ESP Programme Vacancies – Senior Programme Officer Communication & Advocacy at Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD)

Organisation: Ministry of
Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD)
Project Name: Expanding
Social Protection (ESP) Programme
Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda
Reports to:  M&E, Learning & Reporting Coordinator
About US:
The Ministry of
Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD) has championed efforts to promote
a coordinated approach to social protection in Uganda. These efforts culminated
in the design of the Expanding Social Protection (ESP) programme that has been
implemented by the GoU under the MGLSD with financial and technical support
from GoU, DFID, Irish Aid and UNICEF. Its goal is to reduce chronic poverty and
improve life chances for poor men, women and children in Uganda. The purpose is
to embed a national social protection system, including social assistance for
the poorest and most vulnerable, as a core element of Uganda’s national
planning and budgeting processes. Phase I of the ESP programme was implemented
through a Social Protection Secretariat which was established in 2010 under the
Directorate of Social Protection of the Ministry. The objectives of Phase I
included piloting Social Assistance Grants in 15 districts and capacity
building. ESP is now transitioning to Phase II in which the program will expand
to cover a total of 55 districts during the next five years and be implemented
by a Programme Management Unit (PMU).
Job Summary:  The Senior Programme Officer Communication
& Advocacy will develop and manage a communications strategy and ensure
that the programme’s communication and advocacy functions are carried out to
agreed timeframes, budget and quality and work plans for all programme
activities are followed at national and regional Levels. The jobholder will
also support national and regional teams to coordinate and mobilise
communities; and ensure all elements of programme communications are
coordinated across all programme outputs and work streams. The incumbent will build
and strengthen partnerships among stakeholders working in key social protection
areas as well as ensure growth of ESP/SAGE’s reputation.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Develop and manage an overall ESP II communication
strategy that ensures policy alignment and consistency in all public
engagements and messaging.
Develop TORs, tenders and contracts for procuring
communication products and activities at national and local levels, and
coordinate and implement communication activities.
Oversee the engagement with press/public relations
officers or personal assistants/private secretaries within key MDAs to promote
social protection messaging into public communication activities.
The job holder will also manage media relations
including draft press releases and arranging press conferences, preparing media
briefs and arranging interviews.
Work in liaison with the SPO M&E and SPO
Research, Evidence & Knowledge management to identify and communicate
lessons coming out of the SAGE programme and associated research activities, as
well as packaging and disseminating existing and emerging international
Work closely with the SPO Capacity Building to
ensure coherence of communications and messages in the SAGE Training Manual.
In charge of maintaining a regular flow of
information about the programme to key target audiences. This to include, but
not limited to, a regular newsletter, regular and timely website updates as
well as others to be agreed.
Manage the design and maintenance of the ESP
programme website, ensuring high quality, relevant and appropriate content and
Contribute to progress reports.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
The Senior Programme Officer Communication &
Advocacy should hold an Honours degree in Journalism, Mass communications,
marketing or Public relations. Possession of a Master’s degree in a relevant
A minimum of five years’ experience in managing
communications for development programmes at national level in the public or
private sector.
Background in Journalism and/or development
Working knowledge of social protection/poverty
reduction approaches and programmes.
Previous exposure and experience of working with
broad range of stakeholders-from government, media and community.
Experience of managing media relations, preparing
press releases, briefings and conferences as well as handling crisis and
rebuttal communications.
Previous experience and knowledge of effective
advocacy strategies to mobilise policy change at national level.
Excellent interpersonal skills.
Ability to collaborate with and manage other team
members, GoU, service providers anc other external collaborators.
Broad knowledge and understanding of website
management and development.
Working knowledge of procedures for contracting and
contract management of media production organisations to produce media products
and activities.
How to Apply: 
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates should send the following;
A one (1) page supporting statement, explaining how
you believe your experience matches the requirements of the role, directly
addressing the position description;
Curriculum vitae of maximum four (4) pages and
providing three referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent
employer, and copies of academic and professional certificates/ testimonials,
postal address and daytime telephone contact,
Please submit
your application to:
Ministry of
Gender, Labour and Social Development,
House Plot 1 George Street,
P.O. Box 7136 Kampala.
Please clearly indicate
the position applied for on the envelope (“Application for the position of”)
Deadline: 16th December 2015.

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