Communications Officer Job Opportunities – Economic Policy Research Centre (EPRC)

Job Title:       Communications
Organization: Economic
Policy Research Centre (EPRC)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to: Programmes
About US:
The Economic Policy
Research Centre (EPRC) is Uganda’s leading independent policy think tank with
an economics focus. Its mandate is to provide policy oriented research and
other forms of analytical support to inform policy processes in Uganda. The
Centre has repositioned itself as a Go-To Policy Think Tank within the wider
East Africa region. EPRC uses resources from Government of Uganda and Think
Tank Initiative (TTI) under the International Development Research Centre
Job Summary:   The Communications
Officer will support and assist in management of strategic communications
including the primary responsibility of media, website and social media management
for the Economic Policy Research Centre. The incumbent will assist the Programmes
Manager and other Senior Managers in managing relationships with other key
stakeholders including the research community, government, private sector
academia key stakeholders and staff.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Communications and Public Relations Strategy Development: Assist in
    development and implementation of EPRC’s Strategic Communications Strategy
    and participate in maintaining the Centre’s visibility and reputation by
    serving as a point of contact for key stakeholders where appropriate;
  • Media Networks and Relationships: Establish and maintain good networks of media personnel and
  • Assist with developing media content such as drafting media
    advisories, press releases; and pitching among others
  • Media Management and Monitoring: Assist in identifying and securing placement of news stories,
    opinion articles, press releases and advertorial for the Centre in
    relevant media and daily monitoring of the EPRC mentions in the media (
    print, online and broadcast) and advise Programmes Manager of any key
    trends and actions
  • Branding and Communications: Assist in preparation and supervision
    of the production of publicity and promotional materials while ensuring
    compliance to the EPRC brand and standards as provided in the Brand manual
  • Website Management:
    Work closely with the Programmes Manager and the ICT team to ensure that
    the EPRC website(s)are informative, user friendly and interactive
  • Print, Graphics and Audio-visual Design and Management: Support the
    Programmes Manager in conceptualizing and designing digital and print
    collateral to include minor revisions and major design initiatives such as
    Logos, social media graphics and banners, infographics, icons, publicity
    materials e.t.c;
  • Work   closely with the
    Programmes Manager and the Knowledge Management Specialist to ensure that
    all publications (print and electronic) are well designed, properly
    edited, repackaged and disseminated in formats that are client user
Online and Social
media Presence:
  • Manage and update EPRC’s social and digital media channels on
    Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and others as need arises
  • Develop high-impact social media content, (including graphics,
    photos, short videos and other multimedia formats) that showcase EPRC
    products and services; and effectively inform and engage both internal and
    external audiences;
Contribute to drafting
departmental work plans, budgets for specific dissemination events and
campaigns/activities and preparation of Information Management and
Dissemination (IMD) monthly, quarterly and annual reporting activities

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant must hold a University degree in either public
    relations, journalism or similar discipline from a recognized university
  • At least three years of relevant working experience in a similar
    role(s) with demonstrated outcomes; working knowledge and understanding of
    the Ugandan media industry and an extensive contact of networks;
  • Sound understanding of content development and management within
    either government, think-tanks, and/or research organizations;
  • Experience in implementing new media strategies and an understanding
    of the Information technology requirements of these strategies;
  • Familiarity and Knowledge of the think tank or research environment;
  • Competent use of Microsoft Office programs including Microsoft Word,
    Excel and Power Point is essential.
  • Knowledge and experience using Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Adobe
    Creative Suite, Flickr, MailChimp and Prezi
  • Ability to independently format and edit video will be an added
  • Professionalism – Familiarity with communications and public
    relations operations and objectives. Ability to work under pressure,
    independently and with limited supervision and be accountable for the
    professional application of duties and when on or off-site
  • Teamwork – Strong interpersonal skills and ability to establish and
    maintain effective partnerships and working relations with people in a
    multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for
    diversity. Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational
  • Communication — Fluent written and spoken English; excellent
    communication (strong verbal, written and presentation) skills, including
    the ability to convey complex technical concepts both orally and in
    writing, in a clear, concise style.
  • Confidentiality — Confidentiality of information maintained
    regarding QAL and staff

How to Apply:
All candidates are
encouraged to send an application letter, accompanied by a detailed curriculum
vitae (CV); names and addresses of three (3) referees (at least one of whom
must be a current/former employer), and copies of academic documents should be
sent to the email address:
NB: Only
shortlisted candidates shall be contacted. Late applications will not be
Applicants must indicate clearly in the
subject heading of both email and their application letter which position they
are applying for.
Deadline: 7th December 2018 by 4:00pm
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