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Communications Associate at Management Sciences for Health in Nairobi, Kenya

Overall Responsibilities:
  • The Communications Associate supports the CKE Coordinator and the project’s technical advisors in ensuring the smooth operation of CKE activities for the Leadership, Management and Sustainability/Kenya project (LMS/Kenya). This is achieved by coordinating communications logistics and exchanging programmatic information.
  • The Communications Associate is primarily responsible for the management of content on the project-related website and for promoting the website and the project’s activities via social media such as Facebook and Twitter. Additionally, s/he is responsible for the day-to-day coordination of communications-related activities ensuring that communications tasks are scheduled and carried to completion, comply with donor-specific regulations when appropriate, and that project documents are disseminated to targeted audiences in a timely manner.
  • S/he is also responsible for working with other LMS/Kenya staff on specific project activities, such as special event coordination and monitoring and evaluation reporting activities, when required. The Communications Associate is aware of, and adheres to, MSH’s Procurement Integrity standards in all activities.
Specific Responsibilities:
  • In collaboration with the CKE Coordinator and additional staff, identify, write and manage content for LMS/Kenya’s leadership and management website and social media (50% of effort).
  • Manage the technical document production schedule by tracking document deadlines, communicating with technical staff and copy-editing consultants, and coordinating with design and printing firms to complete the printing process.
  • Coordinate CKE-related events, such as a planned bi-annual leadership and management conference (15% of effort)
  • Coordinate and produce project newsletter
  • Assist in LMS/Kenya’s media relations efforts, such as developing and updating an LMS/Kenya media contacts list, disseminating press releases when necessary, and providing project information to journalists (5% of effort)
  • Coordinate knowledge exchange between LMS/Kenya and project partners, stakeholders, the public and additional MSH offices, projects and staff (5% of effort)
  • Document and archive LMS/Kenya activities, including writing copy and photographing project activities (5% of effort)
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, marketing, or similar field
  • Strong writing, copy editing, and formatting skills in English required. Writing samples will be collected at time of interview and a writing/copy editing test administered.
  • Minimum 2 years work experience in communications and website/content management.
  • Experience using social media for organizational development
  • Additional education, experience or interest in public health or medicine preferred. This could include but not be limited to degree, diploma or certificate in a health-related field, or experience working for an organization that is health-related.
  • Demonstrated ability in computer skills for e-mail, word processing, databases, spreadsheets, and presentations (Microsoft Office applications preferred); ability to learn new software packages; photography and design skills very helpful
  • Competence to assess priorities, manage a variety of activities in a time-sensitive environment, and meet deadlines with attention to detail and quality.
  • Excellent coordination, administrative and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and to work proactively and independently
  • Must be a team player and able to maintain a flexible work manner and schedule
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to interact professionally with culturally diverse staff, clients and consultants
  • Sound judgment in handling confidential and sensitive matters with discretion
  • Some travel within Kenya will be required
Management Sciences for Health is an equal opportunity employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, citizenship, physical or mental handicap, or status as a disabled or Vietnam Era veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces.

How to apply:
To apply for this position, please submit a resume to For more information about MSH, please visit our web site at If you cannot apply online or have difficulty doing so, please email an explanation of your problem to

Closing date: 27 Mar 2012


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