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Community Engagement/ Communication Officer USAID Project Jobs - RTI International

Organisation: RTI International
Project Name: USAID Uganda School Health and Reading Program
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Deputy Chief of Party 

About RTI:
RTI International is one of the world’s leading research institutes, dedicated to improving the human condition by turning knowledge into practice. Our staff of more than 3,700 provides research and technical services to governments and businesses in more than 75 countries in the areas of health and pharmaceuticals, education and training, surveys and statistics, advanced technology, international development, economic and social policy, energy and the environment, and laboratory testing and chemical analysis.

About USAID Project:
RTI International is implementing the USAID Uganda School Health and Reading Program, a five-year, USAID program that aims to improve early grade reading outcomes for children in primary grades and develop sustainable health education systems that support national HIV/AIDS prevention efforts.

Job Summary: The Community Engagement/ Communication Officer will support raising awareness of the program’s objectives and work, generate public support and interest for its advocacy agenda and increase visibility of project work.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Popularize the teaching of early grade reading in local language and English among various publics including opinion leaders, government officials, parents and communities, the media.
  • Advise program staff on communication issues including approaches, consistency of language and content of publications, presentations and press releases.
  • Manage the content and various sections of the SHRP project website and publicity materials.
  • Undertake the generation of messages for public consumption through program success stories, talking points for national and international events, press releases, reports, fact sheets, newsletters, Power Point presentations, and others.
  • Provide the overall communications support for the project and translate the project goals and vision into useful and powerful messages that will speak to children, parents, teachers, educational and other leaders and Ugandans in general about improving early grade reading in local language and English.
  • Provide oversight for the development and implementation of special campaigns related to the program goals.
  • Develop SHRP communications work plans and budget. This will include the development of a calendar of events that targets strategic groups, organizations and the media.
  • Represent RTI-SHRP at district, national and international meetings and forums, to advocate for the use of early grade reading and health data, present results and facilitate exchange between partners.
  • Edit reports, proposals and other articles targeting various public forums for clarity, accuracy of message and readability, ease of comprehension and consistency with the organisation’s communication policy.
  • Coordinate the production of periodic success stories, newsletters, reports and posting of weblogs.
  • Guide the program on relevant current news that affect or are of interest to the program.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate for the USAID Project Community Engagement/ Communication Officer career opportunity must hold a Master’s degree in Communication, Public Relations, Journalism, or related field
  • Three years’ work experience in the development sector or Bachelor’s degree in Communication, Journalism, Social Work or related field
  • Six years of relevant experience in communication in the development sector.
  • Familiarity with communication approaches for planning, executing, and monitoring communication strategies;
  • Previous experience in conducting communication campaigns and capacity building efforts in Uganda;
  • Competency in information systems skills, particularly in publications software;
  • Experience working on a USAID-funded or other donor project pertaining to technical and organization capacity development.
  • Excellent writing and speaking skills in English at a minimum. A high level of proficiency in a Ugandan language is an added advantage.
  • Computer skills, with expertise in PowerPoint, Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Ability to work with social media to provide good photography and videography.
  • Excellent time management and ability to prioritize multiple tasks.
  • Exposure to the donor’s report requirements.
  • Ability to regularly and flexibly travel between districts and designated project Units.

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified candidates who desire to work for the USAID RTI Project should submit their updated CVs including three work related referees and cover letter to: The Human Resource Manager by e-mail to hrapplications@shrp.rti.org. Emails should not exceed 2MB.

Deadline: 8th February 2018

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