PATH is an international organization that drives transformative innovation to save lives and improve health, especially among women and children. By mobilizing partners around the world, we take innovation to scale, working alongside countries primarily in Africa and Asia to tackle their greatest health needs. Together, we deliver measurable results that disrupt the cycle of poor health.
PATH’s Digital Health team works directly with national governments in low and middle income countries to select, adapt and scale appropriate Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for long term use in their country to address health challenges. Our services span the entire software development lifecycle from supporting analysis of digital health needs to the deployment and long-term use of those technologies. The Digital Health team coordinates closely with government ministries of health, the information and communication technology sector, other global health NGOs and donors to improve the governance, design, development, acquisition, implementation, and sustainability of digital health technologies and approaches.
The Tanzanian Government has formulated an “Investment roadmap in data systems and data use in the health sector”, building on the national eHealth Strategy. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is supporting the Government by contributing funding towards a portion of this Roadmap through a five-year project coordinated by PATH.
PATH in Tanzania seeks to recruit a Senior Communication and Advocacy Officer to lead and provide strategic communication and advocacy support to the government and the project. He/she will be based in Dar es Salaam. The project consists of three work streams:
- Working with the Government to put in place and support effective governance and coordination processes for the Investment Roadmap as a whole.
- Demonstrating instituted data use practices, including the use of digital tools by primary care workers, facility supervisors and health managers.
- Supporting data consistency and exchange through enterprise architecture, including a health worker registry and an administrative area registry.
Specific duties and responsibilities:
- Oversee and coordinate design and delivery of project Communication and Advocacy Strategy including identifying key activities, audiences, messages, and channels based on sound analysis and understanding of ecosystem.
- Provide editorial and production support and coordination for communications and advocacy messaging and materials for print, broadcast and online communication channels.
- Develop and manage communication and advocacy materials from concept to completion through research, writing, editing, formatting, proofreading, and basic design—e.g. newsletters, fact sheets, project documentation such as presentations and reports, web copy, blog posts, policy briefings, letters, submissions and other communications and advocacy products.
- Liaise with in-house and external expert reviewers to ensure accuracy and clarity of technical content.
- Ensure that PATH quality standards and design norms are met for materials by helping team members comply with established procedures and processes.
- Support PATH’s global and digital health advocacy and communication agenda and the consistent use of communication and advocacy messages.
- Manage outreach to diverse audiences and respond to informational inquiries.
- Track and report on impact of communications and advocacy activities.
- Work with the government and other key stakeholders, including PATH Communications staff, to develop appropriate communication and advocacy activities and messages utilizing a variety of channels.
- Provide communications and advocacy support to colleagues to guide their work at all levels.
- Support PATH and government communications channels, including enewsletter and website.
- Coordinate as needed and/or edit and write sections of reports to donors.
- Bachelor’s degree in literature, Mass Communication, Journalism, Marketing or any related field, or Masters’ degree in one of the above or related fields.
- Minimum of 7 years’ relevant work experience in Communication and Advocacy, preferably in Health Sector or Program Management.
- Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
- Computer skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Adobe programs.
- Experience developing content for multiple channels.
- Strong oral and written communication skills.
- Ability to function in a face-paced environment and juggle multiple tasks at once.
- Demonstrated experience working closely and successfully with Tanzanian Government and within an international organization.
- Substantial experience in and knowledge of the health sector in Tanzania.
- Excellent interpersonal skills, and the ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships and interact persuasively with national, regional and district government at senior levels, donors, partners, and relevant project stakeholders.
- Good and proactive organizational, prioritization and workload management skills.
- Excellent IT skills, in particular including a good understanding and experience of Microsoft Office Products (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook.
- Ability to work without direct supervision and on own initiative.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and oral communication skills in Kiswahili.
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PATH is an equal opportunity employer. Every qualified applicant will be considered for employment. PATH does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or orientation, genetic information, age, national origin, marital status, disability status, political ideology, military or protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.