Communication Officer Expert - CARMMA

African Union
  • Location
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Sep 06

Position description

To provide technical support to the Health, Nutrition and Population Division. In May 2009, the AU launched the Campaign on Accelerated Reduction of Maternal Mortality in Africa (CARMMA) whose main objective is to accelerate the availability and use of universally accessible quality health services including those related to sexual and reproductive health. In order to enhance implementation of the CARMMA, the Department of Social Affairs of the AUC is recruiting a Communications Expert.

Tasks

Under the direct supervision of the Director of Social Affairs and in close collaboration with the Head of Division for Health, Population and Nutrition, the Communication Officer- CARMMA shall perform the following:

  • Assist in communication and advocacy activities related to Maputo PoA and CARMMA;
  • Implementing CARMMA’s Communication and resource mobilization strategy;
  • Assisting in maintaining and strengthening partnership at national, regional and global levels;
  • Establish and maintain communication channels with regional and continental media and a regularly update information centre (e.g. website or other) on progress;
  • Ensure periodic information-sharing on the status of maternal health in Africa, including promoting exchange of experience and best practices;
  • Develop Communication and Advocacy Materials for other Health Programmes of the Department;
  • Produce quarterly progress reports and work plans;
  • Outline a communication mechanism established with regional and continental media;
  • Produce a final report on the impact of advocacy efforts for CARMMA;
  • Carryout other related duties as may be assigned.

Qualifications

Qualifications and Experience Requirements:

  • A Master’s Degree in Mass Communications, Journalism, Public Relations or related field;
  • Demonstrated experience in public and external relations and/or social development with an ability to advocate and communicate persuasively to stakeholders and audiences;
  • The candidate is expected to demonstrate solid background knowledge and experience in African development issues, particularly those related to health;
  • A minimum of Seven (7) years of experience of which 3 years was at a supervisory level in Public Health policy related work with focus on Public Health in either/or both at national and international level. Knowledge and experience of the AU or UN systems is an added advantage.

OR

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications, Journalism, Public Relations or related field;
  • Demonstrated experience in public and external relations and/or social development with an ability to advocate and communicate persuasively to stakeholders and audiences;
  • The candidate is expected to demonstrate solid background knowledge and experience in African development issues, particularly those related to health;
  • A minimum of ten (10) years of experience of which 5 years was at a supervisory level in Public Health policy related work with focus on Public Health in either/or both at national and international level. Knowledge and experience of the AU or UN systems is an added advantage.

Skills and Competencies Requirements:

Functional Skills

  • Excellent drafting and reporting skills;
  • Good communication and negotiating skills;
  • Good organizational skills.
  • Excellent Computer and IT skills;
  • Excellent and proven communications skills;
  • Excellent knowledge of English – good working knowledge of French would be an asset.

Personal Abilities

  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to work autonomously and in a multi-cultural environment;
  • Ability to establish and maintain partnerships;
  • Good analytical and organizational skills.

Knowledge and Understanding

  • Working knowledge of policy analysis;
  • Experience in programme/project development, implementation and monitoring;
  • Proven knowledge and experience in communication.

Language Requirement:

Applicants must be proficient in one of the African Union working languages. Knowledge of one more or several other working languages would be an added advantage.

Application instructions

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