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PROGRAMME OFFICER, COMMUNICATIONS, OUTREACH AND NETWORKING IN SOLIDARIDAD WEST AFRICA

This is your opportunity to use your special talents to make the change that matters:

SOLIDARIDAD WEST AFRICA (SWA) is a not-for-profit organisation that supports the sustainable development of production systems in West Africa. We play a catalytic role by partnering with private sector companies and other stakeholders to foster the development of socially responsible, ecologically sound and profitable supply chains. Our activities in West Africa are focused on sustainable cocoa and oil palm production, responsive gold mining and food security.

As one of the Regional Expertise Centres (REC) within Solidaridad’s Network. We are part of a growing global organization advocating and supporting sustainable and responsible production and trade. SWA focuses on stimulating sustainable supply chains through introduction of innovations in good practices, robust infrastructure, sustainable landscapes management and enabling policy.

The Solidaridad regional office is based in Accra, and currently has progammes and operations in Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Cote D’lvoire and Liberia.

The Solidaridad Country Progamme in Nigeria seeks to recruit a highly qualified and moti­vated Programme Officer for Communications. Outreach and Networking to provide effective communications, outreach/policy and networking support toward the implementation of Solidaridad Country programmes, including the ‘National Initiatives for Sustainable and Climate Smart Oil Palm Small holders’ (NISCOPS) project.

POSITION: PROGRAMME OFFICER, COMMUNICATIONS, OUTREACH AND NETWORKING – NIGERIA

The position would be based in any of the of palm belt/States in Nigeria.

Job Purpose:

As a member of the Regional Communications Team, the Communications Officer will strategically position Solidaridad to deliver its mandate by leading the planning, design and imple­mentation of internal and external communications, outreach/policy and networking roles in all of Solidaridad’s work in Nigeria.

The position reports to the Country Representative (CR) and works closely with the Regional Communications Manager.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Develops and implements a comprehensive communication, outreach/policy, networking and visibility strategy for the Nigeria Country Programme, with special focus on the NISCOPS project.
  • Develops and implements annual communications, outreach and networking work plans for the country programme as a contribution to the REC annual communications workplan.
  • Conducts communications needs assessments for the country office and develops approaches to meet the needs.
  • Develops regular news articles and relevant stories on programmes/ projects activities and key events for dissemination on the Solidaridad website and social media platforms.
  • Facilitates the production of relevant multimedia products such as videos and photographs for documentation and dissemination on relevant platforms including social media.
  • Packages programme/project results and impacts in easily digestible formats, and disseminates to relevant national and regional audiences.
  • Develops a repository for communication materials and train colleagues on communication tools that ensures the right information is produced for internal documentation, knowledge sharing and external dissemination.

Qualifications: Education/Knowledge/Technical Skills and Experience

The following may be acquired through a combination of formal or self-education, prior experience or on-the-job training

Minimum Qualification Required:

  • University Degree in Communications, Public Relations, Development Communications; addition studies or a short course in the sustainable development sector will be an advantage.

Experience

  • At least 3-5 years’ proven working experience in corporate or project communications, knowl­edge management and advocacy in sustainable development.
  • Experience working with policy makers, government ministries, outreach and networking will be an added advantage.

Technical Skills & Abilities:

  • Strong writing skills
  • Experience in media relations
  • Knowledge of sustainable development
  • Experience in the usage of computers, office software packages and social media platforms
  • Good knowledge and experience in handling camera, design software and web-based management systems
  • Strong social media presence
  • Background in strategic communication for effective information provision at a project/programme level

HOW TO APPLY:

If you believe you have the skills and experience to fulfil this challenging and

rewarding role, then kindly send your application with updated resume to

vacancies.ni@solidaridadnetwork.org , by 15, February, 2019.

Please indicate the position in the subject. High priority would be given to qualified female applicants.

Please visit our website: www.solidaridadnetwork.org .

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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