Media and Communications Officer 

  • Full Time
  • Lusaka, Zambia
  • Applications have closed

Website Healthy Learners

School Health for a Brighter Future


Healthy Learners is a non-profit organization committed to improving the health of children in Zambia and beyond. Healthy Learners is achieving this through our unique model of school-based community health by training teachers in community health care and making schools entry points into the public healthcare system. We currently serving over 750,000 students across Lusaka, Choma, Monze , Mazabuka,Ndola and Kitwe, Kabwe, Kasama, Mansa, Chipata and Solwezi, where we are working with the Zambian government to scale nationally. Visit or website to learn more:

Healthy Learners is continuing to expand in Zambia and we are seeking to recruit the services of qualified and dedicated professional to fill the position of Media and Communications Officer to be based in Lusaka. This role will report to the Vice President – Development and Communications.


The successful candidate will work closely with the Healthy Learners teams to achieve Healthy Learners advocacy outcomes with the support of the Vice President – Development and Communications. The purpose of this position is to provide support to the Healthy Learner Strategic Partnerships and Development in implementing its Communication and Visibility plans. The position is responsible for Media engagements; ensuring appropriate advocacy messages for diverse  decision makers; and generating evidence for School Health Programme Advocacy.


  • Contribute immensely towards media, digital and communication as part of advocacy development for the School Health  Programme.
  • Lead on media and communication as part of advocacy and together with the relevant programme staff identifies advocacy and communication issues related to School Health Programme at district, Provincial and National level.
  • Design and produce materials on media and communication for school health and its growth in use by different relevant audiences.
  • Develops work plans, individual development plans, and regular reports to the Vice President – Development and Communications.
  • Support programme partners in media and communications-related capacity building and ensure that this is integrated within the program.
  • Support the Programme in identifying potential new strategic media partners/ Champions for HL and developing strategies for working with them.
  • Have responsibility for the monitoring and supervision of media as part of advocacy-related activities and plans by ensuring that these are in line with HL Communications and Advocacy strategies.
  • Document and publish HL learnings by contributing articles, briefing notes, media publications and case studies for Advocacy campaigns and activities.
  •  Support HL staff and partners in getting relevant messages across to target audiences within and outside the organization on major activities.
  • Maintain contact with key civil servants, ministries and parliamentarians (Health, Education, etc) for information and feed these into HL national media and advocacy work.
  • Frequently update our HL social media outlets (Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, etc.) and ensure we disseminate information about School Health on a regular basis.
  • Develop and sustain relationships with the media to feed into HL advocacy work.
  • Ensure adequate media coverage for all programme activities, functions and press releases/press statements.
  • Liaise with active allies to identify and help them to use rare opportunities to drive HL advocacy issues in various media outlets.


  •  A minimum of bachelor’s degree in social science, Communication Studies, Development Studies or any other related field.
  • Minimum five (5) years work experience with at least three (3) years spent in a similar role is essential.
  • Minimum of three (3) years demonstrable skills and experience in direct and indirect lobbying/ advocacy and communications  work in this field highly desirable.
  • Demonstrable broad grasp and understanding of policy issues and policy in the Health and Education sectors.
  • Demonstrable skills and experience in effective media relations.
  • A demonstrable understanding of NGO media/advocacy work in the context of development.
  • Experience in capacity building and/or training skills is highly advantageous.
  •  Demonstrable and proven strong conceptual, research, analytical and writing skills.
  • Experience of working with Civil Society/ Media Network partners.


  • Ability to communicate complex ideas in simple language
  •  Demonstrable ability to work independently, think strategically as well as work within a team
  • Creative thinking, developing, designing, or creating new ideas, relationships, systems, or products.
  • High level interpersonal and diplomatic skills
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and other Zambian languages.
  • Familiar with latest trends, tactics and technologies in digital influence and can link online with offline media.
  • Some graphic design skills and ability to develop simple infographics is desirable.
  • Ability to demonstrate sensitivity to cultural differences and gender issues, and commitment to equal opportunities.
  • Ability to demonstrate an openness and willingness to learn for all aspects of development work.
  • Excellent time management and organisational skills with the ability to multitask, and meet strict deadlines.
  • Ability to embrace and role model the core values of Healthy Learners:

HOW TO APPLY: Complete an application form in the link below and submit your CV and cover letter. Only applications submitted through this platform shall be considered. Closing date:16/09/2023

Application Link

Only shortlisted candidates shall be contacted due to the numerous applications.

Healthy Learners is an equal opportunity employer.

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