29 May 2017

Communication Specialist US Non-profit Careers - ACDI/VOCA

Job Title:         Communication Specialist
Organisation: ACDI/VOCA
Duty Station: Uganda

About US:
ACDI/VOCA is an international non-profit development organization which is based in Washington, D.C in the United States and was founded in 1963. It that delivers technical and management assistance in agribusiness, financial services, enterprise development, community development and food security in order to promote broad-based economic growth and vibrant civil society. ACDI/VOCA currently has approximately 49 projects in 30 countries and total revenues of $151 million.

About USAID Program:
ACDI/VOCA is seeking to implement an anticipated Emergency Food Security Program in Uganda funded by USAID. The EFS Program will address the ongoing refugee crises in Uganda’s West Nile and will provide food security relief to the refugee and host communities. The immediate interventions are rooted in the program objectives to combat malnutrition and launch coping strategies through efficient management of natural resources and social inclusion. The EFS Program is anticipated to start in August, 2017 with the term of 18 months.

Job Summary: The Communication Specialist will formulate a communication strategy that outlines the program activities and will play a critical role in delivering clear, concise and powerful message of support to the host and refugee communities. In close collaboration with the team, the Communication Specialist will highlight success in programing, lessons learned, and opportunities for collaboration within West Nile aid community. The position is based in Arua, Uganda.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
  • Oversee the design, development and implementation of the program’s communications strategy that utilizes various media including online platforms, a monitoring and evaluation portal for USAID, social media, and mobile apps, as appropriate
  • The jobholder will communicate project activities, success stories and results to USAID/Uganda, stakeholders and donor community thorough project newsletters and other outreach methods and tools
  • Tasked with the design and development of communication materials, and supervise the production
  • Manage the design and implementation knowledge and sharing platform within the team and across the aid community
  • Guide the Chief of Party on strategic communication approaches to highlight the success of the program
  • Network and collaborate with other communications specialist within the region to enhance positive visibility of the project, the team, and ACDI/VOCA

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the USAID Communication Specialist job opportunity should hold a Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, liberal arts, humanitarian affairs, international development, political science or related field required, advanced degree preferred
  • At least five years of relevant work experience, preferably in emergency and humanitarian response environments
  • Excellent writing, reporting, and oral communication skills (ability to provide an original writing sample required)
  • Advanced graphic design (preferably Adobe InDesign) and web editing skill preferred
  • Proficient in video editing desired
  • Regional experience East Africa required
  • Fluency in English required

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates who desire to work in the USAID Project should apply online at the link below.


Deadline: 20th June 2017

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