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The posting below is with the Princess of Africa Foundation, an ACTION partner.
POAF seeks a Communications & Advocacy Officer to join its dynamic team
Do you want to be the change you want to see in your community and the world? Then, read on!
Established in 2006, The Princess of Africa Foundation is a non-profit organization that furthers the humanitarian work of South African singer Yvonne Chaka Chaka. The Foundation initially focused on the fight against malaria, but now also engages in wider health and education issues, to achieve Millennium Development Goals 4, 5, and 6, with a particular focus on vulnerable women and girls.
Dubbed the "Princess of Africa", Yvonne has been at the forefront of popular music in South Africa and the African continent for 30 years. To advocate for change, she combines her access to high-level decision makers with her ability to voice issues faced by communities across Africa. In addition to being an African Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF and the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, and an MDG Envoy for Africa, Yvonne supports the work of organizations such as Gavi, the Vaccines Alliance, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the Stop TB Partnership, UNITAID, and others.
The Princess of Africa Foundation is seeking an experienced Communication & Advocacy Officer with superior organization and communication skills to support all aspects of the Foundation’s global health advocacy in coordination with the ACTION global health advocacy partnership (www.action.org). This planning, coordination, and implementation role includes coordinating in-person meetings, managing internal communication with other members of the ACTION partnership and with the ACTION Secretariat, and broadly supporting the development and implementation of global health advocacy work across all topic areas, and especially strategy and logistical support.
Reporting to the Princess of Africa and her Humanitarian Adviser and Foundation Director, the Communication & Advocacy Officer is responsible for coordinating the Foundation’s work on tuberculosis, child health, immunization, nutrition, and related cross-cutting health issues. The Communication & Advocacy Officer will work closely with the Princess of Africa Foundation’s Founder, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, and her Humanitarian Adviser, the ACTION Secretariat Director and program staff, and other ACTION partners, and may manage interns. The Communication & Advocacy Officer will help ensure that the Princess of Africa Foundation conducts impactful, coordinated advocacy across markets for the resources and policies to fight diseases of poverty and achieve equitable access to health.
The Communication & Advocacy Officer is accountable for ensuring the efficient and effective functioning of POAF’s ACTION advocacy portfolio with POAF leadership and staff, ensuring smooth coordination with ACTION partners on advocacy and strong relationships with other partners, allies and donors, leading on POAF communications support, and performing relevant research, policy analysis, message development, and other project support. As a core member of the small POAF team, the Communication & Advocacy Officer also works on operations and logistics across POAF advocacy activities.
Note: this list is not exhaustive, and may be revised/revisited.
Communications/Materials Development (40%)
- Provide day-to-day support on communications for POAF and ACTION partners; contribute to POAF and ACTION media and communications strategies, including drafting content for press releases, blogs, op-eds, letters to the editor, and talking points; support and coordinate partners to identify and capture media opportunities and work with team for placement
- Maintain POAF web content and other external communications
o Manage social media for POAF on ACTION issues and track the online conversation around ACTION issues
o Develop content for POAF website, newsletter, blogs, op-eds, and other communications materials.
o Regularly update POAF website and social media channels with the support of the ACTION Communications Manager
o Manage POAF newsletter listserv and quarterly newsletter production
- Provide copy editing & technical writing support
- As needed, manage publication production schedules, timelines and internal and external relationships with designers, webmaster
Operations and Logistics (30%)
- Plan and book travel for POAF leadership and staff, and provide on-the-ground logistical support during POAF trips for the ACTION partnership
- Organize meetings and events as needed, including booking venues and catering and managing logistics during events
- Track expenses and budgets, and work with ACTION Secretariat grants team
- Manage interns to conduct policy analysis or materials development as needed
- Prepare reports, briefs, summaries, messaging, talking points, and other materials based on relevant research and analysis
- Monitor and attend global health meetings and events as needed, and prepare relevant summaries for POAF
Partner & Donor Relationship Management and Project Support (30%)
- Manage relationships, including with international partners, allies, champions, and donors
- Manage coordination with other ACTION partners through regular communication – including meetings, weekly calls, and events – and support partners’ country-level advocacy strategies
- Support Director and team as needed on fact finding, literature reviews, landscape assessments, and other key project support across ACTION’s health issues
- Develop, contribute to and edit various internal project materials, including update reports to partners and donors about project activities; briefings for meetings, events, and advocacy opportunities; strategy documents and implementation plans for campaign activities
- Contribute to and manage workflows for annual workplan development, monitoring and evaluation, and reporting on activities and impact; compile and generate reports on POAF’s global health advocacy for partners and donors
- Work with the ACTION Secretariat team to support donor reporting and proposal writing as needed
Education, skills and experience
- Undergraduate degree required (graduate degree preferred) in relevant field preferably in political science/public policy, international development, public health, public relations, journalism, communications.
