Communications Officer Career Jobs - Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI)

Job Title:         Communications Officer
Organisation: Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI)
Duty Station: Entebbe, Uganda
Reports to: Target Malaria Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator

About US:
Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) is one of the constituent research institutions under the Uganda National Health Research Organization (UNHRO). UVRI has a broad mission to carry out scientific investigations on communicable diseases of public health importance and to advise government on strategies for their control and prevention. UVRI is a collaborating partner in the Target Malaria consortium. Target Malaria is a not-for-profit research consortium that wants to contribute to saving millions of lives from malaria. This project started a decade ago with a funding from the Grand Challenges in Global Health initiative and is now funded through a program of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Communication Advice:
  • Coordinate the implementation of the communication plan with Target Malaria project teams in Uganda;
  • Guide the project team on the strategy of engagement and communication with stakeholders;
  • Provide communication options for the different phases of the project depending on the overall strategy and resources available;
Internal Communication Tools:
  • Collect and archive project documentation to promote the project results and impacts; o Document the project implementation process;
  • Provide information for the regular updating of the project website;
  • Assist the team during communication crises;
  • Support stakeholders’ engagement teams in the preparation of briefings for meetings;
External Communication Tools:
  • Position the Target Malaria project to stakeholders with the necessary tools such as printed, audio-visual and other relevant materials;
  • Carry out communications products and materials or coordinate their realization with subcontractors;
  • Actively promote communication by helping the development of appropriate methods of social, cultural, and scientific dialog
  • Work in close coordination with the other consortium members to write press releases;
  • Develop and manage the budget for communications operations following the project guidelines;
  • Support the local team in the organization of exhibitions, information dissemination activities and other public relations events, based on the strategy developed;
  • Actively promote existing communication tools (e.g. website, etc.);
Management of social media and networks:
  • Build and manage the relationship with the national and local press in coordination with the global communication manager of Target Malaria;
  • Identify and maintain a working relationship with various media at national and local level;
  • Actively participate in the design of the media strategy in Uganda and implement it;
Capacity Building:
  • Work in liaison with the communications team of Target Malaria based in London, organize training and other activities necessary to improve the capacity of the Uganda team communication;
  • Support teams during preparations for outdoor events or interviews with the press;
  • Work closely with the global communications team of Target Malaria, coordinate training for media partners;

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant should hold a Degree-level education
  • At least three years of professional experience in the field of communication.
  • Previous experience and knowledge of radio, video, print and web production
  • Prior experience with traditional and social media, preparing press releases, and organizing media campaigns;    
  • Previous exposure and experience in managing external suppliers, consultants and creative process (in collaboration with designers, photographers, etc),
  • Previous experience in capacity building is an asset
  • Experience in communication for the development
  • Ability to work collaboratively and productively with colleagues, external consultants, and multiple stakeholders within complex management matrices in different geographical locations;
  • High level of interpersonal and influencing skills;
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills;
  • Highly proficient in major computer software; including ability to prepare PowerPoint presentations;
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills, with the ability to produce effective communications for variety of audiences;
  • Proven ability to prioritize multiple work streams and meet tight deadlines;
  • Flexible approach to deliver work plans and revise as appropriate to meet changing needs and requirements;
  • Proficiency in written and oral English, written and spoken French is an added advantage; 
How to Apply: 
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send their applications with the following: an updated C.V., detailed, with names and contacts (e-mail and phone) of two work-related referees, and certified true by the candidate: with copies of academic certificates, and transcripts. The interested candidates should submit their applications in a sealed envelope marked: “Communication Officer” to:

The Director,
Uganda Virus Research Institute,
P.O. Box 49, Entebbe. Uganda

Email to: directoruvri® (make sure to put Target Malaria in the subject tine)

OR Hand-deliver to his office at Plot 51-59, Nakiwogo Road, Entebbe.

Deadline: 22nd August, 2016 by 5:00PM

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