Title: Advocacy and communication intern
Location(s) of internship: Kampala, Uganda
Global Program: Global Engagement and Communications
Project Name: Advocacy and Public Policy project
Start Date: March 2020
Duration: Six months
Estimated number of hours per week: 40
Will the intern be receiving a stipend?*: Yes
Will the intern travel? (local or international): No
*Please include a cover letter with your resume describing your interest and how you meet the qualifications.
Description of internship project:
PATH is a global organization that works to accelerate health equity by bringing together public institutions, businesses, social enterprises, and investors to solve the world’s most pressing health challenges. With expertise in science, health, economics, technology, advocacy, and dozens of other specialties, PATH develops and scales solutions—including vaccines, drugs, devices, diagnostics, and innovative approaches to strengthening health systems worldwide.
PATH is implementing a 3-year global project funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation project called “Advocacy and Public Policy (APP)”. The project in Uganda aims to influence policies and budgets for effective and efficient delivery of services for Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health, Immunization and Primary Health Care (PHC) in general.
PATH is planning a series of high-level advocacy events and communication activities between March - June and would like to hire a resource person on a short-term internship opportunity to support the team in Uganda to effectively execute its mandate. The successful candidate will have an opportunity to acquire hands-on skills and on job learning and mentorship that will equip them with basic skills in policy advocacy, communication and general program implementation.
Internship goals and learning objectives/benefit to the intern:
- Gaining technical skills in advocacy and communication
- Gaining experience in functional communication and advocacy skills including networking, partnerships and the use of traditional and social media, photography and documentation.
- Acquiring an understanding of the importance of policy advocacy in public health settings
- Learning PATH, its culture and people to effectively support APP and other program teams in executing their mandate
- Assist the country program in increasing PATH’s visibility in social media in Uganda. This will include real time capturing and highlighting of key moments and statements made by champions and other key decision makers on priority advocacy issues
- Assist the team in maintaining an organized database/archive of program reports and other resource documents
- Support the program team in verification of telephone numbers through which participants at PATH-led events are facilitated including preparing supportive paperwork to finance.
- Support proof-reading of documents before they are published in different media and other platforms
- Assist in transcribing recordings of the monthly dialogues between media and decision makers and key speeches at high level events for use in feature articles, blogs and reports
- Review print media editions on a daily basis to identify and maintain a database of news stories and feature articles that are aligned to the project’s core advocacy areas and can inform strategic advocacy actions
- Work closely with the entire country program team to share knowledge and learnings from APP project.
- Support tracking and maintenance of an events calendar for activities planned at a country level on a weekly basis
- Support in mobilization of participants for advocacy engagements spearheaded by PATH
- Assist in communication-related assignments including strategic display of brand materials at events, photography, generating communication tools including event-specific promotional/visibility materials.
- Assist in maintaining contact with CSO partners who belong to specific advocacy causes such as RMNCAH, PHC and Immunization including sharing of regular updates with them.
- Other duties as assigned
Learning outcomes (how the Intern’s performance will be evaluated):
- Through weekly meetings where each team member shares updates on their accomplishments
- Monthly reflections on progress regarding achievement of learning objectives
- End of internship report
Required skills and experience:
- A bachelor’s degree in Mass communication, Social sciences, Development studies or related field
- Good communication skills. Fluency in English, written and oral required.
- Must be social media savvy but well oriented to using it for productive assignments
- Demonstrable exceptional energy to work and multi-task in a fast-paced environment
- Good knowledge of how to use computers and basic MS suite such as word, outlook, PowerPoint and Excel. Willingness to learn new software
- Ability to work effectively both independently and as a member of a diverse team
- Ability to maintain a calm and professional attitude under pressure or constantly shifting priorities
- Demonstrable willingness and zeal to learn and adapt quickly
*All PATH internships are eligible for school credit. Please refer to your university's process for credit eligibility.
Must have legal authorization to work in Uganda.
PATH is dedicated to diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.
PATH is an equal opportunity employer. Every qualified applicant will be considered for employment. PATH does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, age, national origin, marital status, disability status, political ideology, military or protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.