Senior Communications Advisor, VMMC

  • Full Time
  • Lilongwe
  • Applications have closed

JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. (JSI)

Location: Lilongwe, Malawi
Position Category: Local hire, paid in country
Posting Date: 07/02/2019
Deadline Date: 07/16/2019
Starting Date: 01/01/2020


JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. (JSI) seeks dynamic and highly experienced candidates for multiple positions for anticipated USAID/ Malawi HIV Prevention activities under PEPFAR. The program aims to expand the use of high quality, integrated, sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and HIV prevention services by high-risk populations, especially men and adolescent girls and young women (AGYW), in PEPFAR priority districts, including VMMC, PrEP for high risk populations, targeted HIV testing with linkages to anti-retroviral treatment (ART), and comprehensive condom promotion.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume on the JSI website:

Deadline for consideration is rolling.


  • Lead the design, roll-out and day-to-day management and implementation of communication strategies and interventions to promote increased uptake of Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC).
  • Provide expert technical guidance and in designing and implementing and building capacity for comprehensive health communication interventions.
  • Develop and manage a strategy to promote and provide capacity building to VMMC activities, in line with the National VMMC Program at provincial, district and local levels.
  • Collaborate with commercial and community enterprises to catalyze their involvement in local events to increase public awareness.
  • Develop campaigns and messages with VMMC to increase the general public knowledge of VMMC and other relevant HIV, health and social services.
  • Manage the development and promotion of all VMMC successes through print, electronic and other media and ensure these successes are communicated to USAID.


  • Master’s Degree or higher in public health, social and/or behavioral sciences or a related field, with emphasis on community-level health communication, promotion and/or education.
  • Minimum 7 years of experience in the Eastern and Southern African region with progressively increasing responsibility designing, implementing and assessing large scale health communication programs.
  • Deep expertise in evidence-driven, theory-based, behavioral HIV prevention interventions.
    Familiarity with innovative, interdisciplinary approaches such as human-centered design and behavioral economics for increasing demand for and use of health products and services.
  • Prior experience with building community competency to improve health, and participatory methodologies for engaging beneficiaries in planning and implementing local-level activities.

Salary commensurate with experience.

Interested candidates should submit their resumes and cover letters online by 07/16/2019.

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