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What is the role of a Stakeholder Engagement and Communications Officer in Ghana? 

Posted 9th May 2024 by Divine Sewornu Dzokoto

Community Engagement in Ghana, Abutia Amegame

In the ever-evolving contemporary landscape of communication, the role of a Communications and Stakeholder Engagement Officer holds significant importance, especially in countries like Ghana, where diverse communities and stakeholders actively shape the socio-economic environment.  

Drawing from extensive experience in the field, I would like to shed some light on the intricate nature of my work. The aim is to draw the attention of the world to the existing problem of malaria and to inspire individuals contemplating a career in communications and stakeholder engagement. 

Community Engagement in Ghana, Abutia Amegame
Community Engagement in Ghana, Abutia Amegame

The position of Communications and Stakeholder Engagement Officer with Target Malaria demands a distinguished skill set, encompassing effective communication, adept relationship-building, and cultural sensitivity. It is essential to underscore the critical role of bridging the gap between projects and their stakeholders, to foster mutual understanding and collaboration. At Target Malaria Ghana, stakeholder engagement efforts span from the local village level to the national level, these efforts involve the creation of compelling narratives and management of public relations, to ensure that the organisation’s message resonates with a diverse range of audiences. 

I am enthused by the positive impact that my work enables within our project communities. A significant part of my role involves direct engagement with project community members and officials at various levels, from the districts to the national stage. Whether participating in local events, town hall meetings, or on-the-ground assessments, I dedicate a substantial amount of my time to understanding the pulse of various stakeholders. 

Community Engagement in Ghana, Abutia Amegame

For aspiring professionals venturing into this field, I will advise that one must cultivate a genuine interest in people and their stories.  I encourage aspiring individuals to be inquisitive and curious, embrace diversity, and continuously refine their communication and engagement skills. 

Being a Communications and Stakeholder Engagement Officer in Ghana transcends the realm of a mere profession; it represents a commitment to fostering connections and facilitating understanding of project objectives and progress. My journey can be a source of inspiration for those embarking on a similar path. In a world where communication dynamics continue to evolve, and swiftly, so professionals like me play an increasingly essential role in bridging the gap between research organizations and the communities we serve.