AMREF International NGO Fresher Jobs – Communications Assistant

Organization: AMREF
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Communications and Advocacy
About US:
Amref Health
Africa is an International NGO founded in Kenya in 1957. Our Headquarters are
in Nairobi with major programmes in Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan, Tanzania and
Uganda, and two regional hubs in Southern and Western Africa based in South
Africa and Senegal Respectively. Working with and through African communities,
health systems and governments, Amref Health Africa aims to close the gap that
prevents people from accessing their basic right to health. Amref Health Africa
is committed to improving the health of people in Africa by partnering with and
empowering communities, our Vision is Lasting Health Change in Africa.
Job Summary: The AMREF communications
Assistant will technically support the development, contextualisation and
implementation of the Uganda Country office communications and advocacy
strategy. In addition, he / she will provide support to e-communications and
video activities for Amref Health Africa, which includes updating of the Amref
Health Africa websites, social media platforms and production/editing of Amref
Health Africa videos. Major emphasis will be on supporting documentation and
advocacy initiatives under the staying Alive Project.
Key Duties and
1. Designing of Communications Materials:  
  • Actively support Country program staff and Staying Alive project
    team to create understanding of the e-Communications and advocacy strategy
    and the role of each towards its attainment.
  • In charge of designing Graphics for print publications
  • Actively participate in developing advocacy materials e.g Policy
    briefs, policy notes
2. Branding and Visibility:
  • Take part in developing and implementing innovative ways of
    positioning Amref Health Africa brand internally and externally
  • Support brand management, quality control and co-ordination for
    all local communications materials
  • Identify, collect and generate ‘good news’ /human interest stories
    from programmes/projects for internal and external use
  • Send regular updates, success stories, profiles and other
    information for the web
  • Daily updates with engaging, interactive, posts on social media
    platforms, including, but not limited to: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn
  • Identify opportunities for Amref Health Africa to raise its voice
    and visibility through online and traditional platforms.
3. Management of the Media Strategy:
  • Guide, mentor and train relevant staff on e-communications and media
    engagement and effectiveness
  • Participate in coordinating a publications calendar
  • Implement systems for evaluating the effectiveness of
    e-communication activities
4. Liaison with media for profile-raising purposes:
  • Participate in writing and edit media releases, opinion articles
    and other articles and pitch these materials to appropriate media,
    including by proactively identifying opportunities
  • Develop and maintain a database and email distribution lists of
    relevant eMedia contacts
  • Act as the Organisations media spokesperson from time to time as
    delegated by the supervisor
5. Management of Online Communication:
  • Maintain, update and enhance the organisations website through the
    Communications and Advocacy Manager, by generating and sourcing content
  • Further develop and implement social media activities within the
    country programme
  • Update and maintain Amref Health Africa in Uganda eCommunication
    tools – the websites, newsletters including gathering and writing of
    required content
6. Publications:
  • Render support in photography, filming and production of
    documentaries, clips, for Amref Health Africa including editing of the
  • Coordinate content, editing, publication and distribution of
    country office and stakeholder publications.
  • Support in preparing other publications, such as factsheets,
    reports, submissions, technical papers, Abstracts and proposals, by
    providing technical editing support and strategic advice
  • Support the staying Alive project advocacy initiative
    documentation and other areas, as needed
Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate for the aforementioned AMREF Communications
    Assistant vacancy should hold a Degree in Communications (Electronic and
    Print Media) or related field. Possession of a Diploma in website
    development or related field an added advantage
  • Certificate in scriptwriting and directing is an added advantage
  • A minimum of two years’ experience in media advocacy, public
    relations, communications, campaigning or journalism in an NGO setting.
  • Practical experience in website development and management
    including updating and maintaining of eCommunication tools
  • Strong awareness and experience of e-communications and social
    media platforms
  • Skills in developing, optimising and incorporating multimedia
    content (e.g. video, webcasts and blogs) into websites
  • Photography skills and experience in filming and confidence using
    an editing programme, preferably Final Cut Pro.
  • Possess the ability to use Adobe Creative Suite applications·     
  • Possession of design and publication skills is desirable
  • Good understanding of communication technologies and social media
  • Exceptional writing and verbal communications skills; good
    photography and video skills are an added advantage
  • Ability to work well under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Possess the ability to work in a multicultural environment
  • Excellent communications skills
Software Proficiency
Any of, HTML, CCS, Java Script, PHP, Dreamweaver, Joomla
Design; Any of, Photoshop, Illustrator, Corel
Draw, InDesign
Text:  Any
of, Ms Office, SPSS, and STATA
Audio: Any of, Adobe Audition, SAM broadcaster,
Fruit loops
Video:  Any
of, Final cut pro, Adobe Premiere
How to Apply:
All candidates are
strongly encouraged to send an updated CV including three work related referees
and cover letter addressed to the Human Resources Manager, Amref Health Africa
in Uganda to Emails should not exceed 2MB.
Deadline: 27th
March, 2015 by 5 pm.

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