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Communications Specialist Job in Nairobi

Chemonics / Kenya Pharma is a USAID funded project that seeks to establish and operate a reliable, sustainable pharmaceutical supply chain management system. 

Its aim is to forecast, procure, store, and distribute drugs, supplies, and equipment needed for the care and treatment of persons with HIV/AIDS in Kenya. Chemonics / Kenya Pharma has the following vacancy:

Position Title: 
Communications Specialist
Reports to: Chief of Party

Location: Nairobi

Position Description:
The Communications Specialist is tasked with gathering information to prepare documents for regular communication with project stakeholders. S/he will regularly develop materials for project staff working around the country, project stakeholders and the client for dissemination as appropriate.

Specific Duties:
  • Work closely with the chief of party (COP) to implement a strategy for communications and action plan to be updated annually;
  • Manage the production of all communication and public awareness activities, including set up of required templates and systems, and work with communications consultants;
  • Develop communications content for the Kenya Pharma project, including success stories, project news for the project website, the e-bulletin for project staff in the field, best practices documents to share with Government of Kenya partners and other documents as outlined in the communications strategy or identified by the COP;
  • Ensure all communications and project materials are branded in accordance with USAID and Kenya Pharma project guidelines;
  • Serve as moderator for the project’s social networking sites, which include Facebook, Twitter and Flickr;
  • Refine content for quarterly reports, technical briefs, and other documents prior to dissemination;
  • Work with other project team members to develop communications products that support the implementation of their components;
  • Assist technical team members with development of abstracts and presentations for local and international conferences;
  • Gather information and prepare success stories for dissemination to USAID and the wider HIV-care and treatment community;
  • Establish systems to disseminate regular project successes and information for USAID’s website and other publications;
  • Work with the COP in handling media inquiries;
  • Regularly act as project photographer at project events and during site visits;
  • Monitor domestic and international media for stories to share with project team;
  • Work with monitoring and evaluation specialist to develop indicators and monitor effectiveness of communications materials;
  • Train field team and other staff regarding the importance of communications and how to integrate communications into their work;
  • Integrate communications activities into annual work plans; and
  • Other duties as assigned by the COP.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Degree in communications, marketing, international studies, public health or related area required;
  • Ability to produce lucid documents in English language a must;
  • Experience doing communications work for USAID project a plus;
  • Minimum of 6-8 years experience developing program communications strategies and documents required (work on health or HIV/AIDS programs a plus);
  • Ability to work with a multi-cultural team in a fast-paced environment, managing several assignments and meet deadlines;
  • Excellent organizational skills; and
  • Excellent computer skills (MS Excel, MS Word, Outlook, Power Point, DTP)
How to apply: 

Send your CV and cover letter with three professional referees to not later than 15th June, 2012. 

Please include position title in the subject line of the email. 

For a more comprehensive scope of work for this position, visit

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