American GHC Fresher Vacancies – Knowledge Management, Communications and External Relations Officer at Jhpiego

Organisation: Global
Health Corps (GHC)
Placement Organisation: Jhpiego
Duty Station: Kampala,
Salary: Monthly
Stipend of 550 dollars per month
Eligible Citizenship:
About GHC:
Global Health Corps pairs
intelligent and passionate fellows with organizations that require new thinking
and innovative solutions. We provide these young leaders with the tools to
remain connected after their fellowship year finishes, deepening their ability
to enact change through heightened skills and strong partnerships. We currently
place fellows in Burundi, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, the United States, and Zambia.
About US:
Jhpiego is an international,
non-profit health organization affiliated with The Johns Hopkins University.
For 40 years and in over 155 countries, Jhpiego has worked to prevent the
needless deaths of women and their families. Jhpiego works with health experts,
governments and community leaders to provide high-quality health care for their
people. Jhpiego develops strategies to help countries care for themselves by
training competent health care workers, strengthening health systems and
improving delivery of care. Jhpiego designs innovative, effective and low-cost
health care solutions to ensure a level of care for women and their families.
These practical, evidence-based interventions are breaking down barriers to
high-quality health care for the world’s most vulnerable populations. Jhpiego
has worked off and on in Uganda for nearly 30 years. In 2011, Jhpiego made a
strategic decision based on country needs and interests from key stakeholders
to establish a country office, with the goal of strengthening Jhpiego’s support
to Uganda’s Ministry of Health. The fellows will actively participate in
developing this exciting endeavor.
Job Summary: The
Knowledge Management, Communication and External Relations fellows will work
closely with the Country Director and individual program managers to ensure
that the Jhpiego-Uganda program is capturing and communicating program
information effectively, using as many means as possible, to a wide range of
external audiences in Uganda. The fellows will work with the Country Director
to ensure regular and effective interpersonal engagements with key partners and
stakeholders; and active external relations efforts that target many different
groups, including partners at the community/district levels, decision makers in
Kampala, and interested international audiences. Finally, these fellows will
work with the Country Director to devise systems by which the external policy
and programmatic environment is being monitored, and findings from this
“environmental scanning” process are being incorporated into program planning
and implementation. As core members of a small team, these fellows will be
fully engaged in many aspects of program activity, and will have the
opportunity to contribute their ideas on how to improve programs to better
respond to the needs and interests of the external environment.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
1. Strategy Development:
  • Read
    and become familiar with Jhpiego Communications Manual
  • Work
    closely with the Country Director and individual program managers to
    develop an overall program external relations strategy:
  • Support
    to define means for regularly compiling and presenting program information
    to key in-country stakeholders using a variety of written, verbal and
    electronic approaches; and for tracking feedback received, so that it can
    be incorporated into program evolution
  • Assist
    in defining and implementing a plan for ensuring that Jhpiego-Uganda is
    well represented at the many meetings taking place in the public health
    realm, and that Jhpiego is contributing effectively to the dialogue that
    takes place through these meetings
  • Help
    define a system for ensuring that Jhpiego is using these engagements as an
    opportunity to continually refine its understanding of the external
    environment in which it is operating, and to continually evolve its
    activities to respond to that environment
  • Work
    with the Country Director to develop effective knowledge management
    systems at the country level
2. Increasing Program Sharing
and Visibility in Uganda:
  • Lead
    implementation of all of the strategies above
  • Work
    with individual program managers to generate, document and share lessons
    learned from program activities
  • Develop
    a packet of compelling program information (and a system for ensuring that
    it is regularly updated), with an emphasis on presenting results of
    interventions and innovations, and lessons learned in the implementation
  • Ensure
    that all information/communication coming out of the program is presented
    in such a way that it gives a clear and compelling presentation, and
    reflects the innovation and effectiveness of the Jhpiego-Uganda program
  • Steer
    efforts to regularly share program information through multiple outlets
    (presentations, one-on-one meetings, comments at large meetings, written
    briefings, etc.)
  • Work
    with the Country Director and program managers to ensure that
    Jhpiego-Uganda is regularly engaging with and providing the necessary
    program information to key partners and stakeholders through one-on-one
    interactions, and also through regular presence at meetings and other
    group forums
  • Contributing
    to Jhpiego’s Global External Relations and Communications Efforts:
  • Coordinate
    and share in-country communications with Jhpiego’s  global External Relations and
    Communications office
  • Lead
    on ensuring that Jhpiego-Uganda is contributing fully to Jhpiego’s global
    efforts to tell the story of its great work
  • Steer
    the process of writing success stories and defining high level program
    highlights that can be widely disseminated in Uganda and globally through
    the External Relations and Communications (ERCO) team; submit photos,
    Facebook posts and short updates to ERCO for global dissemination
  • Keep
    the Uganda portion of the Jhpiego website up-to-date
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:  
  • Working
    knowledge of the field of public health (either a degree that is related
    to public health, or experience working in a public health program)
  • Possess
    the ability to quickly understand both the theory and the practice of
    public health programming in a developing country is essential
  • Exceptional
    interpersonal skills; the ability to relate to a wide range of
    individuals, and to instill confidence and trust
  • Excellent
    written and verbal communication skills
  • Outstanding
    presentation skills
  • Possess
    the ability to quickly learn and to write and talk knowledgeably about new
  • One
    of the fellows should ideally have experience with behavior change
    communication and community engagement
  • One
    of the fellows should ideally have experience in communication for policy
    makers, donors and other implementing partners
Job Terms and Conditions: Fellows
will be provided with housing, health insurance and a living stipend of
$550/month. Additionally, fellows will receive an award of $1500 upon successful
completion of the fellowship year. Flights to and from the placement site and
all other costs associated with GHC programming are included, including $600 in
professional development funds. Housing will be arranged in Kampala.
Note: The living
stipend and completion award may be paid out in USD or local currency, as
determined by the placement organization.
How to Apply:
All applicants who desire to be
placed by the Global Health Corps in the aforementioned organization should
express interest by clearly following the instructions at the web page below.
Deadline: 2nd February, 2016

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