15 years as a communications specialist with experience in communications, advocacy, knowledge management, media engagement and partnerships. Experience in the United Nations system at national, regional and global levels. Proven track-record producing publications, campaigns and films for multiple information platforms. 

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RELEVANT EXPERIENCE

Strategic Planning

Provided strategic direction and oversight on the development, implementation and management of:

  •  United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) HIV and Health communications strategy (2015-2016);
  •  Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) communications and advocacy strategy for Eastern and Southern Africa (2008 – 2010; 2010 – 2012);
  •  Advocacy agenda and high-level engagement for the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy on HIV and AIDS in Africa (2007-2008);
  •  Communications strategy for the Alliance of Mayors and Municipal Leaders on HIV/AIDS in Africa (2001 – 2005).

Communications and Advocacy

Conceptualized and produced publications, films and campaigns for a variety of audiences across multiple platforms, including online environments, galleries, print, broadcast and social media covering a range of thematic areas including:

  •  Gender (specifically women, girls and transgender people)
  •  Crisis affected environments
  •  Censorship
  •  HIV
  •  Human rights.

Knowledge Management

Oversaw the planning and management of an international Community of Practice on HIV and Health

  •  Devised and implemented the knowledge management strategy for the Community of Practice;
  •  Facilitated knowledge sharing among the network members;
  •  Developed, maintained and organized publications, events and knowledge resources on various platforms.

Media Relations

Managed media relations and engagement;

  •  Proposed stories, drafted op-eds, organized press conferences and press trips, produced media materials;
  •  Developed curriculum and taught a graduate level class on Aesthetic Journalism (RISD);
  •  Co-convened a regional Editors forum on the HIV epidemic and media engagement.

Partnerships

Developed and nurtured key strategic partnerships with a wide range of sectors including regional economic bodies; regional Parliamentary fora, national and local government, civil society, private sector, press corps and media organisations. Working collaboratively on:

  •  Policy reviews and amendments;
  •  Declarations of commitment;
  •  HIV related advocacy campaigns andproducts.  

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CAREER CHRONOLOGY

UNDP, USA & remotely from Uganda. Consultant, Communications & Knowledge Management Specialist  (2015 - 2017)

UNEP, Uganda. Consultant, Green Growth Strategy (2014)

RhodeIsland School of Design (RISD), USA. Lecturer, Aesthetic Journalism (2014)

UNAIDS, South Africa. Regional Advocacy and Communications Officer  (2008 – 2012). Special Adviser to the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy on AIDS in Africa (2007-2008)

UNAIDS, Switzerland. Executive Officer to the Executive Director (2005 – 2007)

UNDP/Alliance of Mayors and Municipal Leaders on HIV/AIDS in Africa, Namibia and Switzerland. Communications Officer (2001 – 2005)

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EDUCATION 

Masters of Fine Arts, 2014, Rhode Island School of Design


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