Communications Officer for temporary appointment at CREATIVE



Position: Communications Officer for temporary appointment – Northern Education Initiative Plus

Location: Abuja, Nigeria


Creative Associates International is a dynamic, fast-growing global development firm that specializes in education, economic growth, democratic institutions and stabilization. Based in Washington, D.C., Creative has a field presence in more than 15 countries with a strong client portfolio that includes the U.S. Agency for International Development and the State Department, among others. Since its founding in 1977, Creative has earned a solid reputation among its clients and is well-regarded by competitors and partners alike.

Project Summary: The Northern Education Initiative Plus project works to improve the quality of and access to education in Northern Nigeria, equitably and sustainably.

Position Summary: The Communications Officer will manage the public affairs and information operations of the Northern Education Initiative Plus in Bauchi, Sokoto and the head office in Abuja.

Reporting & Supervision: This position is located in Abuja with frequent travel to Bauchi and Sokoto states and covers a period from June- August, 2018. The position holder reports to the Chief of Party.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Creates and implements communications outreach activities for the dissemination of information on project activities
  • Creates and implements public relations programs to release positive publicity about the program through various media.
  • Advises and counsels program on public relations techniques impacting program activities including potential problems and opportunities in the various communities served.
  • Promotes communication to the USAID Mission about the project for dissemination on Mission web pages or to other USAID Missions and to HQ for publication in quarterly newsletters and web.
  • Writes news releases, success stories, daily reports, weekly reports, quarterly reports, and other project documents.
  • Key Areas of Accountability during the Period
  • With technical direction from the Chief of Party and Deputy Chief of Party, provide editorial inputs and design to the project’s third quarterly report for submission to USAID
  • Organize a high profile activity within the USAID Mission to improve visibility for the project and promote recently produced community outreach videos
  • Work with thematic leads to promote outreach messages using produced edutainment resources such as videos, Interactive Voice Mobile Messages, posters and radio spots
  • Working closely with the media producer, produce a radio edutainment drama promoting enrollment, retention and transition in formal and non-formal schools for broadcast on radio stations in Bauchi and Sokoto states.
  • Produce bi-weekly newsletters keeping stakeholders and partners of the project informed of progress and update on activities.
  • Train Civil Society Organizations to use media resources and other ICT innovation for community outreach activities.
  • Visit states regularly to collate success stories on the project for widespread dissemination.
  • Work collaboratively with other thematic leads to provide communications support when necessary including attending events and activities.

Required Skills & Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate degree (master’s degree preferred) in communications, English, journalism or related field
  • Minimum 5 years proven experience in journalism, publishing, or related area.
  • Ability to use standard computer and software applications: Advanced MS Word, Advanced Power Point, Advanced MS Publisher, intermediate Excel.
  • Ability to work independently, within a team environment.
  • Must be highly organized, able to prioritize assignments and meet deadlines.
  • The ideal candidate must have a great deal of initiative and integrity, an understanding and/or interest in the work of NEI Plus Project, and a balance of creative, technical, and interpersonal skills.
  • Only finalists will be, please contacted. No phone calls.
  • Creative Associates International Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer: Disability/Veteran.

How to Apply:

Interested persons may send comprehensive resume with a brief cover letter as ONE MS Word document or PDF to not later than Wednesday, 30th May, 2018. Please specify the position in the subject line of the email.