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 role

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Marketing and communications adviser
Uganda


The ANPPCAN Uganda Chapter is part of a Pan-African organisation whose main concern is the status and welfare of children. The Uganda Chapter’s vision is a society that upholds the rights of children, free from child abuse and neglect. The organisation focuses its work on five strategic areas, including organisational development of those institutions responsible for the protection of children, providing direct support services to abused and vulnerable children and delivering advocacy work for child rights and protection. As a marketing and communications adviser with ANPPCAN you’ll develop a marketing strategy to effectively promote the organisation’s work to a wider audience.

What you'll be doing

  • 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

What you'll need

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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It will depend on the placement as some locations may not be suitable for a family.

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