Corporate Engagement and Communications Officer Job Opportunities – Uganda Biodiversity Fund (UBF)

Organisation: Uganda
Biodiversity Fund (UBF)
Duty Station: 
Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Program
About US:
The Uganda
Biodiversity Fund (UBF) is an independent Institution, ‘a Trust Fund’
established as a mechanism to provide sustainable financing for the
conservation of priority biodiversity and ecosystem services in Uganda. The
mission of UBF is: “to serve as a catalyst for mobilizing, managing and
channeling financial resources for biodiversity conservation and sustainable
use of natural resources in Uganda for the benefit of current and future
generations and the intrinsic value of nature”. UBF has been implementing
programmatic and management activities, and undertaking financial transactions
through 2017.
Job Summary:  The Corporate Engagement and Communications Officer
will have the responsibility for planning, developing and implementing
communication strategies to promote UBF’s mission. This hire will also be
responsible for developing partnerships with other relevant organizations for
funding and to disseminate information and create awareness about conservation
issues and UBF’s programs and activities
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
communications for advocacy and awareness
  • The Communications Officer will work closely with the UBF’s
    Programming Unit to ensure that relevant program materials such as Human
    Interest Stories, donor reports, proposals, factsheets, info graphs etc.
    are developed and disseminated to donors and target groups through
    relevant media and network channels.
  • The Communications Officer will assist UBF program officers in the
    proposal development stage to identify appropriate communication
    activities for the projects.
Media relations: Ensure that UBF has a well-maintained and
continually developed contact list of journalists and media outlets covering
all media – print, TV, radio, web etc. – and a successful process of
communicating and maintaining regular contact and close collaboration with the
media to communicate the story of UBF’s work and environmental issues to a
wider audience.
  • Develop, maintain and update media relations contact list/database.
  • Ensure rapid and accurate information dissemination to the media,
    NGOs, and other appropriate audiences.
  • Draft and edit articles, press releases, human-interest stories and
    other advocacy/information materials.
  • Ensure or enhance the quality and appropriateness of country
    specific communication materials, activities, processes and messages
    transmitted to the press, partners and public.
  • Collaborate with mass media through activities such as organizing
    project site visits, facilitating photo coverage and TV footage and
    utilizing both web-based and traditional media as appropriate.
  • Monitor and evaluate the use and effectiveness of media materials
    and share results and findings.
  • Maintain UBF’s website and social media sites (Facebook and Twitter)
    with daily monitoring, posting and content development.
UBF brand and
external communications
  • Ensure timely and quality production of advocacy and branding
    materials such as periodicals, annual and donor reports, supplements,
    calendars, briefing notes, Human Interest Stories, picture stories,
    videos, etc.
  • Develop and archive communication materials (digital, press
    releases, web resources,
  • etc.)
  • Assist in organizing and generating public support for special
    events and campaigns to promote strategic conservation goals.
  • Develop and maintain an updated list of UBF’s donors and special
    interest groups. Assist in developing donor visit schedules/brochures and
    support with preparation of background materials, briefs and information
    kits for visiting donors and high profile guests/visitors.
Monitoring and
  • Ensure that communication baselines are established against which
    the achievement of objectives of the communication strategy are regularly
    evaluated; analysis is undertaken to continuously improve the
    effectiveness of communication strategy, approach and activities; results
    and reports are prepared and shared on a timely basis.
Pre-positioning and
  • Provide comprehensive mapping of for priority donors, their funding
    priorities and UBF’s eligibility and position to approach them;
  • Build and maintain relationships with key donor contacts where the
    opportunity exists and support other UBF staff develop their appropriate
    donor engagement strategies
Bid analysis and
  • Support UBF colleagues to review and assess donor opportunities by
    providing funding briefings on individual opportunities (and updating as
  • Create internal bid matrix to facilitate internal bid / no bid
    decisions around key eligibility and competitiveness criteria;
  • Act as a member of UBF bid teams to ensure donor expectations,
    interests and requirements are properly considered; review & evaluate
    bids prior to submission to ensure donor compliance.
  • When required, act as proposal writer, proposal lead or donor
    reviewer for specific bids
  • Any other roles as assigned by the Supervisor

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate must hold a Bachelor’s degree in communications,
    journalism, public relations or a related field.
  • A minimum of five years of related work experience;
  • Demonstrated and extensive social media experience is an added
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and proficiency are
  • Advanced working knowledge of MS Office.
How to Apply:
All candidates
should send their applications to The Executive Director via Email to:, or hand deliver to our office;  Uganda Biodiversity Fund, Plot 16-18 Wampewo
Avenue, Nyonyi Gardens, Kololo P.O Box 26156, Kampala.
Deadline: 14th December 2018 by 3:00 PM.
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