ICAP at Columbia University is an international non-profit organization that aims to ensure the wellness of families and communities by strengthening health systems around the world. In partnership with the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), ICAP will conduct a Population-based HIV Impact Assessments (PHIA) to estimate the population-level impact of the national HIV prevention, care and treatment programs in Rwanda.
In addition to providing important programmaticinformation to the MoH and relevant stakeholders, this assessment of the national HIV program is of great value to HIV researchers and public health experts around the world.
More details on ICAP’s PHIA Project may be found at:
POSITION: Communications Officer – Rwanda PHIA, ICAP Rwanda
REPORTS TO: Project Coordinator – Rwanda PHIA, ICAP Rwanda
LOCATION: Kigali, Rwanda
The Communications Officer is responsible for leading the coordination and mobilization of various stakeholders and local communities to actively participate in the Rwanda Population-based HIV Impact Assessment (RPHIA).
This position is grant funded.
Mobilization and Sensitization
Mobilization and Sensitization
- Coordinate and ensure implementation of the RPHIA communications strategy, including mobilization at national, zonal, district and community levels.
- Inform and coordinate community mobilization activities by working with the local survey implementing partner and other local stakeholders to:
- Develop SOPs and tools for community entry procedures survey team feedback and responses to community reactions;
- Ensure implementation of community entry procedures and community sensitization via local institutions;
- Manage and respond to community level reactions.
- Mobilize communities including the targeted eligible respondents to participate in RPHIA.
- Liaise and work in close collaboration with community groups and volunteer networks, including Health Surveillance Teams, Community Development Assistants, HIV and AIDS support groups, City, District and Sector leaders, traditional and religious leaders, Area Development Committees, Village Development Committees, to encourage communities including the eligible respondents to participate in RPHIA.
- Adapt RPHIA messages to the local context; polish and translate messages into local languages such as Kinyarwanda, etc.
- Work with local stakeholders to develop, write, lay out, produce and distribute a range of key materials, including but not limited to: press releases, briefs to policy makers and national and regional leaders, brochures for participant recruitment, radio spots and jingles, banners and posters, survey team t-shirts.
- Ensure compliance with established branding strategy, correct logo placement, and donor and partner recognition on all communications.
- Lead an effective media engagement strategy, including writing and distributing press releases, feature articles, opinion pieces, and similar materials.
- Liaise and work in close collaboration with the RPHIA Project Coordinator, Laboratory Advisor, Procurement and Logistics Officer, and the Community Mobilization Sub-Committee, and survey teams including partners.
- Establish and maintain good working relationships, networking, as well as collaboration with government departments, city, district and sector leaders, traditional and religious leaders, and targeted eligible respondents at the national, district or sector, and village levels.
- Facilitate and participate in the organization of the RPHIA national launch and events.
- Facilitate and participate in the development and implementation of the mobilization action implementation plans and budget forecasts.
- Participate in budget analysis and expenditure monitoring in line with the approved activities and budget forecasts.
- Prepare, review, and submit the progress reports, and other documentation that may be required.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
- Minimum Bachelor’s Degree in Health, Social Sciences, HIV and AIDS, Community and Rural Development, Education, Mass Communication or equivalent qualification.
- Minimum 5 years practical experience in any of the following areas: HIV and AIDS programming, message development, community mobilization, civic education, community and rural development, etc.
REQUISITE KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES AND SKILLS
- Excellent knowledge of Rwandese context and cultures in urban and rural areas.
- Excellent knowledge of local media and local sensitivities.
- Proven experience leading communications for a public health program or campaign
- Strong interpersonal and communication (written and spoken) skills in English as well as relevant local languages such as Kinyarwanda, etc.
- Ability to meet tight deadlines and successfully manage multiple assignments concurrently.
- Ability to problem-solve and work as a team member with leadership skills for coaching and developing others.
- Proficiency in relevant computer applications: MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Internet, Email, etc.
- Ability to function independently; results-oriented; detail oriented.
- Strong organizational and analytical skills, good attention to detail.
- Working knowledge of the operational and programmatic rules and regulations for recipients of United States Government funding preferred
May require frequent travel/trips to Traditional Authorities, selected enumeration areas (EAs), village and survey site meetings within Rwanda (at least 25% of time).
Please send an application letter and CV by email with subject title “PHIA Project – POSITION TITLE” to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not submit certificates online. The closing date for receiving applications is Friday, 09th March, 2018. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted