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:
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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Ability to work collaboratively and
    productively with colleagues, external consultants, and multiple
    stakeholders within complex management matrices in different geographical
  • High level of interpersonal and influencing
  • 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: 
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:
Virus Research Institute,
Box 49, Entebbe. Uganda
Email to: directoruvri® (make sure to put Target
Malaria in the subject tine)
Hand-deliver to his office at Plot 51-59, Nakiwogo Road, Entebbe.
Deadline: 22nd August, 2016 by 5:00PM
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