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Communications and Advocacy Coordinator (Expiration 20/06/2019)


Reporting to the Zimbabwe PHIA Project Coordinator, the Communication and Advocacy Coordinator, Zimbabwe PHIA Project is responsible for the overall coordination and implementation of the communications and community mobilization strategies at the provincial, district and community/grassroots levels – with a specific focus to motivate and encourage communities to take part in the survey and increase response rates

This is a grant funded, 6 months contract which may or may not be renewed depending on need.


  • Coordinate and ensure implementation of project and survey communication strategy, including communications at national, provincial, district and community levels including community mobilization.
  • Serve as the project focal point for communications, knowledge management/information – templates and strategies to support community mobilization.
  • Establish and maintain good working relationships, networking, as well as collaboration with government departments, provincial, district and sector leaders, traditional and religious leaders, and other key stakeholders.
  • Facilitate and participate in the organization of the ZIMPHIA national and provincial launch events.
  • Liaise and work closely with the Community Mobilization Officers to ensure effective sensitization and mobilization of communities.
  • Adapt ZIMPHIA messages to the local context; polish and translate messages into local languages and ensure compliance with local and international IRBs.
  • Ensure compliance with established branding strategy, correct placement, and donor and partner recognition on all communications.
  • Work with local stakeholders to develop, write, lay out, produce and distribute a range of key communications materials, including but not limited to briefs to policy makers and national and provincial leaders, brochures for participant recruitment, radio spots, banners and posters, survey team t-shirts.
  • Lead an effective media engagement strategy, including writing and distributing press-releases, features articles, opinion pieces, and similar materials.


A degree in Media or Communication; Masters is an added advantage


  • At least 3-5 years’ experience in communications and advocacy
  • Excellent knowledge of local media and local sensitivities.
  • Proven experience leading communications for a public health program or campaign
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in local language


Periodic domestic travel throughout Zimbabwe to support the planning and implementation of the PHIA Project


Please send an application letter and detailed CV by email with subject title “Communications and Advocacy Coordinator” to ICAP-Jobs-Zimbabwe@cumc.columbia.edu.  Please do not submit certificates online. The closing date for receiving applications is 20 June 2019. Only short listed applicants will be contacted.

NOTE: These are local hire positions and the successful candidates will be employees of ICAP in Zimbabwe and subject to the local terms and conditions of employment, which includes a competitive salary and benefits package.

Columbia University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. It does not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on the basis of race, color, sex, gender, religion, creed, national and ethnic origin, age, citizenship, status as a perceived or actual victim of domestic violence, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, status as a Vietnam era or disabled veteran, or any other legally protected status.

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