Jobs – Communications Officer Red Cross

Job Summary:  Communications Officer

Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) is the leading National Humanitarian Organization in Uganda and a member of the International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement, comprising International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), International Federation of Red Cross Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and National Red Cross/Red Crescent Societies (189 worldwide).

Applications from suitable persons to be considered for appointment in the outlined positions are hereby invited.

Job Summary: The Communications Officer will be responsible for the Development, Implementation and Monitoring of URCS’ Communications, Public Relations and Advocacy/campaign Plans in line with the Organization’s Strategic Plan and Program Objectives

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develops and roll out URCS’ Communications Strategy and Monitor its implementation in line with the Organizational Strategy and relevant program priorities
  • Works with programmes, PMER, Resource Mobilization and Corporate Affairs functions/departments to plan, develop, roll out and monitor communications campaigns, documentation, brand profiling to increase public awareness, Donors base, advocacy, and influence attitudes and behaviors.
  • Maintains and uphold URCS’ Standards of documentation, branding and profiling of URCS in line with Strategic priorities and to deepen URCS’ positioning as a leading actor in the implementation of Disaster and Relief Services in fighting poverty and vulnerability.
  • Develops staff and Partner communication capacity, roll out and uphold robust internal & external communications Policies, Practices and Systems to ensure efficiency, timeliness and effective interactive communications practices compliant with URCS’ Communications Policy and Strategy.
  • Develops & strengthens best practices in development communications and create practical tools for mainstreaming communication planning into programming to give poor and marginalized communities a platform to raise their concerns on advocacy issues and secure public knowledge and awareness on these issues.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The ideal candidate for the Communications Officer vacancy should possess a good University Degree in Information Science, Journalism/Mass Communications, Communications Science, Media Studies from a recognized university;
  • A relevant Post Graduate qualification preferably in Mass Communications or Public Relations would be an added advantage;
  • A minimum of three or more years’ experience in similar position from a busy organization or media house
  • Skills and competencies in fundraising and Public Relations; Public Speaking; Media management; Video production and editing; photography and photo editing
  • Strong ability to handle multiple tasks in a multicultural setting;
  • A system-oriented person with high sense of judgment.
  • All applicants should adhere to The Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

How to Apply for the job:

All suitably qualified candidates are encouraged to send their applications with copies of Curriculum Vitae, names of three professional referees, copies of certified academic documents, telephone contact should be submitted to: The Secretary General, Uganda Red Cross Society, P.O. Box 494, Kampala, Uganda.

Deadline: 20th September 2014 by 5.00pm.

NB: Due to large volumes of applications; only short listed candidates shall be contacted. Canvassing shall lead to automatic disqualification.

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