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Communications and Engagement Assistant job at MRC/ UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit

About the Organization

The MRC/UVRI & LSHTM Uganda Research Unit is an internationally recognized centre of excellence for research and training. The Unit was established in 1988 to improve the understanding and control of the HIV epidemic in Uganda and globally, following a request from the Uganda Government to the United Kingdom (UK) Government. After wide consultations, and in response to the changing public health landscape, Unit work has broadened beyond HIV to include other infections, neglected, endemic, emerging and re-emerging infections and non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

Job Description

The position holder will support the communications and engagement team to increase visibility of the CCHF study and providing communications support to the development of the CCHF study narrative reports.

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Duties and Responsibilities

  • In collaboration with the CCHF project management team, support the implementation of the knowledge exchange strategy of the study;

  • With the support of the CCHF PI and the communications team, develop and review communication products including a study brochure, policy briefs, videos and newsletters and ensure that they are shared on the appropriate platforms;

  • Support in organizing study engagements to strengthen partnerships and knowledge exchange, documenting these major events and updating key platforms with reports in relevant formats;

  • Coordinate media engagements on behalf of the CCHF study and build useful relationships with the media that would boost the study’s visibility and positioning;

  • Attend team meetings, develop reports and contribute to management of the project’s risk register by identifying potential risks;

  • Support in the development and regular update of the study page on the LSHTM website, as well as the CCHF partnership website and social media to increase the visibility of the study and its knowledge outputs; and,

  • Provide communications support to the final report, including layout and design.

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Qualification, Experiences and Competencies

  • Degree in Mass Communication or other relevant discipline from a reputable University;

  • Minimum of at least 2 years in communications and engagement role;

  • Experience in media engagement and event planning;

  • Knowledge of report writing;

  • Knowledge and experience in writing best practice stories;

  • Knowledge and experience in website management and social media;

  • Should possess Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including strong presentation and report-writing abilities, capacity to persuasively and effectively convey information to different audiences, etc;

  • Excellent knowledge of writing for the web and using web content management systems (CMS) such as Drupal, Word press, etc;

  • Good skills in photography and/or videography;

  • Desktop graphics software such as Adobe creative suite;

  • Excellent command of English and widely spoken local languages;

  • Proficiency in relevant software and applications (including but not limited to MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint;

  • Ability to translate technical language and complex research into communications suiting variety of audiences;

  • Interest in neglected tropical diseases and/or public health;

  • Ability to build effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders;

  • Ability to prioritise, plan work and respond flexibly to unexpected changes or multiple demands;

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