Communications Specialist Opportunity at Uganda National Roads Authority

Vacancy: Communications Specialist

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST
FOR TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO UGANDA NATIONAL ROADS AUTHORITY (UNRA):

Procurement Reference No. UNRA/Services/2010-11/00020/05/01

1. Introduction
This request for Expression of Interest follows the General Procurement Notice for the TSDP Project that was published online on the UNDB and the Development Gateway Market websites on 17th July 2010.

The Government of the Republic of Uganda has received financing from the World Bank and DFID towards the cost of the Transport Sector Development Project (TSDP), and it intends to apply part of the proceeds to payments for the provision of Technical Assistance for Capacity Building to UNRA.

2. Objectives of the Assignment
This service aims to develop and increase institutional capacity of UNRA in the area of Strategic Communications by preparing and implementing a robust and innovative communications strategy aimed at promoting public awareness of UNRA’s activities and results; and building a solid reputation for the authority as an efficient public service delivery entity in Uganda.

3. Terms of Reference and Scope of Services
The Specialists’ scope of work shall include: -
a) Under the general guidance of the Executive Director of the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA), responsible for the conceptualization, planning, development, execution, monitoring and evaluation of an organization branding, advocacy and communication strategy to promote the Authority’s image, activities and programmes both in Uganda and abroad; Formulation of the Communications Strategy shall include undertaking of communications audit, a stakeholder mapping and desk review. The consultant shall also establish a communications baseline either through previous strategies or researches carried out in the sector addressing public perceptions of the roads sector or a media content analysis covering the last two years.

b) Maintain a media profile for all relevant issues and support follow-up on Special Issues of Public Interest such as Road Safety, Road Sector HIV Awareness, Environmental Conservation, Resettlement of Roads Project Affected Persons, Gender Mainstreaming, Good Governance and
Accountability, etc;

c) Manages media activities such as organizing visits to project sites, facilitating photo coverage and TV footage, radio interviews and special events, and utilizes both web-based and traditional media when appropriate to generate and maintain public interest on National Roads issues, and tell the story of UNRA’s contribution to national economic development.

d) Develops a strategy to get National Roads issues into the public domain, and strengthen political will in support of UNRA’s mission and objectives, (including communication assessment and analysis, development of a communication plan, strategic use of resources and involvement in key programme processes, especially situation analysis, reviews and evaluations);

e) In coordination with the Executive Director, UNRA, participates in global advocacy activities by planning visits to International Forums and/or workshops, including preparation of information materials (e.g., press releases, programme summaries, country fact sheets and media kits), and necessary logistic arrangements;

f) Advises the Executive Director and the UNRA Corporate Communications team on the effective use of tools of mass communication, including press briefings and conferences and media interviews, to achieve organizational objectives;

g) Adapts and disseminates advocacy materials to identified target audiences, arranging translations into local language(s), as necessary. Identifies the need for additional materials/activities, such as radio and television programmes, publications, photographs, websites, etc., to advocate and promote organizational goals within the country, and manage their production and distribution to the target audiences;

h) Adequately assist in standardizing the Authority’s management reports, press releases, speeches and briefing notes (for the Executive Director) including coordination of the drafting of the Authority’s reports to external stakeholders;

i) Ensure quality of reports, project proposals and other written material. This includes standard layout, translations, branding, coherence with proposal / report guidelines, statistics and budget review.

j) Perform any other duties as may be assigned by the Executive Director.

4. Reporting
The Communications Specialist will report to the Executive Director. The Specialist shall also work closely with the UNRA Corporate Communications Manager and the Project Coordinator.

5. Key Results / Outputs

Key Tasks Expected Outputs
1. Design a phased, budgeted and consultative communications strategy for the Roads Sector in Uganda.

2. Ensure quality materials of UNRA for media / development partners / stakeholders / public for in-country and international advocacy and resource mobilization purposes.

3. Provide timely and quality material in support of UNRA activities for internal and external use.

4. Assist UNRA in standardizing reports and publications

5. Ensure quality assurance

6. Preparation and submission of quarterly reports as part of the quarterly reports to the World Bank within 45 days from the end of the quarter.

Expected Outputs
1. Communications strategy for the Roads Sector to be submitted within two months of the commencement of the Specialist’s services.

2. UNRA branding, advocacy and communication strategy to be submitted within two months of the commencement of the Specialist’s services.

3. Press releases, speeches, briefing notes, fact sheets throughout the duration of the contract.

4. UNRA reports and proposals ready for submission to donors throughout the duration of the contract.

5. Quality assured for all type of reports, proposals, concept papers and management reports throughout the duration of the contract.

