Coordinator, Communications and Publications Unit Career Opportunity – Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR)

Organisation: Makerere
Institute of Social Research (MISR)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Uganda
About US:
The Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR) was established in
1948 as the East African Institute of Social and Economic Research, serving
several countries in East Africa. It became MISR in 1970 and is affiliated with
Makerere University, Uganda’s largest public university. MISR envisions itself
as a centre of excellence in multidisciplinary research that aims to improve
academic knowledge, inform public policy, and contribute to economic and social
development. MISR’s mission is to respond to the needs of society through
professional research, publication, training, and outreach activities.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
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Develop and implement Makerere Institute of
Social Research, Makerere University communication strategy;
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Document and coordinate dissemination (through
conventional and new media) of user-friendly project information, success
stories, photographs, and achievements to relevant stakeholders;
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Support with drafting key institutional
documents;
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Interface with Makerere Institute of Social
Research’s team regarding technical aspects of communications-related projects,
including; coordinating website design and functionality updates, overseeing
email distribution list upgrades, guiding content management system use and
training, developing in-house contact management tools, managing communications
data; and, other technology related issues; 
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Monitoring usage of the Institute’s website
using a web analytics tool powered by google;
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Ensure high quality program communication
(including but not limited to reports, newsletters, brochures, flyers, ads,
promotional videos, videos, slideshows) and multimedia materials to support
MISR’s internal and external communication efforts;
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Work with MISR’s management to ensure that all
Institute staff are familiar with the Institute’s communications manual and
processes
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Work closely with MISR’s stakeholders to develop
accurate, creative story ideas for a variety of media and for visibility
materials;
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Manage social media platforms and keep them
updated;
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Create an interactive internal portal to
increase interactions between research fellows, PhD fellows and MISR
affiliates;
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Media publicity of Makerere Institute of Social
Research events;
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Find new and innovative avenues to communicate
Makererere Institute of Social Research messages.
Publications:
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Managing the print production of an array of
research and institutional materials, as well as the design and content of
MISR’s brochures, letterheads, banners, and fundraising materials;
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Oversee editing, formatting, creative design,
and printing of MISR’s publications and visibility materials; 
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Compile and disseminate Makerere Institute of
Social Research manual of style
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Ensure proper branding and marking of MISR’s
programs, materials and activities;
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Showcase/marketing of Makerere Institute of
Social Research publications at policy forums, exhibitions, conferences,
seminars, bookshops, etc.;
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In particular, oversee and ensure the
publication of Annual Reports, Policy Briefs, Working Papers and all textual
material;
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Maintain records of all MISR publications
received, sold or distributed to MISR guests.
Coordination:
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Support public events management, media coverage
and stakeholder engagement;
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Work closely with visiting academics in advance
to ensure that they send through papers to be presented or discussed for
dissemination prior to events, such as seminars, discussions, workshops.
Administrative: Development of the Communications and
Publications Unit budget;  any other
duties as assigned by the Administrator or Director.
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience: 
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The applicant should hold a Degree (preferably
advanced degree) in Mass Communication, Public Relations, Journalism, or
related field;
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At least five years communication/publications
experience, preferably in an academic 
institution/knowledge centre or development field;
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Proven writing (non-technical) and editing
skills;
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Develop communications plans to synchronize with
organizational goals in fundraising and development, government and corporate
relations;
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Develop a communications network to formulate
and promote a narrative of the organization’s work;
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Broad knowledge and understanding of
conventional and new communications channels, including electronic, print, and
social media;
·        
Strong computer, graphic design, organizational,
analytical and assessment skills;
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Ability to develop and maintain relationships
with audiences important to Makerere Institute of Social Research, including
Makerere University academic staff, media, 
donors and prospective donors, and corporate leaders
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Ability to represent the organization
effectively to external audiences including donors, corporate and foundation
executives, business and government organizations and other collaborating
agencies;
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Ability to work with minimal supervision and to
meet deadlines under pressure.
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Excellent command of English Language;
How to Apply:
​All suitably qualified candidates should send their
applications by clicking on this link.
Please upload the following in your application; an updated CV / resume
(PDF or Word Format) which should include your contact information and three
work related references and a one page statement describing your suitability
for the role should be included.
Deadline: 31st August
2016
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