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Job Description

Title: Social and Behavior Change Communication Specialist (Risk and Public Health Emergencies)

Reports to: Senior SBCC Advisor

Duties and responsibilities

Facilitate the design and implementation of risk and public health emergency communication interventions

  • Facilitate the analysis of priority risk behaviors for zoonotic diseases and health emergencies together with identification of key messages and priority audience
  • Continuously analyze changes in zoonotic diseases and emergency health perception in communities and reports to reflect changes and new knowledge
  • Leads the development and dissemination of SBCC Materials on Zoonotic disease prevention and control as well as emergency health communication interventions

Coordination and capacity strengthening of stakeholders in risk and public health emergencies communication

  • Explore, map out and maintain up-to-date database of public sector, multilateral, and civil society actors as well as major private sector players relevant for zoonotic diseases risk communication and prevention activities
  • Create and maintain ongoing link with health, agriculture, animal husbandry, wildlife conservation and tourism sector professionals and to the public regarding the risks, prevention, and control measures associated with zoonotic diseases.
  • Facilitate the creation of and strong leadership of Zoonotic Diseases risk and emergency health communication Task Forces, Technical Working Groups or Teams through regular Forums, Partners and Stakeholders Meetings or Online Platforms.
  • Facilitate the development of various training materials, fact sheets, guidelines and capacity strengthening events
  • Create a network of strong trainers on zoonotic diseases risk communication across the various relevant sectors
  • Actively engages in providing educational outreach, including training and development of designated spokespersons, to all relevant sectors;
  • Establishes, encourages and maintains communications and information exchange with other partner organizations

Collection and use of data on risk and public health emergencies communication interventions for decision-making

  • Maintains more in-depth knowledge on zoonotic illnesses and risk communication activities by reviewing the professional literature and by attending, appropriate seminars, and conferences.
  • Support staff and stakeholders in collection and analysis of data (both quantitative and qualitative) and prepares findings in oral and written form of dissemination, including for publication in appropriate professional journals.
  • Designs and implements surveillance systems (including monitoring of rumors, misconceptions, reports and beliefs on zoonotic diseases) and summaries for zoonotic disease as needed basis.
  • Perform other Zoonotic Diseases risk and emergency health communication related activities as needed.

Qualification and experience

  • At least graduate level qualification in public health, health education, health communications, behavioral sciences, community development, or related field;
  • MD or Veterinary Health qualification is an added advantage
  • Fluency in English and Amharic;
  • Knowledge of at least one other local languages an added advantage
  • At least five years progressively responsible experience in health communication, community mobilization and mass communication
  • Experience in cross-border development issues, pastoralist areas development and international health epidemics, zoonotic diseases such as Ebola, Avian Flu, Rabies, Anthrax, Brucellosis and emergency health communication an added advantage

How to Apply

Interested applicants must submit their cover letter and CV no later than February 28, 2018 to:

JHU.CCP Ethiopia

Email Address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Employment Terms

Salary: As per the organization Scale

Duration of Employment: one year with possible extension

This employment is contingent on securing funds.  Regional officers (3) are also required in SNNP, Amhara and Oromia with similar qualifications.

Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP) is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified women and persons with disability are highly encouraged to apply.

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