Communications Officer Job Vacancy – Agricultural Business Initiative (aBi)

Job Title:        Communications Officer
Organisation: Agricultural
Business Initiative (aBi)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Uganda
Reports to: Communications
Manager
Job Ref No: CM002
About US:
The Agricultural Business Initiative (aBi), a group of registered
companies namely aBi Trust and aBi Finance Ltd, is a multi-stakeholder entity
co-founded in July 2010 by the Governments of Uganda and Denmark through DANIDA
and the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development respectively,
with the objective to promote “Private sector agribusiness development to
enhance wealth creation.” The development objective of the aBi Trust is
building a self-sustaining export-led economy in which the benefits are shared
by all Ugandans, and its immediate objective is to strengthen the competitiveness
of Uganda’s agricultural and agro-processing sector. It does this through Value
Chain Development (VCD) of six value chains (Coffee, Cereals, Pulses,
Horticulture, Dairy and Oil Seeds) and Financial Services Development (FSD).
Job Summary: The
Communications Officer will provide support to the technical team and aBi as a
whole by ensuring the relevant analysis, content development and stakeholder/
media houses management results in positioning of aBi as a critical facilitator
and expert in the sector, and increases the awareness about its purpose /
achievements.
Key Duties and
Responsibilities: 
 Plan, organise and coordinate
aBi’s Communication & advocacy events and campaigns supporting the
implementation of the Advocacy, Influencing & Communication plan.
·        
The incumbent will regularly review the
operations and communication plan to fully appreciate the events/ external
conferences/ etc and the associated needs
·        
Formulate the implementation plan for all signed
off events ensuring that all logistics, marketing, etc is managed in a timely
manner.
·        
Work closely with the Administration Officer to
ensure that all procurements required for communication events are planned
and  available when required.
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Ensure that invitations, public awareness,
adverts are made in a timely manner to the correct audience.
·        
Work in liaison with marketing suppliers ensure
that branding material meets the standards and specifications of aBi.
·        
Support information exchange visits that show
stakeholders possibilities for effective agri-business practices (focused on
aBi’s value chains).
·        
Regularly review the operations and
communication plan to fully appreciate the events/ external conferences/ etc
and the associated needs
Updating of aBi’s Website, working with the technical team to ensure
accurate information is uploaded and queries/ comments are provided with the
appropriate response.
·        
Actively participate in the generation of
website content (both text and pictures) alongside the aBi technical teams so
as to capture / appreciate data/ information required to update the website.
·        
Support aBi communication culture by
consistently following up on content approvals by management prior to
dissemination for all media platforms.
·        
Participate in the innovation and review of
website enhancement strategies and ensure that all ideas for improvement are
implemented (working with 3rd party if required)
·        
Regularly monitor the website and social media
for  consistency in the content matter
and graphic design.
·        
Scan for website functionality issues and make
recommendations for improvements, particularly related to the automated grants
management system.
·        
In charge of analysing feedback and other
collected data from communication activities.
Provide administrative support to the organisation by coordinating the
collection of reports, publications, case studies and presentations;
distribution of communication and administrative management of Communications
data/ information:
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Actively participate in the implementation of
the communications plan by monitoring the schedule of activities and supporting
team members through reminders and follow up.
·        
Support the Communications Manager in the
development of scheduled  reports for
presentation etc.
·        
Work with the internal technical team develop
and maintain a  databases for media
contacts and other influencing stakeholders.
·        
Distribute press releases and following-up with
the media houses when announcing updates/ achievements.
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience: 
·        
The ideal candidate must hold a Bachelor’s Degree
in Mass Communication
·        
Member of Public Relations Association Uganda
·        
A minimum of five years of related work
experience in a media environment
·        
Previous experience in Marketing (particularly
brand management and awareness)
·        
Good understanding of information technology and
the role of social media in modern marketing
·        
Proven experience of developing good public
relationships and working with media houses
·        
Demonstrated skills in logistics management and
coordination
·        
Highly developed writing and creativity skills,
capable of developing content for promotional materials in a compelling and
effective way
·        
Demonstrated ability to manage events –
experience in publicity campaigns
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should apply online by
clicking on link below and following the instructions.
Deadline: 11th November 2016
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