PR & Media Relations Officer (Communications) Officer Job Placement – Umeme

Organisation: Umeme
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Stakeholder
Relations Manager – Media & Communications
About US:
Umeme is the largest electricity distribution company in Uganda, with a
mandate of operating, maintaining, upgrading and expanding the electricity
distribution network, retailing electricity to its customers, improving
efficiency within the electricity distribution system. Umeme Limited is listed
on the Uganda Securities Exchange and cross-listed on the Nairobi Securities
Exchange since 2012. Umeme has over 620,000 customers of which 20% are on
pre-paid metering, a staff complement of 1,400 employees and has over the last
9 years invested US$ 271 m in the electricity distribution system.
Job Summary: The
Communications Officer will mainly implement public and media relations
activities of Umeme including preparing media articles, press releases,
features and researching topical news and social media items for publications
to positively portray the company image and reputation.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Prepare press releases, topical news
    items, leaflets, in-house journals, publicity brochures, information for web
    sites and promotional videos for internal and public consumption to
    improve company image.
  • Research the Electricity Sector and
    market, publish relevant News articles, blogs and social media articles to
    influence positive public opinion of the company.
  • Build and maintain positive relationships,
    network with other writers, as well as industry players such as
    publishers, script editor’s, producers, radio personalities to influence
    pro-business publications.
  • Prepare, format and submit material for
    media publication in the required in line with the brand guidelines.
  • Source and maintain knowledge of
    publication opportunities; market the company through online presence,
    organising promotional events such as press conferences, open days,
    exhibitions, tours and visits.
  • Daily reviews of business related stories
    and articles in the media, flag articles for actioning through appropriate
    response to strengthen/protect company brand position.
  • Prepare briefs, articles and press
    releases for internal and external use in line with company policy.
  • Collaborate with media houses to acquire
    pro-business news leads, timely gather news for Internal and external
    consumption in line with company policy.
  • Write pro-business pieces, edit, revise
    and review company publications that positively publicise the company.

Qualifications, Skills and
  • The applicant should preferably hold a
    Degree in Communication, Journalism or related field.
  • A minimum of three years’ experience
    working as a PR and relations officer.
  • Adept to social media & digital
    platforms for communication and publication purposes in a busy
    environment, preferably a utility.
  • Must have experience in media relations.
  • Creative writing skills.
  • Knowledge of standard industry software
    e.g. publisher.
  • Must have an eye for news.
  • Knowledgeable about the Energy Sector and
    Umeme as a business. Must have experience in writing and reporting.
  • Must be creative and innovative.
  • Knowledge about local, regional and
    international media.
  • Creativity in social media communication.
  • Journalism practical experience will be an
    added advantage.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates are encouraged to fill
out the online form at the link below.
Deadline: 9th March 2018
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