NCD Prevention and Communication Specialist

United Nations Volunteers, Rwanda

Skill Required:, Media and Communication
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
29th November, 2020

Job Description

Description of task
The purpose of this assignment is to support the national NCD prevention and communication activities in Rwanda. Within the delegated authority and under the guidance of the Defeat-NCD Partnership Programme Coordinator for Rwanda, the NCD Prevention Specialist will carry out the following tasks:

Lead the development of a 5-year communication plan to accompany the National NCD Strategy and Costed Action Plan for Rwanda.
Lead the preparation of project proposals and plans, including timelines, responsibilities, and resources for 7 major NCD related international days celebrated in Rwanda or other events as requested.
Actively engage with and support other Defeat-NCD country programmes in their prevention and communication efforts.
Actively engage with the various responsible stakeholders organising car-free-day events in all districts, providing support and ensuring comprehensive documentation of the events.
Ensure that all NCD-related events, celebrations, campaigns (including social media campaigns) are documented with comprehensive reporting, lessons learned and suggestions to improve future campaigns.
Lead the development of a resource library, and either prepare or collate various communications materials, such as videos, brochures, leaflets, infographics, presentation materials etc, for all major NCDs and related initiatives, as per the requirements of the NCD unit at RBC, The Defeat-NCD Partnership programme in Rwanda, and other country programmes.
Prepare daily material for RBC/NCD social media and the Partnership’s social media pages.
Actively engage with public and privately-owned, print, broadcast and digital media outlets and secure their engagement with NCD-related activities.
Actively prepare opinion pieces, media releases, feature stories or other communications collaterals that showcase Rwanda and the Partnership’s work on NCDs, and progress in achieving the National Costed Action Plan goals.
Lead capacity building for NCD personnel in Rwanda to increase efficiency in delivering NCD-related messages and to improve general communications skills.
Prepare or design layout of graphs or other informative visual material in support of reports and publications for the NCD unit in Rwanda.
Any other related tasks as may be required or assigned by the supervisor.

  • Required degree level: Master degree or equivalent
  • Education - Additional Comments:
  • Master’s degree in Public Health with an advanced degree in Communications, Journalism, Public Information, Marketing, Public Relations, Branding, Media Studies, or a simialr relevant field is required.
  • Required experience: 60 Months

Experience remark:

  • At least 5 years of relevant professional work experience in the field of communications, print, broadcast, or digital media, within public, private or humanitarian/non-profit sectors.
  • Experience in health-related communications is required.
  • Demonstrable writing and editing skills, with an ability to convey complex ideas in a creative, clear, direct and lively style
  • Experience in devising and implementing strategic communications plans, including setting objectives, driving and monitoring activities, and measuring successes.
  • Track record of effective writing, through reports, speeches, articles etc, is required.
  • Experience using design, digital marketing and analytics software.
  • Knowledge of, and experience in, video and audio production are an asset.
  • Excellent oral and written skills.
  • Accuracy and professionalism in document production and editing.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; culturally and socially sensitive; ability to work inclusively and collaboratively with a range of partners, including grassroots community members, religious and youth organisations, and authorities at different levels; familiarity with tools and approaches of communications for development.
  • Ability to work and adapt professionally and effectively in a challenging environment; ability to work effectively in a multicultural team of international and national personnel.
  • Solid overall computer literacy, including proficiency in various MS Office applications (Excel, Word etc) and email/internet; familiarity with database management; and office technology equipment.
  • Self-motivated, ability to work with minimum supervision; ability to work to tight deadlines.
  • Desirable: valid national driving license and proven ability to drive a manual car using four-wheel drive in rough terrain.
  • Sound security awareness.
  • An affinity with, or interest in, public health and volunteerism as a mechanism for durable development, and the UN system.

Language skills:

  • English(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
  • Kinyarwanda(Optional), Level - Fluent


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