Communications Coordinator

Kampala, Uganda
Apply by 21 June 2018
Mid-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 22 May 2018

Job Description

Do you want your work to matter? Do you want to use your skills to make a difference, not just a living? Do you want to improve millions of lives, including your own?

At Living Goods, we know the power of messages. Our community health workers teach mothers about infectious diseases, nutrition, hygiene and family planning, and provide critical access to treatment. Their messages are effective because they educate families and get them to act.

We seek a Communications Coordinator based in Kampala who can do for Living Goods what we do for families. We seek someone who can support the development and dissemination of stories about our programs, help develop attractive and engaging collaterals and presentations, and position our work with key stakeholders through earned and social media. You will also help raise awareness about our work – and community health more broadly – at key forums and other stakeholder engagement meetings.

The Opportunity

Our ideal candidate is an exceptional writer, has a knack for visual design and presentation, is savvy with social media, has experience working on press outreach and public relations, and is a strong multi-tasker who can thrive in a fast-paced environment. As the Coordinator, you will work with internal and external resources to develop and share stories about our work and impact strengthening Community Health systems with audiences across the globe.

This is a full-time role, based in Kampala, Uganda, and you can expect up to 25% travel across the country.

Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement a country-level communications strategy, in collaboration with communications, advocacy and program staff in Uganda, Kenya and the U.S.
  • Regularly travel to the field to document compelling content and imagery about our work in Uganda, for both local and global audiences. This will include success stories, fact sheets, blog posts, emails, stakeholder reports, social media content, and more.
  • Support the development of a new website in WordPress; help with creating and updating content on a regular basis. Support curation and posting of content on social media platforms.
  • Identify and cultivate key press contacts to generate strategic earned media opportunities; assist with pitching and media relations.
  • Provide internal communications leadership in Uganda, and identify communications tools and tactics that facilitate the sharing of important learnings and foster staff cohesion.
  • Help train and build the capacity of other staff in Uganda to effectively write and document programs, to create an organizational culture supporting communications.
  • Develop tailored communication tools such as PowerPoint presentations and talking points to support conferences, meetings, advocacy needs, etc.
  • Organize and coordinate stakeholder meetings in collaboration with the Advocacy team.

Qualifications

  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills in English. Expert-level presentation skills. You know how to write an effective success story, and are willing (and eager) to get dirty traveling to the field to document impactful stories about community health and the work Living Goods is doing.
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in developing and implementing comprehensive communication tools and tactics (working with both print and digital media), ideally for an international development organization; background in community health issues a strong plus.
  • Highly computer literate with the Microsoft Office Suite; expertise in the Adobe Creative Suite strongly desired.
  • Strong experience with digital media, including website management (ideally WordPress) and with targeting influencers on major social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter.
  • Experience developing press pitches and generating earned media desirable.
  • Experience identifying and managing communications consultants, such as videographers beneficial.
  • University degree in communications or related field.

Compensation

A competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with experience including health insurance and bonus opportunity. The opportunity to be your best while making lives better for those in need.

Living Goods is an equal opportunity employer and will consider every qualified applicant for employment. Living Goods does not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, religion, gender, sexual orientation or disability.

Our current job openings are displayed on our website, where you can search for open positions and apply directly. Living Goods does not offer any positions without an interview and never asks candidates for money. If you are asked for money, we strongly recommend that you do not respond and do not send money or personal information.

About the Organization

Thanks to significant medical and technological breakthroughs we now have the solutions to save and change the lives of millions of people living in poverty. Products like anti-malaria treatments, clean-burning cook stoves, fortified foods, and solar lamps can dramatically improve the health and wealth of people who survive on just a few dollars a day. But these products do little good if they don’t reach the people who need them most. And as it stands today, roughly 270 million people in Africa still lack access to life’s most essential products. Now more than ever, we need an efficient, scalable, and sustainable system to deliver these life-saving and life-changing products to the world’s poor. This is the gap Living Goods aims to fill.

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