Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Communication Officer at Walter Reed Southern Highlands AIDS Program

Job Title: Communication Officer

Employer: Walter Reed Southern Highlands AIDS Program

Duty Station: Mbeya

Application Deadline: 20th Nov 2013

Duties and Responsibilities:

Day-to-day management of the WRP website, including updating and ongoing monitoring, gaining input from other WRP staff as necessary;
To lead the research, planning and implementation of the longer-term development of the program, to ensure it continues to achieve its objectives;
Sourcing articles and images from sources within and without the WRP;
Sub-editing and proof reading articles;
Writing articles;
Sourcing and formatting images;
Liaison with external advertising, design and printing materials;
To co-ordinate the production of other internal and external WRP communications, publications and materials, in consultation with other WRP staff;
To contribute to and as required lead the ongoing review and development of WRP member communications to ensure that they best achieve their objectives;
To develop, implement and maintain a “house style” in all WRP written communications;
To develop, implement and maintain, in liaison with other WRP staff and external consultants as required, strong WRP visual branding;
To develop and maintain WRP photo library for use across a range of communications forms;
To contribute to planning of and arrangements for WRP events, in particular regarding the design and production of materials;
To represent WRP at internal and external events as required;
To support the WRP, other senior WRP staff and external public relations consultants in developing media strategy, drafting press releases, responding to media enquiries and building dialogue with journalists;
To develop, promote and adhere to best practice and to agreed systems and procedures across all areas of work;
To remain informed of issues affecting WRP, the post office network and wider policy areas;
Write all press releases and articles(or edit those produced elsewhere) to publicize the program’s activities and achievements;
Maintain the media and consultations monitoring system, keeping up to date the status of press issues and enquiries and the lists of contacts;
Analyze media monitoring information and make recommendations to improve media coverage;
Facilitate interviews for WRP team members and officers, providing any necessary background information;
Respond to all media enquiries in timely manner;
Advise departments on the identification and exploitation of positive news opportunities. Assist departments in the preparation of campaigns and events, arranging any press facilities at events;
Maintain a continuous programme of ongoing PR events in liaison with other departments;
Be familiar with crisis management procedures and techniques, including WRP emergency and business continuity plans, and carry them out when necessary
To review and develop the press office service, manage change, to achieve continuous improvement; to maintain agreed performance targets and to meet the requirements of best value
Act as the focal point for all media communications within the program, ensuring all spokesmen give consistent messages
To undertake other duties as required commensurate with the level of this post.


Post Graduate qualification in Communications, Journalism, Public Relations or related fields.
Posses 3-5 years of proven strategic communication planning and implementation experience.

Required Competencies:

Good written and oral communication skills, conveying messages to different audiences using diverse media; excellent English language ability (of publication standard).
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with stakeholders from various institutional arrangements.
Ability to maintain, nurture and develop existing and new media contacts.
Ability to analyze complex information from different sources and to synthesize this information into coherent briefs and communication documents.
Proactive approach to meeting deadlines and delivering results with limited supervision.
Flexibility, creativity and effectiveness in working collaboratively in a multicultural team.
Ability to deal with discretion on sensitive issues and to respond positively to challenges.
Commitment to WRP’s vision, mission and objectives.

How to Apply:

Send cover letters and resumes should be sent to:
The Human Resources Manager,
P.O. Box 6396,
or e-mailed to;  jobswrpmbeya@gmail.com.

NB:  to be considered, applicants must put the TITLE OF THE JOB in the SUBJECT LINE.

Those who do not meet the minimum requirements as detailed below should not submit applications.