Communications Officer Job Opportunities – Uganda Christian University (UCU)

Job Title:     Communications Officer
Organisation: Uganda
Christian University (UCU)
Duty Station: Mukono,
Reports to: Manager,
Communications & Marketing
About US:
Uganda Christian
University was founded when the historic Bishop Tucker Theological College was
promoted as a university in 1997. Bishop Tucker Theological College trained
clergy and educators during its 84-year history from 1913-1997. The local
chief, Hamu Mukasa, granted land for the college to operate in Mukono.
International partnerships were part of the College’s missionary history. The
Church Mission Society teamed with Ugandan leaders and others to assure the
College had the necessary intellectual and other capital. By the late 1990s,
the Church of Uganda sought to have a broader impact on society through the
higher education – not only of clergy but of other professionals as well.
Uganda Christian University was established in 1997.
Job Summary: The
Communications Officer will lead the implementation of communications
activities in line with Uganda Christian University’s Strategic Plan, towards
the vision of being a Centre of Excellence in the Heart of Africa.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • The incumbent will be working with relevant University divisions,
    faculties, departments, regional colleges and campuses to implement the
    University’s Communications and Marketing strategy.
  • Ensure that all communication and promotional activities reflect the
    Uganda Christian University brand, and associated vision, mission and core
  • Work closely with senior management and Manager, Communications and
    Marketing in responding to any crisis, and be part of the crisis
    management team.
  • The Communications Officer will also design messages to communicate
    a positive and consistent image of the University, both internally and
  • Manage UCU information platforms such as corporate emails and social
    media accounts
  • Assist in managing media relations and media coverage.
  • Coordinate the development of promotional materials (including
    on-line and visual materials and advertising) and internal and external
    communications in all media.
  • Assist in developing and maintaining key relationships with
    individuals, external groups, partner organizations, influencers, local
    communities and other stakeholders.
  • Provide strategic direction for the planning, management and
    execution of major university events.
  • Prepare media briefs, press releases and monthly media monitoring
    reports, activity reports for the department
  • Perform any other official duties as may be assigned by the
  • Oversee gathering, processing of information for timely update of
    University online media platforms such as website, blog, face book and
  • Review and edit all University publications for accuracy,
    correctness, style and conformity to University branding guidelines

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:  
  • The ideal candidate for the UCU Communications Officer job
    opportunity should hold a Master’s degree in Mass Communication or
    Journalism from a recognized institution of higher learning.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications or Journalism from a recognized
    institution of higher learning.
  • Three (3) years of working experience in corporate communication and
    public relations in a reputable organization.
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English.
  • Ability to implement a communications strategy for the University,
    including: formulating content and material that reflects our brand.
  • Knowledge of different target audiences and their particular needs
    for information, including different audiences inside and outside East
  • Knowledge and ability to utilize media networks.
  • Ability to quickly formulate appropriate responses to inquiries from
    a variety of sources about the University.
  • Experience in Videography will be an added advantage
  • Must be a mature and practicing Christian.
How to Apply:
All qualified
candidates should send two (2) copies of an application letter clearly
demonstrating suitability together with updated Curriculum Vita and two
(Academic, Leadership, Pastoral) references. Please attach copies of academic
and professional certificates and transcripts on each application. Send to:
The Director, Human
Resource & Administration,
Uganda Christian
Pilkington Building,
P.O. Box 4, Mukono,
NB: All
online applications must be sent in one PDF attachment.

Deadline: 11th May 2018 by 5:00 pm
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