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Job Title / Position:

Program officer - Communication and Advocacy

Location :

New Delhi

Type of Employment :

Contractual ( Junior/Mid/Senior Level)

Last Date:

28 Feb, 2017

About IPE Global:

IPE Global Limited is an international development consulting group providing expert technical assistance and solutions for equitable development and sustainable growth in developing countries. The groupâ??s areas of expertise includes Health, Nutrition and WASH, Urban and Infrastructure Development, Education and Skills Development, Private Sector Development, Environment and Climate Change, Social and Economic Empowerment, Governance, Grant and Fund Management, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, and Information Technology & e-Governance.

  • We are ISO 9001:2015 certified, CMMI® Level 3 and ISO 27001:2013 certified company
  • Over last 18 years, we have successfully implemented over 700 projects in over 100 countries
  • We have over 800 full time professional staff and over 1000 empanelled consultants working on various projects across the globe
  • We partner with multilateral & bilateral agencies including DFID, USAID, World Bank, DANIDA, KfW, EU, ADB, etc.; governments; private sector; and philanthropic organisation like BMGF, MasterCard Foundation, etc
  • We have subsidiaries and offices in UK (IPE Triple Line), Kenya, Ethiopia, India, Bangladesh, and Philippines

USAID funded Urban Health Project

IPE Global has won a five year USAID contract that focuses on Ending Preventable Maternal and Child Deaths among Indiaâ??s Urban Poor. The goal of the current intervention is to facilitate Inclusive Business Models (IBMs) for addressing primary health care needs of urban poor. Thereby, reducing preventable morbidity and mortality among women and children in urban areas through improved access to affordable, quality RMNCH+A services and better health seeking behaviour. The intended intervention outcomes are: -

  • Increased access to affordable quality primary health care ensured for 10 million urban poor
  • Out of Pocket (OOP) Expenditure for urban poor for primary health care reduced by 30% in intervention areas
  • The program team proposes to achieve the above mentioned objectives by -

  • Providing Catalytic Support to IBMs for delivering affordable and quality primary health care at scale with a coverage of 10 million urban poor
  • Setting up Impact Investment Funds on returnable capital model to support scale-up by IBMs in the urban health care space (explore potential use of CSR funding)
  • Develop and support adoption of innovative and sustainable demand side financing models (pre-pay, community insurance, deferred payments, etc.) so that there is capacity to pay from the user groups, especially the poor
  • Improve awareness and health seeking behaviour of urban poor through use of technology aimed at increasing utilization of preventive health interventions.
  • Explore potential uses of eHealth to ensure affordable and quality services.
  • Work with national, state and local governments for better regulatory regime focused on improving the enabling environment and ease of doing business for IBMs

Job Description:

The communication and advocacy officer will be responsible for identification, designing and implementation of communication and advocacy strategies. S/he will lead the formulation of coherent short-and long-term information, communication and advocacy plans and strategies to achieve the program objectives. S/he will be responsible for developing the communications and advocacy budgets, and critically evaluate the communications and advocacy efforts.

Advocacy

  • Foster and facilitate relationships with a broad range of partners through the development of networks, to ensure that advocacy messages and communications campaigns are disseminated in an effective manner
  • Identify and secure key constituents to develop joint advocacy promotions that increases the awareness of program objectives and goals. Also highlight health and related issues with the urban poor
  • Initiate and maintain collaboration and follow-up of initiatives with key program stakeholders and partners
  • Implementation of the project publications policy; provides inputs, content development, coordination of production and dissemination of press releases, publications, articles and sharing of project knowledge and successes
  • Identifies relevant information for advocacy for a variety of audiences
  • Bolster program advocacy drives to facilitate and accelerate resource mobilization to effectively support the achievement of program and IBMs goals

Communication and media management

  • Manage all corporate communications, brand equity, press and public relations on all media platforms including website content, electronic direct mailers, social networking sites and other digital media platforms
  • Coordinate the production publication of monthly newsletter, monthly report, annual report and posting of weblogs
  • Provide inputs and information for elaboration of project communication strategy based on the corporate communications strategy
  • Monitor media in order to alert the program director concerning emerging issues of relevance to the program team and or related to its mandate
  • Analyze media coverage using available systems

Public relations and event management

  • Organize internal and external networks or communities of practice covering prominent experts in government, non-government, think tanks, private companies and international development organizations
  • Develop and implement strategies to increase and improve public outreach
  • Propose milestones for events, campaigns, messages and position statements that effectively convey issues to key target audiences - worldwide, at country and community levels, to showcase program work
  • Provide authoritative advice to the program director and other staff on information needs and issues, relations with the media, to ensure that the program objectives and approach are communicated/reach key audiences, existing and potential donors
  • Write and edit campaign documents, advising on language and content, how best to handle issues related with the urban poor
  • Prepare promotional material on the project, including pamphlets, videos, etc
  • Researches and prepares list of contacts in the media, government, private sector, donors, other agencies, for the programâ??s advocacy efforts

Capacity Building

  • Organizing stakeholder workshops and training of key playersâ?? for common communication of the program objectives, rationale and goals

Implementation

  • Develop action plans based on the strategy and strategy implementation plan
  • Ensure the effective implementation of the plans, monitors the same with a constructive feedback to functional heads in the projects, partners and IBMs
  • Be responsible for utilization of communication aids, tools at field level, monitor the impact level and design the changes as per progress of the project implementation
  • Identify, suggest and assist to implement local level community events among various targets groups

Ensures facilitation of knowledge building and management focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Ensures facilitation of knowledge building and management focusing on achievement of the following results
  • Lead the process of developing production of knowledge-based products for dissemination
  • Undertake and facilitate necessary actions to leverage relevant information

Provide support to organization of workshops, seminars, training and delivery of outputs (products)

Qualification

  • Post-graduate qualification in development communication / journalism or any other related subject from an esteemed institution

Experience Requirements:

  • 7+ year of experience in development communication specifically health sector and initiatives and organizing specific campaigns for BCC, outreach, social mobilization, etc
  • S/he have the experience of developing tools and approaches in different cultural settings and designing linguistically appropriate interventions
  • Previous experience working with international organizations required and history with USAID funded initiatives desirable

Essential Skills:

Functional Competencies

  • Advocacy/Advancing a Policy-Oriented Agenda
  • Identifies relevant information for advocacy for a variety of audiences

Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing

  • Researches best practices and poses new, more effective ways of doing things
  • Documents innovative strategies and new approaches

Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise

  • Understands the main processes and methods of work regarding to the position
  • Demonstrates good knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments

Client Orientation

  • Reports to internal and external clients in a timely and appropriate fashion
  • Organizes and prioritizes work schedule to meet client needs and deadlines
  • Establishes, builds and sustains effective relationships within the work unit and with internal and external clients
  • Responds to client needs promptly

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