Communication Officer Job at Africa Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET)

Job Title: Communication Officer
Company: Africa Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET)
Job Type: Full Time
Qualification: BA/BSc/HND
Experience: 3 years
Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Job Field:  Media / Advertising / Branding  
Africa Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET) is the umbrella organization for applied epidemiology training, programs in Africa. It oversees the Field Epidemiology (and Laboratory) Training Programs (FETP) in 16 countries of Africa. FETP is modeled after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS). The main objective of AFENET through its FETP is to build and offer epidemiological services in the country for strengthening public health systems particularly disease surveillance and response, The program is partly funded by the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). AFENET’s current focus is on interventions for the control of priority diseases in Nigeria, including HIV/AIDS.
Job Description: – The responsibilities of the Communication Officer include: – Source and draft original online content for the Program/project website, print publications and media outlets.
. – In-charge of the communications function between the Program and relations with the outside world – Manage the outgoing information linked to the organization and in charge of marketing the program – Update the intranet with new content – Prepare daily news briefs on issues in the health sector and program achievements – Update and manage contact database of Program partners, stakeholders and associates – Manage the program/project mini-library – Support speech writing through research on related subject – Foster positive relationships between program and the media – Support generation of new ideas in the Public Affairs office – Asses the overall organization and content of the material to determine its suitability for the intended audience, medium, market and purpose. – Select, create or secure appropriate visual elements (e.g. images, sidebars, headings, video clips) if necessary, in keeping with the requirements and constraints of the publication (e.g. budget, schedule, format, medium). Determine the appropriate content and length of captions. – Identify, create, or secure appropriate supplementary and referencing material (e.g. glossaries, endnotes, web menu items, hyperlinks). – Communicate clearly and diplomatically with the author or project supervisor to confirm structure, request clarification of content, and propose or negotiate broad editorial changes. – Offer overall support to the program as shall be assigned by the supervisor from time to time in the best interest of the organization.
Qualifications: – A Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication, Public relations or relevant qualifications – Experience of 3 years in the same field with a reputable organization – Prior service in Public Health related service is of added advantage.
Knowledge Requirements: – Language proficiency: Level IV English (Fluency in Both written and oral) is required
-Ability to establish and maintain good relations with people at various levels and of different nationalities – Proven knowledge of modern office procedures
Proficiency in Microsoft Office

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