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  • Advocacy and strategic communication advisor

    Title: Advocacy and strategic communication advisor

    Workplace: Ministry of Health

    Place of residence: Maputo City

    Project Background

    In order to maintain malaria control and elimination high on national political agendas, ALMA. working with the RBM partnership, is supporting the establishment of National End Malaria Councils especially in low-transmission countries, or identifying appropriate high-level multi-sectoral committees for strengthening existent Malaria Technical Advisory Committees (MTAC). It is also establishing commissions or Emergency Operations Centres, where malaria can be added as a standing item on the agenda, enhancing visibility and high-level engagement around malaria. Key functions of this support to MTAC will be to: • sustain social mobilization, including a grass-roots movement to end malaria; • increase and sustain malaria financing, including domestic funding and the use of innovative financing; • engage the private sector to play a significant role in ending malaria. • Serve as main point of contact for regional advocacy and monitoring activities and ensure timely response to these initiatives such as quarterly review the Mozambique malaria scorecard to identify and lead appropriate actions to address bottlenecks

    Additionally, ALMA is supporting countries in the mobilisation of domestic and private sector resources to fund malaria control and elimination. This includes the creation or Malaria Funds at country and potentially regional levels.

    Purpose and Scope of Assignment

     The Advisor will support the establishment and functioning of the MTAC and will lead efforts to strengthen advocacy and strategic coordination with the National Malaria Control Program (NMCP).

     Key activities will include:

    1.      Malaria Technical Advisory Committee (MTAC) establishment and functioning.  Provide advisory support on the creation and management of the MAC and strengthening of the existent MTAC, including:

    • Support the establishment of the annual Mozambique MAC including drafting and finalizing the Terms of Reference, identifying board members, and preparing the supportive documentation for the formal creation of the MAC.
    • Provide regular updates to the MAC and MTAC members, including training on the Malaria Scorecard Management tool, and other NMCP priorities such as private sector resource mobilization
    • Support NMCP in use and dissemination of the malaria scorecard
    • Support the Prime Minister-led investment case development committee to prioritise requests for funding and serve as the NMCP point of contact on the effort
    • Document lessons learned and best practices in MAC and MTAC implementation
    • Support NMCP budgeting and reporting

     

    2.       Malaria Fund establishment and operations including:

    • Provide advisory support for the creation and management of the Malaria Fund in Mozambique.
    • Establish effective and accountable partnerships to secure adequate resources and their appropriate use
    • Provide strategic advice and support to the NMCP and the Malaria Fund in identifying and pursuing funding opportunities and prepare the necessary proposals and briefing material for engagement with private companies.
    • Prepare a fundraising and engagement workplan aligned with the Fund’s strategy
    • Support the preparation of new prospect pipeline list and delivery of a portfolio of both Mozambique and International companies prospects, including playing a lead role in pitching funding proposals and conducting negotiations with corporate funders
    • Collaborate with regional partners to mobilize for continued new funding for cross-border initiatives / partnership
    • Explore growing new revenue sources from crowdsourcing to deliver funding targets and strategic brand association to deliver in kind benefits
    • Conduct annual costing and resource gap analysis of each programmatic area during the planning meeting
    • Conduct a mapping exercise of HNIs in Mozambique

    3.      Lead malaria advocacy and strategic communication efforts

     

     

    • ·         Develop and manage stakeholder management plan and an internal and external communication plan
    • ·         Lead development of malaria briefing materials for use with diverse governmental, non-governmental and private sector stakeholders and progress status reports
    • ·         Develop an advocacy plan and stakeholder engagement plan
    • ·         Hold engagement meetings with the private sector
    • ·         Support the organization of multi sectoral forum events to advocate for continued national prioritization of malaria activities and multi-sector engagement
    • SuSpport the implementation and monitoring of the Zero Malaria Starts with Me! campaign

     

     

     

     

     

     Qualifications and Experience

     a. Education (Level and area of required and/or preferred education)

    ·         Advanced university (master’s) degree

    b. Work Experience

    Essential: 

    ·         At least 7 years of relevant experience preferably in management

    ·         Experience in stakeholder engagement and advocacy design and monitoring

    ·         Understanding of corporate social responsibility and programmatic costing

    Desirable:  

    ·         Knowledge of malaria and / or development issues in the sub-region

    ·         Experience in high level advocacy and networking

    ·         Knowledge of private sector in Southern Africa

     

    c. Skills

    ·         Strong analytical and strategic skills, experience in market analysis and stakeholder mapping.

    ·         Advanced skills in Excel, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, and data analysis

    ·         Strong negotiation and influencing skills

    ·         Excellent communication skills - excellent verbal and written English communication skills and ability to organise and present information in a compelling way

    ·         Ability to work independently and pro-actively

    ·         Ability to facilitate discussions between different stakeholders and foster consensus

    ·         Speak and write English and Portuguese fluently

    ·         Diplomatic skills

    d. Supervisor: National Director of Public Health and NMCP Program Manager

     

     

    e. Contract Duration: One year renewable  

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