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Communications & Advocacy Advisor


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Country: Kenya
Organization: Amref Health Africa
Closing date: 31 Dec 2020

Who we are

Amref Health Africa is the largest international health development organization based in Africa. Working with and through African communities, health systems and governments, Amref Health Africa’s vision is to bring lasting health change in Africa and is committed to improving the health of people in Africa by partnering with and empowering communities, and strengthening health systems. For more information on Amref Health Africa, please visit www.amref.org.

Coalition for Health Research and Development (CHReaD) is an initiative whose mission is to catalyze action on health R&D through coordinated advocacy efforts to increase access to lifesaving products, technologies, and innovations.


The Communications and Advocacy Advisor, will be responsible for planning, execution and oversight of all CHReaD consortium related communication needs with a specific focus on R&D knowledge management, information sharing and documentation to inform advocacy efforts, policy and practice.


· Build strong relationships with media so that CHReaD efforts receive the best coverage for advancing their goals

· Elevating the voice and expertise of influencers and champions by polishing opinion pieces at key moments, prepping them for interviews, and providing ongoing guidance and support.

· Leveraging trends in media coverage, key announcements, new evidence and high-level conversations to further work of CHReaD and Heath R&D in general

· Identifying strategic moments and opportunities, and new champions to influence target stakeholders and amplify CHReaD goals and objectives

· Getting coalition members on the same page through careful coordination, relationship management and message alignment

· Getting partners, influencers and decision-makers in the same place by overseeing high-level events, including identifying invitees and speakers, and developing agendas or presentations

· Building new coalitions of support for an issue with dedicated outreach, organization and relationship management

· Following and tracking trends in health R&D policies and funding opportunities to continuously innovate on CHReaD strategy and approaches

· Working with key experts, take the lead in media engagement activities and training to raise the profile of CHReaD as well as showcase BMGF support towards strengthening health research and development in Kenya

· Take the lead in sourcing, drafting and disseminating timely and regular content for various Amref and CHReaD communication platforms which include: the CHReaD and Amref websites, social media platforms, newsletters, annual reports and other information, education and communication materials

Academic and Professional Requirements

· Bachelor’s degree in communications studies or Social Sciences required and Master’s degree in a related field

· At least 6 years of experience

· Experience managing partnerships to achieve ambitious results

· Communications, public relations or journalism experience

· Public health, global development or campaign experience

· Experience interpreting scientific literature and data for a lay audience

· Strong analytical, writing and verbal skills for communicating with a broad and diverse audience.

· Understanding of the health research and development process, including clinical trials and regulatory path.

· Experience working with media to develop in-depth stories on complex health topics

· Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural and multi-partner environment and establish harmonious and effective working relationships, both within and outside the organisation

· Ability to plan, manage and work in high-pressure situations under tight deadlines

· Flexibility and adaptability

· Strong organisation skills and attention to detail

How to apply:

Interested? Please visit our website www.amref.org to view the full JD. You will be directed to our online portal where you will need to create an account successfully in order for you to be able to submit your application. Deadline for submission: 31sth December 2020. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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