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AMREF is the largest indigenous health development non-governmental organisation based in Africa.

Working with and through African communities, health systems and governments, AMREF aims to close the gap that prevents people from accessing their basic right to health.

AMREF is headquartered in Nairobi, and has programmes in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Southern Sudan and South Africa.

Employing over 800 staff and with an annual operating budget of approximately $70 million, AMREF is a knowledge resource for donors and partners.

For more information visit our website

We are looking for individuals who are organised, highly motivated and results-oriented to join a dynamic team working towards better health for Africa.

Communications Officer – Public Relations
Ref. No.:-KCO/HR/022/2011

Reports to the Country Director and stationed in Nairobi

Purpose of Job:- To effectively communicate the policies, services, and interests of AMREF to relevant audiences/publics through appropriate channels.

Key Responsibilities:-

Planning, developing and implementing PR strategies in liaison with the Country Programme and AMREF Headquarters.
Media communication: In liaison with the Country Director, Headquarters, and other key colleagues, organise media briefings and interviews.
Researching, writing and dissemination of information to targeted media and other audiences in close collaboration with Communications Headquarters.
Collating and analysing media coverage.
Organising and conducting media project visits.
Writing and editing in-house publications, articles, speeches and reports, including newsletters, case studies, human interest stories.
Preparing and supervising the production of publicity materials, including brochures, flyers, photographs and promotional films.
Organising events, including exhibitions, open days and project launches.
Collating and updating information on the website in liaison with the Communications team at Headquarters.
Supporting AMREF corporate fundraising initiatives.
Strengthening community involvement and relations through various channels and events.
Supporting and co-ordinating donor and visitor programmes.

Qualifications and Competencies:-

The ideal candidate should be a team player with the following qualities:

A first degree in Communications, Public Relations, Journalism or related field
At least four years of relevant work experience in writing, editing and publication
Experience in technical writing, graphic design and audio-visual production
Excellent written and verbal communication negotiation and networking skills
Ability to prioritise and multitask
Ability to exercise confidentiality, tact and discretion when dealing with diverse groups of people.

Communications Officer – Documentation
Ref. No.:-KCO/HR/023/2011

Reports to the Deputy Country Director and stationed in Nairobi

Purpose of Job:- To provide effective technical support to AMREF programmes for documentation and communication of AMREF’s models, innovations, and services for various relevant audiences.

Key Responsibilities:-

Planning, developing and implementing communication strategies in liaison with the country programme and AMREF Headquarters
Developing and editing policy briefs in liaison with Deputy Country Director and programme staff.
Supporting the programme team in proposal development and writing
Identifying need, developing and disseminating documentation
Analysing, editing and packaging of research and other scientific data for publication
Supporting the advocacy team in the development and writing of advocacy policies
Liaising with the Public Relations Officer to package media information for publication
Giving technical support in the development of scientific and user-friendly materials for scientific conference presentations and other technical meetings
Providing programme information to Headquarters and other AMREF offices
Regularly updating and packaging project profiles for brand visibility, fundraising initiatives and public awareness

Qualifications and Competencies:-

The ideal candidate should be a team player with the following qualities:

A first degree in Social Sciences, Development Communications, Journalism or its equivalent
At least four years experience in communications, documentation and policy advocacy
Good experience in public health or scientific writing, editing and publication
Ability to handle multiple tasks and produce documents on time
Ability to work independently with multi-disciplinary and multicultural teams
Good communication, planning, analytical and organisational skills
Evidence of various publications and research done by self.

These are challenging opportunities for dedicated and development-oriented professionals. If you meet the qualifications specified above, send your application letter include remuneration requirements and contact details of three work-related referees and CV to the Human Resources Manager, AMREF in Kenya, by email -

Please quote the position and reference number in the subject matter.

The closing date for submitting applications is June 10, 2011.

We regret that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

AMREF is an equal opportunity employer and has a non-smoking environment policy.

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