JOB TITLE: COMMUNICATION ASSOCIATE
ORGANISATION: ALLIANCE OF WOMEN ADVOCATING FOR CHANGE
DUTY STATION: KAMPALA, UGANDA
REPORTS TO: PROGRAMMES MANAGER
DEADLINE: APRIL 15TH, 2022
Are you a passionate, goal focused person who is fervent about communication in intersectional SRH-R advocacy? Are you capable of creating attractive and branding communication messages, real time interaction on social media platforms and social media influencing, proper understanding of different audience’s message needs, producing strong messages, coming up with brilliant advocacy campaign Ideas, skilled in doing photography, graphic design, creative writing, animations, videography, and production?
AWAC is looking for a passionate and result-centric young communication/volunteer who is communication enthusiastic with specific skills in creating attractive and branding communication messages, real time interaction on social media platforms and social media influencing, proper understanding of different audience’s message needs, producing strong messages, coming up with brilliant advocacy campaign ideas, skilled in doing photography, graphic design, creative writing, animations, videography, and production.
If brought aboard, you will be our communications associate working with our communications team and earning a monthly stipend in addition to many other benefits of working with different stakeholders in different spaces.
The Alliance of Women Advocating for Change (AWAC) is an umbrella network of grass root emerging female sex worker (FSW) led organizations. AWAC was established in 2015 by champions of the female sex worker movement. We exist to promote the voices and work of grassroot FSWs led organizations based in rural and peri-urban settings. Our core target constituency are female sex workers including those with intersecting vulnerabilities such as FSWs using drugs; FSWs living with HIV/AIDS; refugees FSWs in urban setting; FSWs living with disability; elderly FSWs; children of sex workers and adolescents surviving in the sex work settings in Uganda. AWAC has successfully mobilized her members to challenge stigma, discrimination and criminalization of all forms, has championed access to integrated quality HIV/SRHR/GBV and mental health services, led legislative advocacy campaigns, conducted operational research, capacity building programs on leadership and grassroot movement building in Uganda. Our geographical areas of implementation are: slum areas, Islands, landing sites, transit routes, mining, quarrying, plantations, road construction sites and boarder areas in Uganda. Our work is implemented at grass-root, district, national level in Uganda, and seeks to impact practices, processes and policies at all levels. We work collaboratively with grass root communities, health and human rights organizations and professional and associations as well as relevant government ministries and departments.
AWAC’s core purpose are: acceleration of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG); addressing stigma, discrimination & challenging criminalization of all forms using the Community Led Monitoring(CLM) and Score Card (SC) Model; providing and championing access to integrated quality HIV/SRHR/TB/Gender Based Violence (GBV)/Mental health and harm reduction interventions services; including access to preventive biomedical innovations; advocacy for gender equality and equity and campaigns; conducting operational research and documentation; capacity building in feminist transactional leadership, mentorship and grassroot advocacy movement building to strengthen grassroot community structures; social economic empowerment (SEE) to diversify female sex workers and those with intersecting vulnerabilities’ income through her innovative models in Uganda.
AWAC also work in collaboratively with other individual and organisation which serve as referral points for services that it does not directly offer. These include grass root communities, health units, professional and associations, social welfare departments of government, law enforcement officers, non-governmental organizations- especially human rights organizations and other donor funded projects. With her head office is in Kampala-Mengo Kayuwa Zone, Off Balintuma roads-on Nabulagala road, but also with physical field offices/Drop in Centres in Kyotera, Masaka, Busia boarder, Terego-Rhino based Camp and Luwero districts- Wobulenzi highway.
AWAC Mission: “To build a resilient movement of female sex workers’ that advocates for sustainable integrated universal health care, promotion of human rights and social protection, economic justice for FSWs and those with intersecting & Compounded vulnerabilities in Uganda”.
AWAC Vision: “An inclusive policy and social environment where grassroots FSWs and those with intersecting & compounded vulnerabilities live healthy and productive lives that are free from human rights abuse in Uganda”.AWAC
1) To strengthen the economic security and social protection of FSWs and those with intersecting vulnerabilities.
2) To contribute to attainment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)- 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. 8,10, 16, 17 by enhancing social mobilization and promotion of human rights among FSWs and those with intersecting vulnerabilities.
3) To advance SRHR services so that all FSWs, including those with intersecting and compounded vulnerabilities exercise their bodily autonomy, consent and control over their choices and decisions.
4) To strengthen a resilient female sex workers’ movement to leverage on their capacities to demand for an enabling environment, equitable services and hold duty bearers accountable on existing development programmes.
5) To enhance access to integrated universal health care services among FSWs & those with intersecting vulnerabilities.
6) To strengthen the institutional capacity of AWAC and her network members to effectively deliver the strategic plan.
