Uganda: Social Behavior Change Communication Officer – Global Health Corps Fellowship

Organization: Global Health Corps
Country: Uganda
Closing date: 18 Jan 2018

This position is a Global Health Corps (GHC) fellowship role. GHC is a leadership development organization focused on building the next generation of diverse, disruptive global health leaders. Founded in 2009, we competitively recruit talented professionals (ages 21-30) from a range of sectors and backgrounds and place them in high-impact roles within partner organizations working on the front lines of health equity in Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, the US, and Zambia.

The Social Behavior Change Communication Officer will be based in Kampala and will work with the Ministry of Health (MOH) team to develop, implement, monitor, and evaluate Social Behavior Change Communication interventions. The position will also involve provision of support for resource mobilization efforts for Social Behavior Change Communication interventions, in line with the department’s mission.


The Ministry of Health Uganda is a government body charged with policy formulation and policy dialogue with health development partners, resource mobilization and budgeting, strategic planning, regulation and advising other ministries on health matters, setting standards and quality assurance, capacity development and technical support, provision of nationally coordinated services such as epidemic control, coordination of health research, and monitoring and evaluation of the overall sector performance.

The MOH is committed to providing the highest possible level of health services to all people in Uganda through the delivery of promotion, preventive, curative, palliative, and rehabilitative health services at all levels.

Community Health Department

The Community Health Department is one of the biggest departments at MOH. It is mandated to support integrated public health services for prevention and control of both endemic and epidemic diseases. The department’s five priority areas are:

  • Prevention and control of communicable and non-communicable disease
  • Training and capacity building for services providers
  • Development and enforcement of policies, laws, guidelines, plans, and strategies
  • Technical support, monitoring, and evaluation of service providers and facilities
  • Prevention, control, and mitigation of epidemics and other public health emergencies


Working with the MOH team, the Social Behavior Change Communication Officer will:

  • Explore and document best practices to promote Social Behavior Change Communication in line with existing standards
  • Monitor national Social Behavior Change Communication implementation
  • Map all partners working on Social Behavior Change Communication in Uganda
  • Network with various stakeholders (public and private) to promote the Social Behavior Change Communication agenda at the policy and implementation levels
  • Disseminate experiences arising from Social Behavior Change Communication interventions in line with the departmental guidelines
  • Identify funding opportunities for Social Behavior Change Communication activities
  • Develop fundable research proposals for Social Behavior Change Communication programs and activities
  • Develop operational plans and budgets for Social Behavior Change Communication initiatives in line with the approved programs and budget lines
  • Monitor and evaluate impact of Social Behavior Change Communication interventions in various health programs
  • Prepare monthly and other regular reports of Social Behavior Change Communication activities in line with the departmental guidelines
  • Oversee community health worker program and act as liaison between key partners

Skills and Experience
Items indicated with an asterisk (*) are required

  • Bachelor’s degree*
  • Preferred: Bachelor's or master’s degree in public health, communications or related field
  • Demonstrated experience designing, implementing, and evaluating social behavior change communication interventions*
  • Excellent writing skills, with the ability to present complex topics in accessible language*
  • Experience researching or analyzing policy or quantitative/qualitative data*
  • Experience with fundraising or partnership development, especially acting as the lead point of contact for high-level stakeholders like donors or government officials*
  • Knowledge of USAID and other large donor agency rules and regulations
  • Experience with or academic training in community health worker programs
  • Strong presentation skills
  • Experience in conference and/or high-level meeting planning and organization
  • Experience working directly with a developing country government
  • Good analytical and decision-making skills
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work in a team environment, but with self-sufficiency and self-motivation
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to multitask with flexibility and demonstrated ability to prioritize across multiple activities
  • Experience living in a developing country
  • Proficiency in MS Office and computer applications (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint)

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