Lutheran World Relief (LWR) Non-profit Jobs – Communications and Outreach Specialist

Organisation: Lutheran
World Relief (LWR)
Project Name: Legume
Seed Project
Duty Station: Kampala,
Uganda
About LWR:
Lutheran World Relief is a US
non-profit organization that works with local partners to provide lasting
solutions to poverty, injustice and human suffering.
Job Summary: The
Communications and Outreach Specialist will be responsible for the overall
success of coordination and communications activities among value chain,
government, local media and international actors as a member of a team managing
a pilot project to increase legume seed production, a five-year project
designed to improve Ugandan farmers’ access to government certified legume seed
varieties.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Take
    lead in the needs assessment, planning and formulation communication
    policies, strategies, and responses for the pilot project. Set and achieve
    measurable goals for communications activities,
  • Create
    and share key messages that are appropriate and responsive to identified
    target audiences.
  • Plan
    promotional and stakeholder consultation events for government
    representatives and other interested parties.
  • Organize
    pilot participate recruitment activities and events;
  • Support
    in the planning and facilitating advisory committee meetings.
  • Document
    pilot successes and challenges for internal and external learning;
  • Write
    articles, reports, news articles, and other content (e.g. for Twitter,
    Facebook, blogs, media articles) for outreach to global stakeholders and
    interested parties.
  • Communicate
    and coordinate with LWR country, regional, and headquarters staff
    (including the Marketing and Creative Services team), as well as with
    donor.
  • Take
    part as a member of the project team, including active involvement in
    planning and review meetings, ensuring project staff members are kept
    informed in all relevant communication and outreach issues.
  • Perform
    any other communications duties as assigned by the supervisor.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    applicant should hold a good university degree in communications,
    business, marketing or relevant subject.
  • Five
    or more years of management level experience managing communications
    and/or public relations projects and processes in Uganda.
  • Demonstrated
    ability to establish, maintain and grow cooperative relationships with a
    variety of audiences through engaging and effective communications.
  • Proven
    ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment, manage time and
    complex tasks, adapt to changing priorities and deadlines, identify
    opportunities and challenges and propose appropriate responses or
    solutions.
  • Demonstrated
    skill to develop, write and edit technical content for both print
    publications and web-based products. Some Photography and videography
    skills are desired.
  • Excellent
    skills in communication, problem solving, networking, facilitation and
    strategic thinking.
  • Proven
    ability to develop relationships of mutual respect and trust to achieve
    common goals.
  • Past
    exposure and experience planning and directing development and
    communication of informational programs to maintain favorable public and
    stakeholder perceptions of an organization’s accomplishments and agenda.
  • Demonstrated
    experience designing and facilitating outreach and learning events and
    activities).
  • Past
    exposure in the agriculture and with public sector actors is an added
    advantage
  • Computer
    proficiency in Microsoft Office applications; mastery of publication
    software, graphic design, and other written and visual communications
    skills a plus.
  • Fluency
    in English, with excellent verbal and written communication skills.
    Ability to speak at least one Ugandan language preferred.
  • Ability
    to travel up to 50% of his/her time within Uganda.
  • Show
    deep commitment to LWR’s core values and ability to model those values in
    relationships with colleagues and partners.
  • Existing
    authorization to work in Uganda; Ugandan national preferred.
How to Apply: 
All suitably qualified and
interested candidates should send their applications via email to: info-ug@lwrearo.org
with the job title for which you are applying in the subject line. Include in
the body of the email the following information:
NAME:
HIGHEST LEVEL OF EDUCATION:
NUMBER OF YEARS OF RELEVANT
EXPERIENCE:
MINIMUM SALARY EXPECTATION
(monthly, gross):
Also, include as attachments a
cover letter and CV. Do not include copies of diplomas or certificates.
Applicants for the Communications and Outreach Specialist should include a one
page writing sample relevant to the responsibilities described.
Deadline: 1st December, 2014 by 5:00PM Ugandan Time

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