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Public Relations (PR) and Communication Officer Job at Makerere University Joint AIDS Program (MJAP) - Career Opportunity in Uganda

Vacancy title:
Public Relations (PR) and Communication Officer

Jobs at:
Makerere University Joint AIDS Program (MJAP)

Deadline of this Job:
17th May 2017 by 5:00pm

Duty Station:
Uganda

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Job details:
Reports to: Program Manager
About US:
Makerere University Joint AIDS Program (MJAP) is a private-not-for profit Company under Makerere University. MJAP works to build partnerships and strengthen health systems to optimally respond to HIV/AIDS, TB and other diseases of public health importance in Africa.
About Project:
MJAP will work in close collaboration with the Rakai Health Sciences Program (RHSP) to implement a program on Accelerating HIV/AIDS Epidemic Control in Masaka region (Gomba, Butambala, Sembabule and Mpigi districts). In addition, MJAP is anticipating a sub-award grant for accelerating HIV/AIDS Epidemic Control in Kampala region; under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
Job Summary: The Public Relations (PR) and Communication Officer will develop, implement, and evaluate MJAP’s communication and advocacy interventions in line with MJAP advocacy and communications policy.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
• Work in liaison with the programmes team to develop and implement an effective communication and advocacy strategy for MJAP covering all programme areas
• Develop and ensure operationalization of MJAP’s Public Relations, Communications and advocacy polices, and brand guidelines
• The incumbent will document and profile MJAP’s key interventions in HIV/AIDS and constantly update the organization’s website, social network sites and other communication channels to provide up to date and factual information
• Build strong alliances and networks with public and private partner organizations for communication, concerted advocacy efforts and greater participation in policy dialogue
• Oversee the production and dissemination of Information, Education, and Communication materials; annual reports, quarterly newsletter, audio-visual materials, press releases, media advisories, letters to the editor, op-eds; as well as plan and coordinate key events that promote the visibility of MJAP both at the Head Office and the field offices
• Uphold a consistent, high-quality public image of MJAP, including ensuring organization- wide adherence to MJAP’s visual identity and providing final proofreading and copyediting approval of all communications and programme materials for external distribution
• Build the capacity of MJAP staff in documentation of the activities, knowledge capturing, writing success stories, advocacy, partnership and networking
• Regularly monitor media reporting of MJAP’s activities in our areas of operation and initiate media coverage relevant to MJAP’s key audiences
• Keenly review and implement procedures and systems to strengthen the internal communication processes of the organization through use of all media including social media.
• Document, evaluate and disseminate experiences with key stakeholders arising from advocacy interventions at the Head Office and field offices
• Actively participate in advocacy campaigns on issues related to HIV care, treatment, and prevention and other emerging priorities.
• Prepare an operational activity plan, and budget for PR, Advocacy and communications issues and submit periodic performance reports to the supervisor in line with MJAP’s financial policy
• Develop fundable research proposals for advocacy programs and carry out advocacy oriented research that will advance an AIDS free generation in accordance with MJAP proposal writing guidelines.
• Develop a databank of MJAP’s work including resource materials, media clips (print and electronic), photos, videos and ensure easy accessibility by the organisation’s internal and external stakeholders
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
• The ideal candidate for the Makerere University Joint AIDS Program (MJAP) Public Relations (PR) and Communication Officer should preferably hold an honour’s degree in Mass Communication (Public Relations/Media Communication).
• Possession of a relevant post graduate qualification in Communication or knowledge management.
• A minimum of three (3) years of working experience in a reputable Non-Governmental Organization
• Working knowledge of project planning & management; principles of donor guidelines; with a strong understanding of Communication and Advocacy issues
• Excellent communication, negotiation, networking and partnership skills.
• The applicant must be dynamic, persuasive & convincing, self-motivated and able to demonstrate high initiative.
• Publication of articles, stories and presentations in various media channels (Press, journals etc) will be an added advantage
Job application procedure
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should email their applications, detailed curriculum vitae and copies of relevant academic documents addressed to: The Human Resource Manager, Makerere University Joint AIDS Program (MJAP) via Email to: hr@mjap.or.ug
NB: Please indicate the position and region you’re applying for in the subject. Your attachments should not exceed 5MB.