USAID Project – Communications & Knowledge Sharing Manager at Plan Uganda

Organisation: Plan Uganda
Location: Gulu
About Plan:
Founded 75 years ago, Plan International is one of the oldest and largest children’s development organizations in the world. We work in 50 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas to promote child rights and lift millions of children out of poverty. Plan’s vision is of a world in which all children realize their full potential in societies that respect people’s rights and dignity. Plan is independent, with no religious, political or governmental affiliations. The organisation is an equal opportunity employer currently seeking to recruit competent persons to fill the above vacant position Plan International in Uganda was awarded a 5-year USAID Funded Cooperative Agreement under the Northern Uganda-Health Integration to Enhance Services (NU-HITES) project to continue providing technical assistance and capacity building support for Northern Uganda in Malaria, AIDS and Tuberculosis, integrate additional support in Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health (MNCH), Family Planning (FP)
and Nutrition; while prioritizing the strengthening of district-level health facilities. Under the NU-HITES project, Plan Uganda would like to recruit competent candidates for the above position.
Job Purpose: The incumbent will be responsible for developing and implementing a communications and knowledge management strategy and ensuring that knowledge and information is systematically produced and made accessible to the project’s stakeholders in line with the project’ objectives.
S/he will work in consultation with Plan Uganda Public Relations & Communications Manager and report to the Chief of Party for the project.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities:
·         Work closely with the USAID Development Outreach and Communications (DOC) Specialist and Plan Communications Manager to increase awareness and better understanding of the NU-HITES project objectives and impact both in Uganda and the US.
·         Develop a Communications Strategy for NU-HITES, ensuring that project staff understand and embrace the strategy.
·         Work with technical leads to identify key audiences, key messages to communicate and determine how the project will use different channels to best reach those audiences.
·         Manage key project relationships related to communications, with the Chief of Party, including relationships with USAID, key partners, and media.
·         Develop and disseminate communications materials, including case studies, success stories, press releases, newsletter articles, speeches, project briefs, standard presentations and others in support of the project.
·         Work with the Plan Uganda Communications Manager and the DOC at the USAID embassy to advise project partners on developing appropriate public information that abides to both Plan and USAID branding and marking guidelines.
·         Oversee the drafting, editing, and dissemination of timely and accurate information, fact sheets, press releases, brochures, presentations, responses for requests for information, and all other public information materials relating to the project.
·         Work with the M& E project specialist to compile quarterly and annual reports while documenting and disseminating key project achievements, challenges and key findings through different channels and share them among the project stakeholders.
·         Coordinate the writing and distribution of program successes and track significant developments through various channels
·         Organize and coordinate press events for the project, including conferences, meetings, launches and other ceremonies.
·         Coordinate all media and VIP visits and perform any other duties as need arises and as directed by the Chief of Party.
Qualifications, Skills & Experience
·         A University degree (Hons) in Public Relations, Communications, Social Sciences, Journalism, Business and Marketing or International Development. A post-graduate degree in a related field is desirable.
·         Past experience working with any USAID project will be an added advantage.
·         Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment
·         Excellent written and spoken English skills are essential for success in this position
·         Excellent negotiation and influencing skills in multi-cultural contexts
·         Minimum of 5 years’ working experience in a similar position.
·         Experience in writing for print and electronic media and publishing information on the internet would be desirable.
·         Behaves consistently in approach to work and decision-making
·         Strongly drives performance forward in area of the business for which they are responsible
·         Sets a strong learning culture with ability to remains calm and positive under pressure
·         A strong awareness of current issues in the field of development, and familiarity with children’s issues in particular.
How to apply: 

Suitably qualified candidates should submit letter’s of application, together with a CV. Contact telephone numbers, copies of relevant certificates, names and contact details of three referees plus salary history.

If you don’t hear from us by 15th November 2012, consider yourself unsuccessful.
Address below:
The People & Culture Manager,
Plan Uganda
Email: Uganda.recruitment@plan-international.org   

Deadline: 2nd October 2012

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