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Full-time Communications Officer

at Jhpiego in Nairobi

Communications Officer at Jhpiego in Nairobi – Kenya Jobs, Careers and Vacancies

Jhpiego, an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University, is an international NGO supporting health programs to improve the health of women and their families. Jhpiego-Kenya works in close collaboration with the Ministry of Health in the areas of HIV, Malaria, TB, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, Reproductive Health and Family Planning. We are currently recruiting an innovative and experienced individual with exceptional writing and editing skills and a passion for compelling communication in all its forms. We need a highly motivated, outgoing and strategic communications professional able to work in a high pressure technical environment whilst juggling a challenging and diverse portfolio.

Reporting to the Director of Communications and New Project Development, the Communications Officer will raise the profile and visibility of Jhpiego and Jhpiego-managed projects in Kenya through a variety of creative communications presentations, products and channels including stories, publications, presentations, film, info graphics, e-blasts, social media, conferences and events. Working closely with other members of the department, project leads, and other department heads, s/he will develop and implement internal and external communications plans that feed into the achievement of strategic objectives and build staff capacity in effective communications.


  • Work closely with select Project Directors to develop and implement annual communications/ documentation plans
  • Work closely with HR to support efforts to make Jhpiego a great place to work including overseeing the creation of a quarterly internal e-newsletter
  • Assist in the coordination of public affairs, media and external events
  • Support project staff to polish presentations for scientific conferences
  • Work with Jhpiego Kenya senior staff on fundraising initiatives providing input and communications support as needed.
  • Provide ongoing editorial support to ensure our external communications meet the highest standards.


  • Possess a master’s degree in communications, mass media, journalism, public relations or its equivalent.
  • Minimum of 7 years’ experience managing communications with NGOs, media houses or a development agency.
  • Ability to communicate with and to confidently engage with high ranking government and donor partners.
  • Demonstrated understanding of communications channels, including electronic and print media.
  • Knowledge of photography is an added advantage.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in both English and Kiswahili.
  • Knowledge of best practices in communications and public relations, including multimedia, online, print and social media.
  • Excellent organizational skills including the ability to multitask even under pressure of deadlines.
  • Easy-going personality who thrives on working with a diverse group of colleagues.
  • Be computer literate and proficient in desktop publishing skills.

Interested applicants should send a CV with three referees and detailed cover letter by email to not later than 25th October 2013.

Please indicate how your education and experience qualifies you for the position.

Only those selected for interview will be contacted

Jhpiego is an equal opportunity employer

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