EMERGENCY Communication officer – OXFAM

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Oxfam is committed to preventing any type of unwanted behaviour at work including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, lack of integrity and financial misconduct; and committed to promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. Oxfam expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment through our code of conduct. We place a high priority on ensuring that only those who share and demonstrate our values are recruited to work for us.

Annual Salary and Benefits – As per policy
Internal Job Grade – According to Oxfam
Contract type – Short term (3 months)
Reporting to – Area Manager
Staff reporting to this post – N/A
Location – Kyaka II settlement – Kyegegwa
Key relationships/interactions –Location – Oxfam staff, BeneficiariesKyaka II settlement

Shaping a stronger Oxfam for people living in poverty.

Team Purpose: To work with the Oxfam Humanitarian Response Programme team to create content for strategic communication plans.

Job Purpose To support the communication coordinator and the humanitarian program team increase Oxfam’s visibility, enabling us to inform and influence our partners, donors, government and other stakeholders. The communication officer will be highly creative and organised with strong skills across various areas of communications including social media, writing, video, editing, photography, and event management.

Job Responsibilities

  • With support from the humanitarian response project teams, develop and implement a 3 month communication plan to increase Oxfam humanitarian response visibility.
  • Work with the humanitarian response project teams in documenting of the closing projects (DGD Belgium, ECHO, UNHCR, and Innovation) by collecting and compiling stories of change to share the impact of our work.
  • Continuously support in editing of stories gathered by the field teams and have them shared with the communication team in Kampala.
  • Provide support and guidance to the service provider during documentation of case stories (photography and videography) in southwestern and west Nile responses for the closing projects.
  • Support in reviewing the consolidated monthly situation reports (SITREPS) for the humanitarian response, and ensure timely sharing for sign off and circulation.
  • In accordance with donor visibility requirements, support the logistic team in reviewing the art works and designs of the visibility materials to be procured for Oxfam humanitarian response.
  • Ensure that Oxfam interventions across the settlements are showcased successfully across the different media platforms (face book, Oxfam website, twitter, Flickr, YouTube and Oxfam intranets) as well as to the donors.
  • Manage Oxfam brand ensuring that staff and service providers are consistent with usage in line with Oxfam values
  • Continuously build the capacity of the project team in story gathering, photography and videography.
  • Identify and utilize media opportunities to disseminate project impact
  • Compile and produce a humanitarian overview showcasing the humanitarian initiatives and the impact
  • Any other task as assigned by the line manager, or matrix manager.



  • At least 2 years’ experience of working in emergency and development context projects, in media and communications.
  • Proven experience of coordinating communication projects from design to completion including evaluating impact.
  • Excellent writing, editing, designing and photography skills.
  • Ability to read, synthesis information to produce clear, well written summaries
  • Experience in video editing and design – ideally with experience in Adobe software
  • Demonstrated social media experience at a high level
  • Strong commitment to gender equality and social justice, including to the aims and objectives of Oxfam.
  • Ability to work under pressure, ability to prioritize and commitment to meet deadlines.
  • Potential and flexibility of attitude to learn and take on new tasks.
  • Commitment to Oxfam’s overall aims and policies and experience of promoting women’s rights and the interests of marginalized people in all aspects of Oxfam’s work.


  • Bachelor’s degree in mass Communication, Journalism or a related field from a recognized University.
  • Experience of developing and implementing communication plans including advocacy, media and programme.
  • Experience of working with donor funded projects will have an added advantage.

Key Behavioural Competencies (based on Oxfam’s Leadership Model)

Competencies Description
Decisiveness We are comfortable to make transparent decisions and to adapt decision making modes to the context and needs.
Influencing We have the ability to engage with diverse stakeholders in a way that leads to increased impact for the organisation We spot opportunities to influence effectively and where there are no opportunities we have the ability to create them in a respectful and impactful manner.
Humility We put ‘we’ before ‘me’ and place an emphasis on the power of the collective, nurture the team and play to the strengths of each individual. We are not concerned with hierarchical power, and we engage with, trust and value the knowledge and expertise of others across all levels of the organization.
Relationship Building We understand the importance of building relationship, within and outside the organization. We have the ability to engage with traditional and non-traditional stakeholders in ways that lead to increased impact for the organisation.
Listening We are good listeners who can see where deeper levels of thoughts and tacit assumptions differ. Our messages to others are clear, and consider different preferences.
Mutual Accountability We can explain our decisions and how we have taken them based on our organizational values. We are ready to be held to account for what we do and how we behave, as we are also holding others to account in a consistent manner.
Self-Awareness We are able to develop a high degree of self-awareness around our own strengths and weaknesses and our impact on others. Our self-awareness enables us to moderate and self-regulate our behaviors to control and channel our impulses for good purposes.


We all work to effectively empower and enable others to deliver the organizations goals through creating conditions of success. We passionately invest in others by developing their careers, not only their skills for the job. We provide freedom; demonstrate belief and trust provide appropriate support. We give more freedom and demonstrate belief and trust, underpinned with appropriate support.

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