Communication Officer Job Placement – USAID Strengthening Partnerships, Results and Innovations in Nutrition Globally Project (SPRING)

Job Title:       Communication Officer
Organisation: USAID Strengthening Partnerships, Results and
Innovations in Nutrition Globally Project (SPRING)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Chief of Party
About USAID SPRING Project:
Strengthening Partnerships, Results and Innovations in Nutrition Globally Project
(SPRING) Project is a six-year cooperative agreement funded by USAID. SPRING’s overarching
vision is to reduce under-nutrition, prevent stunting, and work with women and
children in reducing anemia. By providing state-of-the-art technical support,
SPRING aims to strengthen country efforts to scale up high-impact nutrition
practices and policies to improve maternal and child nutrition outcomes. SPRING’s
experienced implementation team consists of experts from JSI Research and
Training Institute, Inc., Helen Keller International, The International Food
Policy Research Institute, Save the Children, and The Manoff Group. In Uganda,
SPRING currently provides technical assistance to the Government of Uganda
(GoU) in three areas: micronutrient powders, industrial food fortification, and
anemia policy and programming at the national level and in Namutumba district.
Job Summary: The Communications Officer will work in liaison with
the Knowledge Management (KM) team to provide coordination and support in
strengthening the project’s communication efforts.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Becoming familiar with, and contributing to,
    SPRING/Uganda’s Communication Matrix, which lists communications channels
    for SPRING/Uganda’s work.
  • In charge of the development and dissemination
    of press releases to the local media houses.
  • In charge of the management of the
    journalists or Public Relations and Events Management firms
  • Writing and/or designing content to help
    position SPRING resources for inclusion in in-person and online forums.
    Writing for, and posting on, social media on behalf of SPRING/Uganda.
  • Work in close collaboration with SPRING
    corporate partners’ social media managers to ensure a mutually beneficial
    relationship in sharing project and other nutrition-related news. Creating
    content for formatted emails, such as “save-the-date” or “event reminder”
    emails; working with SPRING/Home Office to coordinate the sending and
    monitoring of these emails.
  • In charge of writing or assembling photo
    galleries, news items, and activity blurbs for the SPRING website.
  • In charge of communicating to the KM Team
    with efficiency and accuracy on any progress and/or delays
  • Providing additional communications support
    to SPRING as requested, which may include editing, formatting, or making
    resources 508-compliant.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicants for the USAID SPRING Project Communication
    Officer job placement must hold a University degree in communications or
    mass media or preferably someone with a journalistic background
  • At least three years’ experience working in
    communications, mass media or journalism.
  • Strong writing, editing, proofreading,
    formatting, and professional printing/publishing skills are essential,
    including ability to present concepts verbally.
  • The successful candidate will ideally have an
    interest in nutrition or the development sector and demonstrated skills in
    communications, with a special emphasis on writing.
  • Broad interest in, experience, and
    understanding of social media channels and tools.
  • Excellent written English skills required;
    experience writing for an American audience desirable.
  • Previous experience in creating and marketing
    publications and other communications products desirable like graphic
    design or photo editing software (Adobe Creative Suite products; GIMP Photo
    Editor; Ink Scape; etc.) is a plus.
  • Ability and desire to work independently and
    manage various projects in a team setting.
  • Knowledge of 508 compliance and accessibility
    requirements highly desirable.
  • Previous experience with USAID and/or other
    donor agencies highly desirable.
  • Prior exposure and experience in photography
    and Videography is an added advantage.
How to Apply: 
applicants who wish to join the USAID Project are encouraged to send their application
letters, copies of academic certificates and CV including three referees to the
following address below. Please indicate the position you have applied for in
the subject line of the email.
Chief of Party
36/37A Martyr’s Way Minister’s Village, Ntinda
Box 40070, Kampala-Uganda
Email to:
Deadline: 5th August 2016

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