Communications Officer Non-profit Job Careers – Pathfinder International  

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Organization: Pathfinder
International
Duty Station: Kampala,
Uganda
Pathfinder
International is driven by the conviction that all people, regardless of where
they live, have the right to decide whether and when to have children, to exist
free from fear and stigma, and to lead the lives they choose. Since 1957, we
have partnered with local governments, communities, and health systems in
developing countries to remove barriers to critical sexual and reproductive
health services. Together, we expand access to contraception, promote healthy
pregnancies, save women’s lives, and stop the spread of new HIV infections,
wherever the need is most urgent. Our work ensures millions of women, men, and
young people are able to choose their own paths forward.
Job Summary: The
Communications Officer will provide support to the communication function for
the FPA project as well as the Pathfinder Uganda office. This will include
enforcing branding and marketing guidelines, Managing social media platforms,
development, and production of communication materials like photography, videography
and support during project and Pathfinder Uganda Country Office events.
Additionally, incumbents will be expected to work with the SBCC and M&E
team to identify, research and develop high quality success stories which will
be used by donors, Pathfinder Uganda and project staff to produce a quarterly
e-Newsletter amongst other communication materials.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

Publications and
Communication Materials:
·       Produce monthly internal bulletin with
updates on all Pathfinder Uganda programs, as well as information from other
departments.
·       Develop and disseminate quarterly FPA
newsletter for staff, beneficiaries, key stakeholders and donors.
·       Cultivate stories and draft content for FPA
and Pathfinder Uganda program publications, including newsletters, case
studies, learning series, technical briefs and , and special reports.
·       The Communications officer will be
responsible for drafting content: setting up interviews with other FPA team
staff members, partners,  clients and
beneficiaries, traveling into the field on a regular basis, developing
interview questions, interviewing clients to collect stories, drafting stories
using quotes/audio/notes taken and submitting finalized work, with photos
(sometimes video) to the Communications Manager.
·       Research, draft, and update information
related to Pathfinder Uganda’s projects; impact, trends and achievements on the
Pathfinder Uganda Country page on I-share.
·       Respond to immediate requests from SMT for
updates on programs and or events.
·       Take lead designing and printing of
Information Education Communication (IEC) materials like T-shirts and other
project giveaways.
Organizational
learning & Media Relations
·       Organize and manage Pathfinder Uganda’s
document library, ensuring that all publications are well organized, up to date
and accessible for program staff use and reference.
·       Will maintain strong relationships with all
FPA teams and check in on a weekly basis for story leads, suggestions.
·       Provide assistance managing and evaluating
mainstream and social media platforms as and when requested, including
international communication platforms like I-Share. Conduct media monitoring on
issues related specifically to FPA and alert headquarters to relevant stories.
·       Update the internal staff website/I-Share
SharePoint platform with new content, especially new staff bios and stories of
interest, photos from Pathfinder Uganda events, etc.
·       Take lead to ensure that all FPA supported
facilities, equipment, offices and vehicles are correctly branded and marked in
line with donor requirements.
·       Support the COP to develop and implement an
effective PR strategy, an annual PR plan which will be updated and monitored
monthly.
·       Work with the COP to develop and implement a
Crisis Management Strategy.
·       Development and implementation of PR
campaigns to improve coverage of pathfinder’s work, success stories etc…
Including working with the communications manager to the organize media
launches, briefings, photo calls and press conferences.
·       Writing editorials when needed to support
Pathfinder Uganda and FPA’s events programs- targeting sector specific press
relative to the theme of the event.
·       Participate in USAID IPs comm’s meetings

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

·       The applicant for the Pathfinder
International Communications Officer job placement must hold a Bachelor’s
Degree in relevant field (communications, journalism, marketing, public
relations, etc.). Degrees in human rights or international affairs will also be
considered.
·       A minimum of five years of experience in a
related communications position.
·       Excellent writing skills (in English) are
imperative to this position. Writing with a US-based population in mind will be
required.
·       Excellent communication and interpersonal
skills (English fluency required).
·       Applicants with photography and/or
videography skills preferred. Experience with Adobe Creative Suite software is
also a plus.
·       Excellent writing, editing, and proofreading
skills, especially geared towards a US based audience.
·       Experience with popular social media
platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.).
·       A strong interest in the mission of
Pathfinder International.
·       Excellent interviewing skills, and
communication skills in speaking, transcribing, contacting and following up
with Pathfinder Uganda project clients.
·       Ability to work both independently and
collaboratively. Candidate will need to be a self-starter, someone who can
manage their time and tasks independently and responsibly.

How to Apply:

All applicants
should send their cover letters indicating the job title for the position they
are applying for addressed to the Chief of Party and a detailed CV indicating
current and expected salary, telephone contacts and three of the most recent
referees; preferably supervisors to 
ugandajobs@pathfinder.org



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