Communications Specialist

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Project Description

A Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) is needed to serve as a Communications Specialist for Good Shepherd Mission Hospital (GSH) in the Kingdom of Eswatini. GSH is the only functional referral hospital for the Lubombo region, serving a population of more than 250,000, and the hospital also has a nursing college, which has offered nursing training programmes since 1972, with current enrollment of over 400 students. Now, the hospital is going through a transformation, as it has just changed its top management, including the administrator and other managers. The hospital has created a new position of communication specialist to assist in the change management process and enhance the transition of leadership transformation. This is a new position in the institution which is necessitated by the changes to effectively improve communication throughout the structures. GSH has requested the assistance of a PCRV in transferring highly specialized skills and expertise to the junior staff hired for this position and also sharing best practices in communication with the entire administration team within the hospital.

The Communications Specialist, with a degree in Communications or a related field and at least two years of experience of working in either a public affairs or media relations department, is needed to work with an experienced local staff member and the rest of the communications department to develop and formulate communications strategies, marketing, and resource mobilization plans for the hospital. The PCRV will support and guide the communications department and the hospital at large to effectively conduct health campaigns and other resource awareness activities, and the improved communication infrastructure from the volunteer’s work will assist the hospital to tap into new partnerships and opportunities. The overall goal is to transfer skills to GSH’s staff and develop a communication and stakeholder engagement strategy.

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. Candidates selected for this position will be arriving in eSwatini together as a group, so while the departure dates for the whole group could change, dates cannot be changed for individual candidates.

Partner Information

Good Shepherd Mission Hospital

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 Communications or a related field
• Minimum of 2 years of experience of working in a public affairs or media relations department
• Excellent writing skills
• Experience in delivering media relations and stakeholder engagement across multiple audiences and channels to build effective networks and relationships
• Flexibility in working for under resourced settings

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.

Medical Considerations

Before you apply, please review Medical Information for Applicants to learn about the clearance process and other health conditions that are difficult to accommodate in Peace Corps service.

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