Senior Communications Officer, DRIVE Demand Project job post at PATH

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Job Description

Job Category:
Communications/ Public Relations jobs in Uganda

Job Location:

Education Level:
Associate Degree

Years Of Experience

5 years

Job Details

Job Duties and Responsibilities

Job Description

PATH is a global nonprofit dedicated to achieving health equity. With more than 40 years of experience forging multisector partnerships, and with expertise in science, economics, technology, advocacy, and dozens of other specialties, PATH develops and scales up innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing health challenges.

Digital Square a PATH led initiative funded by the US Agency for International Development and The Rockefeller Foundation have designed DRIVE Demand project to enable country use of Digital tools for impactful Results to Improve Vaccine Equity (DRIVE Demand) paired with social behavior change communication (SBCC) with the goal to increase vaccine demand and acceptance rates in six countries: Jamaica, Mali, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda and Zambia.

Job Summary:

The Senior Communications Officer will primarily be part of the DRIVE Demand Project team working closely with Uganda National Expanded program on Immunization (UNEPI) and the Health Promotion department of Uganda Ministry of health. She/he shall be responsible for Lead planning and execution of all communication-related activities for the project. She/he shall also be responsible for all related targeted and general communication, risk communication and social mobilization, and information provision activities towards Ministries, Departments and Agencies, stakeholders and the wider public.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

• Collaborate with national stakeholders including representing PATH on technical committees to strengthen linkages of immunization program and department of health promotion ensuring coordination of resources and efforts to implement Social Behavior Change and Communication activities.

• The senior Communication Officer will support defining a targeted SBCC strategy for Uganda-specific messaging aided by digital tools/systems to increase vaccination uptake among select communities.

• He/She will work with a local creative agency leading the design of SBCC content consistent with the strategy, in collaboration with MOH.

• He/She will ensure the SBCC strategy and framework can be used to guide targeted deployment of SBCC among prioritized target audiences identified by MOH.

• In collaboration with MOH, the Sr. Communications officer will provide oversight, define objectives, and lead SBCC deployment, as well as support SBCC monitoring and analysis.

• Manage joint communication activities with Ministry of Health and its core partners [such as UNICEF, WHO, USAID] focused on Uganda’s Immunization program.

• Manage media relations to ensure accurate media coverage and reporting on primary areas of focus for the team in Uganda, which include lately, COVID-19 vaccination.

• Collaborate with implementing partners, support interactions with project component units, and provide timely and appropriate interventions to address implementation issues and bottlenecks;

• Coordinate efforts to strengthen the relations with media practitioners to promote a positive image of the Project and to enhance visibility of the activities; access of the target population; and organize media events such as press conferences and talk shows.

• Assist in the preparation and review of various project documents.

• Participating and effectively represent the Project in internal and external meetings related to the implementation of the project.

• Creating rich and compelling content for website, microsites and social media.

• Support new business development by engaging with relevant stakeholders and partners

Required Experience

• The applicant preferably hold a master’s in Communication, Media, Journalism, Marketing or related discipline required. Master’s Degree in Mass Communication, Journalism, Public Health or related discipline is an added advantage

• At least 5 years’ of professional experience in managing communications and demand generation projects.

• Comprehensive knowledge of the Uganda public health context, including MoH structure, policies, and procedures, particularly immunization

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English, including the ability to set out a coherent argument in presentations and group interactions.

• Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft packages and electronic communication

• Analytical thinker and capacity to lead specific analytical work

• Team worker: you have the capability to foster and coordinate teamwork; and establish harmonious working relationships in a multicultural environment

• Self-developer/Innovator: you are willing to learn, share and acquire new competencies and seek new challenges by exploring new approaches.

• Ability to manage and coordinate diverse tasks and facilitate relationships among multiple parties

• Demonstrated ability to multi-task and to respond to changing situations in a flexible manner

• Expertise preparing thorough, well-written, and concise documents.

• Possess the ability to manage multiple tasks, set priorities, work independently, and maintain a high level of accountability.

• Ability to communicate policies and procedures effectively and accurately.


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