INGO Jobs – Regional Communication Officer (RCO) at Right To Play

Organisation: Right To Play
Duty Station: Kampala,
Uganda
Reports to: Regional
Director (RD)
About US:
Right To Play
is a global organization that uses the transformative power of play to educate
and empower children facing adversity. Through playing sports and games, Right
To Play helps over one million children learn through play to create better
futures, while driving lasting social change in more than 20 countries each
week. Right To Play is headquartered in Toronto, Canada and has national
fundraising offices in Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland,
the United Kingdom, and the United States. Regional offices are in Africa,
Asia, and the Middle East. Our programs are facilitated by more than 600
international staff and 16,000 local volunteer Coaches.
Job Summary: The Regional
Communications- Officer (RCO) is primarily responsible for the overall  development and execution of Right To Play’s
internal and external communication  strategies
across the East and Southern Africa (EASA) region (countries include Uganda,
Ethiopia, Mozambique, Tanzania, and Burundi). The incumbent oversees all
aspects of communications planning including media relations, regional key
messaging; print/audio visual materials production, writing, and branding. The
jobholder will develop communications and 
informational materials about Right To Play’s program  activities and achievements in the Region to
support fundraising and communications efforts at the Field and International
level (including success stories, videos, and applicable photographs), and will
support in building Right To Play’s communication strategy across the Region. The
RCO will also be responsible for accurate representation Of Right To Play and
its program activities with all target audiences in the Region, (including
media, funders, government, community leaders and other key stakeholders).
Further, the RCO will assist with enhancing the organization’s overall public
image in the Region.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
1.
Communications Planning and Strategy: 20%
·        
The incumbent will develop and implement annual
regional communications plans, in line with the organization’s global plan,
that are designed to maximize program impact, brand awareness, and fundraising
goals.
·        
Develop and implement a crisis/issues management
communication plan, in line with Right To Play International (RTPI), designed
to manage issues and crises with minimal brand risk.
·        
Ensure that communication plans are in-line with all
project grant agreements and reports.
·        
The incumbent will also implement communications deliverables
as required by project grant agreements and reports.
2.
Media Relations: 25%
·        
Build and maintain strong working relationships with
international, regional, and country based media, and conduct appropriate media
pitching/liaising; including writing media releases, media advisories, and
reactive/proactive statements.
·        
The incumbent will also serve as spokesperson in
Region for Right To Play when delegated to do so by the Regional Director.
·        
Build the capacity of spokespeople in the Region to communicate
accurately and effectively about Right To Play and its programs – including
Country Managers, Project Managers, Project Officers, and Coaches.
·        
Keenly monitor, track and analyze media coverage for
Right To Play and Sport for Development in the Region; Partner with media
agencies and local opinion leaders to build their   understanding and expertise in leveraging
popularity of sport and play based learning.
3.
Communications/Advocacy Materials Production: 30%
·        
Develop a region-wide system to produce program success
stories, quotes and photographs that are shared with RTPI on a monthly basis
for communications and fundraising purposes.
·        
Take photographs and write human interest stories, and
gather quotes by interviewing staff, children,
·        
Coaches and families who benefit from Right To
Play’s work and share with RTPI for use in all communications and fundraising
materials.
·        
Provide training and build capacity designated at
Regional and Country staff, to deliver usable materials and information to meet
RTPI and Regional needs.
·        
Establish and develop portfolio of freelancers that
can be used for in-region photography and videography. Facilitate hiring of
in-region photographers and freelancers as needed.
4.
Internal Communications across the Organization: 20%
·        
Act as a link between the Region and RTPI to promote
a two-way communication and accountability.
·        
Work in liaison with RTPI to ensure that all Right
To Play products, communications, and actions in the Region follow brand
guidelines.
·        
Manage and approve all merchandise/print orders in the
Region before being printed; including but not limited to t-shirts, signs, etc.
·        
Accompany and support high-profile visitors to the
Region, while developing and implementing media strategies for their visit;
including preparing background materials, relevant packages, and team briefings.
5.
Other Duties (5% of Time):
Perform any other duties as assigned 5%
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience: 
·        
The ideal candidate for the Regional Communication
Officer should hold an advanced university degree in communications, public
relations, journalism or related fields
·        
A minimum of seven to ten years of relevant
employment experience, preferably in the region.
·        
Proven exposure and experience in developing communication,
and media plans and materials.
·        
Comprehensive computer skills; fully conversant with
Microsoft Office software and at least one publishing software.
·        
Excellent written and oral presentation skills and ability
to communicate to a variety of audiences, including the media, the public,
government officials, NGOs, Right To Play’s affiliates, and others.
·        
Broad working knowledge of the NGO, media, and
political environment in the region.
·        
Significant experience in media relations;
experience in managing supplier relationships.
·        
Editing/proofreading; strong people and facilitation
skills; creative and able to work well under pressure.
·        
Ability to prioritize and meet deadlines
·        
Proven exposure and experience in policy/
networking, and poverty reduction strategies and a commitment to gender equity;
an interest in human rights and social change issues.
·        
Prior experience social media strategy and
execution; experience with photography, and videography will be added
advantages
·        
Excellent command of written and spoken English, and
French
How to Apply:
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates should send their updated resumes and cover
letters to: hr1@righttoplay.com and please kindly indicate “Regional Communication
Officer – EASO RO” and your name in the subject line. Please indicate your
salary expectations in the cover letter.
Deadline: 30th September 2015
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