Thursday, 21 June 2018

Job Opportunity At Uganda Christian University (UCU)-Communications Officer

Organisation: Uganda Christian University (UCU)
Duty Station: Mukono, Uganda
Reports to: Manager, Communications & Marketing

About US:
Uganda Christian University was founded when the historic Bishop Tucker Theological College was promoted as a university in 1997. Bishop Tucker Theological College trained clergy and educators during its 84-year history from 1913-1997. The local chief, Hamu Mukasa, granted land for the college to operate in Mukono. International partnerships were part of the College’s missionary history. The Church Mission Society teamed with Ugandan leaders and others to assure the College had the necessary intellectual and other capital. By the late 1990s, the Church of Uganda sought to have a broader impact on society through the higher education - not only of clergy but of other professionals as well. Uganda Christian University was established in 1997.

Job Summary:  The Communications Officer will lead the implementation of communications activities in line with Uganda Christian University’s Strategic Plan, towards the vision of being a Centre of Excellence in the Heart of Africa.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Working with relevant University divisions, faculties, departments, regional colleges and campuses to implement the University’s Communications and Marketing strategy.
  • Ensure that all communication and promotional activities reflect the Uganda Christian University brand, and associated vision, mission and core values.
  • Work closely with senior management and Manager, Communications and Marketing in responding to any crisis, and be part of the crisis management team.
  • Design messages to communicate a positive and consistent image of the University, both internally and externally
  • Manage UCU information platforms such as corporate emails and social media accounts
  • Assist in managing media relations and media coverage.
  • Coordinate the development of promotional materials (including on-line and visual materials and advertising) and internal and external communications in all media.
  • Oversee gathering, processing of information for timely update of University online media platforms such as website, blog, face book and twitter
  • Assist in developing and maintaining key relationships with individuals, external groups, partner organizations, influencers, local communities and other stakeholders.
  • Review and edit all University publications for accuracy, correctness, style and conformity to University branding guidelines
  • Provide strategic direction for the planning, management and execution of major university events.
  • Prepare media briefs, press releases and monthly media monitoring reports, activity reports for the department
  • Perform any other official duties as may be assigned by the supervisor.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant must hold a Master’s degree in Mass Communication or Journalism from a recognized institution of higher learning.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications or Journalism from a recognized institution of higher learning.
  • Three (3) years of working experience in corporate communication and public relations in a reputable organization.
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English.
  • Ability to implement a communications strategy for the University, including: formulating content and material that reflects our brand.
  • Knowledge of different target audiences and their particular needs for information, including different audiences inside and outside East Africa.
  • Knowledge of modern communication methods including social networking and web strategy.
  • Knowledge and ability to utilize media networks.
  • Ability to quickly formulate appropriate responses to inquiries from a variety of sources about the University.
  • Experience in videography will be an added advantage.
  • Must be a mature and practicing Christian.

How to Apply:
All qualified candidates should send two (2) copies of an application letter clearly demonstrating suitability together with updated Curriculum Vita and three references. Please attach copies of academic and professional certificates and transcripts on each application. Send to:

The Director, Human Resource & Administration,
Uganda Christian University,
Pilkington Building,
P.O. Box 4, Mukono, Uganda

Email to:

NB: All online applications must be sent in one PDF attachment.

Deadline: 29th June 2018 by 5:00 pm
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