Non-profit Jobs – Communication and Advocacy Officer at Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF)

Organization: Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF)
Duty Station: Mbarara, Uganda
Project Name: USAID Regional Health Integration to Enhance Health Services in the South West Uganda Project (RHITES)
Duty Station: Mbarara, Uganda

About US:
The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) seeks to end pediatric HIV/AIDS through research, advocacy, and prevention and treatment programs. We are a global leader in the fight against pediatric HIV and AIDS, working in 15 countries and at 7,000 sites around the world to prevent the transmission of HIV to children, and to help those already infected. Today, because of the highly successful work of the Foundation and its partners over the last 25 years, pediatric AIDS has been virtually eliminated in the United States and new infections in children have declined by 58% worldwide. EGPAF Uganda Country program is currently implementing a number of projects in partnership with various donors.

About USAID RHITES Project:
The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) implements the USAID Regional Health Integration to Enhance Health Services in the South West Uganda Project (RHITES) whose aim is to increase the availability, accessibility and quality of integrated health services including HIV and TB prevention, care and treatment; maternal, neonatal and child health services; family planning; nutrition assessment, counseling support; malaria prevention and treatment and other primary carer services.

Job Summary: The Communication and Advocacy Officer will provide leadership in advocacy, communication and education initiatives that build awareness of the importance and availability of services to prevent and treat pediatric infections, and which support scale-up and increased utilization of these services. The incumbent will work closely with the PMTCT and care and treatment technical advisors and other program officers to identify and address key implementation obstacles and successes and provide technical guidance on program issues to be addressed and documented from the field.  The incumbent will also be responsible for the design, implementation and evaluation of communication, advocacy and outreach initiatives which build on EGPAF’s technical expertise and credibility to increase awareness of and support for prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and paediatric HIV/AIDS care and treatment.  The focus of these initiatives will be to educate policy makers, opinion leaders, the media, civil society organizations and the public about pediatric AIDS issues through partnerships with various civil society and governmental organizations, PEPFAR partners, and others, including HIV &AIDS networks and forums in Uganda.. S/he works with the EGPAF PMTCT and care and treatment team.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
1. Management of the EGPAF policy, communication and outreach outcomes:
·         Under the guidance of the country director, the job holder will develop and implement a costed communication and outreach strategy for the Uganda programme, with objectives and performance indicators
·         Prepare annual work plan and budget as per EGPAF’s planning system
·         Implement planned activities with the EGPAF program team, allies and partners and reporting as required
·         Prepare and submit quarterly narrative reports against the planned budget and performance indicators
·         Work closely with the community linkage team to understand the work of the districts and build capacity and identify areas for communication.
2. Consultation, coordination and support to the districts/regional level:
·         Participate as a member of technical committees e.g. the IEC subcommittee of the AIDS Control Program and other networks in Uganda
·         Organise and co-ordinate communication and education related meetings, prepare agenda, produce minutes, and ensure follow-up of action agreed in the policy meetings for EGPAF
·         Actively participate in external meetings and events as requested, including at local, regional and national levels
·         Collaborate with the MoH in matters related to communication and education.
3. Representation and Communication:
·         Represent the EGPAF programme to key stakeholders, partners and allies, donor agencies, government bodies, etc.
·         Be able to report effectively on progress of the communication and outreach program
·         Work closely with other communication partners, participate in the design and finalisation of all EGPAF communication and outreach materials.
·         Collaborate with other partners (e.g. ANECCA, UNICEF, WHO, UPA) in organising and managing meetings and events with national, regional and District officials, including Members of Parliament)
·         Manage partnership with UHMG and other projects that will emerge related to communication and outreach supported by EGPAF
4. Outreach support to the PMTCT and care and treatment programme:
·         Render support the PMTCT and care and treatment programme team to develop communication and outreach initiatives at community and district levels,
·         Provide information, materials for outreach and advice as appropriate
·         Work closely with the care and treatment and PMTCT programme team to identify and address key communication and education issues arising from the programs
·         Document PMTCT and care and treatment programme success stories and share these with partners at the local and national levels
5. Outreach to media:
·         Work in liaison with Regional Communications Officer, increase awareness among the Ugandan media on paediatric AIDS and prevention issues and expand media coverage of Foundation’s work and of paediatric AIDS and prevention issues.
·         Working with Regional Communications Officer to develop and distribute press releases, media advisories, fact sheets and other appropriate materials to support media coverage of Foundation and partner activities.
·         Working with the EGPAF Regional Communications Officer to prepare EGPAF leadership and other spokespersons for media interviews and/or presentations.
·         Develop visibility materials describing Uganda Country program, activities and achievements.
·         Establish relationships with USG Uganda and other donors/ partners /media officers and coordinate and support media activities as appropriate. 
·         Prepare media and site briefs and speeches for senior EGPAF officers and coordinate inauguration of CTC and PMTCT clinics in the sites.
·         Organize for media workshop to build capacity of the journalists on the area of PMTCT and care and treatment.
6. Other Duties: The Program Officer for Communication and Outreach will be expected to undertake other duties from time to time, as discussed and agreed with his/her supervisor.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:  
·         The Communication and Advocacy Officer should preferably hold a minimum of five years’ experience in HIV communication and education of health programs in Uganda
·         Working knowledge of Uganda national, regional and district government structure and operations,
·         Broad working understanding and knowledge of existing in country key players of HIV & AIDS related networks or the willingness to acquire this knowledge quickly
·         Prior experience in working with International NGOs
·         Excellent communication and education skills
·         Energetic, independent and self-motivated
·         Excellent analytical, oral and written communication skills
·         Excellent management and diplomatic skills
·         Ability to manage multiple priorities while working as part of team
·         Good understanding of basic IT programs
·         Fluency in English and Kiswahili, both oral and written
·         Excellent interpersonal skills and high levels of self motivation, integrity and initiative
·         Good computer skills in Word, Excel and PowerPoint
·         Previous experience of working with a wide range of stakeholders, with proven ability to provide support to communication and education initiatives

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates are encouraged to send their applications to this address;

The Country Director, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF), Plot 18A Kyadondo Road, Nakasero, P.O. Box 21127, Kampala, Uganda

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Deadline: 14th December 2015

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