Senior Advocacy and Communication Officer NGO Jobs – Uganda Network on Law Ethics and HIV/AIDS (UGANET)

Organisation: Uganda Network on Law Ethics and HIV/AIDS
Duty Station:  Kampala,
About US:
Network on Law Ethics and HIV/AIDS (UGANET) is national non- governmental
organization that was established in 1995 to bring together organizations and
individuals who are interested in advocating for the development and
strengthening of an appropriate policy, legal, human rights and ethical
response to Health and HIV/AIDS in Uganda.
Job Summary: The Senior Advocacy and Communication Officer will
provide programme leadership under the Research, Advocacy and Policy influencing
strategic pillar. The incumbent will be actively engage in high level Advocacy;
Communication; Research; Documentation/reporting; and media engagement roles in
equal measure.  This involves generating
evidence for advocacy and communication messaging through research, providing
leadership on institutional documentation and networking through routine
multimedia engagements; website updates; and capacity enhancement for strategic
documentation/reporting and publicity. This is a senior management position
where you shall be expected to provide exemplary and effective leadership of
the Advocacy Program in close collaboration with other Heads of Departments and
overall Head of Programs.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
1. Advocacy Roles:
  • Research:
    • Carry out regular environmental scan
      for evidence based advocacy; on emerging human rights issues, at
      district; national and global levels.
    • Brief findings will be evaluated and
      positions taken raise visibility of through several advocacy for a
      targeting strategic partners such as donors; policy/decision markers
      among others.
  • Partner mapping and engagement:
    • Build on and further UGANET advocacy
      strength by networking with other organizations, leading the HIV law
      Coalition and participating actively in other coalition or consortium to
      which UGANET is a member at national, regional and global levels.
    • Represent UGANET in advocacy
      meetings organized by partners, coalitions in which UGANET is a member or
      has special interest.
    • Update the partner’s data base and
      categorize partners based on strategic collaborations and contexts.
  • Fundraising: Ensure UGANET’s Advocacy program
    develops fundable proposals to contribute to the enhancement of UGANET’s
    advocacy and communication budget.
  • Marketing institutional best practices and Ideals: Write
    and Publish media articles and advocacy papers in different media in
    regard to the law, policy and human rights in relation to marginalized
    groups: prisoners; children, PLHIV, persons with disabilities, Palliative
    care patients; widows; vulnerable children and other vulnerable groups;
    with a view of influencing the public for solidarity is demanding for
    change especially in the context of health, HIV and gender.
  • Quality documentation for meaningful engagement with donors and
    high level partners:
    • Oversee the quality assurance in
      different kinds of materials and reports to strengthen UGANET profile at
      high levels.
    • Develop timely and quality work
      plans and reports in line with UGANET and donor formats.
    • Build the capacity of staff in
      quality data collection and documentation for impactful generation of
      progress reports for annual publications and sharing with partners.
2. Communication and
Documentation Roles:
  • Media Engagement:
    • Influence print; electronic and
      social media to raise UGANET publicity on different fronts in a cost
      effective manner.
    • Lead on all organizational effort to
      share, speak out and effectively communicate agreed upon positions and
      ideals to the public, partners and other stakeholders in line with
      UGANET’s thematic areas; in a consistent; professional and frequent
    • Steer the design of Protocols for
      TV; radio and other media engagements in collaboration with the Heads of
      Program; ED and other staffs.
    • Represent UGANET in the media or
      other advocacy programs as may be requested.
  • Public Relations Management:
    • Work in consultation with Executive
      Director as a focal office leading on Website and strategic
      publicity/visibility management.
    • Regularly update the Website and
      ensure that it’s an effective organization’s communication tool.
    • Work towards promoting UGANET’s
      visibility through all forms media and including social media and the
    • Take lead and develop strategies of
      actively engaging/informing the public on key areas of UGANET‘s concern
      and interest.
    • Take lead in managing and keeping
      functional organizational pages – Facebook, Twitter and Blog.
  • Planning; Implementation and reporting on departmental work in
    timely manner:
    • Oversee the planning,
      implementation and quality reporting on advocacy and communication
    • Study reports from district based
      legal services and collaborate with the LPO’s and SLO in  writing detailed, expressive success
      stories to make sure that there is proper documentation and information
      sharing amongst UGANET and its partners.
    • Develop Human rights messages,
      content to be shared through brochures, fliers, annual reports and
      newsletters and other creative means that will make/ earn UGANET a strong
      public sphere presence. Guide UGANET on modern reporting etiquettes-using
      the latest applications that are user-friendly.
  • Communication and public relations Policy and guidelines:
    • Guide on cost effective
      communication and advocacy policies or and guidelines; including review
      of the available policies and guidelines.
    • Act as the custodian of
      communication and advocacy tools/materials.
    • Maintain and update a comprehensive
      electronic and hard copy files of reports, publications and documented
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate should preferably hold a Degree
    in mass communication; journalism; human rights; law; Gender; social
    sciences and other humanities.
  • At least four to five years of
    post-qualification hands on experience in high level Advocacy and
    communication/media engagement for rights protection preferably with an
  • Possession of additional Skills in website
    management; designing communication materials; making documentaries;
    social media and Research will be an added advantage.
  • Excellent team ethic
  • Effective communication skills
  • Possess mutual Respect for other staff
    members and supervisor
  • High degree of honesty and integrity
  • Hard work and enthusiasm
  • High degree of innovativeness
How to Apply: 
suitably qualified and interested candidates are encouraged to send their applications,
Curriculum Vitae  with copies of academic
documents and evidence of additional skills via email to or hand deliver to Plot 19 Valley Road, Ministers
Village,  Ntinda. P. O. Box 70269,
Kampala, Uganda.
Deadline: Thursday, 28th January 2016 by 5.00pm.

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