This position is the most senior national Communications position in the Uganda operation, the largest refugee response in Africa, with more than 1.4 million refugees, 30 settlements and a budget of over USD 344 million.
Uganda has a model refugee policy and as the first country to pilot the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF), it currently leads on the implementation of the Global Compact on Refugees with an explicit goal to sustain and further operationalize its progressive refugee policies whilst leveraging sustainable support for both refugee and host communities.
Under these frameworks and initiatives, stakeholders in Uganda have promoted inclusion of refugees in the delivery of national services, such as education, health, water, environment, job and livelihoods as well as national development plans and programmes. With over 100 partners supporting the response, the Uganda Refugee Response Plan contributes significantly to these goals while maintaining a strong focus on emergency preparedness and response.
This position is key in raising the visibility of the GCR/CRRF in Uganda, through a strong engagement with national and international media (traditional and new media), coordination of visibility and communication activities with partners (government, NGOs, UN agencies, donors) and frequent field missions to source and produce content, ensuring that the views of the refugees are reflected in communication outputs.
This position requires outstanding communications skills: writing, re-writing, headline-writing and editing skills, including the ability to produce news-writing of high standard on tight deadlines. Experience in drafting Op-eds, messages and talking points is a requirement as well as proven experience of having worked as a Spokesperson, in a leading press office, or dealing regularly with live interview situations. This position must be able to produce multi-media content and have a strong knowledge of UNHCR operations, mandate and global affairs. Experience with strategic planning, coordination abilities, political and organizational awareness and stakeholder management are key to the success.
Proven experience in handling relations with journalists and media organizations is also a key requirement for this position, including drafting news releases, responding to media enquiries, pitching stories and initiatives, and building dialogue with individual journalists and editors, as well as with news-planning desks.
As the operation continues to spearhead efforts to improve accountability in the refugee response, following the allegations of fraud and corruption in 2016-2017, this position must research, study and fact-check information and ensure clearance of communication products, especially news outputs, with the highest standards of accuracy and editorial content in all external outputs.
This position reports to the Senior External Relations Officer and provide support to the entire operation.