Vacancy Announcement


Haramaya University

Child Health and Mortality Surveillance (CHAMPS) Ethiopia

Communication officer

We are looking to hire a dedicated Communications Officer to join our team. The Communications Officer will support our internal and external communications strategy, write and disseminate publicity material, respond to inquiries from the public and media, and coordinate promotional events.

To succeed as a Communications Officer, you should be able to think creatively, and have excellent communication and interpersonal skills. A Bachelor’s Degree with experience as a Communications Officer or equivalent experience in a similar role is strongly desired.


Haramaya University is one of the oldest Universities in Ethiopia, with its first intake in 1954.

It is about 17km from the city of Harar, 40km from Dire Dawa (where there is a regional airport), and 510km East of Addis Ababa. The College of Health and Medical Sciences is based on a campus in Harar town to facilitate training of students in nearby hospitals. This campus also hosts the office of the two Health and Demographic Surveillance Systems (HDSS).


The Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance network (CHAMPS,  is  a  new  global  health  surveillance  network  funded  by  the  Bill  & Melinda Gates Foundation, aimed at understanding the causes of child death in developing countries, particularly sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. The Emory Global Health Institute, which houses the U.S.  office  of  the  International  Association  of  National  Public  Health Institutes (IANPHI), is the lead partner in the network and has worked with the London School of Hygiene to develop the collaboration with Haramaya University.


Post:                                       Communication Officer

Location                                 Haramaya University, Oromia, Ethiopia

Responsible to:                      Project Manager

Full Time/Part Time/Casual: Full time

No. of posts                            1

Duration of contract             1 year contract likely extension

Salary:                                    17,392 Birr per month

Place of Application              Haramaya University Business and Economics College Human

Resource Cluster or Haramaya University Liaison

Office at Addis Ababa, Arat Kilo. Former Germany Cultural

Institute Building Office No.15.

Haramaya University College of Health and Medical Sciences,

Champs Project Office No. 14


Deadline for Application      Within 10 (Ten) Working days after the announcement of this


Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with management to develop and implement an effective communications strategy based on our target audience.
  • Write, edit, and distribute content, including publications, press releases, website content, annual reports, speeches, and other marketing material that communicates the organization’s activities, products and/or services.
  • Respond to media inquiries, arrange interviews, and act as a spokesperson for the organization.
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with journalists, and maintain a media database.
  • Seek opportunities to enhance the reputation of the brand, and coordinate publicity events as required.
  • Maintain records of media coverage and collate analytics and metrics.
  • Proficiency in design and publishing software.
  • Manage conflict as it arises and escalate to management.

Essential requirements

  • MA in Communications, Journalism, English language and literature or related field.
  • Minimum of 1 years’ relevant experience in a communications role.
  • Knowledge of desktop publishing software (InDesign/Photoshop).
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal skills.
  • Good time management and organizational skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, content management systems, and social media platforms.

Desirable requirements

  • Fluency in Amharic and Afan Oromo

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