Title: Communications Manager
Location: Abuja, Federal Capital Territory, Federal Republic of Nigeria
Programme: Africa Human Capital Development Plus (HCD+)
Contract Type: Consultancy
Africa (HCD+) is a platform funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and will have the capability to serve as an African voice for advocacy, accountability and transparency on HCD. It will seek to accelerate political commitments, decision-making and funding for key priorities towards realising SDGs #1-6 in Sub-Saharan Africa. It aims to incubate a regional advocacy and technical assistance hub on Human Capital Development towards increasing African Government's commitment, funding, and accountability to HCD. The platform, through increased HCD advocacy, focuses on three pillars: (i) Health and Nutrition; (ii) Education, skills and labour participation; (iii) Entrepreneurship, financial inclusion, and digital economy.
Also, HCD sits across multiple Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in many African governments. Hence, no organisation holds an integrated vision for HCD. An HCD-focused institution can further help the HCD agenda on the continent. It will focus on four missions: (i) Create transparency on the HCD performance across the continent; (ii) Advocate with heads of state and decision-makers to make HCD a priority; (iii) Ensure effective coordination and collaboration with stakeholders and decision-makers; (iv) Selectively drive the implementation of flagship programmes in education, health and economic inclusion.
The Communications Managerwill provide strategic inputs and operation support to the implementation of the HCD+ Communications, knowledge management, and learning portfolio. In line with the Communication strategy, he/she will work under the guidance of the Chief Operating Officer to produce high-impact deliverables - such as newsletters, case studies, discourse events, websites, knowledge-sharing events, social media, online resource platforms, media products, and media campaigns - that are relevant for project teams, employees and clients. This role will require technical rigor and leadership skills as well as strong hands-on capabilities in research, technical writing, concept design, and implementation.
Responsibilities & Duties:The Communications Managerwill provide inputs into the development of strategies, processes, and initiatives to improve business development, corporate services and program delivery. Ability to write analytical reviews, evidence-based opinion pieces, success stories, case studies, resources, guides, and toolkits. Develop and define the knowledge management strategy and maintain high-quality, up-to-date, and searchable content for audiences of varying skill levels. Establish writing guidelines based on knowledge base best practices and develop the team to ensure they are achieving or surpassing them Development of internal & external newsletters where applicable. Develop tools and initiatives to engage employees and improve performance. Conceptualise, plan, manage, and execute successful knowledge sharing events including seminars/webinars, peer learning sessions. Event management: convene and participate in Industry events for strategic marketing and positioning for HCD+ Establish writing guidelines based on knowledge base best practices and develop the team to ensure they are achieving or surpassing them. Implement strategies to increase visibility and brand credibility among target audiences to support project positioning. Website management: publish news stories from industry events, and new project updates. Social Media management and content creation
·Other duties as specified by the Line Manager
The Communications Managerwill report to the Chief Operating Officer.
Qualifications and Experience:A Master’s degree in a humanities course such as mass communications,strategic communications, literature, law, knowledge management or a relevant field from a top university. 8-10 years of work experience with steadily increasing responsibility in research & analysis, communications, or knowledge management roles. Good qualitative and quantitative research skills and the ability to deliver technically rigorous documents.
·An expert from any of the East or West African countries, preferably not Nigerian.
·Someone who has worked for international media houses – print, tv or radio and/or has worked for consulting firms.Professionalism and demonstrated experience Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to synthesise large amounts of information, and repurpose messages for different audiences. High attention to detail and commitment to high-quality work. Cross-cultural competence, comfortable engaging in a global firm, a proven ability to work across multiple business functions and proficient at managing stakeholders Fluency in English and French language is an added advantage
HOW TO APPLY
Qualified candidates should please send their CV and cover letter to and also copy by the 8th of September 2023 using the Job Title as the Subject of the email .
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