JOB TITLE: COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER
Reports to: Program Manager
The Communication Officer’s overall responsibility is to work collaboratively with all METS stakeholders, guide internal and external communications (program Website, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other relevant media) and to publicize the METS Program milestones and accomplishments. He /she will be responsible for the day-to-day METS communication responsibilities. He/She will also be required to coordinate efforts of the METS team to provide information to populate the Website and social media outlets and work together with the Managers, Coordinators and the Systems Administrator to provide common project relevant talking points for visibility efforts.
The Communications Officer shall conduct the following specific duties;
i. Develop a communications strategy for METS; articulating the external and internal communication objectives of the program
ii. With the supervision of the Project Manager, manage and coordinate all communications activities
iii. work with the Web administrator to coordinate the development and regular maintenance of a robust website for the program
iv. Plan/create multi-media communication material, including visual and other documentation for effective communication within and outside the METS Program.
v. Development of METS Information materials including brochures, flyers, posters, banners, protocols, booklets, reports etc.
vi. Lead the branding of METS
vii. Develop the METS visibility plan to external stakeholders including government, stakeholders and potential donors.
viii. Continuously scan the environment for stakeholder engagement and visibility opportunities
ix. Manage on-line communication portals including the websites, intranet and the Social Media Platforms (Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn)
x. Establish and maintain sustainable media relation for the visibility of METS program activities and innovations
xi. Develop talking media points for the Project PI, Program Manager and other staff
xii. Ensure compliance of media activities with the laws and regulations of Uganda.
xiii. Develop tools and guidelines that support the tracking of project communications activities and progress
xiv. Design appropriate activities for building and strengthening the capacity on METS staff in communication and stakeholder engagement
The Communications Officer will work under the overall supervision of the Program Manager. The primary duty station is the Makerere University School of Public Health METS Program Office.
• Must possess a (bachelor’s or advanced) degree in a Communications related field from a recognised university
Skills and competencies
• Must have over 3 years’ experience in managing communication functions of a vibrant reputable organization.
• Experience in document design using various design and publishing packages.
• Experience in working with a health related organization for at least 3 years is an added advantage.
• Experience in working in a multi- disciplinary team and with multiple stakeholders, including international and government agencies
• Must be computer literate with excellent skills in Ms Office and Internet use.
• Excellent communication, interpersonal and presentation skills.
The Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Support (METS) program is a five year CDC-funded collaboration between the Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH) and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). The Program works in close collaboration with Ministry of Health and other CDC supported partners. The overall program purpose is to promote evidence-based decision-making for an AIDS free generation by supporting the alignment of the USG supported Monitoring Evaluation and Reporting systems with the national M&E framework resulting into a fully functional one M&E system. In this regard, METS is seeking to recruit competent, self-driven and hardworking individuals to fill the positions listed below.
Interested applicants should deliver hard copy applications not later than Wednesday 27th April 2016 at 5.00pm. Applications should be delivered to the address below:
Office of the Dean
Makerere University School of Public Health
New Mulago Complex Road
P.O. Box 7072, Kampala.