6. Quarterly reports on Communications Activities in UNRA are submitted throughout the duration of the contract.

6. Required Qualifications and Experience
a) Advanced university degree in Communication, Journalism, Public Relations or equivalent professional work experience in the communication area combined with advanced university degree in a related discipline;

b) At least ten (10) years progressively responsible professional work experience in communication, print and broadcast media and programme monitoring and evaluation, of which two years should be in developing countries. Working experience with a large organization like UNRA will be an added advantage. The Specialist shall also be experienced in designing and implementing development communications strategies.

c) Advanced ability to express clearly and concisely ideas and concepts in written form; specific skills in writing press releases, speeches, articles / stories for traditional and electronic media, report writing and editing;

d) Proven ability to conceptualize, plan and execute ideas, as well as impart knowledge and teaching skills;
e) Proven ability to effectively manage relationships with media, government officials, the general public and Development partners;

f) Strong working knowledge of computer systems and applications including DTP, specifically interactive digital media and Red Dot;

g) Proven ability to work both independently and as part of a team;

h) Ability to work in an international and multicultural environment;

i) Excellent team player;

j) High organizational capability;

k) Fluency in English.

7. Service Time
The assignment shall be for a period of Two (2) years including a 6 month probation period.

8. Selection of Applicants
Applicants will be selected in accordance with the procedures set out in the World Bank’s Guidelines:
Selection and Employment of Consultants by World Bank Borrowers (current edition).

9. Applicants may obtain further information at the address below from Monday to Friday 0800 to
1700 hours.
The Head,
Procurement and Disposal Unit,
Uganda National Roads Authority
Ground Floor, Room No. GA2
Plot 5, Lourdel Road
Kampala, UGANDA.
Tel: +256 312 233 100
E-mail: procurement@unra.go.ug

10. Conditions for Application
Expressions of Interest, in English and in sealed envelope clearly marked “Expression of Interest for the Position of Communications Specialist”, accompanied by (i) a capability statement detailing the applicant’s general qualifications, adequacy for the post and illustrated personal experience; (ii)
copies of testimonials; (iii) detailed curriculum vitae showing previous positions held and (vi) postal addresses and day telephone contacts of applicants should be submitted to the address below before

or on 7th March 2011 by 10:00 Hrs.
Procurement and Disposal Unit,
Uganda National Roads Authority,
Plot 5, Lourdel Road
Ground Floor, Room No. GA 2
P.O. Box 28487, Kampala, UGANDA.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Job in Uganda for Telecommunications, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Information and Communications technologies at UCC

Job Title: Specialist/Technical Monitoring


Role: To manage the process of technical monitoring and evaluation of RCDF projects.

Key Result Areas:
• Implement the technical audit of projects' technical parameters to ascertain their compliance with the defined technical specifications;
• Carry out technical monitoring of projects to assess their quality of service in accordance with defined standards;
• Research on and propose content to be used with the ICT projects in order to add value and provide opportunities for usage of the projects;
• Develop technical specifications for ICT related projects;
• Report on the status of procurements for ICT equipment and services;
• Monitor the recording of activities carried out by the technical compliance section;
• Prepare technical reports in line with the section's reporting structure, and;
• Troubleshoot problems experienced by RCDF supported projects and fix basic ones.


Job requirement

Qualifications:
• A Bachelor's Degree in Telecommunications /Electrical Engineering or Computer Science or a field related to Information and Communications technologies with proven knowledge of alternative power sources and communications systems.
• Strong knowledge in project management
• Proven knowledge of alternative energy source is essential and
•A masters Degree in one of the above fields will be an added advantage

Experience and knowledge:
• At least three years relevant working experience in rural based ICT projects


How to apply

EMPLOYMENT TERMS:
Successful candidates for the advertised positions will sign a 3-year renewable employment contract with the Commission.

Very attractive package will be offered to the successful candidates commensurate with qualifications and previous work experience.

Interested candidates should deliver applications indicating their telephone and e-mail addresses accompanied with the following documents:

1. Detailed Curriculum Vitae indicating two professional and one character referees. Members of Uganda Communications Commission shall not be accepted as referees.
2. Copies of certificates, testimonials, cited in the CV.

Applications should be submitted to the following address NOT LATER than 5,00 pm on Friday, February 25, 2011 to:

The Director, Human Resources and Administration
Uganda Communications Commission
2nd Floor UCC House
Plot 42-44 Spring Road, Bugolobi
P. O. Box 7376, KAMPALA

Only short listed applicants will be notified. Any form of canvassing will automatically lead to disqualification of a candidate.


UCC is an equal opportunities employer mindful of gender balance in its establishment.

