Health Communications Specialist

Global Health Corps
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The Health Communications Specialist (HCS) will contribute to the design and implementation of communications strategy that supports the mission of providing leadership and excellence in delivering quality health care services that improve the health status and welfare of communities through research, implementing evidenced based programs, education, capacity building, and collaborating partnerships. The HCS will work closely with the staff of Alliance for Healthy Communities (AHC) in Kigali and external stakeholders, including government staff, Medical officers working at Military Facilities, and program beneficiaries. Should the need arise, the HCS may participate in grant writing activities. The HCS will be a member of the staff and will collaborate with the Strategic Information Director and Clinical Department staff in generating educational messages for various public audiences.

AHC was formed in 2016 as part of the long-term sustainability strategy that the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science developed with the Rwanda Defense Forces to support its participation in the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) funded US Department of Defense HIV/AIDS Prevention Program (DHAPP). This program is designed to help militaries across the globe to combat the spread of HIV and to ensure proper treatment interventions. In September of 2017, AHC became the lead agency in implementing US DOD/PEPFAR grant funded HIV/AIDS Prevention, Care, and Treatment in the Rwanda Defense Force. The program serves the military, their families, and communities around military health facilities throughout Rwanda. AHC’s vision is a world where communities are strong and self-sufficient enough to adequately respond to the health care and welfare needs of their peoples.

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.

Build the AHC communications strategy
Work closely with Strategic Information Director and other colleagues to leverage knowledge and resources, ensure consistency of messages, and foster teamwork
Collaborate with key program staff to generate health communications messages that are harmonized with Ministry of Health (MOH) health communications resources
Plan, implement, and evaluate health communication activities designed to impact positive health outcomes
Develop strategies and implementation plans for AHC programs for health initiatives and prevention campaigns for the general public and other audiences, including innovative demonstration projects
Apply communication theories and models to health communication campaign development; use audience segmentation analysis and formative research to select appropriate communication channels and messages to achieve positive health outcomes
Coordinate and conduct activities related to long and short-range planning; program and project development, implementation and evaluation; audience research; translation and dissemination of scientific information to audiences in a variety of formats
Serve as a communications touch-point and facilitate information sharing across programs
Participate in development of quarterly, semi-annual, and annual reports
Spearhead the development of AHC newsletters
Provide expert knowledge and input on the development and management of social media, including success stories sharing

Skills and Experience
Items indicated with an asterisk (*) are required:
Bachelor’s degree*
Preferred: Bachelor\’s or master’s degree in public health or health communications
Demonstrated experience presenting complex information orally and in written formats*
Ability to research and communicate scientific and health information across a variety of mediums*
Ability to research and evaluate communications research studies, strategies, and projects*
Team spirit and ethical approaches to problem solving*
Understanding of health literacy and usability*
A minimum of two years’ experience with institutional knowledge management, communications, and/or community engagement
Data Analysis skills using professional tools like SPSS or STATA