Communications Officer Job Opportunities – Uganda Christian University (UCU)

Job Title:     Communications Officer
Organisation: Uganda Christian University (UCU)
Duty Station: Mukono, Uganda
Reports to: Manager, Communications &
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
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: 
  • Working with relevant
    University divisions, faculties, departments, regional colleges and
    campuses to implement the University’s Communications and Marketing
  • Ensure that all
    communication and promotional activities reflect the Uganda Christian
    University brand, and associated vision, mission and core values.
  • Work closely with senior
    management and Manager, Communications and Marketing in responding to any
    crisis, and be part of the crisis management team.
  • Design messages to
    communicate a positive and consistent image of the University, both
    internally and externally
  • 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.
  • Oversee gathering,
    processing of information for timely update of University online media
    platforms such as website, blog, face book and twitter
  • Assist in developing and
    maintaining key relationships with individuals, external groups, partner
    organizations, influencers, local communities and other stakeholders.
  • Review and edit all
    University publications for accuracy, correctness, style and conformity to
    University branding guidelines
  • Provide strategic
    direction for the planning, management and execution of major university
  • 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 supervisor.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant must 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
  • Three (3) years of working
    experience in corporate communication and public relations in a reputable
  • 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 Africa.
  • Knowledge of modern
    communication methods including social networking and web strategy.
  • 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 three references. Please attach copies of academic and
professional certificates and transcripts on each application. Send to:
The Director, Human Resource & Administration,
Uganda Christian University,
Pilkington Building,
P.O. Box 4, Mukono, Uganda
Email to:
NB: All online applications must be
sent in one PDF attachment.

Deadline: 29th June 2018 by 5:00 pm
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