Communications Specialist – Kampala


Communications Specialist – Kampala


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About the Role

GOAL is currently seeking to hire a highly qualified Communications Specialist (1) to join our team in Kampala under the Young Africa Works Markets for Youth Programme. This is an exciting opportunity for you to join an extremely dynamic International NGO and to apply your skills in communication. If you have first class experience in communications, and you have a creative and dynamic personality, you are the one we are looking for!


Qualifications, Skills and Experience: To be successful in this role, you will need:

Essential Criteria

  • Postgraduate degree in communications, journalism, or related, relevant subject
  • Five years of work experience and at least 3 years of demonstrated experience in Communication component of a donor – funded project, private enterprise or media house.
  • Experience with social media: Facebook, twitter, website development and creative design.
  • Experience collaborating and working with both private and public sectors and academic institutions.

Desirable Criteria

  • Experience with projects that use a Making Markets Work for the Poor approach (M4P) is desirable.
  • Excellent computer skills (MS Word and Excel, creative design software)
  • Ability to prioritize, implement, and deliver high-quality work within tight timelines and with minimal supervision.
  • Affinity in working with persons with disabilities and / or refugees.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to work and build relationships with team members and partners from diverse backgrounds.
  • Ability to travel up to 50% of time from base.
  • Persons living with a disability or with a refugee background are especially encouraged to apply for this position.


We are looking for a communication enthusiast who:

  • Finds fulfillment in developing and implementing a communication and branding strategy, and marketing of the program and overall communications efforts.
  • Exceptional writer. Writing is a key aspect of the job, and you know how to tell a story. You will be tasked to transform research reports and other program documents into lively, attractive products like blogs, newsletters, photo journals, stories, press materials and briefs.
  • Being a social media nerd. You develop and manage our program social media outlets and website with proven experience in communicating with youth, refugees or persons with a disability. You know what young people are interested in but can easily switch to more formal audiences as our Donor.
  • Paying attention to detail. We want someone who is creative. You strive for perfection: double and triple check texts and graphics before they go out to ensure that there are no errors.  This is key to success in this role.
  • Being a collaborator. You bring a positive, solutions focused attitude to work every day. This means that you reflect our values and share your positivity with your colleagues. You coordinate and collaborate with colleagues – both nationally as well as internationally, private sector partners, government institutions, refugee or persons with a disability organisations, donor and academic fora. You liaise with our global communications team in Dublin.
  • Most of all you bring a positive, can-do attitude. The team members work hard and with a lot of energy and commitment; we want our colleagues to share in our successes and celebrations.


General terms and conditions

Code of Conduct and Accountability within GOAL

GOAL is an equal opportunities employer and has values and behaviours framework which defines our code of conduct. Any candidate offered a job with GOAL will be expected to adhere to the following key areas of accountability.

  • Comply with GOAL’s policies and procedures with respect to safeguarding, Code of Conduct, health and safety, data protection and confidentiality, do no harm principles and unacceptable behaviour protocols.
  • Report any concerns about the welfare of a child or vulnerable adult or any wrongdoings within our programming area.
  • Report any concerns about inappropriate behaviour of a GOAL staff or partner.



Children and vulnerable adults a must be safeguarded to the maximum extent from deliberate or inadvertent actions and failings that place them at risk of abuse, sexual exploitation, injury, and any other harm. One of the ways that GOAL shows this on-going commitment to safeguarding is to include rigorous background and reference checks in the selection process for all candidates.



Established in 1977, GOAL is an international humanitarian agency, with a global team of 2,400 personnel, dedicated to alleviating the needs of the most vulnerable communities. Currently operating in 13 of the world’s most vulnerable countries, GOAL delivers a wide range of humanitarian and development programmes, ranging from humanitarian relief in disaster situations, to focusing on nutrition, food security, and building greater resilience and sustainable livelihoods.


General description of the country programme:

First operational in Uganda in 1979, the current GOAL Uganda country programme focuses on Health (including WASH, Health Accountability and Nutrition programming); and a market-based systems approach to improving agricultural livelihoods and WASH. GOAL Uganda mainstreams gender, child protection, social behaviour change and resilience strategies across all programming. GOAL works on a district focused approach and uses a mixture of direct implementation and partnerships with national and international civil society organizations, local government, the private sector and communities to give effect to our mission.


GOAL Uganda has a skilled team of approximately 120 personnel and manages an annual operating budget of approximately €8.7 million (2018). GOAL is currently operational in the North, South, East and West of Uganda with six established offices in Kampala, Lira, Bugiri, Budaka, Kabarole, Moroto,  Kaabong and Agago Districts. GOAL Uganda country programme is funded by a number of donors who include Mastercard, charity: water, Irish Aid and some small foundations.


Our package includes a competitive salary, health insurance cover for up to 3 dependents, comprehensive 24-hour personal accident cover, terminal benefits equivalent to one month for each completed year of service, a flexi-work arrangement and our working hours provide for a half day on Fridays.  GOAL promotes a learning and development environment with training & study opportunities aligned to our staff development policy.


How to Apply:

All interested applicants who meet the requirements should submit their applications by email with at least 3 reference contacts (current or former Line Manager) from the last three employers and daytime contact number to;  indicating the title “Communications Specialist in the subject line by 17th September 2023PLEASE DO NOT ATTACH CERTIFICATES.


Deadline: 17th September 2023


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Date Posted 2023-09-04
Valid Through 2023-09-17
Employment Type FULL_TIME
Hiring Organization GOAL Uganda
Job Location Kampala, Kampala, Kampala, 0256, Uganda

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