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Communication and Advocacy Officer – AIRE Project – Dakar,Sénégal-2020

Communication and Advocacy Officer – AIRE Project – Dakar,Sénégal


Communication and Advocacy Officer – AIRE Project – Sénégal – M/F

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Communication and Advocacy Officer- PRESENTATION OF THE AIRE PROJECT

Today, in low/middle income countries, 80% of the reasons for paediatric consultations at the health centre level is fever – the lack of diagnostic tools in health centres means that too often health workers are unable to identify danger signs, which gives rise to 3 major problems :

● 35-50% of children (depending on the country) presenting with fever and danger signs that warrant hospitalization are not referred to hospital and die.

● A strong increase in antibiotic resistance due to over-prescription of antibiotics (excluding malaria, 90% of children are prescribed antibiotics at the time of consultation)

● A waste of resources (anti-malaria, antibiotics)

The AIRE project aims to introduce the use of pulse oximeters at the level of paediatric primary health consultations in order to reduce mortality linked to the misidentification of respiratory distress in children under 5 years old in 4 West African countries (Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Guinea). While pulse oximeters are widely used in high-income countries to identify hypoxemia, their use is not yet widespread in low-resource countries and is not integrated into IMCI Integrated Management of Childhood Illness at this stage. The AIRE project is built around 3 specific objectives aiming at :

(1) Ensuring the implementation of this tool in about 200 primary health centres selected in 8 districts of 4 West African countries (Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Guinea) ;

(2) Assessing the feasibility and impact of the intervention (qualitative and quantitative studies) ;

(3) Ensuring the scaling up and transition of the project (dissemination and advocacy).

The 39-month project is being financed by UNITAID to the tune of $14.9 million.

The project is carried out in consortium with the NGOs Solthis (implementation in Niger), Terre des hommes (implementation in Burkina Faso and 1 district in Mali). The scientific evaluation is carried out by teams from the French National Institute for Health and Medical Research (Inserm). ALIMA which is responsible for the implementation of the general activities of the project, the proper conduct of operations, financial management and field implementation in Guinea and Mali.

POSITION LOCATION : Dakar, Operational Headquarters of ALIMA with 20% travel (Mali, Niger, Burkina, Guinea, others)


· He/She reports to the AIRE Project and the Communication Manager.

· He/She collaborates with all other departments at ALIMA Headquaters


MAJOR OBJECTIVES-Communication and Advocacy Officer

1- Communication

· Develop and implement an overall communication plan for the project

· Establish and maintain a dedicated project website, including resources and tools related to pulse oximetry and project results.

· Ensure external communication on the project to ensure its visibility and develop written and multimedia content to enhance its impact : creation of a visual identity, a graphic charter, promotional videos, case studies, blog posts, social network coverage, newsletter, press releases, brochures, etc. in partnership with the Dakar Communication team.

· Organize events (conferences, symposia, workshops…) and press visits around the AIRE project.

· Ensure communication on national, regional and international events in which the project is involved.

· Coordinate communication activities with PATH and consortium partners

· Support country teams in communication activities, including the organisation of national communication events/dissemination of project results (assistance in the development of the communication plan in each country, selection of providers…).

· Develop Print and Digital communication tools on the program and for ALIMA’s supports (website, social networks, events). Produce an image bank relating to the AIRE project for ALIMA and its partners (contractualisation and accompaniment of photographers, cameramen in the field) in collaboration with the Communication team

2- Transition-Communication and Advocacy Officer

· Develop and implement a project transition plan and stakeholder engagement strategy (governments, donors, civil society organizations, WHO, UNICEF, etc.).

· Provide technical support to country teams in the development of transition plans and stakeholder engagement strategies in each project country

· Produce key messages based on project results and develop a portfolio of case studies to inform external project communications, advocacy for transition funding, and the introduction of pulse oximeters in the sub-region.

· Identify and ensure contact with actors such as IMCI networks in the sub-region.

· Coordinate the organization of communication events/dissemination of results and promotion of the introduction of pulse oximetry in national IMCI protocols in the sub-region (programmes, guests, logistics, relations with agencies and suppliers, the press, etc.).

· Contribute to advocacy through the mobilization of local associations at the country and sub-regional levels.

· All the activities related to communication and advocacy of the AIRE project must be carried out to the maximum in an eco-responsible and environmentally friendly way.

· The list of tasks is not exhaustive. Communication and Advocacy Officer may be required to perform other duties as required.

REQUESTED SKILLS-Communication and Advocacy Officer


o Higher education in project development/management, political science, school of communication or equivalent;

o Previous experience in the field of institutional and scientific communication of at least 5 years;

o Previous advocacy/communication experience on humanitarian or public health medical projects in West Africa.

Technical skills

o Excellent command of computer tools, Google Suite is mandatory,**

o Excellent writing skills,**

Language skills

o Fluency (written and oral) in French and English is mandatory.


o Ability to work in a team ;

o Ability to work in unstable and versatile security environments

o Excellent writing skills in French and English ;

o Rigour and respect of deadlines.

CONDITIONS-Communication and Advocacy Officer

Type of contract: fixed-term contract under Senegalese law for two years, renewable.

Duration of the project: 39 months

Net salary : approximately EUR 2,200 (variable according to family situation)

Ancillary travel expenses & Return ticket from place of recruitment to place of assumption of post paid by ALIMA

Other charges covered

  • Single airline ticket : For the employee’s return to the employee’s normal place of residence within the applicable ceilings.
  • Family Plane Ticket : For the return of the employee and each of his or her dependents to the place of usual residence according to the ceilings in effect.
  • Tuition Fees: Coverage of tuition fees for each child up to the age of 18 years, according to the current ceilings.
  • Medical & Repatriation Insurance for the employee and his dependents.
  • Starting date : As soon as possible

How to apply


To apply, please submit your application on our job page including your CV (PDF) and your Cover Letter before 10/08/2020:…

Applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis and we reserve the right to close the vacancy before the initial deadline if a good application is selected.

Only complete applications (CV + LM) will be considered.

Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.


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