Earn over 22K US Dollars as Communications Specialist - Malaria Consortium

Organization: Malaria Consortium
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Salary: USD 22,758 gross per annum
Reports to: Program Manager

About US:
Malaria Consortium is the world’s leading not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the comprehensive control of malaria and other communicable diseases in Africa and Southeast Asia. Malaria Consortium works with communities, government and non-government agencies, academic institutions, and local and international organisations, to ensure good evidence supports delivery of effective services, providing technical support for monitoring and evaluation of programmes and activities for evidence-based decision-making and strategic planning. Malaria Consortium works to improve not only the health of the individual, but also the capacity of national health systems, which helps relieve poverty and support improved economic prosperity.

About Project:
Malaria Consortium Uganda has received funding from DFID/UNICEF to implement the Strengthening Uganda’s Response to Malaria (SURM) project which will focus on reducing the impact of the leading causes of U5M morbidity and mortality in 16 districts in Northern Uganda. The project will address lagging maternal and neonatal mortality through a combination of iCCM and selected maternal and neonatal care interventions. The project is implemented with UNICEF and spans a five-year period (April 2018-March 2023) in 16 districts in the Northern region of Uganda.

Job Summary: The Communications Specialist will develop and oversee the implementation of all communications related programs and activities for the Strengthening Uganda’s Response to Malaria (SURM) project. This role involves implementation of communications activities which include social mobilisation and social behaviour change communication (SBCC), advocacy, documentation and dissemination of learnings and external communications/ public relations. The Communications Specialist will be expected to lead communication efforts needed by the project, with a particular focus on SBCC activities, as well as developing and overseeing the implementation of a comprehensive communications strategy for the project. S/he will also ensure an appropriate level of relevant visibility for the project among stakeholders through engagement with the media, regional events and other relevant forums.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
  • Develop and implement a project communications strategy for SURM
  • Oversee all SBCC, advocacy and external communication efforts relevant to the project
  • Line manage the field Communications Officers in Gulu & Lira
  • Provide technical management and oversight of all project related communication activities
  • Lead the development of all the projects’ communication strategies, ensuring that they incorporate best practices, represent effective strategies and innovative approaches based on evidence or priority gaps in evidence
  • Support project managers in implementing their communication strategies in a timely and efficient manner
  • Conduct technical support supervision of organisational and project specific communication activities
  • Ensure that all communications activities are implemented cost-effectively, considering value for money and sustainability
  • Work with the regional coordinators to capitalise on synergies related to communication activities within and outside SURM, including effective coordination between its communication strategies and materials and the promotion of cross-project learning
  • Ensure project communication experiences are appropriately documented and disseminated
  • Support project managers to develop and implement project specific documentation and dissemination plans internally across SURM and externally
  • Support project managers to make sure that all communication strategies and activities are effectively monitored and evaluated and activities are adjusted or adapted according to findings to ensure maximum impact
  • Act as a project resource point for technical issues related to BCC and communications for the project
  • Collaborate with stakeholders in public health communication including UNICEF communications to develop, approve and implement the projects’ communications
  • Provide technical support to the Ministry of Health, other authorities and partners in communications policy and strategy development, planning for implementation, reviews/ evaluations
  • In coordination with project managers, remain aware of branding and marketing demands of DFID/UNICEF and how this affects materials production and delivery of communications activities
  • Act as the key media liaison and public relations person for SURM as appropriate
  • Oversee all external communications activities, materials, reports and presentations to ensure they conform to SURM house style and quality standards in terms of presentation, consistency, grammar and formatting
  • Participate as an active member of SURM technical team in meetings, internal seminars and other technical and administrative discussions

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The applicant for the Malaria Consortium Communications Specialist job opportunity should hold a Master’s degree in Communications, Journalism, Marketing or relevant discipline
  • Eight years of work experience in communications, public relations, marketing or related field, ideally in public health
  • Five years’ experience developing and implementing SBCC strategies
  • Experience in best practice and/or research dissemination
  • Experience in a range of communications activities (writing strategies, briefing papers, press releases, concept notes, use of social media etc.)
  • Knowledge of the Ugandan health sector
  • Experience in health sector advocacy work
  • Foundational knowledge of public health approaches
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills and ability to synthesize key concepts and convey messages to diverse audiences
  • Strong analytic, strategic thinking and planning skills
  • Strong interest in and desire to promote improved health policy and practice
  • Proven skills in writing, copy editing, proof reading and research, with excellent attention to detail
  • Excellent computer skills (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher or other design software)
  • Ability to take initiative and manage assignments from conceptualization to completion
  • Excellent organization, planning, communication and follow-up skills
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects with conflicting time frames
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to interact effectively with all levels of associates, including management
  • Skills in the use of different media outlets (photography, film, TV, radio, newspapers etc.) communications purposes

How to Apply:
All interested applicants are encouraged to apply online at the web link below.

Deadline: 27th April 2018

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