Jobs Vacancies at UCC (Uganda Communications Commission)

Job Title: Field Monitoring Officer (2 Positions)
Reports To: Specialist /Technical Monitoring
Role: to monitor the performance of RCDF supported projects and their operational environment

Key Result Areas:
• Carry out inspections of project sites to ascertain the projects' technical parameters;
• Carry out periodic monitoring of ongoing projects for quality of service specifications;
• Carry out initial observations to ascertain the initial status of areas for subsequent input into impact assessment activities and for baseline surveys;
• Carry out data collection on all technical parameters of RCDF projects;
• Collect specific data for definition of terms of reference;
•Maintain the technical section’s databases for input into the departmental databases
•Prepare reports in line with the department’s reporting structure and..
•Trouble shoot technical problems experienced by RCDF supported projects and fix basic ones


Job requirement

Qualifications

•Telecommunications/Electrical Engineering, Computer Science or in a field related to communications technologies or computer science;

Experience and Knowledge
A minimum of two years of relevant working experience

Character:
• Good communication and interpersonal skills, team player and ability to work independently and in rural settings.


How to apply

EMPLOYMENT TERMS:
Successful candidates for the advertised positions will sign a 3-year renewable employment contract with the Commission.

Very attractive package will be offered to the successful candidates commensurate with qualifications and previous work experience.

Interested candidates should deliver applications indicating their telephone and e-mail addresses accompanied with the following documents:

1. Detailed Curriculum Vitae indicating two professional and one character referees. Members of Uganda Communications Commission shall not be accepted as referees.
2. Copies of certificates, testimonials, cited in the CV.

Applications should be submitted to the following address NOT LATER than 5,00 pm on Friday, February 25, 2011 to:

The Director, Human Resources and Administration
Uganda Communications Commission
2nd Floor UCC House
Plot 42-44 Spring Road, Bugolobi
P. O. Box 7376, KAMPALA

Only short listed applicants will be notified. Any form of canvassing will automatically lead to disqualification of a candidate.
You can also visit our Website on: www.ucc.co.ug

UCC is an equal opportunities employer mindful of gender balance in its establishment.

Jobs in Uganda- New Job Opportunity at World Vision in

Job Title: National Design Monitoring and Evaluation (DME) Manager
Duty station: National Office
To provide leadership and coordination in the design, documentation, monitoring, and evaluation of World Vision Uganda activities and all supported programs.

Key Result Areas
Leadership:
• Provide proactive and clear functional leadership across WVU for development and full coordination of all DM and E events, practices, and learning and DME personnel.
• Develop full, effective cross-functional working relationships for DM and E events,practices and learning and DME personnel
•Participate Effectively with DM and E networks, practitioners and learning/research institutions to access, research, evaluate and promote the best available external practices and resources in DM and E

Assessment and Design
•Lead and supportand support assessments and operational research for contextual understanding, identifying opportunities, vulnerabili­ties, capacities and resources, deciding feasibility and setting priorities.
• Lead the program and technical teams in the development of design documents and logical frameworks that prioritize needs established during assessments and secondary data analysis.
• Develop a Monitoring and Evaluation (M and E) system consistent with the VW DME framework (LEAP) that includes standards developed by multilateral and bilateral agencies NGOs.

Implementation and monitoring:
• Support management and accountability through routine, ac­curate collection and reporting of information that confirms status of program activities based on log frames.
• Develop quality control systems and mechanisms needed to guarantee proper management of information and data.
• Lead strategic thinking and planning in relation to integration of the management information system (MIS) and application of M and E data

Transition:
• Provide support in the design of program phase out strategies, and monitoring of progress of transition through achievement of activities
• Support all programs to develop, implement and monitor prog­ress of transition plans in order to ensure sustainability of VW supported programs in Uganda.

Promote Organizational learning:
• Document and disseminate the key lessons and findings from project evaluations and operations audit for organizational learn­ing and decision making.
• Gather relevant information regarding best practices in program design, monitoring and evaluation from within and outside the WVI partnership and shares it with field staff to facilitate organizational learning and experience sharing.


Job requirement

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
• A Master's degree in Economics, Statistics or Mathematics
• At least 5 years experience leading programming, monitoring and evaluation functions of an international NGO or donor organization.
• Good understanding and working experience of development, advocacy and emergency affairs approaches.
• Extensive experience and recognized expertise in the full range of evaluation theories, models and tools, and ability to adapt, contextualized and apply appropriately to ail Project scenarios
• Proven track record as a community trainer and capacity builder in DM and E using a wide variety of training methods, facilitation capacity building and organizational development strategies,
• High-level expertise in Results-Based management, Logical Framework Analysis, and Result-Based Performance Monitoring and Evaluation
• Good understanding and experience in Management information Systems


How to apply

How to apply:
Interested persons who meet the above criteria should submit their applications together with an updated CV and copies of academic transcripts (only) with at least three suitable referees with their telephone contacts to; wvujobs@wvi.org or hand deliver to the address below (Please indicate the position you are applying for)

Human Resource Manager,
World Vision Uganda,
Plot 15 B Nakasero Road,

Deadline for receiving the applications is: 24th February, 2011. NB: If you do not hear from us by 30th April 2011, please consider your application unsuccessful.

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