Communication Officer – Community Engagement USAID Project Job Opportunities – RTI International

Organisation: RTI
Project Name: USAID
Uganda School Health and Reading Program
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to: Deputy Chief
of Party 
About RTI:
RTI International is one of the
world’s leading research institutes, dedicated to improving the human condition
by turning knowledge into practice. Our staff of more than 3,700 provides
research and technical services to governments and businesses in more than 75
countries in the areas of health and pharmaceuticals, education and training,
surveys and statistics, advanced technology, international development,
economic and social policy, energy and the environment, and laboratory testing
and chemical analysis.
About USAID Project:
RTI International is
implementing the USAID Uganda School Health and Reading Program, a five-year,
USAID program that aims to improve early grade reading outcomes for children in
primary grades and develop sustainable health education systems that support
national HIV/AIDS prevention efforts.
Job Summary: The Communication
Officer – Community Engagement will support raising awareness of the program’s
objectives and work, generate public support and interest for its advocacy
agenda and increase visibility of project work.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Popularize
    the teaching of early grade reading in local language and English among
    various publics including opinion leaders, government officials, parents
    and communities, the media.
  • Advise
    program staff on communication issues including approaches, consistency of
    language and content of publications, presentations and press releases.
  • Manage
    the content and various sections of the SHRP project website and publicity
  • Undertake
    the generation of messages for public consumption through program success
    stories, talking points for national and international events, press
    releases, reports, fact sheets, newsletters, Power Point presentations, and
  • Provide
    the overall communications support for the project and translate the
    project goals and vision into useful and powerful messages that will speak
    to children, parents, teachers, educational and other leaders and Ugandans
    in general about improving early grade reading in local language and
  • Provide
    oversight for the development and implementation of special campaigns
    related to the program goals.
  • Develop
    SHRP communications work plans and budget. This will include the
    development of a calendar of events that targets strategic groups,
    organizations and the media.
  • Represent
    RTI-SHRP at district, national and international meetings and forums, to
    advocate for the use of early grade reading and health data, present
    results and facilitate exchange between partners.
  • Edit
    reports, proposals and other articles targeting various public forums for
    clarity, accuracy of message and readability, ease of comprehension and
    consistency with the organisation’s communication policy.
  • Coordinate
    the production of periodic success stories, newsletters, reports and
    posting of weblogs.
  • Guide
    the program on relevant current news that affect or are of interest to the

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    ideal candidate for the USAID Project Communication Officer – Community
    Engagement career opportunity must hold a Master’s degree in
    Communication, Public Relations, Journalism, or related field
  • Three
    years’ work experience in the development sector or Bachelor’s degree in
    Communication, Journalism, Social Work or related field
  • Six
    years of relevant experience in communication in the development sector.
  • Familiarity
    with communication approaches for planning, executing, and monitoring
    communication strategies;
  • Previous
    experience in conducting communication campaigns and capacity building
    efforts in Uganda;
  • Competency
    in information systems skills, particularly in publications software;
  • Experience
    working on a USAID-funded or other donor project pertaining to technical
    and organization capacity development.
  • Excellent
    writing and speaking skills in English at a minimum. A high level of
    proficiency in a Ugandan language is an added advantage.
  • Computer
    skills, with expertise in PowerPoint, Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Ability
    to work with social media to provide good photography and videography.
  • Excellent
    time management and ability to prioritize multiple tasks.
  • Exposure
    to the donor’s report requirements.
  • Ability
    to regularly and flexibly travel between districts and designated project
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified
candidates who desire to work for the USAID RTI Project should submit their
updated CVs including three work related referees and cover letter to: The
Human Resource Manager by e-mail to Emails should
not exceed 2MB.
Deadline: 25th January 2018
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