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Regional Communication Volunteer


  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: Kampala
  • Grade: Volunteer - Volunteer
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Volunteerism
  • Closing Date: Closed

Requisition ID: req49514

Job Title: Regional Communications Volunteer

Sector: Communications

Employment Category: Regular

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: No

Location: Kampala Country Field Office, Uganda

Work Arrangement:

Job Description


The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is one of the world's leading crisis response agencies, providing life-saving assistance and supporting recovery and reconstruction for people affected by war and natural disasters. Active in public health, education, livelihoods, women's empowerment, youth development, and protection and promotion of rights, IRC assists people from harm to home. 

The IRC was registered in Uganda in mid-1998 and implements rehabilitation activities in the sectors of Child and Youth Protection and development, Health, Economic recovery and Development and women protection and empowerment as well as contributing to the response to the Southern Sudanese Refugee situation. IRC Uganda has a head office in Kampala (Country Office, PlayMatters and Urban), field offices in Kiryandongo, Lamwo, Moroto, Kyaka and West Nile.

PlayMatters reimagines childhood for refugees. It will bring play-based learning to 800,000 children across Ethiopia, Uganda, and a to be confirmed third country. It will redefine education and cultivate a generation of lifelong builders. PlayMatters is inspired by LEGO Foundation’s call to challenge the status quo, to offer children the quality education they dream of. Children are not gaining the skills they need; teachers are under-supported, and parents are overwhelmed. The systems built to serve them are failing them. PlayMatters proudly offers something different. It will be delivered by a coalition with a track record of thinking and delivering differently. We bring three distinct characteristics:

  1. OUTCOMES. Everything we do is fueled by the social, emotional, cognitive, physical, creative and resilience outcomes we seek. We know learning happens when children are at the center and teachers, parents and the system surrounding them embrace children’s agencies and have not only skills and resources, but the motivation to drive change.
  2. RESEARCH AND LEARNING. Effective delivery requires both rigor and a big heart. With LEGO Foundation, PlayMatters will generate scientific evidence that can transform our understanding of play and learning for refugees in East Africa and around the world.
  3. THOUGHT LEADERSHIP. The LEGO Foundation Humanitarian Initiative offers an opportunity to deliver and comes with the responsibility to lead. Our consortium’s members have a record mobilizing others.

Job Overview/Summary:

The Communications Volunteer will be a member of the PlayMatters Regional Project Team based in Kampala, Uganda, and work closely with the communications unit. This is a wonderful opportunity for people looking to widen and build skills in communications, graphic design, photography, and videography. The position will support external and internal communications, graphic design, and content creation (including photography and videography) for the regional project. The Communications Volunteer will work closely with the Regional Communications Specialist and the Regional Visual Content Producer to support education and communications materials being produced for the project.


  • Assist in preparation and setting up of audio-visual equipment, branding materials for events and productions.
  • Support comms and multimedia teams during various productions and activities.
  • Support in writing and proofreading/editing of stories and comms content.
  • Design promotional items like reports, PowerPoints, and other IEC materials as needed.
  • Support during development and roll-out of communications, branding and visibility concepts and materials.
  • Ensure indexing and archiving of all audio-visual assets.
  • Support during audio-visual storytelling visits.
  • Capture audio-visual content that is, photos and videos for internal communications.
  • Manage communication media data hosted locally and online.
  • Ensure technical equipment is well maintained and managed in line with IRC procedures.


Candidates should:

  • Have basic proficiency in using cameras and other photo and video production equipment.
  • Be able to write a basic story in English.
  • Have a basic understanding of social media management.
  • Have good verbal and non-verbal communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively in a multicultural environment.
  • Be fluent in English.
  • Have good organizational skills: the ability to be flexible and work well in a team environment.
  • Be a good team player.

Gender Equality & Equal Opportunity

We are committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer generous benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowances. We welcome and strongly encourage qualified female professionals to apply.

IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we value diversity in our organization. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, age, marital status, veteran status, disability status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request reasonable accommodation.

Professional Standards

IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct.  These are Integrity, Service, Accountability and Equality.  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.

NB: This advert will close on 7th March 2024.

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