Rwanda: External Relations and Communications Officer

Organization: Global Health Corps
Country: Rwanda
Closing date: 18 Jan 2017

Position Overview:

The External Relations and Communications Officer will work under the supervision of the UGHE Development and Communications Coordinator to develop, implement, and direct an effective and strategic communications and external relations program by making the public aware of the value and importance of the university, and enhance its image, programs, services and activities.


  • Direct the development and editing of various publications, including news release, feature articles, news stories, and academic research, which highlight the goals, objectives, policies, programs, activities, and accomplishments of UGHE
  • Build and foster relationships with key stakeholders and industry partners to obtain their support and share the successes and challenges of UGHE
  • Determine the most appropriate mix of media to be used to promote and present UGHE programs, services, and activities
  • Provide expertise and guidance to UGHE management in developing, implementing, and enhancing the external and internal communication programs that help to achieve university goals and objectives
  • Evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of internal and external information, media relations, and obtains feedback from internal personnel and external partners
  • Draft the UGHE communications strategy
  • Receive and manage press enquiries, including setting up media interviews
  • Monitor relevant stories within the media and identify opportunities for proactive and reactive coverage
  • Coordinate internal communication within the Rwanda office and between UGHE offices

Desired Skills and Experience:

Items indicated with an asterisk (*) are required

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, public relations, or related field*
  • Excellent writing and editing skills, fluency in English*
  • Excellent persuasive communication skills – verbal and written*
  • Demonstrated ability to develop the understanding and support of individuals*
  • Confident in building and maintaining effective relationships with people within and outside the organization*
  • Knowledge of communications and external relations
  • Proven interest in health equity, interest in a career in global health
  • Flexibility and maturity
  • Strong willingness to take initiative
  • Willingness to work nights, weekends, and long hours
  • Experience working within a university setting

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