Communications Officer Job at Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative

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Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) is an independent, not-for-profit drug development initiative established in 2003 by five publicly-funded research organizations – Malaysian Ministry of Health, Kenya Medical Research Institute, Indian Council of Medical Research, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation Brazil, and the Institut Pasteur – as well as an international humanitarian organization, Médecins Sans Frontières. The UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank/WHO’s Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) is a permanent observer. With a robust portfolio, DNDi aims to develop new, improved, and field-relevant drugs for neglected diseases, including leishmaniasis, human African trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness), Chagas disease, malaria, filarial diseases, paediatric HIV, mycetoma, and hepatitis C that afflict the poorest populations of the world.

  • Communications Officer


Corporate Communication (50%);

  • Collect and compile content and lead writing tasks for regional and global communication products, including newsletters, patient and health worker stories, fact sheets, brochures, the DNDi Annual Report, and the DNDi R&D Programmes in Review.
  • Edit, proofread and oversee the design of the LEAP annual newsletter.
  • Prepare, adapt, and format welcome slides for visitors to the DNDi Nairobi office.
  • Create disease/project summaries for stakeholder engagement and awareness-raising.
  • Ensure corporate visual and style guidelines are accurately applied for all communication outputs.
  • Manage merchandise needs for DNDi office and sites.
  • Handle booth, registration requests, and photography for external events.
  • Interface with global scientific communication team on select scientific submissions from the Eastern Africa office and format/improve slides as appropriate.
  • Compile periodic ‘news of interest’ articles for the office.
  • Carry out photography and report writing for important internal events.

Digital Communication (30%);

  • Generate ideas, propose content production, select images, and write captions and messages for both DNDi global and regional social media channels.
  • Monitor and respond to social media activity that is of interest to DNDi.
  • Research, engage and build connections with key regional stakeholders and influencers on social media.
  • Participate in global social media meetings and ensure effective planning with digital teams in Geneva, New York, and other regional offices.
  • Ensure that all contents and consent forms collected in the region are uploaded onto the Digital Asset Management (DAM) database, tagged, and captioned.
  • Act as a focal point for Nairobi office needs in terms of content on the DAM and use of social media for professional purposes by staff.

Media/press relations (10%);

  • Arranging interview timeslots with media houses
  • Ensure tactical use of the organizational media database and monitoring tools. This includes ensuring contacts are up-to-date and monitoring relevant coverage.
  • Developing support materials to be used during press engagements, including press briefers, one-pagers and press notes.

Communication administration support (10%);

  • Support the identification, engagement, and follow-up of communication service providers.
  • Support in the planning, organizing and implementation of office events.
  • Manage the communication filing system.
  • Stock tacking of communications assets and routine monitoring of supplies.
  • Perform other communications-related tasks as needed.


  • A Bachelor’s degree in communications, Journalism, Public relations, or a related field
  • Proficiency in Swahili and/or French is an added advantage.
  • Very good communication skills in multicultural, multi-lingual environments.
  • Very good analytical skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills and ability to work effectively as part of an international, multi-cultural team.
  • Ability to manage small projects if delegated by upper levels with supervision.
  • Ability to supervise an Intern or Apprentice
  • A minimum of five years of relevant experience in public health, science, humanitarian, development communication or other related fields.
  • Demonstrated skills in writing editing and proofreading and fundamental photography.
  • Proficiency in publishing, photo-editing and database programmes.
  • An understanding of and commitment to poverty-related global health, scientific research and public health issues especially in Africa.

How to Apply

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Application Deadline:22nd March 2021. Protection Status