Program Associate Communications and Branding CSO Job Careers - Uganda Youth Network (UYONET)

Organisation: Uganda Youth Network (UYONET)
Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Programme Manager Communications, Advocacy and Branding

About Us:
The Uganda Youth Network (UYONET) is a regional focused leading umbrella Youth CSO Network that works to mainstream young peoples’ engagement in development and governance processes in East Africa and beyond. UYONET was started in 2002 to respond to the increasing demand for a collective platform for research, training and policy advocacy for young people by young people. With a membership of 31 district networks constituted by over 147 youth organizations, UYONET has continued to be the apex of youth programming and designing appropriate interventions that respond to the needs of the youth across the region.

Job Summary: The Program Associate Communications and Branding role will focus on the implementation of our strategy and ensure that in the next three years, UYONET is
  • Positioned as a leading and respected leader on youth issues in Uganda and beyond.
  • At the fore-fronting on advocating for emerging youth issues and creating an enabling environment for youth CSOs
  • UYONET member organisations are mobilised to build a stronger youth movement.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:
National Level Engagement and advocacy 50%    
  • Deliver national level events and activities against our advocacy strategy
  • Attend relevant policy events for intel gathering and learning, capture key points and share these systematically with colleagues / partners as relevant.
  • Represent the organisation at the National policy events
  • Advising on the development of relevant policy materials to support our representation and influencing at events.
  • Represent the organisation at relevant National meetings with the government Line Ministries and departments as directed by the Executive Director
  • Represent the organisation at relevant National meetings with the donors, Implementing Partners, Project Coordinating Committee Meeting etc as directed by the executive Director
Management of website and social media (20%):
  • Review current website content and structure
  • Implement new structure and content plan based on website review
  • Provide content for online social networking (Twitter and Facebook and website presence for these networks, ensuring input from members in this.
Partnerships/networks opportunities and management 10% 
  • Lead on all engagements with our member organisations
  • Initiate and develop partnerships and networks for the member organisation to promote their work and investment opportunities
  • Support our participation and involvement in priority networks and coalitions
  • Support members in developing Strategic Proposals that will directly help them grow as members.
Marketing and communication materials: 10%
  • Lead on fundraising/donor events and activities to raise the profile of the organisation, including building media partnerships to showcase our work
  • Develop communications materials including the quarterly newsletter and annual report in collaboration with Monitoring and Learning Manager
  • Lead on coordination of the Radio Shows as well as be Lead Presenter for the shows
  • Develop communications materials including the quarterly newsletter and annual report
  • Contribute to internal communication and feedback systems so that communications and learning informs programme planning and implementation
  • In conjunction with the M&E unit, liaise with colleagues in the programmes units to collect stories, case studies and photos to capture our programme results and learning.
Branding and Visibility (10%)
  • Ensure UYONET is visible in all events at all levels.
  • Lead on the design and branding of key internal and external resources, including donor reports, policy briefs, posters etc.
  • Support the team in being the ‘brand guardians’ for UYONET, ensuring that all new staff are inducted on the brand guidelines and all materials being produced adhere to them.
  • Give training and advice to colleagues across UYONET to increase their capacity for design and digital marketing.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant must hold a Bachelor’s Degree in communications, marketing-related and/or development-related areas
  • Four years of marketing/communications experience
  • Experience in CMS, Adobe Suite and CRM systems
  • Demonstrable experience of translating complex information into compelling stories
  • Proven track record of developing and implementing innovative and effective strategic marketing and communication strategies
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience of networking, influencing and building effective relationships within a complex organisation
  • Strong time management skills with the ability to prioritise, meet deadlines and effectively manage competing demands
  • Experience in creating and implementing project plans
  • Ability to work flexibly as part of a wider team and autonomously on individual projects
  • The successful individual will have the interpersonal skills necessary to establish effective working relationships with staff with varying levels of communication, Investment and partnership experience.
  • The successful candidate will enjoy working in a multi-cultural environment as part of a rapidly growing and developing agency, and be personally committed to UYONET mission and values.

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send their updated CVs and cover letters via Email to with the job title in the subject line.

Deadline: 29th January 2018

NB: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. If you do not hear from us by 31st March consider yourself unsuccessful.

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