Job Opportunity; Communications Manager

Job Opportunity; Communications Manager

Deadline; 16th September

The Women’s International Peace Centre and the Uganda Women’s Network are searching for qualified and competent candidates to fill the following positions on behalf of the Women’s Situation Room for the 2021 elections in Uganda.

Background

The Women’s Situation Room (WSR) is a neutral, non-partisan mechanism that mobilizes women and youth to promote peaceful and democratic electoral processes. The WSR also promotes the enhanced participation of women in peace building in line with the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325.

Founded by The Angie Brooks International Centre in Liberia, the WSR was first implemented in 2011 during the presidential elections in Liberia. It has, since then, been replicated in Uganda in 2016 and in other African countries including Senegal, Sierra Leone, Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana. It has been acknowledged as an effective mechanism for promoting peaceful elections by the United Nations Security Council and by the African Union, which requested that the WSR be implemented in all African elections.

The WSR involves all electoral stakeholders in consultative engagements to ensure peace before, during and after elections. It includes a physical Situation Room where women are involved in advocacy for peace; political and legal analysis of the situation; and interventions that may include mediation to avert conflict.

The overall objective of the WSR Uganda 2021 is to promote the full and active participation of women and youth in ensuring peaceful elections and to contribute to the strengthening and refinement of the WSR mechanism for ensuring peace in African elections. The Women’s Situation Room Uganda will be hosted by Uganda Women’s Network (UWONET); with the Women’s International Peace Centre serving as the WSR Secretariat.

The Women’s Situation Room is a non-partisan space, and candidates applying for any of the positions must be committed to being neutral and non-partisan during the full course of their assignment with the Women’s Situation Room.

Deadline – 16th September 2020

Interested candidates should send applications and CVs including three references with contact details and copies of academic and professional testimonials by email to: hrofficer@wipc.org

The Executive Director,
Plot 1 Martyr’s Garden B,
Minister’s Village, Ntinda,
KAMPALA

Any inquiries should be submitted through the email addresses listed above. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews. The successful candidate should be able to start immediately.

Job title:                                 Communications Manager
Number of Positions:                        1 (One)
Duty Station:                         Kampala
Reporting to:                         WSR Technical Adviser
Contract Term:                      18 Months

Duties & Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the WSR Technical Advisor, the Communications Manager will perform the following functions:

  1. Supports the development and implementation of communications strategies and plans for the WSR, including:
    1. Elaboration of a Communications Strategy in accordance with the WSR project plan
    1. Management of the development and dissemination of messages for both online and offline communication, for peace advocacy, through multi-media platforms of print, electronic, creative design and social media
    1. Ensuring the appropriate visibility of the WSR and compliance with WSR guidelines of non-partisanship and fair and professional presentation
    1. Coordination of the production of WSR communications materials
    1. Identification of appropriate channels for dissemination of all information to relevant target audiences
    1. Leadership and supervision of the Communications Team including one National Communications Officer and three (3) Regional Communications Officers in the implementation of the Communications Strategy
    1. Guidance on communications initiatives and support activities of the Eminent Women and Steering Committee.
  • Manages the WSR Media and Press relations, including:
  • Ensuring a non- partisan portrayal of the WSR activities in the media
  • Elaboration and implementation of media strategies in line with WSR procedures on positioning and partnership of the WSR with the media
  • Organisation of press conferences and media and press interviews related to the WSR
  • Drafting of Press Releases
  • Production of media kits
  • Timely and clear response to media inquiries
  • Establishment and maintenance of contacts with local media
  • Management, in close consultation with the WSR Technical Advisor, of coverage of events, campaigns and WSR activities in the media.

Core Values:

  • Transparency
  • Integrity
  • Fairness

Education and Experience:

  • A Bachelor’s or Masters’ degree in Communications, Information Management, and Journalism or relevant field
  • Knowledge and understanding of Gender, Peace and Conflict Resolution, Mediation and Reconciliation is an added advantage.
  • At least 6 years of progressively responsible work experience in communications, advocacy, research and information
  • Excellent writing and editing skills across a range of communications formats and platforms
Experience in the use of computers applications and software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.) as well as web-based management systemsExperience in the use of social media and digital communications
  • Experience in graphic design, photography and photo editing and/or web design is an asset.

Languages:

  • Fluency in English is required

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