Communications Officer International NGO Careers – Mercy Corps

Organization: Mercy
Duty Station: Kampala,
About US:
Mercy Corps is an
International NGO that exists to alleviate poverty and oppression by helping
people build secure, productive and just communities. Mercy Corps has been
fully registered in Uganda as an operational NGO. Currently Mercy Corps has an
office in Kampala and is implementing Food Security programs which comprise of
Water and Sanitation, Livelihood and Agriculture and Conflict Mitigation
Management Program in North and North Eastern Uganda. We implement programs in
the northern districts of Pader, Kitgum, Agago, Lamwo, Kaabong, Abim and Kotido
with funding from USAID, USDA, Walmart Foundation, SDC, DFID as well as other
private donations.
Job Summary: The
Communications Officer will be responsible for generating communication
materials including briefs, reports, success stories, design branded materials,
and press releases. The Communications Officer will copy edit documents to be
shared with donors and external stakeholders. The Communications Officer will
increase media coverage related to activities of Mercy Corps Uganda. Part of
this role also includes building the capacity of team members and partners to
be able to capture stories, take captivating photographs, and improve the
quality of communication materials generated by the teams.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Communications and
Public Relations:
  • Develop a communications plan and strategy for the Apolou Activity
    and SP3
  • Support Apolou and other Mercy Corps Uganda programmes to develop
    communication materials for internal and external audiences
  • Support the design and drafting of communication plans, press
    releases, website content, newsletters and any other communications
    material (annual report, social media, speeches, editorials, Q&As)
  • Compile monthly programmatic reports
Staff Capacity
  • Ensure all team members and partners are aware of and compliant with
    Mercy Corps media and communication protocols, including branding
  • Develop and implement a comprehensive staff training series to build
    team capacity in the area of Communications (written, spoken,
  • Build the capacity of local partners in the area of Communications
  • Ensure all team members are aware of and compliant with Mercy Corps
    and USAID media and communication protocols;
Event Management: Support the organization of events in
support of programme activities. Including drafting invitations, documenting
events, generating materials in support of the event (banners, promotional
materials, press releases)
As part of our
commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that
learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the
communities they serve, we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time
to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.
Accountability to
Mercy Corps team
members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically
to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international
relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as
equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the Mercy Corps Communications Officer job
    opportunity should a bachelor’s degree in Communication, Media Studies,
    Public Relations or a closely related field.
  • Three years’ experience in a Communications role, having worked with
    Uganda media is an added advantage.
  • Strong computer skills and administrative experience (Word, Excel,
    PowerPoint, InDesign, Social Media outlets etc.)
  • Strong facilitation skills to deliver training to diverse groups
  • Excellent writing and editing skills in English
  • Strong ability to efficiently prioritize competing demands with
    attention to detail
  • Ability to speak local languages of areas of operation an advantage
  • The successful candidate will be a self-starter with ability to work
    both independently and in collaboration with a team, be able to coordinate
    multiple projects simultaneously, and manage a variety of diverse details.
  • He/she must have the ability to occasionally work evenings or
    weekend hours.
How to Apply:
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates should send their E-mail applications
including a cover letter clearly stating the salary requirements, updated CV
(with three professional referees), and copies of academic
qualifications/certificates addressed to the Senior HR and Legal Manager, Mercy
Corps Uganda to:
Deadline: 27th July 2018
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