Communications and Engagement Assistant

Company: MRC/UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit
Application Deadline: 31/05/2024

About MRC/UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit

The MRC/UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit is an internationally recognized center of excellence with dominant research themes in the areas of HIV and emerging infections, vaccines and immunity, and chronic diseases and cancer. Through a multidisciplinary approach, intersecting basic science, epidemiological research, social-behavioral research, and the conduct of new intervention evaluation studies, the Unit contributes knowledge on changing epidemics and diseases, the evaluation of innovative health care options, treatment and prevention, and the development of health policy and practice in Africa and worldwide. The Unit is based at the UVRI Entebbe campus with established outposts in Kalungu, Masaka, Wakiso, and Kampala Districts. It formally joined the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) on February 1, 2018, boosting research capacity into current and emerging health issues in Africa and throughout the world.

Job Description

Job Purpose The Communications and Engagement Assistant will support the communications and engagement team to increase the visibility of the CCHF study and provide communications support to the development of the CCHF study narrative reports.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Support the implementation of the knowledge exchange strategy of the CCHF study in collaboration with the project management team.
  • Develop and review communication products including a study brochure, policy briefs, videos, and newsletters and ensure they are shared on appropriate platforms.
  • Organize study engagements to strengthen partnerships and knowledge exchange, documenting major events and updating key platforms with reports.
  • Coordinate media engagements on behalf of the CCHF study and build useful relationships with the media.
  • Attend team meetings, develop reports, and contribute to the management of the project’s risk register.
  • Support the development and regular update of the study page on the LSHTM website and social media to increase visibility.
  • Provide communications support to the final report, including layout and design.

Person Specification

  • Degree in Mass Communication or other relevant discipline from a reputable University.
  • Minimum of at least 2 years in a communications and engagement role.
  • Experience in media engagement and event planning.
  • Knowledge of report writing.
  • Knowledge and experience in website management and social media.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Excellent knowledge of writing for the web and using web content management systems.
  • Good skills in photography and/or videography.
  • Proficiency in relevant software and applications (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Ability to translate technical language and complex research into communications.
  • Interest in neglected tropical diseases and/or public health.
  • Ability to build effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to prioritize, plan work, and respond flexibly to unexpected changes or multiple demands.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should follow the link below to fill out the application form and submit their documentation:

Apply Here

  • Filling the form more than once will lead to automatic disqualification.
  • High integrity while filling the form is required and will be considered during shortlisting.
  • Combine all application documentation (cover letter, CV, and certified copies of academic documents) into one PDF document.
  • Deadline for application is May 31, 2024, 5:00pm.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.
  • This position is open to Ugandan nationals only.
  • Strictly follow the application procedure as failure to do so will lead to automatic disqualification.
  • Only online applications through the provided link will be accepted.
  • You will receive a notification in your email if your application and documentation have been successfully received.

The applications should be addressed to:
The Head of Human Resources,
MRC/UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit,
P.O. Box 49, Entebbe, Uganda.

Consider your application unsuccessful if not contacted within eight (8) weeks after the closing date of the advert. Any form of lobbying at any stage will lead to automatic disqualification. By submitting your personal information, you consent to the MRC/UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit holding and using it in accordance with its recruitment policy and procedure. The Unit reserves the right to verify documents attached with the relevant awarding institutions to authenticate their validity.

About MRC/UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit

  • Industry: HEALTH
  • Location: ENTEBBE

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