Communications specialists

Communications specialists

You’ll have a degree and at least three years’ experience of designing communication strategies, implementing and managing a range of communications activities, as well as strengthening internal communication systems.

Roles are generally longer term, ranging from one to two years, and we also have occasional short term assignments for up to six months. For short-term roles, you’ll need at least five years' experience in your field.

What you’ll be doing

You’ll work to raise the profile of an organisation by designing, developing and implementing a communications strategy and working with colleagues to manage subsequent activities.

You could be working in countries such as The Gambia, Nigeria, India, Ghana or Kenya.

Example placement

Placement for: Marketing and communications adviser

Country: Uganda

You will help to develop ANPPCAN's marketing strategy to effectively promote the organisation’s work to a wider audience.

What does the role involve?:

  • Identifying opportunities to raise awareness of ANPPCAN’s activities amongst the local population and key stakeholders
  • Working with staff and external stakeholders to gather materials for case studies and success stories, and develop a mechanism to capture and use such information in the future
  • Developing a long-term marketing strategy for ANPPCAN as an integral and key component of the organisation’s overall strategic plan.

Skills, qualifications and experience required

You’ll need a degree level qualification in a relevant field and have at least three year’s broad marketing and communications experience. Proven experience of developing marketing or communications strategies is essential. Ideally you will also have managed a team and have PR and media experience. You will need to be creative and resourceful as you’ll be working with limited resources. Flexibility and patience are also important qualities as you’ll need to adapt to living and working in a different culture.

And the rest...

Landlocked Uganda lies across the Equator, bordering Tanzania, Sudan, Congo, Kenya and Rwanda. You’ll be based in the capital city, Kampala, which is less crowded than many other African cities with a population of around 1 million people. There’s a friendly and social atmosphere with a real mix of people from all social, religious and tribal groups. On the social scene, the city has a variety of good restaurants, bars, clubs and cinemas so you shouldn’t have trouble keeping busy in your free time.

We’ll ask you to commit to 12-24 months to make a sustainable contribution to our development goals. In return, we’ll give you comprehensive financial, personal and professional support. We'll provide you with extensive training before your placement, and our support package includes a local living allowance, return flights, accommodation, insurance and more. When you return to your home country, we'll help you to resettle and many of our returned volunteers stay involved with us long after their placement ends.

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