Multimedia and Communications Officer – PlayMatters job at The International Rescue Committee (IRC)

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The International Rescue Committee (IRC)

The International Rescue Committee (IRC)

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Postgraduate Degree

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The International Rescue Committee (IRC) helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by

conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC works with people forced to flee from war, conflict and disaster and the host communities that support them, as well as with those who remain within their homes and communities. At-work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. IRC reaches over a million children annually with education and child protection programs in 25 countries around the world.

PlayMatters aims to improve holistic skills and psychosocial well-being of refugee and host community children (ages 3-12+) across Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Uganda. The consortium project is led by the IRC and includes Plan International, War Child Holland, Behavioral Insights Team and Innovations for Poverty Action in partnership with the LEGO Foundation. PlayMatters integrates learning through play approaches and methodologies into teaching and learning practices, system and in the community in support of children’s holistic development and their overall achievements and learning outcomes.

Job Overview:

Reporting to Deputy Project Coordinator PlayMatters Uganda – this position will be a part of the larger PlayMatters initiative. In collaboration with the PlayMatters Uganda technical teams and the regional multimedia and communication leads, the Multimedia and Communications officer will support the design and implementation of demand-driven multimedia and communications resources to support the overall project outcome in Uganda. The position will support external and internal communications, graphic design, and content creation (including photography and videography) for PlayMatters-Uganda. It will produce or directly support the creation and implementation of innovative solutions for reaching a broad audience through a variety of digital avenues to enhance the engagement of male and female community members, parents, teachers, system actors, and potentially children directly, all reinforcing the learning through play (LtP) principles promoted through the PlayMatters initiatives.

Duties and Responsibilities:

• Responsible for the overall PlayMatters-IRC Uganda multimedia and communications-related activities.

• Design promotional items like reports, PowerPoints, and other IEC materials.

• Draft articles and success stories for external communications and the PlayMatters website.

• Support the development and roll-out of communications, brand, and visibility concepts and materials.

• Work closely with the consortium partners and the technical leads to identify needs and opportunities for multimedia content development and dissemination.

• Develop scope of work and ToRs to engage and support contractors working on the PlayMatters project.

• Work closely with the different media houses and outlets at the national and community level to design and disseminate audio-visual content, community outreach activities and spot messages.

• Design and produce demand-driven multimedia solutions that support project outcomes. These include but are not limited to the design and implementation of digital solutions to support the teachers’ training, resources for behavioral change and communication, and the promotion of the PlayMatters project and its overall goals and objectives.

• Liaise with the MEAL team to proactively monitor multimedia solutions, document, and manage collected data, and disseminate learnings to key stakeholders.

• Support the representation of PlayMaters-IRC UG in the Education in Emergency Sector Working Group meetings and contribute to the Digitalization Committee.

• Engage in need assessment to identify soft and hardware requirements and specific implementation needs.


• At least 1-2 years of relevant communication, writing skills, graphic design, illustration, and audio-visual production experience.

• Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.

• Good writing skills.

• Experience in writing press releases, communication stories and pitching/spotting stories.

• Basic proficiency using creative graphic design and video production software, including but not limited to: Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Premier Pro, Final Cut pro and/or related software for graphic design and video production to produce aesthetically pleasing and engaging materials for a wide audience.

• Basic proficiency in using DSLR cameras and other video production equipment.

• Good verbal and non-verbal communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively in a multi-cultural environment with international and national colleagues and partners.

• Fluency in English is required.

• Good organizational skills: the ability to be flexible and work well under pressure, dealing with competing priorities, in a fast-paced team environment.

• Detail-oriented and good multi-tasking abilities to meet multiple deadlines.

• Strong understanding of the Uganda Education System and humanitarian crises and contexts in eastern Africa is a plus.

• Strong team player.

Working Environment:

The Multimedia and Communications Officer-PlayMatters will work in the IRC Uganda office and be provided regular administrative and logistics support to perform his/her responsibilities.

Professional Code of Conduct:

The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way – Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.

IRC et les employés de IRC doivent adhérer aux valeurs et principes contenus dans le IRC WAY (normes de conduite professionnelle). Ce sont l’Intégrité, le Service, et la Responsabilité. En conformité avec ces valeurs, IRC opère et fait respecter les politiques sur la protection des bénéficiaires contre l’exploitation et les abus, la protection de l’enfant, le harcèlement sur les lieux de travail, l’intégrité financière, et les représailles.

Please note, the deadline for submission is January 03rd, 2023.

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