COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST (1)

One Health Central and Eastern Africa (OHCEA) is a University network of Schools of Public Health and Schools of Veterinary that are located in seven countries namely; Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda with the regional secretariat located in Kampala Uganda, at the Makerere University School of Public Health Annex in Kololo.
OHCEA received a 5 year sub award for implementation of activities funded through University of Minnesota on an award from USAID for the implementation of the One Health Workforce Project (OHW). This project will facilitate Government Led, University Driven, Network Supported Coordination and collaboration across all levels of the human and animal health sectors
essential to meet the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) vision for “a world safe and secure from global health threats posed by infectious diseases.”
As part of the plan to implement the network and project objectives, OHCEA is in the process of recruiting qualified individuals to fill the following positions. These positions
will be based at the Regional Secretariat at Makerere University School of Public Health in Kampala, Uganda.

COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST (1)

Under the supervision of the Regional Manager Technical of OHCEA, the Communications Officer will undertake the planning, development and delivery of internal and external communications for the One Health Central and Eastern Africa (OHCEA) Network as well as be responsible for the development of proactive and effective communications, which
will include drafting website updates, new releases, member bulletins, brochures and other written materials used in the promotion of the network’s brand identity and public image and execution of communication.

The Communications Specialist Accountabilities: He/She will be accountable for the following:

  • Support communication objectives and communication plans.
  • Compose, edit, design and produce publications such as newsletters and correspondence.
  • Write news releases, speeches, articles as well as work with the programme manager to provide appropriate information packages for the different audiences
  • Prepare PowerPoint presentations for network functions and events.
  • Manage the composition, editing, design, recording and production of publications of documents such as quarterly newsletters, brochures, supplements, journals, annual reports and audio – visual recordings.
  • Coordinate, integrate, and manage information contributed to the website, including website content generation, update and coordination of the website maintenance in liaison with the website administration.
  • Coordinate the organization of open days, exhibitions, visits and support with any other special events of the network.
  • Assist with communications strategy audit and review as and when determined.
  • Respond to email and phone requests to provide information and resolve any concerns or issues regarding the network.
  • Assist with various special projects as requested to ensure the network operates effectively and meets business requirements.
  • Manage media contacts and continuously provide newsworthy information to the media
  • Perform other related duties, as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • Excellent communications skills (both written and oral)
  • Requires an understanding of inter-related work processes to be able to adapt to differing assignments.
  • Provides routine information to coordinate the assignments and work procedures of others.
  • Professional manner, tact, diplomacy and discretion in dealing with members, nonmembers, complainants and colleagues.
  • Is familiar with and draws on a number of known options to solve problems and to develop improvements.
  • Experience in donor relationship
  • Ability to work in a team and independently.
  • Ability to work under minimum supervision
  • Computer skills to produce effective reports, documents and presentations, as required.
  • Knowledge of marketing and communications principles, guidelines and best working practices.
  • Adaptable to set and prioritize work with varying exceptions. Able to work with diverse personalities and styles.
  • Ability to work well under pressure
  • Internet search and navigation skills
  • Skills in social media use
  • In – depth knowledge of national and international trends, conditions and developments related to communication and public relations, as well as knowledge of French will be an added advantage.
  • Desired Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • University education with a focus on professional writing, journalism, communications, public relations or equivalent work-related experience.
  • A Masters Degree or higher/equivalent in Mass communication or related fields
  • Minimum five years development communications, journalism or public relations experience.
  • At least four years working experience in leading the Communications for International NGOs.

To Apply:
Qualified applicants should submit an application letter, a detailed CV, academic transcripts and three professional referees, to:

NB:
a) Candidates MUST be willing to work and live in Uganda with frequent travels within the region. Candidates that speak French are encouraged to apply.
b) The salaries for all the positions are competitive.
c) All positions are available on 1st February, 2016
d) The deadline for submission of applications is 18th December, 2015 at 5:00pm.
e) Only short listed candidates will be contacted.
f) All applications should be delivered to the addresses below with all relevant attachments:

Physical Address:
The Dean
Makerere College of Health Sciences School of Public Health,
Mulago Hospital Complex
Room 215, 2nd Floor
By E-mail to : dean@musph.ac.ug

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