Communications Coordinator – Proposal

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Hours:                       Regular/Full-time
Location:                  Malawi
Salary:                      Commensurate with required experience and qualifications
Reports to:               Chief of Party
University Research Co., LLC (URC)
URC is a global company dedicated to improving the quality of health care, social services, and health education worldwide. With a non-profit affiliate, the Center for Human Services (CHS), URC manages projects in over 45 countries, including the United States.
Established in 1965, URC offers a range of technical assistance to strengthen health and social systems and service quality by empowering communities and health workers to identify and scale up locally appropriate solutions to critical problems. Internationally, we expand access to and improve the quality of services addressing maternal, newborn, and child health; infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS, TB, and malaria; reproductive health and family planning; food and nutrition; and vulnerable children and families. In the US, we focus on improving communication related to issues like substance abuse, with a particular focus on reaching underserved populations.
URC’s mission is to provide innovative, evidence-based solutions to health and social challenges worldwide. Please join us in carrying out our mission ( http://www.urc-chs.com/ ).
Activity Overview:
The anticipated USAID Malawi Organized Network of Services for Everyone (ONSE) follow-on activity will cover accelerated reductions in maternal, newborn, and child mortality and morbidity by increasing the capacity of the Government of Malawi institutions and local organizations to introduce, deliver, scale up, and sustain the use of evidence-based, quality maternal, newborn, and child (MNCH) services, voluntary family planning (FP), and reproductive health (RH) care.
Roles and Responsibilities:
URC is currently seeking a Communications Coordinator, with a strong track record of producing dynamic and innovative communications plans and products in Malawi. The Communications Coordinator is responsible for overseeing the internal and external documentation and promotion of the project to both internal and external stakeholders. Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Developing and overseeing the implementation of a communications strategy, budget and team, while working closely with the Ministry of Health (MoH) Health Education Unit, USAID and partners
  • Developing multi-media communications, including reaching communities with low literacy levels
  • Oversee the implementation of a calendar of media, medical and stakeholder events for participation, including at least 2 media interviews each quarter
  • Production of a series of professional and informative newsletters that are responsive to rapidly developing programs and responsive to questions and suggestions
  • Contribute to routine, quarterly and annual reporting
  • Oversee the development, design and printing of communications materials
  • Develop a database of quality photographs and video footage for promotional use, including engaging professional support where needed
  • Maintain a collection of interviews and stories for use in the media or for donor reporting
  • Ensure compliance of the Activity’s Branding and Marking Plan.
Minimum Qualifications:
Required Experience & Qualifications 
  • Bachelor’s degree in media studies, mass communication or journalism
  • At least 5 years in communications or journalism
  • Skills in photography, videography, and web design
  • Fluent in English and Chichewa
  • Demonstrated ability to organize, set priorities, and meet deadlines under pressure
Desired Experience & Qualifications                                                                               
  • Master’s degree in relevant field
  • Experience working for USAID-funded programs.
Please note:
Only candidates who are eligible to work in Malawi for an indefinite period without a need for sponsorship will be considered for this position.
This position is contingent upon securing award.
To Apply:      
For immediate consideration, please visit URC’s Career Opportunities page at  www.urc-chs.com/career-opportunities .
You must upload your CV/Résumé and your Cover Letter where indicated.  Also, please complete your application form and attach a completed  USAID Form 1420 Contractor Employee Biographical Data Sheet  as well.
Due to the large number of inquiries we receive, only candidates who have met the required experience & qualifications for this position will be contacted. No phone calls please. However, since we are active around the world in the field of public health, we may wish to retain your CV in our database for other/future opportunities, unless you direct us otherwise. Thank you very much for your interest.
URC is an E-Verify Employer
URC is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.
We value and seek diversity in our workforce.

To apply for this job please visit www.urc-chs.com .

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