Present in Uganda since 2006, Mercy Corps Uganda’s aim is to catalyze change through the Ugandan private sector, civil society, and government to create resilient, economically inclusive, healthy, and secure communities. Apolou (“Growth” in Nga’karimojong) Activity is a 6-year USAID funded RFSA operating in the five districts of Moroto, Kotido, Kaabong, Karenga and Amudat. Apolou has four objectives grounded in social behaviour change and supports gender-transformative and resilience outcomes:
The Communications Specialist will work primarily on the Apolou Activity but will also have the opportunity to support other Mercy Corps Uganda programmes, when required.
This is a new position for the programme that looks to boost the profile of Apolou’s work internally to the agency and with external stakeholders. The Communications Specialist will craft a communications strategy and plan in support of key messages telling Apolou Activity’s story in a creative and innovative way to a wide and diverse audience. They will guide team members and partners on storytelling, photo taking, and documenting learning. The Communications Specialist will play a critical role in the Activity’s final year ensuring clear, consistent and strategic messaging allows for a smooth exit from communities and with key stakeholders.
STRATEGY AND PLANNING
Reports Directly To: TBD
Works Directly With: Apolou senior management, MC Uganda senior leadership, Programme Managers, Programme Staff, consortium partners, Regional Communications team
Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our program participants, community partners, other stakeholders, and to international standards guiding international relief and development work. We are committed to actively engaging communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.
A successful candidate will be a self-starter with ability to work both independently and in collaboration with a team, be able to coordinate multiple projects simultaneously, and manage a variety of diverse details. He/she must have the ability to occasionally work evenings or weekend hours.
The position is based in Kampala, Uganda and it requires up to 25% travel to support country programs, which may include travel to insecure locations and areas where amenities are limited.
In support of our belief that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities we serve, we empower all team members to dedicate 5% of their time to learning activities that further their personal and/or professional growth and development.
Achieving our mission begins with how we build our team and work together. Through our commitment to enriching our organization with people of different origins, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of thinking, we are better able to leverage the collective power of our teams and solve the world’s most complex challenges. We strive for a culture of trust and respect, where everyone contributes their perspectives and authentic selves, reaches their potential as individuals and teams, and collaborates to do the best work of their lives.
We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a journey, and we are committed to learning, listening and evolving to become more diverse, equitable and inclusive than we are today.
Mercy Corps is an equal opportunity employer that does not tolerate discrimination on any basis. We actively seek out diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be collectively stronger and have sustained global impact.
We are committed to providing an environment of respect and psychological safety where equal employment opportunities are available to all. We do not engage in or tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability (including HIV/AIDS status), marital status, military veteran status or any other protected group in the locations where we work.
Mercy Corps is committed to ensuring that all individuals we come into contact with through our work, whether team members, community members, program participants or others, are treated with respect and dignity. We are committed to the core principles regarding prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse laid out by the UN Secretary General and IASC and have signed on to the Interagency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. We will not tolerate child abuse, sexual exploitation, abuse, or harassment by or of our team members. As part of our commitment to a safe and inclusive work environment, team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner, respect local laws and customs, and to adhere to Mercy Corps Code of Conduct Policies and values at all times. Team members are required to complete mandatory Code of Conduct elearning courses upon hire and on an annual basis.
Disclaimer: This job description is NOT an exhaustive list of the skills, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.
Interested applicants must submit their Cover Letter & CV saved in 1 document as PDF of no more than 5 pages by 11th November 2022.
Please note that any application submitted that does not follow the above instructions will be automatically discarded.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Mercy Corps does not charge any fees at any stage of the recruitment process.
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