Communications Officer Non-profit Jobs – Aga Khan Foundation (AKF)

Job Title:        Communications Officer
Organization: Aga Khan Foundation (AKF)
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: Regional Communications Manager
About US:
The
Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) is a private, non-denominational international
development agency of the Aga Khan Development Network promoting creative and
effective solutions to selected problems that impede social and economic
development in parts of Africa and Asia. In Uganda, AKF is managing a robust
and expanding portfolio of multi-sectorial initiatives that includes programmes
in education, early childhood development, sustainable economic development and
civil society strengthening.  Aga Khan
Foundation is implementing the ‘Promoting Youth Social and Economic Empowerment
through Civil Society and Local Authorities (Youth SEECs) Project.’
Job Summary: The Communications Officer is primarily
responsible for planning, developing, and implementing communication strategies
for the ‘Promoting Youth Social and Economic Empowerment through Civil Society
and Local Authorities (Youth SEECs-)’ project. The incumbent will also be
responsible for developing and maintaining partnerships with other relevant
organisations, media outlets, government and other AKDN agencies. The Communications
Officer will work closely with all AKF programme officers and maintain close
interaction with the Policy and Partnerships Manager and Country Office staff.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Take lead in project communications for
    awareness and influence by ensuring that relevant project communications materials
    such as brochures, learning briefs, success and human interest stories, factsheets,
    and info graphics are developed and disseminated on time to the target audiences
    through relevant-channels.
  • The incumbent will build and maintain
    relationships with media outlets (print, electronic and web-based),
    including drafting press releases and organising media events, in Uganda
    to increase coverage of educational and youth empowerment issues.
  • Coordinate and monitor internal
    communications via a monthly newsletter and yearly internal communications
    audits.
  • Facilitate donor and partnership visits by
    developing visit schedules/brochures, profiles, background materials,
    briefs and information kits.
  • Organize special events and campaigns to
    promote strategic educational and youth empowerment activities.
  • Contribute to the finalisation and production
    of high-quality project proposals, donor reports, media supplements, documentaries,
    audio clips, pictures, and other audio-visual communication materials.
  • Keenly monitor, evaluate and document the         impact of communication initiatives
    and materials on AKF (EA)’s reputation and reach.
  • The incumbent will develop content for AKF
    East Africa (EA)’s platforms including the intranet, social media, and
    website.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant must hold a Bachelor’s degree
    or equivalent in communications, journalism, public relations or relevant
    field.
  • At least three years’ experience in producing
    a wide range of strategic communications materials with a reputable international
    NGO or in the corporate sector.
  • Exceptional English communications skills
    with the ability to produce high-quality reports, publications,
    presentations, documentaries and other communications materials.
  • Previous experience in mentoring and training
    staff in communications.
  • Advanced working knowledge of MS Office
    (Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Publisher).
  • The candidates should have basic design and
    layout skills and adept in using Adobe Photoshop and PageMaker will have
    an added advantage.
  • Previous experience carrying out surveys, focus
    groups, and market research is desirable
  • Knowledge of languages spoken in Koboko is a
    plus.
How to Apply: 
All
suitably qualified and interested candidates should submit a cover letter, CV
(not exceeding four pages) and the names and contact information of three referees  addressed to Human Resource & Admin
Manager, Aga Khan Foundation (Uganda) via e-mail to:
akf.uganda@akdn.org. Please mention the
title of the position being applied for.
Deadline: 12th August 2016 by 5:00PM

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