Outreach and Communications Specialist/Consultant Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation is looking for a part-time

Outreach and Communications Specialist/Consultant

Duty Station: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation

KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation is an international non-profit organization dedicated to the fight against tuberculosis (TB), still the second deadliest infectious disease in the world.

KNCV is an international center of expertise for TB control that promotes effective, efficient, innovative and sustainable tuberculosis control strategies in a national and international context. We are an organization of passionate TB professionals, including doctors, researchers, training experts, nurses and epidemiologists and laboratory scientists. We aim to stop the spread of the worldwide epidemic of TB and to prevent the further spread of drug-resistant TB.

Over the past century we have built up a wealth of knowledge and expertise, initially by successfully controlling TB in the Netherlands. Since the 1970s, we have also shared our knowledge and expertise with the rest of the world. We operate from a central office in The Hague in the Netherlands, a regional office in Central Asia and country offices worldwide. KNCV raises funds from private, institutional, corporate, and government donors.

Challenge TB

KNCV is the lead partner in Challenge TB (CTB), the latest USAID-funded 5-year global program to decrease TB mortality and morbidity in high burdened countries. We lead an international consortium with eight partner organizations: American Thoracic Society (ATS), FHI 360, Interactive Research & Development (IRD), Japan Anti-Tuberculosis Foundation (JATA), Management Sciences for Health (MSH), PATH, The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union), and the World Health Organization.

The overarching strategic objectives of Challenge TB are to improve access to quality patient centered care for TB, TB/HIV, and MDR-TB services; to prevent transmission and disease progression; and to strengthen TB platforms.

CTB aims to reduce the MDR-TB burden in Kyrgyzstan by improving health systems and clinicians’ skills in MDR-TB diagnosis and case management. CTB has assisted the Kyrgyz Republic National TB Program in the development of a national plan for the introduction of new TB drugs such as Bedaquiline and Delamanid and shorter (9-12 month) treatment regimen for MDR-TB.

Purpose of the job:

KNCV is seeking an experienced Outreach and Communications Specialist/Consultant to provide outreach, communication and reporting support to the USAID-funded CTB Project.  The position will be based in the Bishkek office, with travel opportunities to project sites within the Kyrgyz Republic.

As outreach and communications specialist your challenges are:

  • Assisting the project team in developing and updating standard communications products including press releases, event briefers, factsheets, success stories and other relevant communication products for USAID
  • Providing support to the CTB team to create, execute and monitor outreach and communication strategies
  • Working with the CTB team to write and coordinate the preparation of abstracts, articles, presentations, and posters for national and international publications and conferences
  • Reviewing and editing all English language materials produced by the project
  • Collecting and coordinating the processes of project indicator updates, quarterly reports development, and work plans
  • Developing local staff capacity and skills for writing success stories, reports, and other communication products for USAID
  • Supporting (including review and editing) grantees communication products writing, such as reports, success stories, and other documents to foster their organizational development
  • Providing general organizational and management support for the project, as directed by the chief of the party, in areas such as library management of project technical documents, inputs into organization of shared file drive, standardization of project templates, and project filing systems
  • Creating content on social media platforms, updating the English version of the CTB project Facebook and developing further the project’s social media outreach capacity (via Twitter, Flickr, YouTube etc.)
  • Assisting in updating NTP website with the latest information from the CTB project team

Your education and experience

  • Bachelor’s degree (Master’s preferred)
  • A minimum of 1 year of experience in communication with USAID or USAID implementing partner is a plus
  • Knowledge of the former Soviet Union health systems is strongly preferred
  • Experience drafting speeches and talking points, press releases, factsheets, blogs, articles, PowerPoints, presentations and other public documents
  • Strong skills in creating content for website and social media platforms, particularly Facebook and Twitter
  • Experience with planning public events and VIP visits
  • Experience working in cross-cultural settings
  • Experience developing staff capacity.

Your skills

  • Excellent writing and editing skills
  • Demonstrable success in creating, executing and monitoring high-level outreach and communications strategies targeting multiple audiences through a variety of media (including social media)
  • English (native fluency); working knowledge of Russian and/or Kyrgyz is a plus.

What does KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation offer?

  • A part-time (20 hours per week) fixed-term contract for 5 months, with the intention to extend the contract, depending on funding and performance
  • An informal work atmosphere where initiative is appreciated
  • A highly-motivated team of experienced, self-driven colleagues
  • A salary depending on education and relevant working experience.

Application and Information

You can apply for this position by submitting your CV, including a motivation letter, a short writing sample and 3 professional references using the form below. The closing date of the vacancy is May 24th 2017. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Gulzat Sultanidinova: Gulzat.sultanidinova@kncvtbc.org.

KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation is an equal opportunity employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, citizenship, physical or mental handicap, or status as a disabled person.