Communication & Engagement Coordinator – MRC/UVRI Uganda Research Unit

The MRC/UVRI Uganda
Research Unit
on AIDS was established following a request in 1988 from the
Uganda Government to the British Government for collaboration on the research
of HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) infection and AIDS (Acquired
Immunodeficiency. The Unit is a centre of excellence in HIV/AIDS related research.
It conducts large-scale epidemiological and intervention studies, clinical
trials, virological and immunological research and behavioural studies, and has
generated a wealth of research results that have been used to inform policy and
practice, and that have led to a large number of scientific publications in
peer reviewed journals over time. The Unit is based at Uganda Virus Research
Institute (UVRI) in Entebbe and invites applications from suitably qualified
Ugandans to fill position of:
Communication & Engagement Coordinator



Job purpose: To coordinate all aspects of
communications and community engagement, across the operations of the MRC
stations located in Entebbe, Masaka town, Kalungu District and Kampala. The
holder will report to the Unit Director.
Roles & Responsibilities
1.    Ensure that information on Unit
activities is effectively shared internally and with all relevant stakeholders
(internationally, nationally and locally) and where necessary facilitate the
translation of research findings into policy and practice
2.    Coordinate communications with the
media
3.    Coordinate internal sharing of research
findings and other Unit information
4.    Train Unit personnel on communication
activities
5.    Develop, coordinate the implementation
and monitoring of the Unit’s community development activities
6.    Assist in the management of the
community development and counselling teams in collaboration with relevant
project leaders
7.    Identify potential collaborators to
engage in shared local community engagement activities
8.    Maintain financial oversight of
activities under their leadership, ensuring that expenditure is within budget
limits, working in consultation with Programme Heads and the Director.
9.    Represent the Programme Heads/Director
at national and international meetings.
10.    Work in close collaboration with staff
from all programmes and section and external researchers, as may be
appropriate, and as agreed with the Director
11.    Keep an up-to-date list of the Unit’s publications
and presentations at national or international fora.
Education, Skills and Experience needed
•    An advanced degree either in
communication, social science, or public health.
•    Sound knowledge of media and community
development is a requirement. ’
•    Experience in communication of health
research and stakeholder engagement (including participating communities, civil
society and government, as well as international research organisations).
•    Significant knowledge of HIV/AIDS
related communication
•    Membership with a recognised
communications or public relations institution will be an added advantage.
•    Competent use of Microsoft word,
Microsoft excel, PowerPoint and Nvivo
•    Competence in desk top publishing
Terms and conditions: Successful applicants will serve a 2
year contract with a possibility of renewal inclusive of a 6 months’ probation.
Other terms and conditions for the post are within the MRC
salary scales and will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Location: The position will be based in Entebbe with
frequent travel to the field.
Start date: As soon as possible

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