- Exceptional writing and editing skills and ability to communicate effectively in English; additional languages used in ACTION partner countries (in particular, French) preferred
- Demonstrated computer skills, including solid knowledge of all Microsoft Office applications, Twitter, and Facebook.
- Knowledge in updating and maintaining web content
- Minimum of three years’ experience in designing, coordinating, and implementing communications strategies, preferably on international health issues and for non-profit organizations
- Experience in policy and/or advocacy, familiarity with international health issues, funding for health in African countries, and bilateral and multilateral official development assistance mechanisms preferred
- Superior project management skills, organization and dedication to detail, with experience in managing multiple deadlines and complex assignments from start to finish
- Ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment, as well as to work independently and as part of a larger team
- Willingness to work effectively and efficiently with interoffice and offsite team members and management; ability to work effectively across cultures, time zones, and work styles; work abroad experience desired
- Ability to travel internationally periodically up to 4-8 weeks of the year
A successful Communications & Advocacy Officer will:
- Ensure that POAF develops and implements coordinated advocacy with ACTION partners to achieve ACTION objectives on TB, child health, immunization, and nutrition including related cross-cutting health and development issues, and promote strong leadership on health in Africa
- Produce regular social media and web content, external communication materials, policy analysis, issue updates, messaging, and other internal and external materials for POAF on ACTION health issues
- Achieve efficient and effective operations and logistics for POAF global health advocacy activities
- Work successfully to maintain strong relationships between POAF and ACTION partners, high-level champions, allies, and donors
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- Contract: Full-time fixed term
- Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
- Remuneration: Competitive
- Application Closing Date: 30 July, 2015
- Start Date 1st September, 2015
The ACTION Secretariat is seeking an intern to support its international partnership of advocacy organizations focusing on global health.
- Work directly with senior team staff to support overall project needs.
- Prepare, update, review, and edit fact sheets, website content, memos, correspondence, policy briefs, reports, press releases, or other written materials related to projects.
- Assist research efforts (including literature reviews, data analysis, internet searches, etc.) and supporting the development of briefing materials on global policy issues, tuberculosis, childhood vaccines, maternal and child nutrition, advocacy opportunities, etc.
- Work with ACTION Associate in preparation for the ACTION partnership meeting, including assisting in preparation of background materials for distribution, and logistical support.
- Support media efforts, partner activities, and other advocacy activities.
- Stay up to date on campaign priority items and compiling daily clips.
- Participate in team meetings, weekly partnership calls and partner meeting.
- Assist in special projects and perform a variety of administrative tasks, as assigned.
Desired Skills and Qualifications
This position could be part-time (15–20 hours a week) or full-time (40 hours a week). Candidates who can work full days (9 am to 6 pm) are greatly preferred. Part-time intern candidates must be available on a Monday-Wednesday-Friday or Tuesday-Thursday schedule for full days. Desired skills and qualifications include:
- Experience and/or interest in international development/poverty issues.
- A background in Public Health, International Affairs or other related fields.
- Office experience desired, preferably in a non-profit setting on a team-oriented project.
- Ability to work individually in a fast-paced environment and manage multiple tasks efficiently often with a lot of autonomy
- Strong writing, proofreading and editing skills.
- Strong written and spoken communication skills, including a good telephone manner.
- Excellent organizational skills and a high level of attention to detail are absolutely necessary.
- Strong knowledge and experience with all Microsoft Office applications.
- Must be personable and able to work well with others
- Excellent follow-up, time management and organizational skills.
- Be a team player and hard worker, able to thrive in a fast paced, open environment.
All internships are unpaid. Any duties listed are subject to change based on interest and organizational needs.
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How to apply
Please send cover letter, resume, two writing samples of any length, and your availability for the fall (days and times) to Ms. Evi Harmon at firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject “ ACTION Global Health Internship”.
Applicants will be accepted on a rolling basis thus early submission is encouraged. RESULTS Educational Fund is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, age, religion, handicap, gender, or sexual preference.
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