July 2, 2021

Vacancy Announcement: Communications Associate

Vacancy Announcement

Position: Communications Associate

Location: Kampala, Uganda


About Akina Mama wa Afrika (AMwA)

Akina Mama wa Afrika (AMwA) is a feminist Pan-African leadership development organization that was founded in 1985  with headquarters in Kampala, Uganda. Our work is rooted in feminist principles and beliefs guided by the Charter of Feminist Principles for African Feminists which define our leadership development program and movement building activities.


Role Summary:


Always on a quest to tell the story of AMwA and all its constituencies in compelling and creative ways that speak to the organisation’s feminist and Pan-African identity; we are looking to hire a Communications Associate as part of our Communications Department.  The Communications Associate will play a supporting role in fulfilling the communications objectives of each one of our three programmes, namely: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights; Economic Justice and Climate Action; and Women’s Political leadership. They Associate supports and drives institutional communication for the organization including digital marketing and content creation, and pursues visibility for the organization in a manner consistent with feminist values. The Associate will report to the Communications Coordinator; who in turn reports into the Head of Programmes.



Key roles and responsibilities:

Communication strategy   

  • Co-create  and implement strategic communications campaigns that influence discourse in AMwA’s areas of interest, and that increase visibility of the organization’s work and the issues important to our constituents.
  • Work closely with the Communications Coordinator to develop and implement communications plans and policies, including social media and outreach strategies and editorial calendar.
  • Create innovative ways of sharing AMwA’s research and feminist analysis in print, broadcast, and digital media;  and cultivate relationships with key media outlets including newspapers and bloggers to increase AMwA’s reach and amplify the work of young feminist activists.
  • Ensure timely preparation of high-quality communications materials including but not limited to press releases, op-eds, fact sheets, annual reports, position papers, speeches, and talking points.
  • Support in developing complementary communications for high-level events such as press conferences, program launches, regional engagements, speaking opportunities, etc.
  • Document stories and curate the lived experiences of alumni through oral herstory, using a feminist lens of storytelling.
  • Ensure effective representation of AMwA in a variety of forums and maintains external relationships with the media and other relevant institutions nationally, regionally, and globally.

Advocacy strategy

  • Work closely with the other teams to amplify and sustain voices of African women and girls in all their diversities and their demand for social, economic, and political justice.
  • In collaboration with other teams, popularize knowledge products through simplification of complex concepts to drive advocacy.

Movement and coalition building  

  • Maintain and constantly update AMwA’s mailing list, including managing and segmentation.
  • Ensure effective information flow and communication with other stakeholders including partners and international teams
  • Support in coordinating periodic networks forums for all the members and alumnae.

Qualification / Experience 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Communication, Journalism, Social Sciences, Political Science, Gender, Law, or any other relevant discipline.
  • A minimum of 3 years in a similar position of development work, communicating and advocating for the rights of women and girls in their diversity.
  • Evidence of thought leadership through writing blogs, papers, opinion pieces, etc, and engagement in panel discussions is strongly desired.
  • Demonstrable experience developing and implementing successful communications and advocacy campaigns at any level.
  • Evidence of transdisciplinary knowledge in AMwA’s thematic areas of work; women in politics and decision making, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and women’s economic justice or a demonstration of interest and eagerness to learn.
  • Knowledge of digital communications including social media.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including superior writing skills and public speaking;
  • Ability to organize and work collaboratively with a wide range of stakeholders;
  • Ability to communicate and work effectively in English.
  • Great photography and graphics skills are a plus

How to Apply

Candidates who meet the above criteria are advised to apply. Young feminist women, nonbinary and transgender persons, as well as people with
disabilities are encouraged to apply.. Please send a cover letter and Curriculum Vitae including three references with contact details via email to: [email protected]. The deadline for application is Friday, 11th July,  2021 at 5:00 pm (EAT).


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