Communications Specialist

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Project Description

A Peace Corps Response Volunteer is needed to serve as a Communications Specialist with Project Hope in Namibia. Project HOPE is a renowned global health and humanitarian relief organization that works to address the world’s greatest public health challenges. In Namibia, Project HOPE’s work focuses on providing small-scale workplace HIV/AIDS programs, with a commitment to transforming lives and uplifting communities by empowering healthcare workers to expertly implement and teach innovative lifesaving solutions. Project HOPE Namibia (PHN) was awarded as the primary recipient for the implementation of Namibia’s PEPFAR DREAMS (Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored, and Safe) and the NARP (Namibia Adherence and Retention Program) projects. DREAMS seeks to avert new HIV infections among adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) aged 10 – 24 years and mitigate the impact of HIV on vulnerable children. Project HOPE Namibia has been implementing NARP since 2013 in an effort to strengthen adherence and retention for HIV care and treatment, to mitigate the impact of HIV on people living with HIV particularly Children Living with HIV (CLHIV) and OVC (Orphans and Vulnerable Children). Since their inceptions, the DREAMS and NARP programs continue to thrive in the country, with many lives having been impacted by the interventions. However, there is a great need to showcase these success stories in a compelling way, providing readers a deeper understanding of the impact of the programs in the lives of the people they serving. Project HOPE Namibia is seeking the specialized expertise of a Peace Corps Response Volunteer to help the organization in this area.

A PCRV with a degree in media communications, behavior change, communications for development, marketing, social science, public health or a related field, as well as 5 years working experience in the field will liaise and work with the Communications Officer to promote the DREAMS and NARP projects. The PCRV will assist with creating a communication strategy, including a DREAMS-specific interactive website for online virtual engagement of DREAMS beneficiaries. The volunteer will also assist with identifying, developing, and disseminating project success stories and best practices via appropriate media platforms, as well as training of local personnel at both head office and regional office on newly recommended and improved media communications applications and approaches.

Please note that departure dates and other details of this project could change because of the uncertainties as Peace Corps and local partners resume volunteer operations. Dates may not be changed for individual candidates.

Partner Information

Project HOPE Namibia (PHN)

Required Skills

• High tolerance for ambiguity and high level of flexibility – some details of this project could change because of the uncertainties as Peace Corps and local partners resume Volunteer operations
• Degree in Media Communications, Behavior Change, Communications for Development, Marketing, Social Science, Public Health or related field
• 5 years working experience in the field
• Three or more years of relevant work experience in designing, planning, and implementing Social Behavior Change Communications (SBCC) efforts and/or public relations, including communication campaigns and training.
• Proven abilities to set priorities, to multi-task, and work collaboratively across technical disciplines
• Demonstrated experience in developing websites for organizations
• Demonstrated good skills in written, oral, and motivational communication
• Solid computer skills in MS Office

The Peace Corps embraces and leverages the diversity of its volunteers as a reflection of America's diversity. Peace Corps Response is committed to reflecting the diversity of the United States in the professionals we send into the field to support the mission of world peace and friendship. Applicants with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Serving in Namibia

Learn more about the Volunteer experience in Namibia: Get detailed information on culture, communications, housing, health, and safety -- including health and crime statistics -- in order to make a well-informed decision about serving.

Medical Considerations

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