Fresher Communications Officer UNHCR Project Jobs – Humanitarian Initiative Just Relief Aid (HIJRA)

Job Title:       Communications Officer
Organisation: Humanitarian
Initiative Just Relief Aid (HIJRA)
Funding Source: UNHCR
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to: Country
Program Manager
About US:
Humanitarian Initiative Just
Relief Aid (HIJRA) is an international African humanitarian and development
organization that positively contributes towards improving the living standards
and conditions of those adversely affected by disasters and conflict in the
Horn, East & Central Africa by implementing WASH, Health, Education,
Livelihoods, Community service & development and Protection programs in the
region for a period of more than 20 years.
About UNHCR Project:
HIJRA with funding from the
UNHCR in Uganda is implementing a multi-sectoral Program for refugees in
Oruchinga settlement (Isingiro district), Nakivale settlement (Isingiro
district) and Nyakabande Transit Center (Kisoro district).
Job Summary: The Communications
Officer should be a a creative thinker with social media experience and
excellent people skills to join our media team. He/She will be leading on
communications as well as responding to comments and queries from the public as
well as being responsible for the public relations aspect within an
organization. The job holder will be responsible for building and sustaining
HIJRA’s reputation for quality, reliability and customer satisfaction, write
and deliver press releases and handles all communication sent to the public.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Lead the implementation of HIJRA communications
    strategy to promote and publicize the knowledge gathered by the program.
  • Draft and produce regular editorial
    support to the development of articles, blogs, reports, technical briefs,
    newsletters, and other publications.
  • The incumbent will also write communications
    pieces (success stories, articles, blog posts, etc.) and create project
  • Lead in event design, organization, and
  • Research and identify opportunities for
    the project to employ new media formats and dissemination channels
    (podcasts, blogging, webcasts, etc.).
  • Make sure of information on the website is
    accurate and up to date, and supports the work of the organization
  • Use social media applications creatively,
    including managing the organization’s Facebook, Twitter and blog activity
  • Produce publicity and promotional
    materials for events and engagement activities and other external
  • Attend meetings and events when needed
  • Work closely with HIJRA headquarter over
    communications and promotional activities
  • Address enquiries, ensuring that an
    appropriate response is given within the expected timeframe
  • Record the details of enquiries, including
    follow-up provided
  • Keep up to date with developments in
    policy and social issues, locally and nationally
  • Adhere to HIJRA Policies and Procedures at
    all time and carry out all duties with full regard to confidentiality
  • Attend and contribute to staff meetings
    and others, as required.
  • Perform any other reasonable duties that
    might be requested from time-to-time

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    ideal candidate for the HIJRA
    Communications Officer job opportunity must hold a Bachelor’s
    in Public Relations, International Development, Journalism,
    Communications, Marketing or a related field.
  • Two years of relevant experience with one year of experience working directly in communications.
  • Knowledge of principles, theories and
    methods of communications, public relations, and journalism.
  • Articulate and professional in public
    speaking situations
  • Demonstrated research, writing and editing
    experience for both print and web.
  • Proficiency with website content
    management and the use of social media required.
  • Familiarity with graphic design, printing
    and publishing processes required.
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of
    evolving communications technologies and measurements of communications
  • Experience with issue management and
    public advocacy;
  • Initiative to solve problems with energy
    and a positive attitude;
  • Ability to translate and convey
    sophisticated, sometimes sensitive, information to target audiences;
  • Ability to translate complex, strategic
    content into engaging, easy-to-understand messages that create commitment
    to the organization and its goals;
  • Previous experience with best
    communication practices with Social Media and new technologies;
  • Experience with multi-media (audio, video,
    publications, computer based vehicles etc) and understanding of
    SharePoint, InfoPath, digital signage and other internal communications
    vehicles as plus;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
    in English
  • Advanced proficiency with Microsoft
    Windows software including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook
  • Ability to think creative and develop new
  • Self-motivated with a flexible approach
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of
    humanitarian and refugees issues
  • Willingness to travel to field operations
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and
interested candidates should send an application letter and Curriculum Vitae
including telephone and email contacts of three referees including your
current/most recent employer.
Application should be addressed
to the:
Country Program Manager,
Humanitarian Initiative Just
Relief Aid (HIJRA),
P.O. Box 37703, Kampala,
Email to: vacancies.ug@hijra.or.ke.
The subject line should read: “
Communications Officer.”
Please note that interviews will be done on a rolling basis given the urgency
of the positions.
Deadline: 3rd March 2018
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