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Placement Organization: ACODEV
Placement Location: Kasese, Uganda
Eligible Citizenship: American

 

About: ACODEV-U is a non-governmental organization, registered with the Uganda Ministry of Internal Affairs under the National NGO Board. Since its formation, ACODEV-U has worked to empower and transform communities to challenge social problems, access health, social, and other development services, and contribute to the development of the capacities of duty bearers to meet their obligations and/ or rights holders to claim their rights.

With a national office in Kampala and a field office for the Rwenzori Region based in the Kasese District and coalition partnerships in Northern Uganda and Karamoja region, ACODEV-U’s current geographical reach is seventeen districts.

ACODEV focuses its work on 5 key areas:

  • Research and Learning: ACODEV-U initiates, conducts and disseminates findings of participatory community studies, research, assessments and evaluations on issues pertaining to all its program areas
  • Raising Awareness: ACODEV-U raises community awareness and enlightenment at all levels on issues pertaining to all its program areas for increasing demand for services
  • Capacity Building: ACODEV-U builds communities’ capacity to take self-owned actions and utilize and sustain community support structures and systems relevant to all its program areas
  • Advocacy and Community Activism: ACODEV-U supports effective and Participatory Advocacy and Community Activism work in all its program areas
  • Networking and Collaboration: ACODEV-U promotes networking with relevant government sectors and other developmental actors in strengthening effective implementation and support for all

 

Position Overview: The fellow will contribute to ACODEV’s work in documentation and communication of development learning and in the production of information, education and communication (IEC) materials for all programs. The fellow will also work closely with the ACODEV-U website manager to keep the website information and content up to date.  Additionally, the fellow will work with the Research and M&E Unit and will report directly to the Executive Director

 

Documentation

  • Support the documentation of project successes and lessons learned across program areas of Reproductive and Child Health, HIV and AIDS and Human Rights
  • Collect, collate and analyze data useful in documenting learning experiences from the ACODEV Programs to be used for ACODEV information materials/publications
  • Coordinate editing and production of various documents from workshops, seminars, and conferences organized by ACODEV and partners
  • Maintain high editing and production of all external and internal documents
  • Facilitate capacity building of ACODEV staff and partners in documentation
  • Participate in planning and implementation of ACODEV-U programs

Communication

  • Play a lead role in preparing and disseminating a range of public information materials including newsletters, annual reports, brochures, flyers, radio jingles/spot messages and website content
  • Provide appropriate guidance/support to consultants and staff in designing and production of ACODEV training and communication materials
  • Facilitate capacity building of ACODEV staff and partners in communication
  • Any other responsibility as may be assigned

 

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Minimum two years’ experience in development communications, with at least two years’ experience in supporting advocacy
  • At least three (3) years writing, editing, and documentation experience from a reputable organization; experience with a development organization would be an added advantage
  • Good computer skills especially in website management and desktop publishing
  • Originality, innovation, and creativity in design and packaging of information for communication
  • Ability to work calmly under pressure and to beat deadlines
  • Facilitation/training skills
  • Willingness to travel and document program work
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative and work well under pressure
  • Ability to plan ahead and work within agreed timeframes
  • Willingness to work occasional evenings and weekends as may be required
  • Sympathetic to the aims of ACODEV
  • Reliable, self-motivated and flexible; able to respond to new opportunities
  • Ability to work in a team and form productive, supportive & professional relationships with all staff at ACODEV
  • Fluent in spoken English and writing skills

 

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Master’s Degree in Communication/ Journalism/ Public Relations or equivalent professional work experience in the area of communication

 

Living Conditions: Fellows will be provided with housing, health insurance and a living stipend of $550/month. Fellows will also receive an award of $1500 upon successful completion of the fellowship year.  Flights to and from the placement site and all other costs associated with GHC programming are included.