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Organisation: African Initiatives for Relief and Development (AIRD)
Funding Source: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Country Director

About US:
African Initiatives for Relief and Development (AIRD) is a non-governmental, non-political, non-religious and non-profit making organization with the main aim of protecting and seeking durable solutions for Refugees and IDPs in Africa in partnership with UNHCR, the UN refugee agency.

Job Summary: The Communication Officer is responsible for implementation and continual development of the communication strategy for efficient external and internal communication in support of the advocacy and campaigning activities of AIRD. The Communications Officer is overall responsible for ensuring high quality AIRD publications, including fact sheets, presentation, working papers, position papers, updates, statements and press releases.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
  • Prepare and submit all reports for donors
  • Write new proposals, newsletter, and all other reports as requested from Head Office
  • Perform social media community management duties
  • Develop the communication strategy and development
  • Ensure communication strategy is consistent and reflects the organization’s strategic vision
  • Work closely with media outlets to publish brochures, and other materials as program requires and authorizes
  • Ensure consistent framing of messages (Branding and Merchandising)
  • Refine core messaging to ensure organizational consistency in all aspects of communication including development, organizing and education
  • Document presence of AIRD at events, conferences, and speaking engagements (i.e. World Refugee Day)
  • Edit and revise content as necessary
  • Improve website content, social media, annual reports, and newsletters
  • Work closely with members and other stakeholders on campaign and advocacy related issues
  • Ensure the maintenance and optimization of Head Office IT systems to enhance communications
  • Attend field visits to AIRD’s areas of operation

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:  
  • The applicant must hold certification in communications or in a related field
  • At least two years’ experience in publication
  • Previous experience working with international development partners, international nongovernmental organization (INGOs) and donors (in particular UNHCR experience) is an asset
  • Proficiency to use MS Office suite of applications and other IT systems
  • Ability to write clearly articulate reports and correspondence
  • Excellent analytical, communication and problem solving skills is necessary along with capacity to identify and articulate potential problems and provide possible solutions in concise and clear manner
  • Proficiency in English and/or French 
Personal Characteristics: The Communication Officer should demonstrate competence in some or all of the following:
  • Behave Ethically: Understand ethical behavior and practices, and ensure that own behavior and the behavior of others is consistent with these standards and aligns with the values of the organization
  • Build Relationships: Establish and maintain positive working relationships with others, both internally and externally, to achieve the goals of the organization
  • Communicate Effectively: Speak, listen and write in a clear, thorough and timely manner using appropriate and effective communication tools and techniques
  • Creativity/Innovation: Develop new and unique ways to improve operations of the organization and to create new opportunities
  • Focus on Donor Needs: Anticipate, understand, and respond to the needs of internal and external donors to meet or exceed their expectations within the organizational parameters
  • Foster Teamwork: Work cooperatively and effectively with others to set goals, resolve problems, and make decisions that enhance organizational effectiveness
  • Lead: Positively influence others to achieve results that are in the best interest of the organization
  • Make Decisions: Assess situations to determine the importance, urgency and risks, and make clear decisions which are timely and in the best interests of the organization as authorized
  • Organize: Set priorities, develop a work schedule, monitor progress towards goals, and track details, data, information and activities
  • Solve Problems: Assess problem situations to identify causes, gather and process relevant information, generate possible solutions, and make recommendations and/or resolve the problem
  • Ability to work under hardship environment and with minimum supervision
  • Willingness to travel as necessary, work the required schedule, work at different locations as required 
How to Apply:  
All suitably qualified and interested candidates must send an application letter stating qualifications and experience, and their suitability for the position, together with latest updated C.V. by email to hr@airdinternational.org

Deadline: 23rd July, 2016

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