The Communications lead will work closely with the Knowledge Management and Learning lead and will be primarily responsible for developing, implementing, and overseeing comprehensive program-wide communications and information dissemination strategies. He/She will lead the development of targeted content, including quarterly newsletters, case studies, and position papers for external dissemination, and contribute to strategic planning and programming related to external communications for the project. The communication specialist will primarily be based in Abuja, Nigeria but must be willing to embark on project-related travel to Kaduna and Kano states as required.
- Develop content for the quarterly project newsletters, case studies, position papers, and other relevant documents with input from technical field teams and project leadership
- Copy-edit, proof-read and review all external project communications to suit the intended audience
- Support the project team and state editorial committees to develop research article manuscripts to drive the project learning agenda
- Ensures routine engagement of the project team at relevant fora such as the National Malaria Elimination program and its sub-committees, State malaria Elimination programs, etc., to disseminate relevant project updates and learnings
- Organize both physical and electronic events such as learning exchange meetings across the three project states and webinars/seminars to share project learnings with stakeholders
- Conduct interviews with project stakeholders at the state and national levels to generate human-interest content for external communications
- Cultivate professional contacts and maintain liaison with media, government, implementing partners, key stakeholders, and community organizations for the dissemination of project lessons
- Ensure compliance of all project communication with the donor’s communications toolkit and other reference guidelines
- Routinely evaluate the impact of project communications, share findings with the team, and adjust communications and communication strategy accordingly
- Perform other tasks as requested by the project leadership team
- Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Public relations, Journalism, public health, or any other related field. Master’s degree preferred.
- Minimum of five (5) years of progressive experience in communications in public health, including knowledge and competence in research writing, digital communications, social media management, web content management, and analytics.
- Competency in Microsoft Office, Publisher, Adobe Acrobat, and other communications software programs.
- Must have effective problem-solving skills and be able to handle multiple tasks with interruptions, as well as the ability to prioritize workload appropriately.
- Must have excellent interpersonal and group facilitation skills.
- Exceptional research writing, editing, and interpersonal communication skills.
- Results-oriented, experienced in developing and tracking self and team with clear KPIs.
- Can show examples of previous communication work implemented for any public health program.
- Fast learner; open to learning from peers, subordinates, and supervisors collaboratively; and at a rapid pace.
- Additional professional qualification/certification is advantageous.
To apply for the position, please send an email with a cover letter and corresponding CV to [email protected] on or before December 15, 2023. Kindly state the role in the subject of your email as
‘Communications Specialist, Abuja’