Senior Communication Advisor

Palladium International, Lilongwe, Malawi

Skill Required:, Media and Communication
Preferred Experience: 
7 to 10 Year
Closing Date for Applications: 
1st May, 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.

Project Overview and Role

Company Profile

Palladium develops and delivers innovative, locally relevant, evidence-based solutions to improve the health and well-being of people around the world. Since 1971, we have assisted governmental and non-governmental agencies, foundations, and the private sector by designing, implementing, and evaluating programs in HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health, population and family planning, maternal and child health, infectious diseases, and gender. Palladium has deep expertise in policy and advocacy, research and strategic information, health markets and private sector engagement, modeling and economic analysis, patient monitoring and management/HMIS, strategic consulting, and program management.

Palladium, building on the work of its previously known entity, Futures Group, has been present in Malawi for decades through several projects. Our current projects are the Health Policy Plus Project and the Feed the Future Malawi Ag Diversification Activity.

Purpose of Position

The Senior Communication Advisor is a full-time position for an upcoming award in Malawi funded by USAID entitled PREVENTION TBD - Comprehensive Condom Programming (CCP). This position is contingent upon funding and donor approval.

The Senior Communication Advisor will provide technical leadership in the design and implementation of comprehensive, targeted health communication to increase use of male and female condoms.


The PREVENTION TBD activity is a five-year USAID funded program with the goal of prevention new Human Immuno-Deficiency Virus (HIV) infections in target populations in PEPFAR priority districts in Malawi. Through the PREVENTION TBD, USAID plans to award up to four cooperative agreements to implement three related HIV prevention components: (1) Voluntary Male Medical Circumcision (VMMC); (2) DREAMS AGYW Services and HIV Case-Finding; and, (3) Comprehensive Condom Programming (CCP). The Comprehensive Condom Programming (CCP) project will focus on supporting the GoM to implement the national condom strategy, strengthening social marketing, improving public sector supply systems to increase access to condoms and lubricants, and increasing demand for condoms, especially among key populations.


Key Responsibilities

  • Develop an overall strategy to increase condom use through both branded and generic communication campaigns, utilizing consumer and market research on barriers and facilitating factors to shape messaging on condom use;
  • Determine effective ways to measure the outcomes of the interventions;
  • Lead, plan, and implement the project's strategic communications and provide communication guidance to project leadership;
  • Develop and/or update materials used for demand creation;
  • Work closely with the Chief of Party to set communication priorities and direction;
  • Actively participate in national technical working groups and professional forums;
  • Coordinate, identify, and disseminate success stories and best practices from the project;
  • Represent project at national, regional, and global technical forums as required.


Candidate Requirements

  • Master's degree or higher in public health, social and/or behaviour sciences or a related field, with a focus on community-level health communication, promotion and/or education.
  • A minimum 7 years' experience in the ESA region with progressively increasing responsibility in designing, implementing, and assessing large scale health communication programs.
  • Deep expertise in evidence-driven, theory-based, behavioural HIV prevention interventions.
  • Familiarity with innovative, interdisciplinary approaches such as human-centered design and behavioural 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.


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