Communications and Fundraising Officer

Global Health Corps
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The Communications and Fundraising Officer is placed in Global Health Network (U) (GHNU) secretariat and serves as a critical liaison between the Program Manager, the Program Advisor, and the Executive Director in coordination of fundraising processes, including development of documents to position GHNU in a creative and compelling way and deliver information and content that inspires high-value donors to support GHNU programs.

The Communications and Fundraising Officer will work primarily in GHNU secretariat with frequent travel/visits to the field to provide support and advice where necessary. Most importantly, this position will give the fellow a global view of fundraising, supporting program design, monitoring implementation processes and designing fundable proposals for the organization in various sections.

GHNU is an indigenous charity organisation established with a vision of promoting a society where a healthy life is a reality, a society that appreciates, respects and celebrates all life  and diversity, a society that encourages and supports local talents and abilities; a society where the rights of people guide policy decisions that impact on their lives and a mission of promoting, protecting and preserving the health of all Ugandans through good leadership, public private partnership, innovation and concerted action in Primary Health Care and Reproductive Health.

The organisation provides services in the areas of; health and development with focus of maternal and child health, Education, livelihoods and Sanitation and hygiene. Currently an innovations and research component has been established. To enhance achievement of program goals the organisation applies general strategies of working with and through the communities, collaboration with the district local government in all districts and collaboration with other development partners and integration of services delivery.

The organisation is currently implementing projects in Lango Sub regions, Northern Uganda, in the districts of Oyam, Otuke and Dokolo. The programs focuses on the following results; increasing uptake of maternal and child health services in catchment communities, improving community sanitation and hygiene, reaching out to young people in schools to improve on their physical and reproductive health outcomes, and empowering communities to alleviate poverty and reduce vulnerabilities. The primary targets for the organisation are children below 5 years of age, young people in school and women of child bearing age.

This position is part of the Global Health Corps fellowship. Global Health Corps (GHC) is a leadership development organization focused on building the next generation of diverse, disruptive global health leaders. Founded in 2009, we competitively recruit talented professionals (ages 21-30) from a range of sectors and backgrounds and place them in high-impact roles within partner organizations — including Clinton Health Access Initiative, Partners in Health, Planned Parenthood Global, and Government Ministries in Zambia, Rwanda, and Uganda — working on the front lines of health equity in Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, the US, and Zambia.

Supporting high-value fundraising: Deliver inspiring and accurate information about maternal and child health for use in fundraising applications and reports for a variety of audiences including: charitable trusts, major donors, high-value community fundraisers and corporate partners. You will also present overviews of GHNU programmes directly to funders in an enthusiastic, warm and engaging manner to secure funding partnerships
Delivering, engaging in effective communications: Work with other members of the team to deliver engaging content that drives brand awareness and understanding, and activates support and influence from a range of external stakeholders including prospective and existing supporters, the public, opinion formers and parliamentarians, the media and the local community
Work with the GHNU team to raise the profile of GHNU portfolio and outcomes, by advising on media releases, and helping to respond to queries from journalists and breaking news on MCH. Act as GHNU media spokesperson, including out-of-hours on occasion where necessary to ensure the charity can provide an effective reactive press office function
Training for staff and key stakeholders: Provide training and other presentations to maximize understanding and engagement with GHNU at events including induction sessions for staff and key external stakeholders
Information provision: Work with program manager, program adviser and Executive director to respond to queries about GHNU operation from the public
Strengthening scientific relationships: Build effective relationships with people around the world to maximize opportunities for communicating their work
Update and maintain workflows and procedures
Maintain good relationships with GHNU stakeholders
Represent GHNU at events, meetings and conferences as necessary
Perform any other roles and responsibility that may be assigned by the supervisor

Skills and Experience
Items indicated with an asterisk (*) are required:
Bachelor’s degree in communications or related field*
Minimum of two years of experience in communications and/or fundraising*
Demonstrated experience fundraising for non-governmental organizations*
Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications*
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with stakeholders from various institutional arrangements, including local NGOs, INGOs, faith-based organizations, political and/or government institutions*
Experience using academic search engines
Experience in capacity building and training of local staff
Ability to research, interpret and present scientific information in accessible and meaningful ways
Proven ability to work independently and collaborate in a cross-cultural context with diverse staff and partners
Committed and enthusiastic for GHN aims and mission
Confident and organized self-starter who can handle multiple tasks and responsibilities simultaneously, take initiative and is able to respond rapidly and effectively to new opportunities.
Diplomacy and networking skills
Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to develop good working relationships within and outside the team
Reliability in meeting deadlines