Media and Communications Officer NGO Jobs – Uganda Network of AIDS Service Organizations (UNASO)

Organisation: Uganda Network
of AIDS Service Organizations (UNASO)
Project Name: Prevention of
HIV and AIDS in Communities of Karamoja Project (PACK))
Funding Source: Irish Aid
Duty Station: Kampala,
Uganda
Reports to: Executive
Director
About Us:
Uganda Network of AIDS Service Organizations (UNASO) was established as
a membership organization in 1996 to provide a platform for coordination,
Advocacy, resource mobilization, capacity building and information sharing
among civil society AIDS service organizations (ASOs). With its secretariat in
Kampala, UNASO has a membership of over 2,000 AIDS service ionizations involved
in HIV& AIDS and Health work. UNASO’s vision is “A Ugandan Society free of
HIV and AIDS and its impact”; while her Mission is; “to provide leadership
to ASOs for collective response to HIV& AIDS and Health through effective
representation, coordination and enhanced capacities.”
About PACK Project:
A Civil Society organizations’ consortium (CSO-C) with support from
Irish is implementing a five-year project “Prevention of HIV and AIDS in
Communities of Karamoja” (PACK); The consortium comprises of Alliance of Mayors
and Municipal Leaders on HIV/AIDS in Africa (AMICAALL), National Forum of
People Living with HIV Networks in Uganda (NAFOPHANU), Straight Talk Foundation
(STF), The AIDS Support Organization (TASO) and Uganda Network of AIDS Service
Organizations (UNASO) was formed in 2015 in order to implement a “Prevention of
HIV and AIDS in Communities of Karamoja” (PACK) Program. It’s also to test the
feasibility of funding CSOs in responding to the HIV/AIDS epidemic through a
grant that is for and is managed by the civil society. In the consortium,
AMICAALL will strengthen capacity of municipalities and lower local government
and community leaders in Karamoja while STF will provide HIV and AIDS
prevention and SRH information targeting adolescents, youth and young women in
the region. TASO will carry out community support engagements and NAFOPHANU
will build capacity of PLHIV networks in the region and address HIV stigma and
discrimination as a key barrier to utilization of services. UNASO will be the
Grants Management Unit (GMU) for administering the grants and providing
technical and financial management support to the consortium.
Job Summary: The Media and
Communications Officer will lead UNASO’s external and internal communications.
The incumbent will maximize coverage of UNASO’s programs by developing and
delivering effective media and communication strategies and visibility
products. The incumbent will also be responsible for the public relations
aspect of UNASO, build and sustain a UNASO’s reputation and image. The
jobholder will write and deliver press releases and handle all communication
sent to the public.
Key Duties and
Responsibilities: 
  • Manage UNASO’s brand and reputation;
    develop branding initiatives, internal/external communications and maximize
    media opportunities.
  • Formulate and effectively implement UNASO
    communication and documentation strategies
  • Develop UNASO publications such as
    newsletters, releases, email announcements, planned publications, on-line,
    intranet video, special projects and assignments.
  • Regularly generate high quality media
    coverage of UNASO’s programs and advocacy work
  • Monitor and evaluate media coverage on
    UNASO’s work and to draw lessons to improve coverage, and provide regular
    analysis on issues relevant to UNASO’s work.
  • Write press releases, news reports,
    letters, petitions, briefing papers research reports, articles, statements
    and case studies about the work of UNASO
  • Develop and maintain a rich and extensive
    network with journalists, academics, social media activists, media outlets
    and other relevant organizations and form partnerships with these to
    strengthen the dissemination of UNASO’s publications
  • Produce digital content (stories, photos,
    blog articles, videos) to be used by UNASO and on other related websites
  • Lead in the timely updating and
    development of UNASO’s website Social media; Face book pages, Twitter,
    YouTube, and Radio WhatsApp accounts and mailing lists.
  • The incumbent will document and maintain a
    sound records management system; hard and soft copies of UNASO work
  • Initiate and write news articles, best
    practices and success stories for publication
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience: 
  • The applicants for the Media and
    Communications Officer job opportunity must hold a bachelor’s degree in
    journalism, communications, public relations, media relations, or related
    field. A master degree is an added advantage
  • A minimum of three years’ experience in
    implementing similar communications work
  • Previous experience of working as a
    journalist is an added advantage
  • Excellent communication and advocacy
    skills.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send their
applications, curriculum vitae, copies of academic and professional
certificates/ testimonials either by post or hand delivery addressed to the:
Executive Director,
Uganda Network of AIDS Service Organizations (UNASO),
Plot 190, Kiira Road. Ntinda- Kyambogo Route,
P.O. Box 27346 Kampala, Uganda
Email to: unaso@unaso.or.ug
For hand delivery, please deliver to the address above between 8.00am
to 4.00pm, Monday to Friday.
NB: Please indicate a
daytime telephone contact and names and contact details of three professional
referees. Also, in your application letter and on the cover of the envelope,
clearly indicate which position you are applying for.
Deadline: 7th October,
2016 by 4:00 PM
NB: If you do not hear
from us by 28th October, 2016, please consider your application
unsuccessful.

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