African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC)
Senior Communications Officer
The African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) is an African-led and Africa-based international research institute engaged in multidisciplinary, evidence-informed policy research. Our researchers are contributing to the body of evidence about the critical issues in population health and wellbeing impeding Africa’s development in order to provide strong direction and recommendations to policy- and decision-makers at all levels.
Our commitment to policy engagement, advocacy, management and learning is a critical component of our evidence generation and knowledge translation model. We recognize that institutionalizing a culture of evidence requires stronger capacity – both within APHRC and among the stakeholders with whom we engage in order to deliver development impacts.
The Immunization Advocacy Initiative (IAI) runs on the belief that a stronger civil society, equipped with technical skills in using evidence to drive advocacy priorities, can be an effective level of influence on government decisions to fund a stronger and more resilient health system, with equitable and inclusive coverage of routine immunization as a foundation for that system.
Through the project, civil society networks in Kenya, Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire receive capacity strengthening in using evidence for advocacy as well as financial support to carry out advocacy-oriented activities at national level to both generate demand for vaccination and to encourage sustainable funding of immunization programs.
As such, APHRC seeks to recruit a Senior Communications Officer who will coordinate the initiative’s communication efforts; the appointment will be for a period of 10 months.
Duties / Responsibilities:
- Maintain, update and actively use social media tools and sites (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.) for regular initiatives of the implementing partners.
- Coordinate input and develop content for the IAI webpage in collaboration implementing partners.
- Develop content and lead in the design of policy briefs, fact sheets and other advocacy collateral in liaison with implementing partners.
- Manage media relations, support the delivery of press opportunities – press releases, radio and televised interviews of immunization champions, implementing partners, staff and other stakeholders.
- Provide technical guidance on how to use media and communications to advance upcoming technical and programmatic activities.
- Support the implementation of the communications plan including the development of newsletters (internal, external).
- Attend regular communication, technical and other meetings assigned, and provide input based on lessons from past media and communications activities including social media.
- Participate in, and provide direction on communication for regional and international days related to immunization.
- Lead the production of any documentation that will be used for publicity, visibility and advocacy. Assist in creating short videos and vignettes, from previous work including accounts from immunization champions, implementing partners and other stakeholders to bring out key messages for advocacy.
- Follow immunization policy discussions and political priorities and share the information with the IAI network.
- Research on innovative methods to monitor policy influence and keep track of progress made by the country networks through their advocacy efforts.
- Conduct monitoring and impact evaluation of communications activities.
Qualifications and Experience
- Bachelor’s degree in social sciences, communications, public relations or related field;
- Five (5) years of post-qualification work experience in communications and public relations in an international organization;
- Understanding of graphic design and desktop publishing, including Microsoft Publisher, and Adobe or Corel suites;
- Visual media skills including use of still and video camera; ability to develop video storyboards and basic editing;
- Proficiency in MS Office, content management systems and social media platforms;
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written;
- Proficiency in French is an advantage.
How to Apply
Interested candidates are encouraged to apply through our recruitment portal https://aphrc.org/vacancies/ by November 30, 2020.
Only short listed candidates will be contacted; shortlisted candidates will be required to have a Police Clearance Certificate.
Cover letters should be addressed to:
The Human Resources Officer
African Population and Health Research Center, Inc
APHRC Campus, Manga Close, off Kirawa Road, Kitisuru
P. O. Box 10787-GPO, Nairobi
APHRC is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the protection of vulnerable persons