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04 August 2016

Communication Officer Job Placement - USAID Strengthening Partnerships, Results and Innovations in Nutrition Globally Project (SPRING)

Job Title:       Communication Officer
Organisation: USAID Strengthening Partnerships, Results and Innovations in Nutrition Globally Project (SPRING)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Chief of Party

About USAID SPRING Project:
The Strengthening Partnerships, Results and Innovations in Nutrition Globally Project (SPRING) Project is a six-year cooperative agreement funded by USAID. SPRING’s overarching vision is to reduce under-nutrition, prevent stunting, and work with women and children in reducing anemia. By providing state-of-the-art technical support, SPRING aims to strengthen country efforts to scale up high-impact nutrition practices and policies to improve maternal and child nutrition outcomes. SPRING's experienced implementation team consists of experts from JSI Research and Training Institute, Inc., Helen Keller International, The International Food Policy Research Institute, Save the Children, and The Manoff Group. In Uganda, SPRING currently provides technical assistance to the Government of Uganda (GoU) in three areas: micronutrient powders, industrial food fortification, and anemia policy and programming at the national level and in Namutumba district.

Job Summary: The Communications Officer will work in liaison with the Knowledge Management (KM) team to provide coordination and support in strengthening the project’s communication efforts.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Becoming familiar with, and contributing to, SPRING/Uganda’s Communication Matrix, which lists communications channels for SPRING/Uganda’s work.
  • In charge of the development and dissemination of press releases to the local media houses.
  • In charge of the management of the journalists or Public Relations and Events Management firms
  • Writing and/or designing content to help position SPRING resources for inclusion in in-person and online forums. Writing for, and posting on, social media on behalf of SPRING/Uganda.
  • Work in close collaboration with SPRING corporate partners’ social media managers to ensure a mutually beneficial relationship in sharing project and other nutrition-related news. Creating content for formatted emails, such as “save-the-date” or “event reminder” emails; working with SPRING/Home Office to coordinate the sending and monitoring of these emails.
  • In charge of writing or assembling photo galleries, news items, and activity blurbs for the SPRING website.
  • In charge of communicating to the KM Team with efficiency and accuracy on any progress and/or delays
  • Providing additional communications support to SPRING as requested, which may include editing, formatting, or making resources 508-compliant.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicants for the USAID SPRING Project Communication Officer job placement must hold a University degree in communications or mass media or preferably someone with a journalistic background
  • At least three years’ experience working in communications, mass media or journalism.
  • Strong writing, editing, proofreading, formatting, and professional printing/publishing skills are essential, including ability to present concepts verbally.
  • The successful candidate will ideally have an interest in nutrition or the development sector and demonstrated skills in communications, with a special emphasis on writing.
  • Broad interest in, experience, and understanding of social media channels and tools.
  • Excellent written English skills required; experience writing for an American audience desirable.
  • Previous experience in creating and marketing publications and other communications products desirable like graphic design or photo editing software (Adobe Creative Suite products; GIMP Photo Editor; Ink Scape; etc.) is a plus.
  • Ability and desire to work independently and manage various projects in a team setting.
  • Knowledge of 508 compliance and accessibility requirements highly desirable.
  • Previous experience with USAID and/or other donor agencies highly desirable.
  • Prior exposure and experience in photography and Videography is an added advantage.

How to Apply: 
All applicants who wish to join the USAID Project are encouraged to send their application letters, copies of academic certificates and CV including three referees to the following address below. Please indicate the position you have applied for in the subject line of the email.

The Chief of Party
SPRING Project
Plot 36/37A Martyr’s Way Minister’s Village, Ntinda
P.O. Box 40070, Kampala-Uganda

Email to:

Deadline: 5th August 2016

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