Communications and Advocacy Advisor job at Marie Stopes UG

Marie Stopes UG

Communications and Advocacy Advisor job Post

Location:  Jobs in Uganda 2022 - 2023

Work Hours: Full-time, 08 hours per day

Salary: UGX

No. of vacancies: 01

Deadline: 22 July 2022

Hiring Organization: Marie Stopes UG

Job Details:

Reporting to the Head Communication and Policy, the Communications and Advocacy advisor will oversee the development of consistent and engaging content for Marie Stopes’ internal and external communications. This will include preparing detailed and informative media reports, articles, press releases, and social media content. They will also support development of marketing materials. He/she will further oversee the production of high-quality content that engages clients and builds brand recognition. The ideal candidate will be an excellent communicator, with brilliant presentation, written and organizational skills.
He/ She will support the implementation of the Communication and Advocacy strategy and will work collaboratively with channel leads, field staff and implementation partners to standardize and improve communications efforts and raise the profile of MSUG positioning it as the thought and practice leader in Sexual Reproductive Health in Uganda and globally.

Key Responsibilities
• Communications
• Lead implementation of the communications strategy
• Manage the country intranet page, and regularly update the backup shared drive ensuring that information is up to date and accessible to all employees; also work with LSO communication liaison to share stories from MS-UG country program to be featured on more together news blog.
• Manage the organizations website, regularly update the site with key highlights as well as monitor website indicators.
• Prepare and publish both the internal and external MSUG newsletters highlighting MSUG key events.
• Continuously monitor and ensure immediate detection and notification of controversial content about MSUG and report them to the Head of communications and policy
• Support all channels with documentation of success stories and best practices from project activities and ensure proper dissemination.
• Pro-actively explore opportunities to promote MSUG’s work, with particular focus on Uganda outlets and in accordance with the Communications team’s strategy and objectives.
• Public Relations and partnerships
• Represent MSUG at different forums including advocacy engagements, MOH meetings, conferences, BCC technical working group, and radio talk shows
• Develop and manage the communications calendar and identify key national and international events where Marie stopes works, and results can be disseminated to enhance visibility.
• Develop strategic partnerships with CSO’s and private organization’s to enhance collaboration and linkages
• Support and organize meetings and events aimed at increasing visibility for the organization. This includes MSUG partnership day, product and campaign launches
• Advocacy
• Develop and implement the MSUG advocacy strategy and workplan
• Research and draft media pitches for local and national media, crafting stories from case studies from MSUG programs and creating compelling narrative from policy and advocacy briefs.
• Coordinate media engagements including, field visits, media buying and pitching, brown bags, media cafes, sensitizations.
• Work with channel leads to identify advocacy priorities within their channels and ensure that these are integrated into MSUG’s advocacy strategy.
• Track advocacy activities and ensure that these are implemented, and activity reports availed for the same.
• Social media engagement and Digital Presence
• Develop and implement the MSUG digital marketing strategy with the major aim of converting users to actual clients at the service delivery channels.
• Create high quality content.
• Regularly update MSUG social media pages (Instagram, twitter, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn)
• Plan digital campaigns and promote MSUG services, products and the contact center.
• Generate monthly analytics and share with the head of communications.
• Manage Nano, macro and micro influencers
• Promote Website blogs to increase MSUG website visitors and increase client footfall at MSUG service delivery channels.
• Visibility and Branding
• Ensure the correct use of Marie Stopes UG’s identity and that or partners and donors, in respect to existing branding guidelines.
• Ensure the quality production of Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials.
• Ensure quality branding of assets and other cooperate branding materials like diaries and calendars for MSUG and that of partners, where applicable.
• Ensure that staff are branded during field visits and external meetings.
• Ensure proper storage and maintenance of all branding and visibility materials

• Minimum 5 years working experience in a busy office environment, preferably within an international NGO.
• Experience in writing donors required.
• Experience in building relationships with external partners.
• Experience representing an organization to external partners at a high level.
• Experience is developing and running social media campaigns
• Experience in InDesign or Canva usage
• Experience in Health communication and advocacy
• Interpersonal communication skills, individually and in groups, with an ability to work as an active member of teams.
• Able to multi-task and efficiently manage competing priorities.
• Possess leadership personality, and ability to take on and solve problems quickly and efficiently;
• Hands on experience and ability to work independently with minimum supervision. Ability to work in deadline driven/results-oriented atmospheres.

