Communications Senior Officer

  • Kampala, Uganda
  • 13/02/2020
Full time   Communication Jobs in Uganda

Job Description

 Background Information - Job-specific

The Kampala-Jinja Expressway (KJE) project is one of the five grand infrastructural development projects earmarked by the Government of Uganda to spur socio-economic transformation. The 95-km highway is part of the northern trade corridor from Mombasa that is expected to boost trade between Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania. The construction is expected to affect over 100,000 people with the bulk of the people to be affected and displaced to create right of way (ROW) coming from Kasokoso, Kinawataka informal settlements and Nakawa Market.

Cities Alliance is leading a consortium comprising of Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban development, Slum Dwellers International (SDI), Platform for Vendors Association (PLAVU) and Association of Volunteers in International Service (AVSI) to implement an 24- months project with funding from European Union (EU). The project’s aim is to facilitate a smooth relocation of affected communities from the Right of Way (ROW) of the Kampala Jinja Expressway (KJE) in accordance with global safeguard standards as described in the Resettlement and Livelihood Restoration Plan (RLRP) for lot 1 of the Kampala – Jinja Expressway (KJE) and the Kampala Southern Bypass (KSB). The project aims to achieve this through 4 purposes, namely;

  • Purpose 1: Secure tenure, household and business plans are agreed between government and community stakeholders to support identifying alternative sites for housing and markets relocated households and businesses re-integration.
  • Purpose 2: The most vulnerable households are identified and empowered to adapt to the new situation caused by the impact of the KJE construction.
  • Purpose 3: Households presently dependent on the informal economy for their livelihood and impacted by the ROW are empowered with new space, skills and finance to either continue their enterprise or adapt to a new opportunity.
  • Purpose 4: The sustainable rehabilitation of the Kinawataka wetland by transforming neighbouring communities into champions of the wetland.

The Cities Alliance seeks to recruit a Communication Senior Officer to work with the CA Secretariat and the Uganda Country Programme team and partners to oversee effective project implemenation.  The Communication Officer will be responsible for the effective communication of project activities, and promote positive publicity for its results, achievements and outcomes. He/she will be a member of the project management team reporting to the Project Manager. 

 Functional Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Project Manager, the Communications Senior Officer will be responsible for efficient and effective management of communication activities. He/she will play a lead role in the design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of communication activities, while ensuring full compliance with the donor’s visibility requirements and guidelines, with objective to raise awareness of target audiences about activities, results and impact of the project.

The Communications Officer will undertake the following activities/responsibilities:

  • Ensure wide publicity of the project in all areas of significance in line with budgets and annual work-plans approved by the Project Steering Committee.
  • Manage the communication channels including media and any stakeholders in relation to the project brand and image of the funders and client;
  • Support in the development and subsequent management of the website of the Project with events (upcoming and completed), activities and major related partnerships, etc.;
  • Develop and update the Project Communication Strategy with a communications plan for the project that includes all activities that are to be covered in the project;
  • Ensure development, operationalisation and maintenance of an on-line website and portal for the Project, with frequent regular updates on key elements like events, partnerships etc.;
  • Manage the social media platforms for the project and make responses accordingly;
  • Develop and roll out communications products such as tweets, posts, blogs, press releases, etc;
  • Coordinate communication on the project with counterparts in the partner implementing organisations including with regard to capacity building to have project information well disseminated for advocacy to different stakeholders;
  • Maintain effective information flows between the the project management team, implementation partners, Cities Alliance, government and other stakeholders.
  • Provide input into the project and Cities Alliance/UNOPS advocacy programmes and in this respect work closely with the Project stakeholders.
  • Support the development of partnerships with relevant stakeholders to roll out the communications plan
  • Take charge of the periodic publication of reports, audio and visual outputs of the project; and
  • Undertake any other functions related to the successful implementation of the project as may be requested by the Project Manager.


Minimum Bachelors Degree  in Communications, Journalism, Public Relations, International Relations or a related field is required; a relevant postgraduate qualification will be an added advantage;


  • At least 4 years of relevant experience in management and dissemination of communication or advocacy.
  • Demonstrated experience in communication with stakeholders is required. 
  • Experience in communication with social media is required. 
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages, good knowledge and experience in handling of web-based management systems and social media communication in an institution;
  • Experience in project and web-based information management;
  • A good understanding of private sector development issues and appreciation of the role the private sector can play in economic development is desirenale
  • An appreciation/understanding of Social and Environmental safeguards will be an added advantage;
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Knowledge of ICT applications to information management and dissemination;

Fluency in English is required.

Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.

Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others.
Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Contract type : Individual Contractor Agreement (ICA) Contract level : Local...

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  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • Work life harmonization - UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.  

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. 
Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

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