06 June 2017

Senior Communications Specialist Non-profit Careers - Management Sciences for Health (MSH)

Organization: Management Sciences for Health (MSH)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Country Representative
Job ID: 13-9601

About US:
Management Sciences for Health (MSH) is an international non-profit health organization composed of nearly 2500 people from more than 74 nationalities working in over 50,countries. Our mission is to save lives and improve the health of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health. Together with our partners, we are helping managers and leaders in developing countries to create stronger management systems that improve health services for the greatest health impact.

Job Summary: The Senior Communication Specialist works in close collaboration with the Country Representative, Project Directors, and field teams to manage MSH communications activities. S/he updates and oversees the implementation of the MSH Business Development communications plan as necessary. Working with other communications officers within project, s/he manages visibility events and media engagement in MSH-led activities. Support communications for business development. Coordinate with Project Communication Specialist to harmonize communication packages. The Business Development and Communications Officer communications in close collaboration with the MSH HO Communications team manages platforms on OLLIE (MSH Intranet) and trains and supports other staff to make their contributions. The Officer will also facilitate communication flows to ensure that MSH decision-makers and key external stakeholders receive the timely and credible information they need in a format that is adapted to the target audience.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
  • The incumbent will disseminate a steady flow of information (updates, human interest stories, talking points and Q&As, blogs etc) to relevant offices
  • Work in liaison with other communications officers within projects, write human interest stories and regularly provide/take high-resolution, good quality digital images/photos and videos of MSH’s work.
  • Render support in the communication and dissemination of research outputs from programs, and provide editing support and identify formats and methodologies appropriate to effective sharing of findings.
  • Keenly monitor print and electronic media for mentions of MSH and other topics of interest to the organization, and inform the Country Representative.
  • Manage the MSH brand in country and develop communication products to promote MSH visibility
  • Ensure professional and accurate media engagement of MSH, in coordination with the Director of Strategic Communications in the Home Office.
  • Ensure the country information on the MSH external and internal (Ollie) websites is continuously updated and staff informed accordingly. Provide updates to MSH intranet and on Friday Focus. Train and motivate staff to make contributions to OLLIE
  • Keep abreast with key project activities and report results from all MSH projects in the country
Business Development:
  • Actively participate in reviews, assessments and baseline studies to gather and prepare background information and data for the design of programs and projects
  • Ensure that information is provided in a timely fashion and relevant staff are involved in the proposal development process
  • Serve as proposal support officer, ensuring support/engagement of relevant technical staff
External Engagement:
  • Actively participate in coordination meetings with stakeholders, INGOs, local organizations, and high-level government officials when and as requested.
  • Coordinate MSH’s participation in key donor, and government coordination meetings.
  • Maintain all external correspondences and appointments of the Country Representative.
  • Maintain MSH’s master list of stakeholder contact information and update regularly.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the Management Sciences for Health Senior Communications Specialist job opportunity should hold a Bachelor’s Degree, (Master’s an additional advantage) of Social Sciences, Communications or equivalent;
  • At least three to five years’ experience working with an NGO or UN agency or equivalent, is preferred;
  • Significant exposure and experience in business development or project design and reporting;
  • Expertise in representation and negotiation with governments and donors;
  • Ability to relate and represent MSH to major program partners, in a highly professional manner;
  • Able to communicate clearly and sensitively with internal and external stakeholders as a representative of MSH;
  • Gender awareness and cultural sensitivity;
  • Ability to work independently and as a team player;
  • Good level management and problem-solving skills;
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of print, radio, television and online social media;
  • Previous experience working in journalism, communications, media, or PR;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Computer literacy skills i.e. proficiency in Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint;
  • Fluent written and spoken English.

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates who wish to join the Management Sciences for Health in the aforementioned capacity are encouraged to Apply Online by clicking on the link below.

Deadline: 7th June 2017

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