25 April 2017

Communications Officer Youth SEECs Non-profit Jobs - Aga Khan Foundation (AKF)

Organization: Aga Khan Foundation (AKF)
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: Regional Communications Manager

About US:
The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) is a private, non-denominational international development agency of the Aga Khan Development Network promoting creative and effective solutions to selected problems that impede social and economic development in parts of Africa and Asia. In Uganda, AKF is managing a robust and expanding portfolio of multi-sectorial initiatives that includes programmes in education, early childhood development, sustainable economic development and civil society strengthening.  Aga Khan Foundation is implementing the ‘Promoting Youth Social and Economic Empowerment through Civil Society and Local Authorities (Youth SEECs) Project.’

Job Summary: The Communications Officer, Youth Social and Economic Empowerment through Civil Society and Local Authorities (Youth SEECs) will have the primary responsibility for planning, developing, and implementing communication strategies; 'Promoting Youth Social and Economic Empowerment through Civil Society and Local Authorities (Youth SEECs)' project. The incumbent will also be responsible for developing and maintaining partnerships with other relevant organisations, media outlets, government and other AKDN agencies. The Communications Officer will work closely with all AKF programme officers and maintain close interaction with the Partnerships Manager and Country Office staff.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
  • Oversee project communications for awareness and influence by ensuring that relevant project communications materials such as brochures, learning briefs, success and human interest stories, factsheets, and info graphics are developed and disseminated on time to the target audiences through relevant channels.
  • Build and maintain relationships with media outlets (print, electronic and web-based), including drafting press releases and organising media events, in Uganda to increase coverage of educational and youth empowerment issues.
  • Coordinate and monitor internal communications via a monthly newsletter and yearly internal communications audits.
  • Develop content for AKF East Africa (EA)'s platforms including the intranet, social media, and website.
  • Significantly contribute to the finalisation and production of high-quality project proposals, donor reports, media supplements, documentaries, audio clips, pictures, and other audio-visual communication materials.
  • Facilitate donor and partnership visits by developing visit schedules/brochures, profiles, background materials, briefs and information kits.
  • Organize special events and campaigns to promote strategic educational and youth empowerment activities.
  • Monitor, evaluate and document the impact of communication initiatives and materials on AKF (EA)'s reputation and reach.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The prospective employee should hold a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in communications, journalism, public relations or relevant field.
  • At least three years’ experience in producing a wide range of strategic communications materials with a reputable international NGO or in the corporate sector.
  • Exceptional English communications skills
  • Proven ability to produce high-quality reports, publications, presentations, documentaries and other communications materials.
  • Knowledge of languages spoken in Koboko is a plus.
  • Previous exposure and experience in mentoring and training staff in communications.
  • Advanced working knowledge of MS Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Publisher). Candidates with basic design and layout skills and adept in using Adobe Photoshop and PageMaker will have an added advantage.
  • Previous experience carrying out surveys, focus groups, and market research is desirable

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should submit a cover letter, CV (not exceeding four pages), one piece of written communication (e.g. blog, feature, op-ed, interest story) produced for the media or external use and the names and contact information of three referees addressed to Human Resource & Admin Manager, Aga Khan Foundation (Uganda) via e-mail to: akfuganda@akdn.org. Please mention the title of the position being applied for.

Deadline: 5th May 2017 by 5:00PM

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