Job Description

Thứ hai, 25 tháng 10 2010 17:00

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Position: Technical Specialist 11 / Position No.:
Strategic Communications Manager

Location: Hanoi, Vietnam Division: International Health

Contract: Avian and Pandemic Influenza Initiative Supervisor: Technical Director for BCC


USAID’s Avian and Pandemic Influenza Initiative (APII), implemented by Abt Associates Inc., aims to strengthen Vietnam’s public and private capacities to prevent, rapidly detect, and respond to avian and pandemic influenza (API) and other infectious and zoonotic threats; and to begin preparing for a possible human influenza pandemic. The technical focus of the project (with special emphasis on USAID’s focus provinces of Hung Yen, Ha Nam, Quang Tri, Can Tho and Kien Giang) includes: (1) Prevention of AI transmission among animals; (2) Prevention of AI transmission to and among humans; (3) Development of pilot activities to improve biosecurity practices and overall supply chain biosecurity, including adapting and expanding model rural slaughterhouses; and (4) Improved quality of human case management and infection control.
The Technical Specialist 11 / Strategic Communications Manager, under the supervision of the Technical Director for Behavior Change Communications (BCC), will be responsible for strengthening and maintaining communication linkages with key international partners and national counterparts and giving the project a high external profile.

• Manage the implementation of the project’s press relations plan.
• Work with the Technical Director for BCC and the Project Director on press releases, fact sheets, documenting successes/lessons learnt and production of newsletters with partners.
• Manage the implementation of other selected BCC activities as agreed with the BCC Technical Director.
• Facilitate the implementation of APII’s policy advocacy strategy in close collaboration with Technical Directors and the Project Director.
• Work with the Technical Directors and the Project Director to develop technical and policy briefs.
• Support the Technical Directors in promoting good practices/approaches/models with government agencies and international development partners.
• Help provide inputs to and represent the project in relevant technical and policy working groups/forums.
• Support the development of MoUs/agreements with central level agencies.
• Maintain a summary calendar of APII activities and events for sharing and coordination with national and international partners.
• Manage the APII website in collaboration with relevant Abt headquarter staff and consultants.
• Help prepare work plans and progress reports for BCC and Policy Advocacy activities.

Skills/Knowledge Required
• Masters Degree in Journalism, Communication, Public Administration, Management, Public Health, Animal Health, or other relevant field.
• At least 8 years of relevant professional experience.
• A thorough understanding of Vietnamese public sector structures, systems and decision-making processes.
• An established network with key Vietnamese government authorities is desireable.
• Experience in graphics design and desktop publishing.
• Excellent communication, facilitation, presentation and negotiation skills.
• High level of proficiency in both Vietnamese and English.


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