Communications Manager Employment Placement – SolarNow

Job Title:        Communications Manager  
Organisation: SolarNow
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Marketing Director 
About US:

SolarNow is a distribution and finance company that sells high quality solar product and appliances to households and businesses in Uganda. The company started in 2011 and has since opened 36 branches throughout Uganda, employs around 250 people. Expansion into other countries is planned for 2016.

Job Summary:  The
Communications Manager will be mainly responsible for maintaining and promoting
the SolarNow brand and communications internally and externally.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Written and oral
  • Write,
    edit and produce press materials (press releases, fact sheets, statements,
    news features, etc.,) as appropriate.
  • Responsible
    for the content and production of a bi-monthly external digital newsletter
    to investors and interested parties
  • Assist
    with internal communications (e.g. renew product launches)
  • In
    charge of maintaining and updating branding guidelines and ensuring brand
    standards are adhered to and integrated into media products
Public Relations,
Research and Relationship Building:
  • Proactively
    pursue Public Relations activities
  • Be the
    face of SolarNow at events and conferences as required, particularly with
    corporate clients
  • Carry
    out regular media monitoring, particularly of competitors and solar energy
  • Work
    in liaison with branches and media outlets regarding SolarNow’s media
    presence (eg. radio)
Digital channels
maintenance and development:
  • Inform
    website design. Execute website maintenance and continual improvement
  • Social
    Media and SMS strategy development and execution (Facebook, LinkedIn,
    Twitter accounts)
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    applicant must have at least five years’ experience in communications;
  • Computer
    and IT skills (including use of Microsoft office, the internet and bonus
    if you are able to maintain websites)
  • Proven
    ability to work with Uganda media, including local, national and regional
    media across print, radio and online, including relationships with editors
    and reporters
  • Ability
    to draft press releases, statements, opinion pieces, newsletter articles
    and press materials
  • Traditional
    and social media monitoring and communications skills;
  • Comfort
    with being a spokesperson;
  • A
    passionate believer in our vision of transforming lives by providing
    sustainable energy solutions. It’s important to us that you really believe
    and embody who we are and what we are trying to achieve.
  • An experienced and creative
    – you have a proven ability to effectively
    communicate (informally and formally) to various audiences and a
    demonstrated capacity to convey key messages using various communication
    means, both in written and verbal formats. You are able to inject
    creativity into all that you do. Digital communication channels do not
    scare you. You love to influence in ways that others may not think of. You
    are often the person in an organisation that really challenges others to
    think big and to think differently.
  • A detail-oriented doer – you
    have a track record of getting things done and done well. You are
    organised, conscientious, proactive and execute to a fine level of detail.
  • A persuasive connector – you
    love meeting new people and making them an ambassador for what we are
    doing. You are able to stay linked to many networks and leverage them at
    the right time. You are an expert in connecting with different audiences
    in a genuine way.
  • Dedicated to self-improvement – You
    strive to be the best that you can be. You welcome constructive criticism
    and provide it freely to others.
How to Apply: 
suitably qualified and interested candidates are encouraged to send their
applications to the Human Resource Manager, SolarNow Uganda Services via
e-mail,, including their updated CVs (no other
Deadline: 17th August, 2016
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