Communications Specialist – Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

Organization: Catholic
Relief Services (CRS)
Funding Source: U.S. Agency
for International Development (USAID)
Project Name: Sustainable
Outcomes for Children and Youth in Central and Western Uganda
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to: Chief of Party
About US:
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is an International non-profit
organization whose commitment is to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas set
out by the Bishops of the United States. Our Catholic identity is at the heart
of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as
partners people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and
our commitment to serving those in need.
About USAID CRS Project:
CRS will be implementing a “Sustainable Outcomes for Children and
Youth in Central and Western Uganda” project over the next five years. The
Project will improve the health, nutrition, education and psychosocial
wellbeing of vulnerable populations, as well as reduce abuse, exploitation and
neglect to a minimum of 625,000 children and 101,500 households in 17 districts
in central and western Uganda. The consortium partners include Action for
Community Development (ACODEV), African Network for Prevention and Protection
against Child Abuse and Neglect (ANPPCAN), TPO Uganda, and Futures Group. There
will be three project offices: Kampala, Kasese, and Mbarara. Approximately, 30
staff will support this project of $38.5 million through USAID funding.
Job Summary:  The CRS Communications Specialist will be
tasked to develop the communication strategies of the project and execute them.
The incumbent will assist and support the OVC programme with all communication
Key Duties and
  • Ensure ongoing review of OVC project’s
    communications strategy and develop and implement OVC’s overall
    Communication strategy in close consultation with Senior Management.
  • Develop and improve internal communication
    mechanisms, e.g. monthly updates, reporting.
  • Quickly respond and support OVC management
    team and field offices in regard to program communication and information
  • Actively communicate with beneficiaries
    (e.g. though newsletters and regular visits to implementing partners.
  • Communicate with current donors and
    members (through regular updates and provide with advocacy material when
  • Write reports and. prepare documentation
    that is accessible and user- friendly (in English; support translation
    into local languages or vice versa). Specifically, facilitate the
    production of OVC’s Reports, OVC’s Information Brochure and OVC’s Website.
  • Take lead in developing creative ways to
    document OVC’s work progress (e.g. through photos/art/ case stories).
  • Ensure that OVC’s publications and
    audiovisuals are of high quality and are disseminated appropriately.
  • Write external and internal reports and
    funding proposals.
  • Share and explore communication processes,
    good practices within OVC with local partners and other INGOs working in the
  • Carry out media advocacy where
  • Render support in capacity building on
    communication and advocacy for staff and partner organizations.
  • Actively contribute towards developing an
    effective country team and friendly environment.
Qualifications, Skills and
  • The ideal candidate should hold a
    Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Marketing, or Public Relations,
  • Four or more years’ experience in broadly
    related fields managing development, public sector and/or private sector
    communication – public relations.
  • Excellent spoken and written English:
    general ability to express clearly and concisely ideas and concepts in
    written and oral form.
  • Working knowledge of current theories and
    practices in communication research, planning and strategy, and the role
    of mass media (marketing plan design, media work, project writing and  report writing skills, story writing
    skills, copy-editing, digital photos/video footage)
  • Detailed knowledge of how to present
    information to different audiences including from general public, media,
    donors, international audiences to high level decision-makers ( both
    National and international).
  • Excellent analytical and conceptual skills
    to think and plan strategically. Skills and experience in communication
    programmes, monitoring, review and evaluation.
  • Demonstrated skill in programme
    communication, development of Information, Education and Communication
    material, documentation and publication (including web-based
  • Possess the ability to produce analytical
    and well-presented reports and publications.
  • Should be a person who can work closely in
    a team, is patient, adaptable, flexible, and able to improvise and work in
    an atmosphere that can be stressful.
  • Extremely flexible, and have the ability
    to work under pressure to meet tight deadlines, operate within budgets and
    to solve problems.
  • Must be a self-starter, highly organized,
    and able to work well with colleagues at all levels in the organization.
  • Ability to maintain performance
    expectations and strong working relationships in diverse cultural
    contexts, psychologically & physically extreme stressful environments
  • Past experience with and enthusiasm for on
    the job training.
  • Working knowledge of computer systems and
    applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, and Internet) required; interactive
    digital media and web-based design (web base programmes, Photoshop)
    specifically desired.
    All CRS staff should possess the following values: Serves with Integrity,
    Models Stewardship, Cultivates Constructive Relationships and Promotes
  • Ability to travel within rural Uganda.
How to Apply: 
All applicants who so wish to join the USAID project should send a
cover letter, updated CV and three work references (names and contact
information only) to
NB: Only selected
candidates that meet the requirements will be contacted.
Deadline: Wednesday, 6th
May, 2015.
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