The Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD), through its Programme Management Unit (PMU) is implementing the second Phase of the Expanding Social Protection Programme (ESPII). The goal of ESP is to reduce chronic poverty and improve life chances for poor men, women and children in Uganda. The programme aims to embed a national social protection system, including social assistance for the poorest and most vulnerable, as a core element of Uganda’s national planning and budgeting processes. A core element of the Programme is the Social Assistance Grants for Empowerment (SAGE) under which government provides the Senior Citizens Grant to older persons. Government with support from Development partners is currently in the process of rolling out the Senior Citizens Grant to all districts in the country.
The MGLSD through the PMU seeks to recruit competitive, competent and well-motivated persons to ﬁ ll 27 vacant positions in the Expanding Social Protection (ESP) Programme. The positions are contractual, running up to June 2022.
Position 1: Senior Programme Officer, Communication and Advocacy (1) based at the PMU, Kampala Reports to: Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning Coordinator
To develop and manage a communications strategy and ensure that the programme’s communications and advocacy functions are carried out to agreed timeframes, budget and quality and work plans for all programme activities are followed at national and regional levels. Responsible for building partnerships amongst stakeholders working in key social protection areas as well as to grow and maintain ESP’s reputation.
Key Result Areas:
1. Manage the Programme communication strategy within the context of the National Social Protection Policy, ensuring branding and consistency in all public engagements and messaging.
2. Manage media relations including draft press releases and arranging press conferences, preparing media briefs and arranging interviews.
3. Maintaining a regular ﬂ ow of information about the programme to key target audiences. This to include, but not limited to, a regular newsletter, regular and timely website updates as well as others to be agreed.
4. Develop TORs, tenders and contracts for procuring communication products and activities at national and local levels, and coordinate and implement communication activities.
5. Lead engagement with press/public relations offi cers or personal assistants/private secretaries within key MDAs to promote social protection messaging into public communication activities.
6. Working closely with the SPO M&E and SPO Research, Evidence & Knowledge management to identify and communicate lessons coming out of the SAGE programme and associated research activities, as well as packaging and disseminating existing and emerging international evidence.
7. Coordinate with the SPO Capacity Building to ensure coherence of communications and messages in the SAGE Training Manual.
8. Oversee the design and maintenance of the ESP programme website, ensuring high quality, relevant and appropriate content and presentation.
9. Manage the Programme social media accounts and engagement 10. Contribute to progress reports.
A bachelor’s degree in journalism, mass communication, or public relations or Any other relevant degree in social sciences, humanities with a postgraduate diploma in Journalism/Mass Communication A master’s degree in related ﬁ eld is added advantage. Minimum requirements: At least ﬁ ve (5) years’ experience in managing communications for development programmes at national level in the public or private sector
How to Apply:
Suitably qualiﬁ ed and interested candidates should send application letters, detailed CV, names and addresses of three referees along with the relevant certiﬁ ed copies of academic transcripts, certiﬁ cates to: Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development Headquarters (Security Registry) on second (2) Floor Plot 2, Simbamanyo House, George Street P.O Box 7136, Kampala, Uganda. Application deadline is 23rd August 2019, 11:00am Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview. Should you not hear from us after two weeks of closing date of submissions, consider your application unsuccessful.
The Ministry is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on sex, religion, political affi liation, national extraction or social origin, health status or disability.