Ongoing recruitment at The African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET), June 2016

The African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET) is a Network of public health training institutions in Africa that seeks to strengthen manpower to enhance health systems on the continent.

AFENET is a not-for-profit organization which works closely with Ministries of Health in member countries to develop sustainable programs and capacity to strengthen field epidemiology and ensure healthier lives for Africans.

The African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET) seeks the services of candidates to fill the vacant position below for the Nigerian Field Epidemiology and Training Program (NFELTP) National Stop Transmission of Poliomyelitis (NSTOP) program:
Job Title: Communication Officer
Work Hours: Full time
Duration of contract: One year
Job Description

The responsibilities of the Communication Officer include:
Source and draft original online content for the Program/project website, print publications and media outlets.

  • In-charge of the communications function between the Program and relations with the outside world
  • Manage the outgoing information linked to the organization and in charge of marketing the program
  • Update the intranet with new content
  • Prepare daily news briefs on issues in the health sector and program achievements
  • Update and manage contact database of Program partners, stakeholders and associates
  • Manage the program/project mini-library
  • Support speech writing through research on related subject
  • Foster positive relationships between program and the media
  • Support generation of new ideas in the Public Affairs office
  • Asses the overall organization and content of the material to determine its suitability for the intended audience, medium, market and purpose.
  • Select, create or secure appropriate visual elements (e.g. images, sidebars, headings, video clips) if necessary, in keeping with the requirements and constraints of the publication (e.g. budget, schedule, format, medium). Determine the appropriate content and length of captions.
  • Identify, create, or secure appropriate supplementary and referencing material (e.g. glossaries, endnotes, web menu items, hyperlinks).
  • Communicate clearly and diplomatically with the author or project supervisor to confirm structure, request clarification of content, and propose or negotiate broad editorial changes.
  • Offer overall support to the program as shall be assigned by the supervisor from time to time in the best interest of the organization.


  • A Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication, Public relations or relevant qualifications
  • Experience of 3 years in the same field with a reputable organization
  • Prior service in Public Health related service is of added advantage.

Knowledge Requirements:

  • Language proficiency: Level IV English (Fluency in Both written and oral) is required
  • Ability to establish and maintain good relations with people at various levels and of different nationalities
  • Proven knowledge of modern office procedures
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply for this Position

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