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Communication Associate Director Job in Kenya

FHI360 is a global health and development organization whose rigorous, science-based approach builds programs that create lasting change.

Founded in 1971, FHI360 maintains offices and staff worldwide, helping to forge strong local relationships that enable us to make measurable progress against disease, poverty, and inequity – im
proving lives for millions.

We seek qualified candidates for the following position based in Nairobi, Kenya:

Associate Director, Strategic Communication

 Nairobi, Kenya

Requisition ID: FHI360-ADSC-005

This position will guide regional Strategic Communication planning and implementation through the ROADS II Project, managed by FHI360 with funding from USAID.

Duties will include direct management of assigned staff in Nairobi and technical supervision of strategic communication teams working on HIV/AIDs, FP/RH, MCH, nutrition, etc. in multiple countries.

Key Responsibilities:

  • In liaison with regional management team and country-based communication staff, continue to adapt guiding framework for strategic communication programming across ROADS countries, focusing on evidence-based approaches that can be contextualized for most-at-risk mobile and community audiences along regional transport corridors;
  • Guide development of annual strategic communication strategies, workplans and subawards with strategic and local implementing partners, in line with national health and development priorities and ROADS framework;
  • Link strategic communication programming with efforts to address underlying factors relating to HIV risk, including gender-based violence, substance abuse and economic inequality;
  • Work with regional and country teams to ensure emerging issues are addressed through strategic communication programming, and to integrate cutting-edge strategies as appropriate;
  • Work with regional and country teams to utilize new ICT strategies in health and development programming;
  • Apprise regional and country teams of new trends in health and development communication, as well as emerging issues;
  • Guide development of training curricula that can be adapted for use as the regional, national and community levels;
  • Build capacity of country-level strategic communication teams through a mix of training, technical assistance and virtual coaching/mentoring;
  • Collaborate with M&E/Strategic Information teams to build the evidence around outcomes of health and development communications programming;
  • Contribute to documentation of key lessons learned and best practices for an array of health and development practitioners and policymakers;
  • Represent ROADS II at key forums focusing on HIV/AIDS, FP/RH, MCH, nutrition, etc.
Minimum Requirements:
  • BS/BA with 9-11 years relevant experience in health and development communications including 3-5 years of supervisory experience;
  • or MS/MA in health communication or related field with 7-9 years relevant experience that includes 3-5 years of supervisory experience.
  • Superior writing and training/capacity building skills in addition to strong experience in community based approaches to health and development.
  • Ability to develop, test, refine and disseminate user-friendly, language appropriate materials for a range of audiences.
  • Regional work experience preferred with a focus on most-at-risk populations.
  • Demonstrated creative problem solving skills, ability to mentor staff, and capacity to work independently in a fast-paced environment.
  • English and Swahili fluency required; proficiency in French an added advantage.
FHI360 has a competitive compensation package and is an equal opportunity employer. 

Interested candidates are encouraged to register online through FHI360’s Career Center at or apply via email to: 

Please specify source in your application and quote the Reference # provided on the subject line
 while sending your application, CV/resume including salary requirements, to be received not later than October 28, 2011.

Kindly note that only shortlisted persons will be contacted.

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