Senior Communications Officer - National Post

The African Initiatives for Relief and Development (AIRD) is a non-political, non-religious and non-profit making NGO with Country Programme Offices in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic,  Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Niger, Republic of Congo, Tanzania, and Uganda. AIRD’s objective is to offer operational support, including but not limited to: supply chain, logistics, construction, infrastructure, environment, livelihoods and WASH in partnership with relief and development organizations that focus on disaster-affected and development oriented areas. AIRD delivers for and through partners including but not limited to UN Agencies, international and national donor organizations and governments.

Are you a dynamic person with a very creative mind coupled with 4+ years of experience in communications and seeking the opportunity to play a critical role in shaping communication strategy?  If you are and if you have the capacity to manage information channels for a fast growing organization, AIRD is seeking a creative and dynamic Senior Communications Officer to help reposition its communication strategies.

 Reporting to the Director - Communications and Development, and based in Kampala, Uganda, you’ll use your dynamic skills to design and implement communication protocols around brand development, strategic change management communications, and production of communications materials. You’ll use your experience in project management to execute a number of activities from start to finish while collaborating both vertically and laterally across countries and teams. You’ll bring in your big-picture, creative thinking to pilot new ideas and implement new strategies. Of importance, you’ll tap into your mature emotional intelligence to serve as a natural connector within the organization.

Specific responsibilities shall include:

  • Serve as the primary manager for a portfolio of strategic communications programs, managing and developing content that supports AIRD’s strategy across all external channels;
  • Develop and execute communications plans, strategies, and tactics to include setting a protocol for AIRD’S branding and external communication, for web content, social media and print media;
  • Work closely with the Director of Communications and Development, as well as internal colleagues to edit drafts, write and proofread content that inspires, educates and informs internal and external audiences and stakeholders in support of AIRD’s mission
  • Be the driver of a new internal communication strategy

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications, or related field required
  • At least 4 years of experience in strategic communications roles developing and executing strategic communications plans, utilizing interpersonal skills to work with multiple internal and external stakeholders, managing agencies, and creating content that educates and inspires readers
  • Ability to train

Personal characteristics

Excellent communication skills: Both oral and written communication and language skills are essential for this role.

Ability to quickly and accurately understand.  A good demonstration of the ability to grasp the nuances of AIRD’s business, culture, objectives and people accurately and thoroughly.

Effective leadership, execution and crisis communication skills:  Have ability to lead and set direction in communications, and yet collaborate with different levels of people.  Able to solicit ideas from different team players to be benefit of a cause.

Innovative , dynamic  and flexible with a creative mind to come with innovative ideas, strategies and thinking out-of-the-box in alignment with the communication objectives and business environment.

Collaboration with staff of all levels essential, particularly in supporting leaders in different contexts outwork the strategy. Able to build trusted relationships with staff of all backgrounds.

 Management skills: Able to manage multiple projects simultaneously and ensure that the quality of output is maintained. An organised thinker with good self management skills.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience working with program management stakeholders and strategic communications

programs strongly preferred

Desired Qualification:

Ability to communicate in French – verbally and non-verbally

Interested and qualified persons may send applications and updated CVs to hr@airdinternational.org by 5th May 2019.

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