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23 Mar 2023

Senior Sector Specific Technical Assistant /Communication at Ethiopian Pharmaceutical Supply Service

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Job Description

The number of grants that EPSS receives from development partners and its operational activities has been increasing from time to time both in volume and diversity. With these increments, the responsibility to effectively and efficiently monitor program and financial performance of each grant shall be strengthened to ensure the compliance with applicable development partner’s requirements. Hence, it becomes more important for EPSS to improve its capacity in supply chain management and financial management system and meet development partners’ expectation as a dependable partner and to attract future funding.

The objective of this position is to provide technical support – EPSS Public Relations and Communication works to build a good image of the organization to improve our supply chain operations through increased efficiency by reaching the community with quality and timely news and size public relations among important and focused stakeholders. This is local position; it is therefore open to Nationals of Ethiopia only.

Duties and responsibilities

Under the supervision of EPSS Director General, Communication Technical Assistant will undertake the following: –

The Communication Specialist will be expected to:

  • Assist with the implementation of the communication strategy and plans to support the public sector transformation programme
  • Implement and monitor the social media plan
  • Plan and manage events
  • Liaise with the media to ensure coverage and exposure
  • Manage the stakeholder engagement programme including making contact and maintaining appropriate levels of contact with stakeholders and advising on and supporting colleagues to develop mutually beneficial relationships with key stakeholders.
  • Manage the sourcing and contracting with external third parties for the production of communication materials and the delivery of communication services
  • Manage third party suppliers and maintain effective contract control. This may include negotiation and issue management with external agencies.
  • Support the Transformation Project Managers and Consultants with their communication to ensure coherence across the GOJ landscape
  • Ensure that project risks, issues, changes, quality management and communication, are defined and maintained professionally
  • Manage assigned budget and resources

Key performance indicators:

  • Developed user friendly tools and system for communication related activity report
  • Regular report for the implementation status of the communication strategy.
  • Draft speeches for higher officials to be addressed on different events.
  • Ensure the quality and reliability of disseminated news on mainstream and different social media
  • Prepare and disseminate different news on a timely basis
  • Organize different events for medias

Duty Station: EPSS Head Office, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Reports: Director General

Terms of Employment: 1(one) year with possible renewal based on performance.

Budget Source: GF-RHSS

Job Requirements

Educational background and work experience:

  • University Degree in Communications, Public Relations or related field, Business administration, Management, Pharmacy, Health and other related field with at least seven years of working experience in the field of health supply chain.
  • Will be an experienced individual with demonstrable capabilities in writing for all media platforms and a general understanding of government communication
  • A solid understanding of communication principles and approaches
    Capability and proven experience in crafting messages in various formats (press releases, websites, success stories, blog entries, tweets, etc.) targeting a variety of audiences
  • Experience in social media management
  • Excellent communication skills – oral and written
  • Effective project management, administrative, organization and time management skills
  • Proficiency in using the Microsoft Office Suite of software
  • Ability to work effectively as a team player in a dynamic environment
  • Ability to work effectively at all levels in an organization
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship building skills
  • Superior attitude – flexible and willing to undertake a wide variety of non-routine tasks

Required skills:

  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain working relationships with senior-level officials, particularly interacting productively, proactively, and comfortably with government agencies
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, sound judgment, communication skills, training experience, ability to identify and resolve policy and operational constraints
  • Skilled in actively working in high-performing teams and independently deliver expected result
  • Ability to travel internationally and domestically as required to support the progress of pharmaceuticals supply chain activities
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills in Amharic and English


  • Professionalism
  • Client orientation
  • Results orientation
  • Accountability
  • Integrity
  • Respect for diversity
  • Planning and organization skills
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Strong oral and written communications skills
  • Teamwork skills
  • Technological awareness

Accountability: Both the Civil service and FMOH/EPSS Human Resource Administration and Development rules and regulations will be applied to guide the day-to-day services of the Junior Supply Chain Technical Assistant.

Method of Application

Submit your CV, copies of relevant documents and Application to  [email protected]
Use the title of the position as the subject of the email

Closing Date : 1 April. 2023


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