Fresher Communications Officer Job Careers – InfoNile

 

Job Title:    Communications Officer

Organization:  InfoNile

Duty Station:  Kampala,
Uganda

 

About US:

InfoNile is a
collaborative cross-border group of geojournalists with a mission to uncover
critical stories on water and environment in the Nile River Basin of Africa
through data-based multimedia storytelling. We are a project of Water
Journalists Africa, the largest network of water journalists on the African
continent.

 

Job Summary:  InfoNile is seeking a skilled Communications
Officer based in Uganda to help communicate and promote InfoNile stories and
programs working with journalists across the Nile Basin countries, build
partnerships with media houses and other organizations/individuals, and work
with journalists to create content. Tasks will include creating regular content
for the InfoNile website and social media platforms, managing all organization
communications, and working with journalists to edit stories and create data
visualizations and videos. This position is based in Kampala, Uganda and
requires a skilled communicator with experience and interest in Nile Basin
water issues.

 

Key Duties and
Responsibilities:

 Communications
Tasks

·        
Formulate
a strategic communications strategy alongside the InfoNile team;

·        
Communicate
and promote InfoNile/WJA programs and stories comprehensively across a wide
variety of platforms, both on and offline;

·        
Manage
and create regular content for the InfoNile/WJA social media platforms including
relevant data visualizations, graphics and videos for social media;

·        
Develop
a marketing and communication strategy for the new InfoNile online platform
connecting journalists and scientists;

·        
Develop
a regular newsletter to send to the InfoNile network;

·        
Develop
IEC materials to communicate the work and impact of the organization such as
brochures and annual reports;

·        
Seek for
press coverage through press releases, press conferences etc. as needed;

·        
Manage
the InfoNile email address and official communications such as official letters
and calls for applications;

·        
Manage a
database of InfoNile/WJA contacts;

·        
Provide
necessary support to communicate about InfoNile programs for donor reports or
other purposes;

·        
Represent
the public relations of InfoNile at any relevant forums or events.

Journalistic Tasks

·        
Critically
edit journalist grantees’ stories and provide mentorship to journalists
throughout the reporting process;

·        
Assist
with the creation of in-depth multimedia data journalism projects involving
journalists in different countries, including creating and editing videos;

·        
Create
compilations of InfoNile stories such as magazines and documentaries;

·        
Secure
content partnerships with media houses, organizations or freelance journalists
in the region, and build the InfoNile/WJA network;

·        
Conduct
research on relevant data sources related to water, environment and climate
change issues to be visualized as interactive maps and other data
visualizations;

·        
Publish
and promote multimedia stories on the InfoNile and Water Journalists Africa
WordPress websites and manage the overall look/content on the websites along
with the IT officer;

·        
Any
other duties as needed.

 

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

·        
The
applicant must hold a Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications or a
relevant field

·        
At least
two years’ experience working in/with the media

·        
Residency
in Uganda

·        
Strong
journalistic skills across multimedia platforms- writing, photography, video,
radio, etc.

·        
Strong
fact-checking skills

·        
Strong
WordPress skills

·        
Strong
social media skills and creating unique content and campaigns for social media,
especially Facebook and Twitter

·        
Text,
video, audio and photo editing skills

·        
(Preferred)
data journalism and visualization skills

·        
Broad
and diverse networks with media houses and journalists in Uganda and the Nile
Basin region

·        
Knowledge,
experience and interest in issues of water, environment and Nile-related topics

·        
Be a
strong self-starter and able to work independently and with self-initiative

·        
Strong
communications and writing skills

·        
Fluency
in English

·        
Public
speaking skills

·        
Fluency
in at least one other Nile Basin language (Swahili, French, Arabic, Amharic,
Kinyarwanda) (preferred)

 

How to Apply:

If you are interested in applying to this position, please send a cover
letter (max 1 page) and your CV via email to: 
infonile2017@gmail.com

 

Deadline: 18th November 2020, early applications given
priority

 

NB: Tentative
starting date is 1st December 2020.

 

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