Monday, October 15, 2012

Calling for Board Position Applications -- Assistant Director & Marketing/Communications Chair!

The Uganda Village Project is excited to open applications for two volunteers to join our Board of Directors -- the Assistant Director of the Board and the Marketing & Communications Chair. Read below for details!


Our Vision
We envision a future in which all Ugandan communities will have the means to effectively create and implement their own health and development solutions.

Our Mission
To facilitate community health and well-being in rural Uganda through improved access, education, and prevention.

We strive to uphold this mission in the following ways:

  • Working on project development in collaboration with our local non-governmental and governmental partners in Iganga District, as well as the communities involved in the projects
  • Advocating for community health and development through networking inside and outside the district, and supporting efforts on the ground by local partners
  • Focusing on understanding the epidemiology and etiology of public health problems in Iganga in order to inform and support direct service projects
  • Sustainable public health and development programs that have real impact in communities
  • Culturally-appropriate project design
  • Interdisciplinary long and short term volunteer teams of professionals and students which seek to support on the ground efforts of Uganda Village Project and its partners
  • Learning about and experiencing the culture and daily lives of the Ugandan people
  • In-depth planning, development, and evaluation to ensure outcomes are achieved

Our Goals
Our goals reflect each of our areas of focus: healthcare, clean water, orphan support, and capacity building.

  • Expand awareness regarding HIV/AIDS among at-risk populations in Iganga District
  • Increase availability of sustainable clean water solutions for communities who are currently lacking them
  • Improve the living conditions of HIV orphans in Iganga District
  • Create opportunity for pre-professional and professional students and other skilled volunteers from resource-rich countries to visit a resource-limited country and get hands-on clinical experience and exposure to issues in public health/tropical medicine
  • Support provision of healthcare and preventive health education to underserved populations in Iganga
  • Continue to build an effective public health NGO that assists local governmental and non-governmental partners in achieving sustainable programming goals using international resources

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR - Estimated time commitment 8-12 hours/week

- Assist Director with responding to e-mail inquiries regarding the organization, maintain and respond to all e-mails received at the organizational account;

- Organize annual and monthly meetings of officers, and attending such meetings whenever possible. Leading the meeting in the absence of the Director;

- Leadership of officers in coordination with Director to delegate tasks and ensure that tasks are successfully accomplished;

- Help officers to accomplish tasks by looking for and brainstorming opportunities for organizational growth, raising awareness/publicity , achieving fundraising goals, strengthening donor and alumni relations;

- Assist in website development and helping to update web communication mechanisms such as Twitter, Facebook, and our blog regularly;

- Act as co-admin for e-mail lists and online groups;

- Edit organizational materials such as manuals, brochures, and reports;

- Respond to weekly reports and urgent notices sent from Uganda-based staff and weighing in on decisions and discussions on the officers' email list;

- Assist Director with organizational human resources management as needed.

- Raise or donate at least $1000 towards UVP’s work in Uganda

- Participate in monthly executive board member meetings;

- Participate in the annual executive board member meeting.

MARKETING / COMMUNICATIONS CHAIREstimated time commitment 4 hours/week

- Maintain general documents used by the organization;

- Build on current organizational memory processes such as project area manuals, orientation manuals, administrative documents;

- Actively pursue ways to increase publicity for the organization through online and print media and other means;

- Respond to queries from outside individuals such as journalists who request information from us;

- Creating and updating all publicity materials (press releases, pamphlets, program summary sheets, etc.) for donors, volunteers, and partner organizations;

- Collaborating with in-country staff on e-newsletters to members of our contact list to share UVP's current work and progress;

- Update the organizational blog and social media with publicity announcements, including weekly posts on the blog, Twitter, and Facebook page;

- Raise or donate at least $1000 towards UVP’s work in Uganda

- Participate in monthly executive board member meetings;

- Participate in the annual executive board member meeting.

Please send your resume, a brief cover letter, and a short list of references to to apply. Further questions are welcomed.

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