Qualifications and Training (essential/desirable)
• Minimum of a master’s degree in the relevant fields (mass communication, health communications or related field.
• Additional training in digital marketing, policy development, and website management (Umbraco) is an added advantage.

Personal Attributes
• Successful performance at MSI is not simply defined in terms of ‘what’ people achieve, but equally is about ‘how’ people go about their jobs and the impact that they have on others. We encourage and expect all team members will demonstrate the following behaviors:
• Initiative
• Thinking ahead and taking action to make the most of opportunities by finding the optimum solution.
• Innovative
• Thinking creatively and outside of the box so that ideas generated create a positive outcome.
• Effective Communication
• Communicating through active listening and good questioning techniques, using appropriate body language, ensuring information is clear and concise.
• Responsive
• Being responsive to changing priorities and demands.
• Working Efficiently
• Planning, prioritizing and organizing work to ensure work is accurate and deadlines are met
• Sharing Information
• Sharing information and knowledge whilst maintaining confidentiality.
• Focus on Learning
• Taking responsibility for keeping knowledge and skills updated and for seeking opportunities to develop further.
• Commitment
• Awareness and understanding of goals, vision and values and how your role impacts on this and going the extra mile to meet role requirements.
• Driven
• Drive and determination to deliver results.
• Accountable
• Taking responsibility for appropriate decisions that you make, and the actions and behaviour you demonstrate.
• Embracing Change
• Openness to embracing change within the organisation and being able to adjust plans/activities accordingly.
• Motivated
• Motivation towards achieving quality results to maximise potential.
• Team Player
• Working as part of a team by being supportive, flexible and showing respect for each other.

Team Member Behaviours
• Work as One MSI
• You contribute, use, and share accurate data and evidence to improve understanding, insight and decision-making across MSI, enabling us to maximise our ability to influence others.
• You share relevant knowledge, expertise and resources to strengthen teamwork and prevent duplication of effort.
• You actively work as part of a team, providing support and flexibility to colleagues, demonstrating fairness, understanding and respect for all people and cultures.
• Show courage, authenticity and integrity
• You hold yourself accountable for the decisions you make and the behaviours you demonstrate.
• You are courageous in challenging others and taking appropriate managed risks.
• Develop and grow
• You seek feedback to enable greater self-awareness and provide the same to others in a way which inspires them to be even more effective.
• You manage your career development including keeping your knowledge and skills up to date.
• Deliver excellence, always
• You strive to consistently meet and exceed expectations, putting clients at the centre of everything, and implement smarter, more efficient ways of performing your role.
• You build and maintain effective long-term working relationships with all stakeholders and are a true MSI ambassador.
• Leadership
• You inspire individuals and teams, through situational leadership, providing clear direction.
• You seek and provide opportunities which motivate team members, helping to develop skills and potential whilst strengthening our talent and succession pipeline.
• You are aware of emerging developments in our sector, demonstrating strategic insight about our clients and business and encourage this in your team.
• You articulate a vision of the future which inspires and excites others.

MSI Values
• Mission driven: With unwavering commitment, we exist to empower women and men to have children by choice not chance.
• Client Centered: We are passionate about our clients and dedicate our efforts to delivering agreed objectives to the highest possible quality.
• Accountable: We are accountable for our actions and take responsibility for everything we do to ensure long term sustainability and increased impact.
• Courageous: We recruit and nurture talented, passionate and brave people who have the courage to push boundaries, make tough decisions and challenge others in line with our mission

Application procedure

To apply for the position, Please visit the careers page on our website: to submit your application. (Please attach your CV)
Or go directly to the application page here and click Apply Now 

Date Posted: 2022-07-11




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