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View Vacancy - Communications Officer B3 (L Protected content KPL)
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Job Category
Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Policy & Political roles)
Job Subcategory
Communications, Press and Media
Job Description (Roles and Responsibilities)
Main purpose of job:

To lead strategic communications for the British High Commission in traditional media as well as social media platforms;
To run independent campaigns, prepare for press events, and accompany senior management on media calls;
To provide media handling at internal and external events, to place op eds and interviews and recruit suitable journalists for briefings;
To drive forward the Chevening Scholarship programme including marketing and administration;
To provide support on internal communications, crisis response and broader corporate objectives.
Roles and responsibilities / what will the jobholder be expected to achieve?:

Classic media work in support of UK government priorities in Uganda.
Drive forward our ambitious communication strategy with a focus on social media engagement;
Set up and manage briefings, interviews and events;
Draft press releases and media invites;
Compile media distribution lists and contacts, evaluate all media activity;
Press/media handling around visits;
Working to the Head of Communications to plan and implement strategic communication for Department for International Development, the Department for International Trade, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Ministry of Defence in Uganda;
Lead the marketing and administration of the Chevening Scholarship programme;
Lead on branding, ensuring brand visibility and managing brand logistics for events;
Managing the communications budget;
The officer will also be expected to support broader corporate objectives: e.g. crisis response.
Resources managed (staff and expenditure):

Communications budget and contractors at events for example.

Essential qualifications, skills and experience
Strong experience managing and creating content for social media platforms, particularly Facebook and Twitter;
Journalistic or broader communications experience;
Writing skills;
Strong interpersonal skills;
Excellent IT skills, particularly Microsoft Office applications.
Desirable qualifications, skills and experience
Experience of using digital analytics tools;
Project management skills;
Knowledge of the Ugandan media environment;
Editorial work experience.
Required competencies
Making Effective Decisions, Collaborating and Partnering, Managing a Quality Service, Delivering at Pace
Application deadline
20 September Protected content
B3 (L)
Type of Position
Location (City)
Type of Post
British High Commission
Starting monthly salary Protected content
UGX 5,361,279
Start Date
1 October Protected content
Other benefits and conditions of employment

25 days paid annual leave per calendar year. The leave entitlements will be granted for each calendar year of service. Leave will be calculated proportionately for any period of service of less than one calendar year.

In addition to annual leave entitlements, certain Ugandan and British public and religious holidays are observed by the British High Commission.

Family or compassionate leave will be granted on the following occasions:

Paternity leave – 5 days
Death of spouse/partner, child, legally adopted child, parent, parent in law – 6 days on any one occasion
Learning and development opportunities (and any specific training courses to be completed):

A range of communications related and wider competence related development opportunities are available.

Additional information
Please complete the application form in full. Failure to do so may result in a determination that you do not meet the requirements for the position.
Employees recruited locally by the British High Commission in Kampala are subject to the Terms and Conditions of Service according to local employment law in Uganda.
All applicants must be legally able to work in the country of application with the correct visa/status or work permit.
Employees who are not eligible to pay local income tax: e.g. certain third-country nationals and spouses/partners of UK diplomats will have their salaries abated by an equivalent amount.
Reference and security clearances checks will be conducted.
Any questions you may have about this position will be answered during the interview, should you be invited.
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