Job Summary

Implementation of the programme’s communication strategy and action plan

  • Minimum Qualification: Degree
  • Experience Level: Mid level
  • Experience Length: 3 years

Job Description

We provide services worldwide in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. GIZ has over 50 years of experience in a wide variety of areas, including economic development and employment, energy and the environment, and peace and security. The diverse expertise of our federal enterprise is in demand around the globe, with the German Government, European Union institutions, the United Nations and governments of other countries all benefiting from our services. The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is our main commissioning party, but we also work with the private sector, fostering successful interaction between development policy and foreign trade.

All these commissioning parties place their trust in GIZ by working together with us to generate ideas for political, social and economic change, develop these into concrete plans and implement the envisaged change processes. Since we are a public-benefit federal enterprise, German and European values are central to our work. This makes us a reliable service provider that people can trust. Together with our partners, we work to deliver flexible and effective solutions that offer people better prospects and sustainably improve their living conditions.

The registered offices of GIZ are in Bonn and Eschborn. In 2017, we generated a business volume of around 2.6 billion euros. Our 19,506 employees, almost 70 per cent of whom are national personnel, work in around 120 countries. As a recognised development service provider, we currently have 590 development workers in action in partner countries. Furthermore, in 2017, the Centre for International Migration and Development (CIM), which is run jointly by GIZ and the Federal Employment Agency, placed 385 integrated experts and 484 returning experts with local employers in our partner countries, or provided them with financial support, advice or other services. Personnel and business figures as at 31 December 2017

Since 2009, Nigeria has been the scene of attacks of Boko Haram against the population. In particular, the north-east of the country is affected by destruction and displacement. More than 20,000 people have been killed and about 2.2 million people are displaced from their communities. The project

“Support to the internally displaced and resilience of host communities in the north and north-east of Nigeria” is financed by the BMZ and the EU. It is in the context of Germany's commitment to "fight causes for displacement – stabilize host Communities - support refugees". The project is in line with the EU action plan against refugee crises and with the national indicative programme of the 11th European Development Fund. The project’s purpose is to improve the living conditions of internally displaced persons (IDP), the population in host communities and of IDPs returning to their communities of origin in North-eastern Nigeria.

The project focuses geographically on Adamawa and Borno in north-eastern Nigeria where an estimated number of 5million people is in need of support. The project will be active predominantly in informal IDP camps and host communities and communities of origin of IDPs. It promotes the linkage of

rehabilitation and development. The aims of the project are to stabilize living conditions in the IDPs and the host communities to allow the resumption of social and economic life of IDPs while they return to their communities of origin as well as the rehabilitation and reconstruction of these communities.

To achieve these aims, the programme – within the

framework of its governance component – applies a community-based, participatory approach for development

planning strengthens the capacities of local governments for responsive and responsible service delivery and supports civil society to play an active role in the local development.


The PR & Communications Advisor is responsible for the strategic communication and visibility of the GIZ Programme

“Support to Strengthening Resilience in North-East Nigeria”. S/he is responsible for supporting, enhancing and delivering the Programme’s strategic communications and public relations (communications, media relationships and advocacy) in collaboration with the programme teams. S/he directs the

communication initiatives and acts as advisor on matters of strategic communication, visibility and public advocacy. S/he ensures high quality of the external communication of the Resilience Programme, in adherence to all applicable

Vacancy Announcement 072 corporate design guidelines. S/he is also responsible for the

execution of the Porgamme’s communication strategy and its

adaptation, if necessary. Furthermore, s/he is responsible for internal knowledge management and sharing and contributes

to the programme’s reporting. 


Implementation of the programme’s communication strategy and action plan in line with the Resilience

Programme’s operational plan and design and visibility guidelines of GIZ, the German Government

and the European Union, in collaboration with the programme team, subcontractors and key stakeholders

Responsible for creating, implementing and measuring the success of the programmes communication and

public relations activities, and facilitating internal and external communications

Content creation for and maintenance of the Resilience

Programme’s factsheets, quarterly updates, internet

and intranet pages, presentations and other communications materials Support to programme components in the creation of

component-specific communications materials and ensuring that all activities respect the applicable design


Cooperation, regular contact and dialogues with partners to ensure correct application of design and visibility requirements across all activities, including those implemented by partners on behalf of the programme

In coordination with the programme’s M&E Unit, collection of human interest stories and preparation of

lessons learnt

Support to the programme’s reporting

Coordination with the Communication Officer of GIZ Country Office and communication focal points of other GIZ Nigeria programmes and support for joint communications activities of GIZ Nigeria

Liaison with subcontractors for design and production of communication materials and content

Maintenance and updating of the programme’s knowledge management system Preparation of all necessary documents/folders for

visits of VIPs to the programme or GIZ Nigeria

Other duties and tasks at the request of management

Required qualifications, competencies and experience


  • Master Degree in PR, Mass Communications,
  • Journalism or any other relevant field
  • Professional experience
  • 3 – 5 years of professional experience with national
  • and international organisations in the field of
  • communication (media and PR work, journalism,
  • internal communication or lobbying or similar)
  • Experience with writing articles and press releases,
  • Content management, event management, and media
  • Production (evidenced e.g. by work samples)
  • Be able to manage multiple tasks and responsibilities;


  • Excellent command of oral and written English
  • Ability to express oneself clearly and target-group oriented
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Very good working knowledge of ICT technologies
  • and computer applications (e.g. MS Office, MS Excel)
  • Customer minded, cooperative and understanding for
  • the requirements of project implementation
  • Other knowledge, additional competences
  • Good knowledge of one or more North-East Nigerian
  • languages, knowledge of German will be an advantage
  • Good Knowledge of Borno and Adamawa States
  • Demonstrated knowledge of issues pertaining to relief
  • and development work, particularly in a crisis context
  • such as Nigeria’s North-East
  • Experience in graphic design and working knowledge
  • of graphic design applications
  • Willingness to upskill as required by the tasks to be
  • performed – corresponding measures are agreed with
  • management

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