Jobs at Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation in Uganda- Communication Officer


Job Title:
Communication & Outreach Officer, Mbarara

( The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Uganda )

The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation is a global leader in the fight against pediatric HIV and AIDS, working in 17 countries and at 4,700 sites around the world to prevent the transmission of HIV to children, and to help those already infected. Today, because of the highly successful work of the Foundation and its partners, pediatric AIDS has been virtually eliminated in the United States. With a growing global staff of nearly 1,300—nine of 10 who work in the field—the Foundation’s global mission is to implement prevention, care, and treatment; further advance innovative research; and to execute strategic and targeted global advocacy activities to bring dramatic change to the lives of millions of women, children, and families worldwide.

The Foundation received funding from USAID/Uganda for a five-year cooperative agreement in 13 districts in the south-western region of Uganda with the goal of increasing access to, coverage of and utilization of quality comprehensive tuberculosis (TB) and HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment services.

We are therefore seeking most suitable candidates to fill the following positions

Communication & Outreach Officer, Mbarara

Reporting Relationships:

The Communication and Outreach Officer reports to the Country Director

Job Summary:

This position is responsible for the design, implementation and evaluation of communication, advocacy and outreach initiatives which build on EGPAF’s technical expertise and credibility to increase awareness of and support for prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and paediatric HIV/AIDS care and treatment. The focus of these initiatives will be to educate policy makers, opinion leaders, the media, civil society organizations and the public about pediatric AIDS issues through partnerships with various civil society and governmental organizations, PEPFAR partners, and others, including HIV &AIDS networks and forums in Uganda. S/he reports to the country director who-provides leadership and technical support to the communication and outreach programme. S/he works with the EGPAF PMTCT’ and care and treatment team.

Key Duties and responsibilities:

Management of the EGPAF policy, communication and outreach outcomes

    Under the guidance of the country director, develop and implement a coasted communication and outreach strategy for the Uganda programme, with objectives and performance indicators
    Prepare annual work plan and budget as per EGPAF’s planning system
    Implement planned activities with the EGPAF program team, allies and partners and reporting as required
    Produce quarterly narrative reports against the planned budget and performance indicators
    Work with the community linkage team to understand the work of the districts and build capacity and identify areas for communication.

Consultation, coordination and support to the districts/regional level

    Participate as a member of technical committees e.g. the IEC subcommittee of the AIDS Control Program and other networks in Uganda Organize and co-ordinate communication and education related meetings, prepare agenda, produce minutes, and ensure follow-up of action agreed in the policy meetings for EGPAF.
    Participate in external meetings and events as requested, including at local, regional and national levels
    Collaborate with the MoH in matters related to communication and education.

Representation and communication:

    Represent the EGPAF programme to key stakeholders, partners and allies, donor agencies, government bodies, etc. Be able to report effectively on progress of the communication and outreach program
    In collaboration with other communication partners, participate in the design and finalisation of all EGPAF communication and outreach materials.
    Collaborate with other partners ( e.g. ANECCA, UNICEF, WHO, UPA) in organising and managing meetings and events with national, regional and District officials, including Members of Parliament) Manage partnership with UHMG and other projects that will emerge related to communication and outreach supported by EGPAF

Outreach support to the PMTCT and care and treatment programme:

    Support the PMTCT and care and treatment programme team to develop communication and outreach initiatives at community and district levels. Provide information, materials for outreach and advice as appropriate Work with the care and treatment and PMTCT programme team to identify and address key communication and education issues arising from the programs
    Document PMTCT and care and treatment programme success stories and share these with partners at the local and national levels

Outreach to media:

    Working with Regional Communications Officer, increase awareness among the Ugandan media on paediatric AIDS and prevention issues and expand media coverage of Foundation’s work and of paediatric AIDS and prevention issues.
    Working with Regional Communications Officer to develop and distribute press releases, media advisories, fact sheets and other appropriate materials to support media coverage of Foundation and partner activities.
    Working with the EGPAF Regional Communications Officer to prepare EGPAF leadership and other spokespersons for media interviews and/or presentations.
    Develop visibility materials describing Uganda Country program, activities and achievements.
    Establish relationships with USG Uganda and other donors/ partners / media officers and coordinate and support media activities as appropriate.
    Prepare media and site briefs and speeches for senior EGPAF officers and coordinate inauguration of CTC and PMTCT clinics in the sites.
    Organize for media workshop to build capacity of the journalists on the area of PMTCT and care and treatment.

Requirement:

    A Bachelors Degree in Communication, Journalism or Social Sciences from a recognized university with vast experience in advocacy both at national and international forums.
    Masters Degree in Public Health is of an added advantage.
    At least five years of experience in HIV communication and education of health programs in Uganda.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

    Analytical and excellent at written communication skills.
    Excellent reporting skills is most desired.
    Ability to manage multiple priorities while working as part of team.
    Ability to deliver timely results under minimal supervision.
    Knowledge of Uganda national, regional and district government structure and operations,
    Knowledge of existing in country key players of HIV & AIDS related networks or the willingness to acquire this knowledge quickly.
    Experience in working with International NGOs.
    Excellent interpersonal skills, and high levels of self-motivation, integrity and initiative

Experience: 5



How to apply:
Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation Is an equal opportunity

employer. All qualified Individuals are welcome to apply.

Please send cover letter and CV to; The Country Director/COP Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) Plot 18A Kyadondo Road, Nakasero P. O. Box 21127, Kampala – Uganda

EGPAF will only contact short-listed applicants. Deadline for submission is 12th October 2012.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Deadline: 12th Oct 2012


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