Reports to: The Principal Investigator of Banana21 in Uganda


General Position Description:
This position will work closely with the Banana21 product development team located in Uganda, Australia and the U.S. to support successful product development and appropriately manage expectations regarding product timeline. This may include new strategy development, to organizing events, to assisting scientists with message development to convey product information and safety to various audiences. The successful applicant will also be expected to coordinate with the NARO Communicator, project Communications Advisor, as well as other biotech communicators in Uganda.

The communication specialist will assist the Banana21 team with implementing the outreach strategy developed by the team in, as well as recommend new approaches when needed. This may include:

  • Event planning and coordination between multiple stakeholders, making logistical arrangements for in-country and out-of-country speakers; and organizing the venue;+
  • Details are contained within the Banana21 Communications Strategy that was developed by the team.
  • Ensure that all who speak on behalf of Banana21 are well briefed with the facts in advance of any engagement.
  • Design and follow a review process for all communications.
  • Share appropriate Banana21 project information with other Uganda biotech communicators to ensure accurate project information and timeline expectations.
  • May also be expected to write newsletter articles; brochure copy; arrange news media interviews and conducting the necessary follow up with speakers, media or other interested parties;
  • Ensure routine interaction with other biotech projects and efforts within Uganda.
  • Provide communication support for all field trials.
  • Stay in close, regular contact with the Project Team Management, and the Banana21 Communications Advisor through regular reports and phone calls.
  • Ensure Banana21 website contains comprehensive and current information and coordinate with QUT personnel for this purpose
  • Develop a strong relationship with the Ministry of Health to ensure a high level of cooperation, support and understanding regarding the vision for Banana21


Qualifications: At least Four-years in communications preferred fro reputable organization – otherwise commensurate experience; strong written and spoken communication skills; science knowledge preferred; a successful track record in planning event, writing articles and collaborative work.

Location: National Agricultural Research Laboratories, Kawanda

Terms of employment:  Three year contract, part-time (3 days per week)

Application Dateline Friday 17th November 2014

Applications should be addressed to the Director
National Agricultural Research Laboratories
P.O.Box 7065
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