Communication & Advocacy Advisor USAID RHITES Project Careers – Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF)

Organization: Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF)
Project Name: USAID Regional Health Integration to Enhance
Health Services in the South West Uganda Project (RHITES)
Reports to: Country Director
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 care services.
Job Summary: The Communication
& Advocacy Advisor will provide leadership for advocacy and communications
strategic priorities for the country program and in support of the Foundation
mission.  The person will work closely
with programmatic colleagues to identify and address key implementation
obstacles that need to be addressed and successes needing documentation from
the field. This position is responsible for the design, implementation and
evaluation of communication and advocacy initiatives which leverage EGPAF’s
technical expertise and credibility to position EGPAF as a leader in pediatric
HIV and influence wider change.
Key Duties and
  • Leverage EGPAF Uganda’s programmatic and
    research experience and expertise to position EGPAF as a thought leader
    and implementer in ending AIDS in children.
  • Effectively communicate EGPAF Uganda’s
    work in program implementation, research and advocacy to various
    stakeholders and audiences.
  • Position EGPAF as an effective influencer
    at various levels of key stakeholders and policies in reaching a
    generation free of HIV and in providing quality services to people
    affected by HIV, particularly children and adolescents.
  • Document and disseminate EGPAF Uganda’s
    stories of success and beneficiary perspectives through various platforms to
    provide the human perspectives of the Foundation’s work.
  • Engage with journalists at national and
    district level to build their awareness on the Foundation’s mission and to
    have them document more stories on pediatric HIV and EGPAF Uganda’s
  • Management of the EGPAF advocacy and
    communication outcomes
  • Lead the development of EGPAF Uganda’s
    communication and advocacy strategies and work plans and budgets, tied to
    specific project goals and deliverables.
  • Lead the implementation of EGPAF Uganda’s
    communications and advocacy activities in collaboration with the EGPAF
    program team and reporting as required
  • Collaborate with the community linkages
    team to identify story ideas and advocacy issues.
  • Closely collaborate with EGPAF’s External
    Affairs and Global Public Policy and Advocacy to drive EGPAF’s work
    regionally and globally.
Documentation and writing for communications and advocacy
  • Oversee the identification and
    documentation of EGPAF success stories, visibility materials and project
    and program achievements in close collaboration with knowledge management
  • Lead the conceptualization and development
    of EGPAF’s annual report including gathering of stories and photo assets.
  • Lead the development of communication and
    advocacy messages and materials and build the capacity of EGPAF staff to
    effectively use the materials.
  • Digital communications/New Media –
    Liaising with HQ to maximize EGPAF Uganda’s  work and expertise exposure through FB,
    twitter, blog and other new media
  • Ensure that EGPAF and donor branding and
    marking guidelines are adhered to and facilitate requisite processes for
Strategic consultation, coordination and support for advocacy and
communications for project teams
  • Work closely with the programme teams to
    identify and address key communication and advocacy issues arising from
    the programs and develop appropriate interventions to address them
  • Participates in technical committees,
    strategic advocacy initiatives and civil society networks as appropriate
    including Ministry of Health platforms such as the IEC subcommittee of the
    AIDS Control Program and other networks in Uganda
  • Provide counsel and support to senior
    leadership for strategic national and international meetings that require
    talking points, key messages etc. to ensure appropriate EGPAF
  • Working with HQ and regional
    Communications team to prepare EGPAF leadership and other spokespersons
    for media interviews and/or presentations including media and site briefs,
    speeches or talking points for EGPAF staff as appropriate.
Stakeholder engagement and partnership building 
  • Identify and guide external opportunities
    for strategic engagement to advance EGPAF’s advocacy priorities in country
  • Initiate and maintain partnerships and
    networks with stakeholder and influencers.
  • Represents the EGPAF Uganda programme to
    key meetings or forums with stakeholders, partners and allies, donor
    agencies, government bodies among others
  • Collaborates with implementation and civil
    society partners in organising and managing meetings and events (with
    national, regional and District officials, including Members of
    Parliament) with a view to advancing the Foundation’s agenda
  • Manages partnership  with UHMG and other partners related to
    communication and advocacy
Media Relations:
  • Identify and nurture relations with
    various media with a view to getting high quality coverage of EGPAF
    Uganda’s work and expert opinion in support of the Foundation  mission
  • Increase awareness among the Ugandan media
    on HIV/AIDS broadly with a view to 
    expanding media coverage of paediatric AIDS and prevention issues
  • Develop and distribute press releases,
    media advisories, fact sheets and other appropriate materials to support
    media coverage of Foundation and partner activities.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with
    USG Uganda and other donors/ partners /media officers and coordinate and
    support media activities as appropriate. 

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The applicant for the USAID EGPAF RHITES
    Project Communication & Advocacy Advisor job opportunity should
    possess a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences, postgraduate in public
    policy, communications or related field will be advantageous
  • Five years of experience and demonstrated
    success in media and communication 
    initiatives and doing advocacy to support a cause and build
    organizational reputation based on commitment to mission and results
  • Excellent communication skills both to
    tell a story as well as influence change
  • Sound understanding of how both
    traditional and new media works
  • Ability to identify and communicate with
    key stakeholders including policy makers with a view support an enabling
    environment in support of our mission.
  • A strong communicator, facilitator,
    collaborator, and coordinator with outstanding interpersonal skills; must
    have credibility, good judgment, honesty and integrity.
  • A team player who can skillfully
    coordinate activities with senior management, project directors, and
    staff, and who has the sensitivity and interpersonal skills to work
    cooperatively with a group of diverse personalities.
  • Able to manage a high volume of tasks and
    being adept at planning, prioritizing, organizing, and following through.
  • Decisive, independent, and resourceful
    with the ability to anticipate and act on events and opportunities in an
    appropriate and thoughtful manner.
  • Demonstrated history of successfully
    building critical, long term, engaging relationships with stakeholders and
    relevant partners
  • Interest in HIV/AIDS and health issues and
    a strong, personal commitment to the overall mission of The Elizabeth Glaser
    Pediatric AIDS Foundation
  • Experience in working with International
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, and high
    levels of self motivation, integrity and initiative
  • Good computer skills in Word, Excel and
  • 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 Senior Human Resources Manager, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS
Foundation (EGPAF), Plot 18A Kyadondo Road, Nakasero, P.O. Box 21127, Kampala,
E-mail to:
Deadline: 30th March 2018
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