AWAC Core Values:
• Mutual Respect and Integrity.
• Empowerment and Meaningful involvement
• Transparency and Accountability
• Appreciating diversity and non-discrimination
• Innovation, Excellence and Team Work
• Human rights and evidence based programming
Position: Communication Associate/Volunteer (1 position)
Reporting to – Programmes Manager
Working Hours: Full time role – working 8 hours a day, Monday – Friday (May be requested to occasionally work over the weekend where necessary)
Compensation: monthly stipends.
Application deadline: Saturday, April 20th, 2022.
AWAC’s strategic plan, and Sex Workers’ Advocacy Agenda was developed to facilitate effective intersectional advocacy and service delivery related work to a broad range of Female Sex Workers and other audiences in Uganda through the strategic and timely flow of accurate information. Due to the dynamics in the SRHR rights space, the Communications Associate will be tasked to come up with a communications strategy which will be deliberately aligned with AWAC’s Strategic plan. The communications strategy will be aimed at supporting the delivery of the organization’s communication goals. The focus of the communication strategy is to strengthen the organization’s positioning and brand visibility at grassroot, regional, sub-regional, national, and global level.
Currently AWAC works in over 32 districts including; Abim, Amuria, Arua, Bukomansimbi, Bundibugyo, Busia, Gulu, Hoima, Isingiro, Kaberamaido, Kaabong, Kampala, Kitgum, Kyotera, Lira, Luwero, Lyantonde, Masaka, Mbale, Moroto, Mbarara, Abim, Nakasongola, Kotido, Pader, Rakai, Soroti, Terego, Tororo, Wakiso and Yumbe districts.
(a) Purpose of assignment
AWAC’s geographical areas of implementation are; slum areas, Islands, landing sites, transit routes, mining, quarrying, plantations, road construction sites and boarder areas in Uganda. AWAC implements at the grass-root using the bottom up approach across the country in Uganda, and seeks to impact practices, processes and policies at all levels in 47 districts of implementation include; Kampala, Wakiso, Mukono, Busia, Tororo, Kabale, Isingiro, Kyotera, Masaka, Rakai, Lyantonde, Mbarara, Kasese, Kabarole, Kyegegwa, Kamwenge, Bundibugyo, Mbale, Jinja, Terego, Arua, Yumbe, Adjuman, Hoima, Gulu, Nakasongola, Kiryandongo, Masindi, Lira, Kitgum, Pader, Amuria, Kaberamaido, Moroto, Soroti, Kotido, Nepak, Luwero, Kabongo, Napiripiti, Mityana, Buikwe, Iganga, Mayuge, Bugiri, Namayingo and Kalangala.
(b) Main duties and responsibilities in the assignment.
Work with the programmes team to develop monthly communication action plans and reports.
Develop the communications strategy.
Develop weekly and monthly advocacy content calendars for running activities, projects, and campaigns.
Work with and support the program team to identify and document project-specific impact/ success stories and ensure these are profiled through AWAC’s various communication channels and donor reports.
Understand and support the execution of AWAC’s brand strategy and visibility.
Write activity blogs and compile content for a monthly newsletter.
Write and edit activity blogs/articles, op-eds, etc
Support in the development annual reports.
Design activity and campaign: graphic posters, fliers, and brochures.
Produce infographics, comics, and promotional videos
Working with the programme officers to take photos, capture interview videos and produce them into short, summary videos, especially during public events and outreach meetings.
Work with the program team to support planning and organizing internal and public events as well as community outreaches and meetings in line with AWAC’s advocacy priorities.
Support live streaming of AWAC events under the guidance of the programmes manager.
Work closely with the programmes manager to create activity and project/campaign-based social media engagement plans on a weekly and monthly basis.
Create daily social media posts in line with project goals and share them on all the AWAC social media platforms.
Work with the advocacy team to develop and publish monthly comic series on various given topics.
Work with the programme officers to prepare and share a monthly newsletter with key donors and partners detailing the month’s key highlights at AWAC.
Produce and share monthly podcasts on various topics
Work with the programme officers to arrange for media coverage at all AWAC events.
Develop creative content scripts in line with SRH-R that can be translated into short films.
and any other duty as assigned by the programmes manager.
NOTE: Equality, diversity, and inclusion are at the very heart of everything that AWAC stands for.
AWAC values the diversity of the communities we work with, offering equal opportunities to everyone regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage, and civil partnership, pregnancy, and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation.
We foster an organizational culture that embraces our commitment to racial justice, gender equality, girls’ rights, and inclusion. A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with AWAC’s Human Resource manual and Safeguarding Children and Young People policy.
NB: It is important to note that Associates/volunteers are not paid monthly salaries, but rather a monthly stipend and there are quite a several field activities that are facilitated and, in the case of any internal opportunities, volunteers are given priority.
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