Reporting to the Project Director, the Communications Director will provide day-to-day leadership and develop content for the communications strategy for ICAP’s proposed CDC project, Scaling up Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) through Improvements in the Availability, Integration and Quality of HIV Prevention, Care and Treatment Services in Zimbabwe under PEPFAR. The Communications Director will oversee the development and implementation of communications strategies and work plans, including materials development and media engagements. The Communications Director will guide staff in the use of communications tools and strategies to inform community mobilization strategies critical to the effective implementation of VMMC scale-up.
The Communications Director will assume the following responsibilities:
- Coordinate and ensure implementation of project communication strategy, including communications at national, provincial, district and community levels including community mobilization.
- Adapt VMMC messages to the local context; polish and translate messages into local languages
- Ensure compliance with established branding strategy, correct logo placement, and donor and partner recognition on all communications.
- Work with local stakeholders to develop, write, lay out, produce and distribute a range of key communications materials including but not limited to: briefs to policy makers and national and provincial leaders, brochures for participant recruitment, radio spots banners and posters, etc.
- Develop multi-media strategies including traditional and digital media
- Lead an effective media engagement strategy including writing and distributing press-releases, feature articles, opinion pieces, and similar materials.
- In consultation with ICAP Communications, CDC and MOH, respond as needed and appropriate to any publicity relation to the VMMC project.
- Inform and coordinate community mobilization activities by working with local implementing partners and other local stakeholders to:
- Develop SOPs and tools for community entry procedures, community level sensitization, 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
EDUCATION: Masters degree in communications, international development, and/or health related field.
EXPERIENCE, SKILLS, AND MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
- 5+ years of experience in health related communications and project management
- Background in social media/digital communications
- Excellent writing ability, strong interpersonal, group facilitation, and oral presentation skills
- Excellent knowledge local media and local sensitivities
- Proven experience leading communications for a public health program or campaign
- Excellent knowledge of relevant software packages
- Demonstrated skills in supervising staff, team building, and management
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.
NOTE: This is a local hire position (i.e., candidates must be eligible to work in Zimbabwe) and the successful candidate will be an employee of ICAP or its partners in Zimbabwe and subject to the local terms and conditions of employment which includes a competitive salary and benefits package