Communication Officer, Road Safety Program, Africa
Vital Strategies, headquartered in New York City, is an international public health organization. Our programs strengthen public health systems and address the world’s leading causes of illness, injury and death. We currently work in 73 countries, supporting data-driven decision making in government, advancing evidence-based public health policies and mounting strategic communication campaigns. Vital Strategies’ priorities are driven by the greatest potential to improve and save lives. They include non-communicable disease prevention, cardiovascular health promotion, tobacco control, road safety, obesity prevention, epidemic prevention, overdose prevention, environmental health, vital statistics systems building and multidrug-resistant tuberculosis treatment research. Our programs are primarily concentrated in low- and middle-income countries in Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Pacific; the Overdose Prevention Program is our first initiative in the U.S. Please visit our website at www.vitalstrategies.org to find out more about our work.
The Communication Officer, Road Safety Program, Africa is a full-time position based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for our road safety program in Africa including Uganda and Ethiopia. The ideal candidate will have experience in planning, implementing and evaluating public health communication strategies including behavior change mass media campaigns.
The responsibilities for this position include working collaboratively with government, advocating for best practices in public health communication, collaborating with program partners on designing effective media campaigns, and managing creative and research agencies. The ideal candidate will have experience with campaigns that generate positive behavior change and drive public opinion. S/he will be conversant with various media channels. In addition, it is expected that the Communication Officer will have well-developed skills in stakeholder relations.
The position is part of Vital Strategies’ Policy, Advocacy and Communications global team of 40, comprised of people from varying backgrounds, from social marketing to public relations to advertising to communication research. The team has a collaborative culture, clustering people with different skills and backgrounds to execute projects. Vital Strategies’ global team values diversity and multicultural fluency. The Communication Officer will report to the Director of the Road Safety Communication Program.
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