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Job Title:        Communications Officer
Organisation: Plan International
Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Communication Manager

About US:
Plan International was founded over 75 years ago and is one of the oldest and largest children’s development organizations (non-profit / INGOs) in the world. We work in 50 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas to promote child rights and lift millions of children out of poverty. Plan’s vision is of a world in which all children realize their full potential in societies that respect people’s rights and dignity. Plan is independent, with no religious, political or governmental affiliations.

Job Summary: The Communications Officer will support Plan International Uganda to increase its visibility, reach and engagement, using relevant content to communicate with internal and external audiences and partners to enhance its business development strategy and increase its programme portfolio. With a strong digital skillset, the Communications Officer supports implementation of the communications strategy across a range of media channels (including social media), telling a compelling story of our offer and the impact of our work across the programme portfolio, raising the profile and strengthening brand visibility to existing and new audiences in Uganda and beyond. The job holder demonstrates an understanding of Uganda’s operating context, the organisation’s aims, stakeholders and target audiences.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Develop and Disseminate Communications Products, strategies and guidelines
  • Designs, manages, and facilitates the implementation of communications strategy
  • Coordinates and produces quality publications to profile Plan International Uganda interventions and impact.
  • Develops and implement plan(s) of action and activities for strategic communication and promotion
Programme visibility, branding and messaging
  • Works with programme teams and partners to develop, pre-test and roll out communications materials (such as documentaries, posters, flyers and brochures) for awareness creation and education.
  • Coordinates the design, development and roll out of the campaign and project materials (such as documentaries, posters, flyers and brochures) by working closely with service providers and the procurement team.
  • Takes lead in the dissemination of the publications such as research findings, policy statements and reports through utilising strategic meetings and events d in the dissemination of the publications such as research findings, policy statements and reports through utilising strategic meetings and events
Advocacy and public event planning and management
  • Takes leadership in planning and organising public events and outreaches meetings in line with the Plan International Uganda strategic priorities.
  • Builds the technical capacity of staff and partners in order to carry out effective documentation and communication, as well as dissemination for advocacy campaigning and learning.
  • Participates in project assessments and designs to ensure integration of documentation and communication as well as dissemination strategies.
  • Enhanced documentation of programmes (e.g. through promising practices, best practices and most significant change stories)
  • Supports programme and field teams in integrating documentation and communication to effectively draw lessons and change stories in line with the strategy
  • Coordinates the processes of identifying , documentation and dissemination of most significant change stories and promising and best practices using a multi-media platform
  • Compiles quarterly reports and bi-annual magazines/ newsletters highlighting the programme progress and share them with stakeholders and donors
  • Develops and enhances strong partnerships with community groups, leaders and other partners in the community and civil society for promotion of participation in social and behavioural changes supportive of programme goals
  • Makes monthly progress reports to line manager.
Media and publicity messaging
  • Builds linkages/partnerships with media companies to promote ongoing conversation about child well-being at national level and in the districts.
  • Designs and packages key audio and visual messages and ensure placements in different media houses
  • Supports programme managers to commission high quality and creative photography and videography which captures the essence and impact of our work.
  • Works with the media partners to promote the Plan International Uganda agenda and specifically target policy makers through strategic and cost effective communications approached
  • Participates in strategic networks including Ministry levels, to promote the Plan International Uganda profile
  • Participates in promoting Plan International Uganda’s visibility on existing Plan International Platforms (such as Planet and Media Bank ) and approved social media sites
  • Build capacity of staff in communications and media relations.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The applicant for the Plan International Communications Officer job opportunity must hold a Bachelor degree required with preference in mass communications, journalism, community development, or related fields.
  • Five years’ experience in similar role, preferably with Non-Governmental Organisations.
  • Experience with still photography, videography, and story writing style of communication
  • Excellent communication and public relations skills with strong English language capability (written and oral) and ability to clearly communicate complex ideas and principles
  • Experience with personal computing, email and general office productivity software like Adobe Creative Suite
  • Experience hosting or working with donors preferred

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified candidates should send their letters of application, together with updated CVs, contact telephone numbers, copies of relevant certificates, names and contact details of three references plus salary history and send to:

The Country Human Resources and Organizational Development Manager,
Plan Uganda

Email to:

Deadline: 13th April 2018

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