UBOS Jobs – Senior Information Officer /Communications

Organization: Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Manager Communications & Public
Relations
Job Ref: UBOS/HRM-CPR/2015/01
About US:
The Uganda Bureau of
Statistics (UBOS) is a semi-autonomous body established by the Uganda Bureau of
Statistics Act, 1998, to promote the production of reliable official statistics
and ensure the development and maintenance of the National Statistical System
(NSS). The mandate of the Bureau is the production, coordination and
dissemination of official statistics.
Key Duties and
Responsibilities: 
  • The
    Information Officer will play a key role in the formulation, planning, development
    and implementation of the Publicity and Community Mobilisation strategies
    that increase the UBOS visibility and support the Bureau’s core business;
  • Oversee
    the production of UBOS Communications, Advocacy(audio/ visual) and other
    Promotional Materials such as the UBOS Newsletter, UBOS Bulletins,
    reports, Calendars, Brochures, Fliers and Documentaries;
  • In
    charge of the development and maintenance of strategic media partnerships
    to elicit support for and maximise impact of promotional objectives;
  • Serve
    as the Media Liaison Person and take the lead in organising media
    outreaches, maintain a media contact database, organise Press Conferences,
    Briefings and Interviews;
  • Organise
    and book Radio and TV Talks Shows and formulate talking points and other
    materials as needed for senior staff to be used for the talk shows in
    response to UBOS needs;
  • Draft
    Communications and Advocacy talking points and speeches for senior
    managers and guest speakers as well as regular UBOS articles and press
    releases to be published in the media;
  • Conduct
    daily media content analysis on UBOS, its programmes, activities and
    products as well as the reporting on and application of statistics in
    media reporting then document findings accordingly;
  • Offer
    technical advice and expertise to directors, managers, senior officers and
    other communications staff on a range of Advocacy and Outreach issues,
    methods and approaches as well as anticipate and resolves
    Communications/Public Relations issues/problems;
  • Coordinate,
    supervise and direct subordinate Communications staff, interns and
    volunteers;
  • Undertake
    environmental scanning and evaluate results and impact of Communications
    activities and initiatives as well as report on developments, trends,
    perceptions and attitudes regarding the Bureau and the use of statistics;
    and
  • Perform
    any other duties as may be assigned from the immediate supervisor from
    time to time.
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience: 
  • The
    ideal candidate for the Senior Information Officer /Communications should
    hold a post graduate qualification in Communications, Journalism,
    International Relations, Public Administration, Public Policy, Business
    Administration, Information Science, Monitoring and Evaluation, Human
    Resource Management or related field; in addition to a Bachelor’s degree
    with honours in Mass Communication, Journalism, Media Studies, Public
    Relations, Customer Care, Videography, Photography, Film Studies, Library
    and Information Science, Graphic Arts, Liberal Arts, Languages and
    Literature, Publishing, Education or other related area.
  • A
    minimum of eight years’ experience (3 at senior level) in the area of
    Communications with a reputable organisation or media house;
  • Training
    in news writing and editing, proof reading, designing, online publishing
    and new media will be an added advantage.
  • Membership
    of a professional journalism, public relations, tour and travel, protocol
    or customer care association will is an added advantage too.
  • Detailed
    understanding and knowledge of the communication and media landscape in Uganda;
  • Ability
    to conceptualise, design and implement major communication campaigns;
  • Ability
    to produce a variety of written and visual communications products in a
    clear and concise style;
  • Ability
    to facilitating and encourage open communication in the team and
    communicate effectively;
  • Ability
    to deliver oral presentations to various audiences;
  • Ability
    to shows pride in work and in achievements;
  • Evidence
    of professional competence and mastery of subject matter;
  • Conscientiousness
    and efficiency in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving
    results;
  • Motivated
    by professional rather than personal concerns and showspersistence when
    faced with difficult problems or challenges;
  • Ability
    to remain calm in stressful situations;
  • Ability
    to take responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring
    the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work;
  • Excellent
    negotiation, communication, interpersonal and presentation skills at high
    level with different stakeholders.
How to Apply: 
All suitably qualified and
interested candidates should send their applications indicating applicant’s
postal address, Email contact, three referees with their contact addresses and
telephone contacts as well as copies academic transcripts, certificates and an
updated CV. The application should clearly indicate the relevant job title
(position applied for) and reference number.
Address / Send complete
applications to:
The Deputy Executive Director
– Corporate Services
Uganda Bureau of Statistics
Plot 9, Colville Street
P.O Box 7186,
Kampala. Uganda.
E-mail to: [email protected]
NB: Only shortlisted candidates shall be
contacted and any sort of canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification.
Deadline: Friday, 3rd
July, 2015
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