Communications Specialist

Fixed-Term Contract

CeSHHAR Zimbabwe is an organisation that specialises in population health research and programming, including on sexual and reproductive health and HIV/AIDS. CeSHHAR has an extensive national, regional, and international academic and community partnership network. CeSHHAR has a diverse range of funders and these funders include the Wellcome Trust, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, United States NIH, UK Medical Research Council, Templeton World Charity Foundation, USAID, Global Fund for AIDS TB and Malaria, UNICEF and UNFPA. We partner very closely with the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (UK), Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Health and Child Care and international and regional centres of research excellence to evaluate national programmes and determine the impact, uptake, and cost effectiveness of novel reproductive health interventions.

This position will be under the direction of the Executive Director and working in close coordination with the Research and Programme leads and coordinators, the Communications Specialist is responsible for developing and implementing both external and internal communication and media strategies including through the website, social media, newsletters, press contacts and briefings. The Communications Specialist will write and distribute content to promote the Centre’s brand and Sexual and Reproductive Health activities, including those related to climate change effects on maternal and child health.

Duties and Responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities of the Communications Specialist will include: – Collaborating with management to develop and implement an effective communications strategy based on our target audience; Developing, editing, and distributing effective communications activities for both internal and external activities, including publications, press releases, website content, annual reports, speeches, and other marketing material that communicates the Centre’s activities and services. The incumbent will also be responsible for developing working relationships with key internal and external stakeholders and partners; Developing content and maintaining CeSHHAR’ s website and social media outlets, ensuring growth of audience and engagement; Dissemination and outreach: Writing dynamic global newsletters, ensuring synergies between CeSHHAR and its stakeholders. Developing a media strategy and press contacts for all CeSHHAR events; Developing the branding and communication strategy for CeSHHAR; Managing and expanding CeSHHAR database on all important activities and functions and building CeSHHAR capacity in verbal and written communications.

Qualifications and Experience

A Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Media Studies/Journalism, or any related field. A relevant master’s degree or Postgraduate qualification in Communication, Media Studies / Journalism or any related qualification is a distinct advantage. A minimum of 5 years’ relevant experience. Membership to a relevant professional is an advantage. Possessing of the following technical competencies and soft skills: – Digital marketing / social media platform digitization; Concept note writing; Basic knowledge of and skills in desktop publishing, HTML, photography and photo editing Public relations communication and public speaking. Ability to work with people from different disciplines; Good verbal and written communication skills; A capable organiser, used to meeting deadlines; Excellent communications skills, both written and verbal and a team player

How to Apply

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Step 2: Submit your CV and application cover letter addressed to the Human Resources Director and send to [email protected]. Indicate the position and duty station you are applying for in the subject line. Only short-listed applicants will be contacted.

CeSHHAR Zimbabwe is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, sexual orientation, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply.

The successful candidate will undergo relevant background checks and will be required to commit in writing to comply with the CeSHHAR Zimbabwe safeguarding guidelines.

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