project’s communications and
community empowerment/citizen engagement strategies at both national and
sub-national levels.
Key Duties and
  • Steer
    the development and implementation of the project’s community empowerment
  • Significantly
    contribute to the development of project work plans and generating of
    useful monitoring and evaluation data.
  • Compile
    and send relevant activity/periodic reports with a specific focus on
    communications and community empowerment.
  • Manage
    the development, testing and rolling out of the project’s community empowerment
    and advocacy messages.
  • Oversee
    the development and implementation of the project’s media engagement
  • Act
    as point of contact and provide regular technical support to regional
    teams on communications and community empowerment related activities.
  • Mentor
    and coach other project staff and CSO partners on community
    engagement/mobilization strategies/approaches and facilitation of the
    development of community action plans.
  • Work
    closely with other project staff and CSO partners conduct community assessments
    of health and social service challenges, needs, and priorities of
    community groups.
  • Lead
    the development of communication materials and community engagement tools,
    curriculums, and trainings for CSO partners and community groups.
  • Collaborate
    with other project staff to develop strategies and approaches to engage
    and link mobilized community members, leaders, and groups with broader CSO
    advocacy initiatives.
  • In
    collaboration with other project staff, liaise with national and district
    officials, partner CSOs/umbrella organizations, implementing partners, and
    community groups to identify and strengthen platforms for meaningful
    engagement of community members and CSO representatives in decision-making
    and policy processes.
  • In
    consultation with the project leadership, facilitate improved networking,
    internal and external knowledge management, and collaboration among
    like-minded advocacy-oriented CSOs and umbrella organizations.
  • Guide
    and provide technical assistance to other project staff and CSO partners
    on the development and implementation of effective community mobilization
    and engagement strategies and approaches.
  • Work
    with other USAID implementation partners to assess existing communications
    materials and messages and determine what may be adapted/added to
    continuously enrich the project’s communications strategy without
    duplicating efforts.
Qualifications, Skills and
  • The
    ideal candidate for the USAID Advocacy for Better Health Communications
    and Empowerment Officer should hold a Master’s or other advanced degree in
    mass communication, public health, social sciences, international
    development, or related field
  • At
    least seven years of professional experience coordinating and managing a
    wide variety of behavior change, community and health projects in Uganda.
  • Past
    experience developing social and behavior change communication strategies.
  • Prior
    experience developing citizen empowerment and advocacy communication
  • Demonstrated
    experience in developing and implementing behavior change programming at
    the community level.
  • Demonstrated
    ability to create and maintain effective working relationships with
    government personnel, NGO partners, international organizations, and
    community groups.
  • Past
    experience in capacity strengthening and advisory work.
  • Detailed
    knowledge of the political, social, economic, and cultural context of
  • Proven
    ability to communicate (orally and in writing) complex issues in a
    concise, compelling, and easily understandable manner.
  • Expert
    computer skills in Microsoft Office Suite applications, including Word,
    Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
  • Ability
    to travel up to 25% of the time.
How to Apply: 
All candidates who wish to
join the PATH International’s USAID Project in the aforementioned capacity
should apply online by clicking on the web link below.
Deadline: 19th June  2015
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