32 Senior Communications Officer job at African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET)

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Grade: Rapid Responder (RR) equivalency
Number of posts: 32 (Thirty-two)
Department: Africa CDC
Supervisor: Programme Manager-Saving Lives and Livelihoods
Duty Station: Assigned Member Country
Job Description Summary
The Senior Communications Officer’s primary responsibility will be executing media product
development for the vaccine roll-out programme. This will involve content development for
internal and external communication, including website content, communiqués and press releases,
promotional materials, social media content, risk communications, graphic layout of agency
publications, and other media products.

Major Duties and Responsibilities
The Senior Communication Officer shall:
• Develop communication procedures, prepare and operate Africa CDC’s website, lead
• organization effort in public relations, social media, risk communications, and facilitate
and disseminate scientific information and products
• Develop talking points, briefings, presentations, speeches, social media content and other
communication products for use by the Programme Manager
• Protect the reputation of Africa CDC and the member states by identifying potentially
damaging or sensitive issues or reports, and develop mitigation plan to handle or avert any
communication risk
• Keep up to date with best practice and trends in vaccination communication and apply to
the work moving forward
• Provide technical advisory to implementing partners and regional teams
• Track rapid response related operational KPIs and compile and distribute progress report
• Represent Africa CDC in a professional manner, which creates a positive image andenhances the credibility of the organization
• Perform any other duties as requested by the Programme Manager

Qualification and work experience required
o Master’s Degree in Mass Communications, Journalism, Public Relations and Advertising
or related fields. Preferable candidates will have at least 7 years of work experience of which 3 years are at supervisory role.
o Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications, Journalism, Public Relations and Advertising
or related fields. Preferrable candidates will have at least 10 years of work experience of
which 3 years are at supervisory role.

Required skills and Competencies
A. Functional skills
• Excellent diplomatic, representational, interpersonal and communication skills, including experience with successfully interacting with stakeholders and decision-makers in technical and other professional settings
• Comprehensive knowledge of the range of administrative laws, policies, regulations, and precedents applicable to the development and administration of domestic and international health communication programmes
• Strong command of document and graphic presentation and media software systems and tools.
• Possesses excellent organization and project management skills and composure
• Excellent verbal and written skills and experience in executing various writing styles and voices, including journalistic and executive writing.
• Excellent computer skills, including word-processing capabilities, proficiency with e-mail and internet applications, experience in using office software applications such as MS Excel, Power Point and Word

B. Personal Abilities
• Leadership and management abilities. Pro-active and solutions oriented.
• Analytical and problem-solving abilities
• Ability to build strong relationships internally and with external actors.
• High level of autonomy at work, yet with profound team spirit.
• Ability to work under pressure, with minimal supervision, and in a culturally diverse team
• Adaptive, patient, resourceful, resilient, and flexible.

Language Requirement
Applicants must be proficient in at least one of the African Union working languages (English,
French, Arabic, Portuguese, Spanish or Swahili). Knowledge of two or more of African Union
working languages would be an added advantage.

Tenure of Appointment
The appointment will be made on a fixed term contract of which the first three months will be
considered as a probationary period. Thereafter, the contract will be renewedannually subject to
satisfactory performance and fund availability.

Gender Mainstreaming
The AU Commission is an equal opportunity employer and qualified women arestrongly
encouraged to apply.

For International hires indicative pay is US$ 6,000 per month.For local hires, the indicative pay is
US$ 3,000 per month.

Job application procedure
Submit your resume, application letter, and relevant documentation to:
Interested candidates are welcome to apply by either of these two means.
a. The Ministry of Health or the National Public Health Institute of member state can submit
a maximum of three CVs for a position

Or send applications to;
• The Administration & Human Resource Office
• African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET)
https://recruitment.afenet.net  and a copy on Email: sec@afenet.net 
*ONLY successful candidates shall be contacted for an interview.
Please note that all applications should be sent online by close of business 5:30 pm (EAT)
Friday April 7, 2023
Note: More details about this position can be obtained from our website: www.afenet.net 


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