Short Term Communications Specialist- Afya Pwani Project

  • Mid-level, Short-term contract assignment
  • Posted on 21 February 2019
  • Nairobi, Kenya
  • Closing on 6 March 2019

Job Description

Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact - the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.

For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved - and is committed to continuing to improve - economies, societies and most importantly, people’s lives.

Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status. Palladium leads support to County Health Systems Strengthening under the USAID Afya Pwani project in Kenya. The project’s purpose is to contribute to the USAID/Kenya Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS) Development Objective 2, “Health and Human Capacity Strengthened” in Kilifi, Kwale, Lamu, Mombasa, and Taita Taveta counties, while engaging with the larger USAID efforts to make devolution successful and support the country’s economic growth. Afya Pwani’s goal is to contribute to USAID/Kenya’s Sub-Intermediate Result 2.2.2, “Improved county-level accountability, institutional capacity, leadership, and management of health service delivery,” with an aim to “Improve and increase access to and utilization of quality health services in Kenya through strengthened service delivery and institutional capacity of county health systems.”

The team will is led by a Senior Health Systems Strengthening (HSS) Advisor/Team Leader and based in Mombasa, Kenya, covering work in Mombasa, Kwale, Taita Taveta, Kilifi, and Lamu counties. Palladium staff in Nairobi and our international offices provide routine technical and administrative support and assistance. The Communications Consultant will support the Afya Pwani communication and dissemination activities in Kenya between March and June 2019. The consultant will produce high quality writing and materials that document achievements in supporting county health management teams. The consultant will report to the Afya Pwani Senior HSS Advisor/Palladium Team Leader, who is based in Mombasa. The consultant will ideally be based in Nairobi or Mombasa, Kenya. No expatriate benefits are associated with this consultancy.

Key Responsibilities
* Assist in writing reports, presentations and publications, summarizing the work of the project’s TA to County Health Management Teams over the past three years.
* Liaise with communication team from Pathfinder International to ensure prompt submission of HSS reports as needed
* Manage Afya Pwani HSS team photography assignments and establish a photo-bank/repository for staff use.
* Draft press releases related to key events, and in-depth articles on Afya Pwani health systems work in Kenya for use on Afya Pwani website and for local media.
* In close collaboration with the Pathfinder Communications Officer, ensure that the Afya Pwani website is up to date and all information is accurate.
* Assist in local production of publications, banners, brochures and other printed material with vendors, from design and concept to print production.

The following may be acquired through a combination of formal or self-education, prior experience or on-the-job training:
* A university degree in Communications, Journalism, public health, technical writing or a relevant field.
* Experience and familiarity with public health and county governance structure, language and terminologies.
* Strong writing and design skills, a writing test will be administered to all candidates being interviewed.
* Ability to meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
* Excellent interpersonal skills, strong communications skills.
* Fluency in written and spoken English and Swahili.
* Solid computer skills, including photo editing and desktop publishing.

About the Organization

Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact – the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.

For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved – and is committed to continuing to improve – economies, societies and most importantly, people's lives.

Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.

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