Community Engagement/ Communication Officer USAID Project Jobs – 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 Community
Engagement/ Communication Officer 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 materials.
  • 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 others.
  • 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 English.
  • 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 program.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate for the USAID
    Project Community Engagement/ Communication Officer 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Ability to regularly and flexibly travel
    between districts and designated project Units.
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 hrapplications@shrp.rti.org. Emails should
not exceed 2MB.
Deadline: 8th February 2018
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