Vacancy: Programme Coordinator - Communications
Recruiting Organization: WaterAid in Uganda (WAU)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to: Head of Programme Effectiveness
Job Summary: The Programe Coordinator – Communication will plays a key role in the Media, Public Communication, Documentation and Dissemination of WAU’s (WaterAid Uganda) best operating practices, key learnings and development to enhance visibility, amongst the development sector and to the WASH partners (both governmental and civil society organizations). The primary responsibility of this role is to systematically capture and disseminate case studies, best practices, reports, newsletters, photo shoots, portraying WaterAid’s and the respective partners work in the achievement of the organization’s objectives. The incumbent is part of the team responsible for enhancing the scale and quality of WaterAid’s programme.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Proactively and creatively promoting the vision of WaterAid through raising WAU and its partner’s visibility i.e. improve the organization’s profile and promote changes of key social & economic issues identified by WAU’s work in the sector.
Design and develop strategies for discrete areas of communications, e.g. dissemination plan for a publication or a media plan around an event, identify key messages, objectives, target audiences etc.
Promote understanding and regular update of the WASH sector and other development issues within WAU and its partners. Develop regular newsletters for all WAU and sector related activities, manage all updates both locally and internationally. This will also involve the management of the WAU page on WaterAid’s, “The Source” website.
Serve as the focal point of contact of WAU within the media fraternity by developing and maintaining positive and proactive relationships in order to support the work of Water Aid and its partners.
Facilitate and monitor the design and production of WAU publications and materials such as researches, best practices, brochures, newsletters, annual reports etc and ensure that they adhere to WA’s corporate identity guidelines
Create targeted social networking pages to promote a single message/event to WASH supporters and non-supporters. Establish a brand presence on social networks through Blogs, Face Book, Yammer, Twitter and other means as appropriate and continually widen supporter base.
Represent WAU in key WASH advocacy and government meetings especially at local levels where partners work. You will gather basic information and short interviews, including acting as the interviewer on film to accompany all images / footage.
Work closely with partners and related programme staff in the production and dissemination of at least three (3) learning documents each year, detailing best practice/policy lessons etc arising from WAU's work.
Make certain that annual planning takes place; planners and detailed calendars developed and communication monitored and synchronized
Manage the webpage of Uganda country program; as Country Content Officer ensure regular posting of information; Ensure webpage is up to date, accurate, compelling according to the International webpage of WaterAid.
Maintain WAU’s workspace on “The Source” continuously build the site, work with documents and images, uploading media coverage, confident with permissions and train all other WAU staff to navigate through the site.
Strategic support to WAU partners in developing their communications capacities:
Conducting participative planning activities in accordance with the partnership contract plan. Undertake field visits to document/photo-document success stories of partners. Meeting regularly with individual partners in accordance with the above mentioned plan for partnership activity progress.
Analysing partner communications and development needs for capacity building or support in providing skills development.
Offering technical support, coaching, advice and development activities to partners in areas of documentation and publications.
Facilitating and supporting the involvement of partners in public communication at international meetings / sector meetings or developmental activities related to WASH.
Identify areas of learning and documentations from partners’ work.
Perform any other responsibilities, tasks or activities as reasonably required as the above is given as a broad range of duties and is not intended to be a complete description of all tasks. It is important to note that the responsibilities may change to meet the evolving needs of the way WaterAid works.
The applicant must possess a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication or Journalism.
Skills and Experience:
At least five years’ experience in Communications or Media Advocacy related work areas.
Extensive knowledge of campaigns and documentation in areas of development works.
Detailed knowledge and understanding of national public expenditure, National Development Plan/PEAP, Sector-wide approaches, development financing and functioning of government structures like decentralisation.
Excellent writing and editing skills coupled with good interpersonal relations.
Proven experience in community mobilisation and public speaking.
Significant experience working with partners.
Possess excellent interpersonal and leadership skills with commitment to WaterAid’s values and working styles.
Good networking, facilitation and co-ordination skills
Skills in presentation, public speaking , documentation and information management
Exhibit commitment to addressing issues of Equity & Inclusion and pro poor approaches.
Excellent Microsoft computer knowledge of packages like Desktop Publishing, Adobe, MS Word and Access
High degree of Personal Integrity (& Concern for Standards)
Proactivity and Practicing innovation and change.
Driven by Impact
Be a good Team player
Inclusive and value for diversity
All suitably qualified and interested with a desire to work with WaterAid should send their filled application forms, Download here, via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
NB: Please enter the name of the role for which you are applying in the Subject line of your email.
Deadline: 17th April, 2014