ECSA- HC Communications & Knowledge Management Officer Job in Tanzania

East, Central and Southern Africa Health Community (ECSA- HC)

Communications & Knowledge Management Officer

(ECSA- HC/H R/20I2/04)

Applications are invited from suitably qualified citizens of East African Community states (Burundi, Rwanda, Kenya,Tanzania and Uganda) for the post of Communications & Knowledge Management Officer tenable at the ECSA Health Community Secretariat in Arusha. 
The incumbent will work on the World Bank-funded East African Public Health Laboratory Networking Project (EAPHLNP).

Main Purpose of the Job

  • The Communications & Knowledge Management Officer will be responsible for strengthening the communications aspects of the EAPHLNR In particular, 
  • he/she will produce and disseminate materials ( studies, journal articles, briefs) for communicating information about EAPHLNP; 
  • coordinate the content of EAPHLNP website page and production of the quarterly bulletin; 
  • develop and oversee EAPHLNP’s branding and image; 
  • and maintain an updated photo library and database of contacts.
  • The position will also entail supporting the planning of project activities and meetings.
Key Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the EAPHLNP Project Coordinator, the Communications & Knowledge Management Officer will have the following responsibilities:
  • Assist with the creation of policy briefs, briefing materials, best practice case studies, fact sheets, and production and distribution of the bulletin/newsletter, and journal articles on the project.
  • Develop, implement, and maintain, in collaboration with EAPHLNP staff in the participating countries, a strong communication strategy/visual branding and develop and maintain EAPHLNP photo library for use across a range of communications forms.
  • Develop media engagement plan, ¡n collaboration with the ECSA staff, ensuring that key project activities are well covered by the media in the participating countries.
  • Support staff at all levels ¡n the participating countries to generate, share and apply knowledge and expertise and ensure that the knowledge generated under the project is disseminated.
  • Support the creation of platforms for virtual communities of practice (CoP) and train and encourage staff ¡n the participating countries to take part in the CoR
  • Support the updating of the EAPHLNP web-site, ensuring that all relevant information is included on a regular basis with the support of the ECSA IT team.
  • Contribute to the planning of and arrangements for EAPHLNP events such as work shops, meetings and in particular regarding the design and production of materials.
Qualifications and Professional Experience
  • Bachelor’s or Masters degree in Mass Communication, Journalism, Public Relations or Professional Writing from a recognized institution of higher learning.
  • At least 5 years of relevant work experience specifically in the field of information and knowledge management.
  • Experience in writing, editing, proof-reading and designing communication documents for public dissemination.
  • Background in laboratory sciences or public health would be desirable.
  • Experience working with people from diverse backgrounds or in International/Regional Organization and ability to work with multiple team members and stakeholders.
Skills and Competencies
  • Computer literate and skilled in office applications such as MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Publisher, Photoshop, email and familiarity with relevant information technology, including website content management.
  • Excellent organizational skills with a demonstrated ability to organize multiple tasks and appropriately prioritize activities.
  • Excellent communication skills in written and oral English Language, conveying messages to different audiences using diverse media.
  • Ability to be innovative and analyze information from different sources and to synthesize this information into coherent and brief communication documents.
  • Demonstrate initiative and creativity; and be a strategic thinker.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with media, and stakeholders from various institutions.
  • Multi-tasking and ability to work under minimum supervision.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
Main Deliverables
  • Communication strategy for the EAPHLNR
  • Quarterly production of regional bulletins.
  • Video or documentary production.
  • Case studies.
  • Policy briefs.
Remuneration Package

An attractive remuneration package will be offered to the successful candidate. 
The details of the package may be obtained on request from ECSA Health Community Secretariat,Arusha.

Contract Appointment

This is a two-year contract appointment renewable upon satisfactory performance and subject to availability of funding.

Method of Application

Applications comprising of a cover letter expressing the candidate’s motivation for the job and current curriculum vitae with names and contact/addresses of three referees should reach the addressee below by 9 July 201 2.
Submission of applications by email is highly encouraged. 
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Contact Details
The Director General
East, Central and Southern Africa Health Community
P.O.BOX 1009

Tel: +255 27 25493 62/5/6
Fax: +255 27 2549392
Email: and copy to

The ECSA Health Community is an equal opportunity employer. 
Female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply

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