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Communication Officer- Public Engagement

Reference Number: COPE-220818

Employment Type: Full time

Category: Media, Communications and PR

Job Grade: 6.01

Country: Kenya

Location: Nairobi

Description:

REPORTS TO:  Principal Investigator, Nairobi Programme Director, Head of Communication

INDIRECTLY REPORTS TO: Head of Community Engagement

DIRECTLY SUPERVISES: None

BUDGET AND RESOURCE RESPONSIBILITY:  Will have limited role in planning expenditure and managing funds.

JOB DIMENSIONS:

  • Participate in the design and planning of new stakeholder/public/school /university engagement activities including setting up participatory meetings and identifying resource requirements.
  • Ensure smooth implementation of public engagement and communication activities in Nairobi region as agreed upon in the Programme engagement work plan
  • Support in the facilitation and expansion of school engagement activities including: on-line school engagement (SEP KEMRI website); “I’m a scientist” on-line engagement platform; and other appropriate Nairobi school engagement approaches identified through 1 and 2 above
  • To explore potential future opportunities for communication/engagement in Nairobi and beyond through engagement with key health/education stakeholders, researchers and members of the public.
  • To support the Policy engagement officer and the head of communications in media engagement and liaison for dissemination of research.
  • To support the Policy engagement officer and the head of communications in website content development / updating in collaboration with the ICT department and scientists for:
  • Liaise with the KWTRP Head of Community Engagement and the Head of Communications, and / or other programme officers working in relevant areas to implement an overarching communications strategy
  • To prepare/draft write-ups as may be required for inclusion in/ to support proposals, posters, presentations/seminars, IEC materials (including website content) and publications.
  • Participate in tracking use of project funds/ grants through the monitoring, review and preparation of field expense reports, tracking of study expenses etc.
  • Prepare and submit draft reports/media as required including activity reports, project progress reports, short videos etc.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Participate in the design and implementation of new community/public/school/university engagement and communication activities
  • Engaging with health and education stakeholders in the implementation of engagement/communication activities
  • To implement KWTRP school and university engagement activities
  • To keep KWTRP website updated with KWTRP Nairobi updates
  • To support media liaison/communication and policy engagement where required
  • To prepare/draft write-ups as may be required for inclusion in/ to support proposals, posters, presentations/seminars, IEC materials (including website content) and publications.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A degree in a relevant discipline (communications/ journalism/Public Relations/ Social science / health / Community Development)
  • Experience in desktop publishing software (Correl Draw, Photoshop, etc)
  • At least 3 years’ experience in public engagement/communication/development
  • Experience of creating and implementing engagement/communication plans and activities in a busy organization
  • Experience of preparing visual content for scientific/health communication media (e.g. websites, video, magazines, policy briefs, newspaper articles etc.) in a variety of styles to suit different audiences
  • Excellent familiarity with modern and best practice approaches to communication, knowledge exchange and information management
  • Computer literacy with proficiency in Microsoft applications

COMPETENCIES:

  • Good inter-personal skills and ability to network, build and maintain strong relationships
  • ICT skills including familiarity with website design approaches
  • Excellent presentation skills (use of PowerPoint or other media including video), excellent quality of written work in English
  • Ability to work with limited supervision to meet deadlines

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