Communications Officer Jobs – AfriChild Centre

Organisation: AfriChild Centre
Duty Station: AfriChild Head Office Makerere
University, Kampala, Uganda
Reports to:
Executive Director
About US:
The AfriChild Centre is a multidisciplinary research
institution that undertakes child-focused research, supports capacity building
of academics, policy makers and practitioners; and advocates for evidence-based
policy implementation/making and programming to improve the well-being of
Job Summary:  The Communications Officer will support in
Coordinating the development, implementation and monitoring the organization’s
communications and public relations in line with AfriChild’s strategic direction
and programme objectives.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
Participate in  program
operational planning and implementation processes in line with AfriChild’s
Participate in the writing of program / research
concepts papers and plans.
Coordinate and ensure the development of
quarterly, half year and annual communications and advocacy work plans and
Provide guidance in program planning and
implementation & incorporating the issues of communication.
Conduct field level visits with researchers (as
assigned) and capture communication issues in line with advocacy or
communications strategy.
Develop and roll out AfriChild’s Communications policy and Strategy
Develop, roll out and monitor AfriChild’s
communications strategy to maximize public awareness/engagement, donor support,
advocacy and social change.
Evaluate and report on the impact of AfriChild’s
communications and advocacy on its activities.
Develop and roll out campaign frameworks and
protocols to ensure maximum effectiveness with international and national
strategic goals and objectives.
Develop and roll out policies and protocols for
communications work during normal working environments and emergencies.
Develop best practice in communications relating
to issues of children.
Liaise with the research and policy units to plan, develop and monitor
campaigns, documentation, brand profiling to increase public awareness, donors
base, advocacy, and influence attitudes and behaviours  
Participate in the development and roll out of
advocacy campaigns for mobilizing policy makers and practitioners to increase
social engagement and advocacy on issues of AfriChild’s key priorities –
Strengthen media relations; organize media
breakfasts /dinners editorial meetings etc. (regular meetings with media).
Build capacity for all staff and assigned
partners for effective media work on issues of children. Media training on
camera, radio, social platforms (blogs). 
Effective writing of compelling stories, liaising with the media. Basic
photo and video skills, basic website training Etc.
Develop a common programme framework that
ensures integration of communication, advocacy and fundraising in programme
Draw up media plans for campaigns and events:
Hiring, coordination, contracts, accountability,
budget, finance, monitoring & evaluating.
Publicize organizational events and
Coordinate visits by supporters, potential
donors, national and international media to project events and ensuring that
they are availed information in the most suitable way to profile AfriChild.
Maintain and uphold AfriChild’s standards of documentation, branding
and profiling
Ensure that communication is focused on
Children, people who support our work and the impact of our research work with
more participatory and interactive communication approaches.
Develop and promote the AfriChild brand to
deepen our position as a key player on issues pertaining to children.
Carryout audience mapping to include all
critical relevant stakeholder or our target group.
Develop toolkit and materials to support
identity building and rebranding of AfriChild.
Develop, maintain and grow digital media usage
and platforms such as website, Facebook, twitter, SMS etc.
Develop staff communication capacity, roll out and uphold robust
internal & external communications policies, practices and systems to
ensure efficiency, timeliness and effective interactive communications
Support the process of systematic collection of
research impact and case studies.
Develop systematic ways of conserving
institutional memory.
Develop capacity of staff to work with the media
and engage on social platforms.
Maintain and manage the AfriChild Resource
Publish regular updates on AfriChild
Communications activities.
Oversee the maintenance and updating of
AfriChild’s website.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
The applicant must hold a Bachelor’s degree in
Mass communication, Media Studies, Public relations or any relevant degree.
At least 5 years or more of relevant experience
in communications, advocacy or international development from a reputable
Previous experience working with NGOs,
government and media houses is an asset
Knowledge and experience working to promote
children’s rights
Experience in using computers and office
software package including Power Point, Publisher, Adobe CS, or other
publication design software, good knowledge and experience in handling of
web-based management systems, including social media platforms;
Public Speaking
Communication planning
Communication monitoring and evaluation
Media management
Video production and editing
photography and photo editing
Essential Knowledge        
Events management
Documentation and reporting
Materials development and Publishing
Web site designing and management
Video production and editing
graphic design and layout
Development communications approaches
(communications activism)
Essential Skills       
Report writing
Communications skills
Planning and organisation skills
Time management, and coordination skills
Fluency in written and spoken English
Good knowledge on the use of the computer
accounting packages.
Ability to interact with people of different backgrounds
and cultures
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested individuals should
send their applications and CV addressed to the Executive Director of the
AfriChild Centre to or hand deliver to the AfriChild
Centre located at the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Makerere
University, Plot 103, Mary Stuart Road, opposite Lumumba Hall of Residence.
Deadline: 23rd January 2020
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