USAID TechnoServe Project Jobs – Communications Specialist

Project Name: USAID
Uganda Youth Leadership for Agriculture Program
Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda
About US:
TechnoServe works with
enterprising people in the developing world to build competitive farms,
businesses and industries. We are a nonprofit organization that develops
business solutions to poverty by linking people to information, capital and
markets. Our work is rooted in the idea that given the opportunity, hardworking
men and women in even the poorest places can generate income, jobs and wealth
for their families and communities. With more than four decades of proven
results, we believe in the power of private enterprise to transform lives.
About USAID Project:
USAID Uganda is funding a new
five-year Youth Leadership for Agriculture program to increase economic
opportunities for hundreds of thousands of Ugandan female and male youth aged
10 to 35, in agriculture- related fields, in order to increase their incomes
and build entrepreneurial, leadership, and workforce readiness skills. Pending
confirmation of funding, TechnoServe will lead this program in select districts
in Uganda, including Northern Uganda, through market systems and facilitative
approaches. This program will focus on achieving two specific objectives by
partnering with both public and private entities: (1) increased incomes of
youth working in agricultural value chains (specifically maize, beans and
coffee); and (2) improved skills development (entrepreneurship, employability,
leadership, and life skills) obtained through formal and non-formal education
and training organizations.
Job Summary:The
Communications Specialist is responsible for developing and implementing
campaigns and outreach to target youth in Uganda through the media (radio,
newspaper, internet, etc.). S/he is responsible for the overall success of
coordination and communication to increase youth participation (particularly
for females) in agriculture-related business throughout targeted regions of
Uganda. The incumbent will be able to manage multiple complex tasks and be able
to effectively engage with media, partners, staff members, and other
stakeholders. S/he will be responsible for the communication of learnings from
the program to stakeholders including the donor, government, private sector
etc. He /she will need to work closely with the Monitoring, Evaluation &
Learning Manager to understand the learnings and communicate them effectively
to inform and influence systems change.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant should hold a good
    Bachelor’s degree in international relations, business, communications, or
    other relevant field
  • At least six years of related work
    experience in Uganda
  • Strong writing skills in both English
    and local languages: ability to synthesize complex issues into engaging,
    relevant content for specific audiences (prior experience in journalism or
    public relations helpful)
  • Prior experience working with media in
    Uganda to get messages out to wide audiences in rural contexts
  • Significant experience disseminating
    information and communicating lessons learned to diverse stakeholders and
  • Excellent written and oral
    communications skills are required as is the ability to set priorities,
    manage time well and work independently.
  • Solid understanding of media landscape
    for international development and business preferred
  • Keen interest in, and knowledge of
    international development, youth development, gender issues and/or
    business solutions to poverty
  • Fluent in written and spoken English;
    fluency in one or more local languages is an added advantage.
  • Demonstrated experience of Uganda’s
    private sector, particularly private sector companies in the agricultural
How to Apply:
All qualified and interested
applicants should send a single Word-formatted document consisting of cover
letter, resume and salary history to Please identify the position
for which you are applying in the subject line. Only applicants meeting minimum
qualifications will be considered or contacted.
Deadline: 13th February 2015.

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