Strategic Communications Officer Mastercard Foundation STARS Program Jobs – Interchurch Organization for Development Cooperation (ICCO Cooperation)

Organization: Interchurch
Organization for Development Cooperation (ICCO Cooperation)
Duty Station: 
Kampala, Uganda
About US:
Organization for Development Cooperation (ICCO Cooperation) is an international
non-governmental organization working towards a world in which people can live
with dignity and well-being, a world without poverty and injustice. Our core
values are justice, compassion and stewardship.
About STARS:
The Strengthening
African Rural Smallholders (STARS) program is implemented by ICCO Cooperation
and ICCO Terrafina Microfinance in partnership with Mastercard Foundation;
targeting 210,000 rural farmers in Rwanda, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso and Senegal.
STARS is addressing challenges that smallholder farmers (SHFs) face such as
limited skills, minimal access to markets and limited access to appropriate
financial products such as loans. The STARS program runs till beginning of 2021
and applies the Market Systems Development approach (M4P) in its interventions
with partners. In order for ecosystems to develop in their local context, STARS
influences market sectors by building and showcasing successful market-models
and interventions that can scale-up, ultimately creating wealth for more SHFs.
Communications is therefore an intrinsic element of our implementing model.
Job Summary:  The Strategic communications officer (part
time) will be responsible for developing and implementing our communications
strategy. The objectives you will work on include:
  • To have the communications role collaborate and integrate with the
    monitoring evaluation & learning role, as well as with program
    implementation, in order to create a well-structured collection, synthesis
    and dissemination of information.
  • To shape our communications in order to be regarded as a thought
    leader and sector influencer
  • To determine optimal channels and delivery methods to disseminate
    our messages
  • To use communications as a way to generate staff enthusiasm and
    commitment to a learning cycle based on the collection, synthesis and
    dissemination of information
Content gathering: 
  • In collaboration with the teams, condense large amounts of
    information into key insights
  • To create key messages intended for key audiences (both internal and
    external) and align these with our internal processes.
  • You will work with our program staff, stakeholders on the ground in
    the implementing countries and partners including Microfinance
    Institutions (MFI), Banks, Producer Organizations (POs), NGOs,
    agri-businesses, donors and corporates who share an interest in advancing
    the professionalism of POs. You will collaborate closely with the
    operations team to ensure our communications help us increase STARS’
    visibility, to strengthen our role as sector influencer, and to enhance
    stakeholder satisfaction. You will be part of an international and
    ambitious team, working locally from the four country offices and from our
    global office in The Netherlands. While developing and executing the
    communication strategy and plan you cooperate and align your work with the
    communicators of ICCO in the two African regional offices and the global
  • You are a creative professional and you have the drive to take
    ICCO-STARS to the next level both online and offline. You will set and
    manage our communication agenda, while doing hands-on work to improve and
    co-create our products and services.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • You will create our communication strategy. Based on your vision of
    the opportunities and considering the available resources, you can
    translate this vision into an actionable roadmap, setting clear
  • You will execute the communication strategy. Maintain, develop and
    improve our communications products and services. This will focus on two
  • Collecting information on the program from our program staff, and
    strengthening their capability to deliver good content.
  • To use this content to develop communications outputs to reach key
  • You are a sparring partner to the STARS Management Team. You will
    help the MT to develop the program’s learning and reporting processes, and
    influencing strategy.
  • The communications officer reports to the general manager of ICCO
    STARS. The position can be filled as an employee or as a freelancer.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • Thinks strategically, sees opportunities to use communications to
    influence internal and external stakeholders;
  • Good understanding of the development sector at large, preferably
    experienced in MSD programmes or economic development, microfinance or
    value chain development;
  • Excellent critical thinking, has journalist skills and demonstrate
    experience with (impact) stories, reports and interviews;
  • Good team player, has a ‘can do’ and hands-on mentality, imperative
    for a small team;
  • The applicant must be an extravert, confident, as well as a good
    listener and a good communicator;
  • Fluent in English and preferably French;
  • Can, if necessary, take up tasks outside the job description if they
    are imperative for ICCO- STARS.
We offer:
  • Be part of a motivated group of colleagues with ambitious goals and
    working in a professional, though informal, working environment;
  • International travel and a competitive salary / payment.
How to Apply:
All candidates are
encouraged to send an updated CV of not more than 3 pages and a motivation of
interest to Mrs. Victoire Umutesi Only email
applications shall be considered. All applications should be clearly marked: “ICCO Cooperation – Communications Officer STARS” and no email should
exceed 3MB. Please note that only those selected will be contacted. Any form of
lobbying will lead to automatic disqualification.
Deadline: Thursday 31st January 2019.
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