Fresher Communications and Engagement Assistant NGO Jobs – Medical Research Council (MRC UK) /UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit

Job Title:  Communications and Engagement Assistant (Fresher Jobs)

Organisation: Medical Research Council (MRC UK) /UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit

Duty Station: Entebbe, Uganda

Reports to: Head of Communications & Engagement and Principal Investigator CCHF Study

Position Code: CEA – 524


About US:

The Medical Research Council (MRC UK) is an internationally recognised centre of excellence with dominant research themes in the areas of HIV and emerging infections, vaccines and immunity, and chronic diseases and cancer. Through a multidisciplinary approach, intersecting basic science, epidemiological research, social-behavioural research and the conduct of new intervention evaluation studies, the Unit contributes knowledge on changing epidemics and diseases, the evaluation of innovative health care options, treatment and prevention and the development of health policy and practice in Africa and worldwide. Following the signing of strategic transfer agreements between the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and the Medical Research Council (MRC UK), the Unit formally joined LSHTM on 1st February 2018. The exciting new partnership will boost research capacity into current and emerging health issues in Africa and throughout the world. The Unit is based at the UVRI Entebbe campus with established outposts in Kalungu, Masaka, Wakiso and Kampala Districts.


Job Summary: The Communications and Engagement Assistant will support the communications and engagement team to increase visibility of the CCHF study and providing communications support to the development of the CCHF study narrative reports.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • In collaboration with the CCHF project management team, support the implementation of the knowledge exchange strategy of the study;
  • With the support of the CCHF PI and the communications team, develop and review communication products including a study brochure, policy briefs, videos and newsletters and ensure that they are shared on the appropriate platforms;
  • Support in organizing study engagements to strengthen partnerships and knowledge exchange, documenting these major events and updating key platforms with reports in relevant formats;
  • Coordinate media engagements on behalf of the CCHF study and build useful relationships with the media that would boost the study’s visibility and positioning;
  • Attend team meetings, develop reports and contribute to management of the project’s risk register by identifying potential risks;
  • Support in the development and regular update of the study page on the LSHTM website, as well as the CCHF partnership website and social media to increase the visibility of the study and its knowledge outputs; and,
  • Provide communications support to the final report, including layout and design.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • Degree in Mass Communication or other relevant discipline from a reputable University;
  • A minimum of two years of experience in communications and engagement role;
  • Experience in media engagement and event planning;
  • Knowledge of report writing;
  • Knowledge and experience in writing best practice stories;
  • Knowledge and experience in website management and social media;
  • Should possess Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including strong presentation and report-writing abilities, capacity to persuasively and effectively convey information to different audiences, etc;
  • Excellent knowledge of writing for the web and using web content management systems (CMS) such as Drupal, Word press, etc;
  • Good skills in photography and/or videography;
  • Desktop graphics software such as Adobe creative suite;
  • Excellent command of English and widely spoken local languages;
  • Proficiency in relevant software and applications (including but not limited to MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint;
  • Ability to translate technical language and complex research into communications suiting variety of audiences;
  • Interest in neglected tropical diseases and/or public health;
  • Ability to build effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders;
  • Ability to prioritise, plan work and respond flexibly to unexpected changes or multiple demands;
  • Proactive;
  • Outcome driven; and,
  • High degree of professionalism.


How to Apply

Follow the link below to fill a form and submit your application documentation:


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Filling the form more than once will lead to automatic disqualification. High level of integrity while filling the form is required and will be considered during shortlisting.


All candidates should combine all their application documentation i.e. cover letter, CV & certified copies of academic documents into one PDF document. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview. This position is open to Ugandan nationals only. Strictly follow the application procedure as failure to do so will lead to automatic disqualification. Only online applications through the link provided will be accepted. You will receive a notification in your email if your application and documentation have been successfully received.


N.B: You will be required to present certified copies of your academic documentation before employment.


The applications should be addressed to:


The Head of Human Resources,

MRC/ UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit,

P.O. Box, 49, Entebbe,



Consider your application unsuccessful if not contacted within eight (8) weeks after the closing date of the advert. Any form of lobbying at any stage will lead to automatic disqualification. By submitting your personal information, you consent to the MRC/ UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit holding and using it in accordance with its recruitment policy and procedure. The Unit reserves the right to verify documents attached with the relevant awarding institutions to authenticate their validity.


NB: MRC/UVRI & LSHTM Uganda Research Unit strives for inclusion and diversity and therefore considers all job applicants based on merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, marital status, and disability. We highly encourage persons with disabilities to apply and compete for different job openings at the Unit. The Unit is an equal opportunity employer committed to having a diverse work force and does not ask for money at any stage of recruitment.


Deadline: 31st May 2024 


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Date Posted 2024-05-21T15:30
Valid Through 2024-06-01T00:00
Employment Type FULL_TIME
Hiring Organization MRC/UVRI Uganda Research Unit on AIDS Uganda Virus Research Institute
Job Location Entebbe, Entebbe, Entebbe, 0256, Uganda

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