Communications Officer Job Opportunity – Uganda Local Governments’ Association (ULGA)

Job Title:      Communications Officer
Organization: Uganda Local
Governments’ Association (ULGA)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Manager
Finance and Administration
About US:
The Uganda
Local Governments’ Association (ULGA) is an Association for Local Governments
in Uganda that was formed in 1994 with the mandate to unite Local Governments,
and provide them with a forum through which to come together and give each
other support and guidance to make common positions on key issues that affect
Local Governance. ULGA carries out this mandate through lobbying, advocacy and
representation of Local Governments at local, National and International fora.
Its ultimate goal is to promote and build Democratic and Accountable Local
Governments capable of delivering Efficient and Sustainable Public Services to
the people of Uganda. Our current strategic focus is in the areas of lobbying
and advocacy; institutional strengthening; increasing services to members and
facilitating local economic development.
Job Summary:  The Communications Officer will be provide
technical support in coordinating the development, implementation and
monitoring the organizations communications, public relations and campaign
plans in line with ULGA’s strategic direction and programme objectives
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
1.
Participate in program operational planning and implementation processes in
line with ULGA strategy:
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Participate in the writing of program concepts
papers and plans
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The incumbent will coordinate and ensure the
development of quarterly, half year and annual program work plans and budgets.
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Offer guidance in program planning and
implementation & incorporating the issues of communication.
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Conduct field level visits to member LGs and capture
communication issues in line with advocacy or communications strategy.
2.
Develop and roll out ULGA Communications policy and Strategy:
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Develop, roll out and monitor ULGA communications
strategy to maximize public awareness/engagement, donor support, advocacy and
social change
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Actively monitor the impact of ULGA’s communications
on its activities.
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The incumbent will develop and roll out campaign
frameworks and protocols to ensure maximum effectiveness with international and
national strategic goals and objectives
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Develop and roll out policies and protocols for
communications work during normal working environments and emergencies.
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Develop best practice in LG and gender responsive
communication
3.
Liaise with policy, program and grants unit to plan, develop and monitor
campaigns, documentation, brand profiling to increase public awareness, donors
base, advocacy, and influence attitudes and behaviours:
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Develop and roll out campaigns at National level for
mobilizing general public to increase social engagement and advocacy on issues
of ULGA’s key priorities.
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The incumbent will also strengthen media relations;
organize media breakfasts /dinners editorial meetings etc. (regular meetings with
media)
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Build the capacity for all staff and LGs for
effective media work. Media training on camera, radio, social platforms
(blogs). Effective writing compelling stories, liaising with the media. Basic
photo and video skills, basic website training Etc.
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Develop common programme framework that ensures
integration of communication, campaigning and fundraising in programme design
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In charge of drawing up media plans for specific
events, campaigns and events: – Hiring, coordination, contracts,
accountability, budget, finance, monitoring & evaluating
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Publicize organizational events and publications
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Coordinating visits by supporters, potential donors,
national and international media to project sites and ensuring that they are availed
information in the most suitable way to profile ULGA.
4.
Maintain and upholds ULGA’s standards of documentation, branding and profiling:
·        
Ensure that communication is focused on LGs, people
who support our work and the impact of our collective action with more
participatory and interactive communication approaches.
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Create new brands to deepen our position as a key
player in LG issues
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Conduct audience mapping to include all critical
relevant stakeholder or our target group.
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Develop toolkit and materials to support identity
building and rebranding ULGA and LGCG
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Develop, maintain and grow digital media usage and
platforms such as website, Facebook, Twitter, SMS etc.
5.
Develop staff and membership communication capacity, roll out and uphold robust
internal & external:
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Supports the process of systematic collection of
program impact and case studies, engaging members.
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Develop systematic ways of conserving institutional
memory
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Build the capacity of staff and members to work with
the media and engage on social platforms communications policies, practices and
systems to ensure efficiency, timeliness and effective interactive
communications practices compliant with global communications policy and
strategy
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Maintain and manage the ULGA organizational Resource
Centre
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Publish regular updates on ULGA Communications
activities.
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Manage the maintenance and updating of ULGA’s
website
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:  
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The ideal candidate should preferably hold a Bachelor’s
degree in Mass communication, Media Studies, Public relations or any relevant
degree.
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A minimum of three years or more of relevant
experience from a reputable organization
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Good public speaking skills
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Working knowledge of Social media
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Good communication planning skills
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Skilled in monitoring and evaluation communication
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Working knowledge of media management
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Video production and editing skills
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Good photography and photo editing skills
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Good media management skills
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Working knowledge of events management
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Good documentation and reporting skills
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Skills in materials development and Publishing
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Web site designing and management skills
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Video production and editing skills
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Good communication (strategic) planning
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Good graphic design and layout skills
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Knowledge of development communications approaches
(communications activism)
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Good report writing skills
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Good planning and organisation skills
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Time management and coordination skills
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Fluency in written and spoken English
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Good knowledge on the use of the computer accounting
packages.
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Ability to interact with people of different
backgrounds and cultures
NB: This is a re-advertisement so those who applied for these jobs in November 2015 don’t need to apply again.

How to Apply: 
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send a filled application form, Download Here, and send it to: ulgajobs@gmail.com
Deadline: 11th January 2016

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