Senior Communication Advisor

Jhpiego, Malawi

Skill Required:, Media and CommunicationProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
7 to 10 Year
Closing Date for Applications: 
24th October, 2018

Job Description


The Senior Communication Advisor, VMMC will lead the design, rollout and day-to-day management and implementation of communication strategies and interventions to promote increased uptake of voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) for an upcoming United States’ government (USG) integrated HIV prevention project in Malawi. The project aims to prevent new HIV infections in priority populations through increased uptake of high quality VMMC services among males aged 15-29. The project aims to increase availability of and access to VMMC services, increase demand for VMMC among targeted age- groups, improve quality of VMMC services, and strengthen linkages between VMMC and other services. The project will operate over a five-year period.

The position will operate under the leadership of the Chief of Party and Jhpiego’s senior management team, and will oversee and ensure the technical and methodological soundness of all demand generation communications and activities. S/he shall have depth and breadth of technical expertise and experience in designing and implementing comprehensive health communication interventions, and related capacity strengthening necessary to implement a VMMC project.

This position is contingent upon award from USG. Malawian nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.


  • Lead the design, roll-out and day-to-day management and implementation of communication strategies and interventions to promote increased uptake of VMMC
  • Provide technical oversight, strategic direction and definition of appropriate project activities, related to project communication strategies and interventions
  • Establish and implement a system to ensure technical quality communications and demand creation activities.
  • Develop and/or update job aids, and IEC materials used for VMMC demand creation
  • Identify training needs for VMMC demand creation team and to provide mentoring and capacity building at the individual and organizational level in community-level health communication, promotion and education
  • Coordinate advocacy, demand generation, and policy support, across project sites as required
  • Lead the formulation of innovative approaches for scale up of targeted health communication for VMMC services
  • Actively participate in the national VMMC technical working groups and professional forums representing Jhpiego
  • Work with health care providers, local authorities, community members and project team members to identify communication, clinical, and other issues in the community that impede uptake of VMMC services
  • Work closely with the Chief of Party on setting project communication priorities and directions, and responding to requests for support from local counterparts
  • Work with M&E staff to design, implement a plan to track data/results related to in service communication and demand creation for VMMC
  • Coordinate the identification and documentation of success stories and best practices/new solutions out of the activities of the project in the targeted districts.
  • Provide input in the development of project reports including routine quarterly and annual reports and other reporting requirements as requested
  • Author/co-author abstracts, presentations, and articles for journals and conferences

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree or higher in public health, social and/or behavioral sciences or a related field, with emphasis on community-level health communication, promotion and/or education.
  • Minimum 7 years experience in the ESA region with track record of generating tangible results in designing, implementing and assessing large scale health social and behavior change communication programs in Malawi and progressively increasing responsibility designing, implementing and assessing large scale health communication programs.
  • Deep expertise in evidence-driven, theory-based, behavioral HIV prevention interventions.
  • Familiarity with innovative, interdisciplinary approaches such as human-centered design and behavioral economics for increasing demand for and use of health products and services.
  • Prior experience with building community competency to improve health, and participatory methodologies for engaging beneficiaries in planning and implementing local-level activities. Skilled in at least two or more of the following technical areas: human centered design; HIV prevention; health communication, promotion and education;
  • Demonstrated in-depth understanding of Malawi healthcare system, particularly the public health system, experience living and working in Malawi preferred
  • Familiarity with USG’s administrative, management and reporting procedures and systems
  • Proven track record managing a project team composed of several technical experts and fostering team work
  • Excellent diplomacy skills and a proven ability to establish and maintain interpersonal and professional relationships with USG, host-country counterparts and representatives from other key stakeholders such as NGOs, CSOs, and the private sector
  • Expertise in research to practice—identifying and adapting best practices to specific project contexts
  • Proven record of having written some professional communications in a newspaper, scientific journal or organizational website
  • Excellent verbal, written interpersonal and presentation skills in English
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Ability to travel nationally to project sites


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