Communications Officer job at Save the Children International Uganda-October 2015

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Job Title: Communications Officer
Organisation: Save the Children International
Reports to: Communications Manager
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda

About US:
Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organization for children and has program presence in over 120 countries in the world and has been implementing programs for over 90 years. Save the Children envisions a Uganda in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development and participation. Our mission is to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives. We strive to create impact for children by delivering our Programmes through partnerships, by being innovative, by acting as the voice for and of children, and by achieving results at scale. In Uganda, we implement programmes in six thematic programme areas of Child Protection, Child Rights Governance, Education, Livelihoods & Food Security, Health, Nutrition and HIV/AIDS in development and emergency contexts. Save the Children delivers programs in over 36 districts in the North, Rwenzori, North-Eastern and Central regions of Uganda, Currently, Save the Children has a staff complement of over 200 persons. We save children’s lives. We fight for their rights. We help them fulfil their potential. In 2014, we reached over 143 million children through our work around 52m directly and 91 million indirectly around the world.

Job Summary: The Communications Officer will be responsible for providing editorial, creative and operational support across Save the Children’s work. He or she will play a key role in ensuring our communications are both influential and informative for the full range of our stakeholders. The Communications Officer may also be called upon to support programs in emergency responses.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
• The ideal candidate should hold a good Bachelor’s Degree or higher in Mass communication or related field. Post Graduate training in any relevant field is an added advantage.
• A minimum of two years’ experience in a position in an international development organization.
• Past exposure and experience of working with local partners and District Local Government in Child Rights Governance, Health, Nutrition, Education, HIV/AIDS or Child Protection is an added advantage.
• Excellent analytical skills and strategic planning abilities.
• Ability to establish and maintain conducive collegial relations and perform effectively as a member of a team.
• Computer literacy and excellent documentation skills are a must.
• Availability and willingness to work extra hours during times of humanitarian responses.
• Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
• Ability to intervene with crisis management or troubleshooting as necessary.
• Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation and coaching.
• Excellent time management and planning capacity.
• Availability and willingness to work extra hours during times of humanitarian responses.
• Willingness to travel and work in hard-to-reach areas, occasionally under strenuous conditions.

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified candidates are encouraged to send their application letters with detailed CVs indicating three referees, two of whom should have been direct supervisors submitted to: uganda.recruitment@savethechildren.org addressed to:

The Director of Human Resources & Administration,
Save the Children,
Plot 68/70, Kira Road,
Kampala. Uganda.

NB:
• Testimonials/certificates should not be attached to applications.
• Hand delivered applications will not be accepted and are therefore not considered during the shortlisting process.

Deadline: 2nd October 2015