Communication and Visibility Officer EDF Program Jobs – Office of the Prime Minister (OPM)

Job Title:          Communication and Visibility
Officer
Organisation: Office
of the Prime Minister (OPM)
Project Name: Development
Initiative for Northern Uganda (DINU)
Funding Source: European
Development Fund (EDF)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Uganda
Reports to: National
Programme Coordinator
About US:
The Government of Uganda has
received a grant from the 11th European Development Funds towards the
Development Initiative of Northern Uganda (DINU). The Programme is intended to
eradicate poverty and under-nutrition and strengthen the foundations for
sustainable and inclusive socio-economic development in the sub-regions of
Acholi, Lango, Teso, West Nile and Karamoja, and as such promote sustainable
and inclusive socio-economic development. It will provide support in the three
focal sectors identified in the National Indicative Programme (Food Security
and Agriculture; Transport Infrastructure and Good Governance).
Job Summary: The Communication
and Visibility Officer will guide the overall reporting and communication
strategy of the Programme through collection of relevant information from the
PMU, the national program stakeholders and implementation partners in a timely
manner in accordance with established Government of Uganda (GoU) and European
Union (EU) Communication and Visibility procedures and guidelines, including
the specific DINU Programme Visibility and Communication Strategy and Plan. On
day-to-day operation, he/she will perform the duties under direct supervision
of and in close consultation with the National Programme Coordinator, the PMU
as well as in cooperation with the Technical Advisors of the DINU Technical
Assistance Team (TAT)
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Identify,
    design and disseminate messages that provide relevant and timely
    information to the programme stakeholders and target audiences such as
    beneficiary communities, the public, national and local authorities, the
    media and development partners
  • Support
    the design and implementation of the DINU Programme communication plan and
    guidelines, including profile raising of the national and international
    implementing partners, manage the media strategy, including media liaison
    through issue of press releases and briefings,
  • Support
    to organization of programme events such workshops, seminars and
    conferences at national and local level together with the PMU and the
    Regional offices, including contacts with the press and media
  • Organize
    trips, press conferences, media workshops to ensure that key messages are
    conveyed to the relevant audiences
  • Implement
    media and communication actions for DINU-events, in close coordination
    including preparing invitation letters and background information of
    events for disseminating to local media and press representatives. Also
    drafting and preparing press releases for DINU-events and generating media
    attendance for all events by contacting media representatives (at both
    central and local level)
  • Build
    and maintain of press and media contact database at central and local
    level.
  • Monitor
    and respond to press statements relating to the Programme and compile
    daily and weekly press reviews with the aim of increased visibility of the
    GoU and EU funding and assistance on the Programme;
  • Design
    Information, Communication and Visibility (ICV) materials, products and
    tools such as brochures, articles, visual and audio materials, t-shirts,
    sign-posts, stickers, fliers, pamphlets,
  • Support
    the design and implementation and maintenance of a programme web-site (to
    be developed with the support of a local service provider)
  • Liaise
    and interact with the DINU implementation partners on their visibility and
    communication plans and guidelines as to create synergies and
    complementarities regarding the overall DINU visibility and communication
    actions and outreach,
  • Coordinate
    DINU publications, while maintaining quality standards and ensuring that
    they clearly communicate about the DINU Programme in line with the GoU and
    EU support and assistance;
  • Contribute
    to program monitoring, evaluating, and periodic reporting, including
    support to the development of activity and work plans;
  • Support
    in the preparation of key documents for various PMU and Project Steering
    Committee meetings etc.
  • Facilitate
    exchange of experiences and best practices by provision of relevant,
    accurate and timely information through quarterly, annual and ad hoc
    reports, as well as electronic platforms such as the programme website and
    e-mails. Ensure regular update of a documentation and resource Centre.
  • Undertake
    regular visits to the DINU Regional offices and locally implemented
    projects and initiatives, to capture key events and milestones and to
    assist with the design and implementation of reporting and communication
    plans, identify whether planned benefits have been delivered and received;
  • Continuously
    evaluate the Reporting and Communication systems of DINU, to ensure that
    they provide information and anticipate sustainability issues (if any) of
    the positive outcomes.



Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    ideal candidate must hold a post graduate degree in a relevant area:
    Project Monitoring and Evaluation, or any other relevant area.
  • Honours
    Bachelors’ degree in any of the following areas: Communication,
    Journalism, Public Relations or a related field from a recognized
    university.
  • Qualifications/Training
    in project planning and management, management is desirable.
  • At
    least five years, of experience in communication, public relations, social
    communication of development projects in Uganda, of which 3 years in a
    senior function in a reputable development institution, or a public
    organization;
  • Proven
    experience in managing the Uganda press, social media applications,
    website design is an added advantage;
  • Ability
    to communicate and interact with various audiences and stakeholders;
  • Data
    analysis, superior writing, editing, information analysis, report writing
    and research skills;
  • Good
    interpersonal, communication, public relations and organizational skills;
  • Willingness
    to travel to project areas;
  • Ability
    to think structurally, prioritize work and to work independently, under
    pressure and under minimum supervision;
  • Fluent
    in spoken English, with an excellent command of written English, and the
    ability to effectively communicate information, policies, and/or
    procedures, with capacity to adapt the communication to various audiences;
  • Keen
    attention to detail, initiative and ability to make good judgements
    complete the profile.
  • Excellent
    computer skills
  • Age: 30 years and above
How to Apply:
All candidates should send
their applications accompanied by detailed curriculum vitae, copies of
certificates and academic transcripts, three competent referees, one of whom
MUST be from your current employer or previous employer for those temporarily
unemployed plus a passport photo, contact details (mobile number and e-mail),
photocopy of the National ID should be addressed to:
The Permanent Secretary,
Office of the Prime Minister,
New Government Block,
Plot 9-11 Apollo Kaggwa Road,
P.O. Box 341, Kampala. Uganda
NB: The application
forms should be delivered at the Human Resource Office 3rd Floor, Office of the
Prime Minister
Deadline: Friday, 23rd February 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

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