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Senior Communications Specialist


Marketing & Communications

1 month ago

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Job Title: Senior Communications Specialist

Location: Abuja, Nigeria

Reports to: Country Director

About TechnoServe:

Everyone deserves the opportunity to build a better future. This simple idea has been at the heart of work around the world for over 50 years. TechnoServe is a pioneer in leveraging the power of businesses and markets to create sustainable pathways out of poverty.

The low-income communities in which we work are full of enterprising people. Their small-scale farms and businesses are the keys to economic development. But they face many challenges: low literacy, lack of access to jobs and markets, unpredictable political dynamics, and increasingly, the effects of climate change. For many women and young people, the challenges are even more daunting. Working with TechnoServe staff, people around the world are lifting themselves out of poverty. The results are amazing...when incomes increase and living conditions for families get better, they can access health care and education previously out of reach. Communities and even whole countries are better off. 

Job Summary:

The Senior Communications Specialist will support TechnoServe Nigeria country office’s communication strategy, increasing the visibility and profile of TechnoServe as an organization and our work in Nigeria. This will include developing and implementing a communications strategy and plan for the country office, as well as promoting our work across our various areas of excellence. While the role will focus on the country office’s communications campaign, a large proportion (80%) of the time will be spent promoting our work on the USAID and the Coca-Cola Foundation's Nigeria Plastic Solutions Alliance Program (NPSAP) - 40%, and the Rockefeller Fortified Parboiled Unpolished Rice Project (FPUR) - 40% at a combined 80% level of effort in documenting success stories and disseminating lessons learned, best practices, and case studies. The remaining 20% will provide communication support to other projects in Technoserve Nigeria as needed.

Part of the primary responsibilities will be developing and implementing branding, marketing, and communications strategies. Activities will include earned media outreach, communications coordination between bilaterally funded projects, materials for stakeholder meetings, support for training, and delivering awareness campaigns. This role will also oversee the production of publications and other communication materials. The tasks outlined below are the key responsibilities of the communication specialist. They are expected to adapt to tasks that are necessary within the context of the evolving needs of the project.

Primary Functions & Responsibilities:

Country Office Communications

  • Lead development and implementation of the Nigeria Country Office communications strategy.
  • Work with the Country Director and the Communications team in HQ to build the TechnoServe brand in Nigeria.
  • Enhance the visibility of TechnoServe in Nigeria, especially in the sectors in which we work.
  • Identify opportunities to showcase TechnoServe’s work.
  • Document success stories and disseminate lessons learned in national and regional fora, while identifying platforms to share these successes.
  • Drive in-country communications to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Project Inception Phase

  • development and implementation of the program communications strategies
  • Design and implement effective communication approaches to help recruit program participants.
  • Project implementation

  • Assist the Country Director, program Managers, and staff with targeted communication products and materials, including technical assistance for writing and editing presentations, speeches, blogs, journal publications, lessons learned documents, and impact reports.
  • Facilitate project communications, including developing materials for stakeholder meetings, training, and awareness campaigns in liaison with the Communications team at HQ and relevant funders and partners.
  • Assist in organizing program events.
  • Identify and develop program success stories through written narrative, photography, and video.
  • Support the dissemination of information and learning to project partners and stakeholders, including supporting the management of communication platforms such as newsletters.
  • Ensure communications are consistent in messaging across the program and aligned with overall goals and strategies.
  • Manage external contractors and agencies that provide design, photos, videos, and communications services.
  • Track opportunities in local media and serve as a point of contact for journalists.
  • Design and implement effective communication approaches to share program learnings and successes both internally and externally using a range of channels.
  • Basic Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, or social sciences with at least 5 years of relevant professional experience in communications and other related fields. Alternatively, 3 years’ experience with a Master’s degree.
  • Experience designing and implementing strategic communication plans, tools, and products for country-level programs and global projects.
  • Experience with Google Workspace, Microsoft Office, Canva, Wordpress and other graphic design software packages (e.g., Photoshop).
  • Preferred Qualifications:

  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills: Ability to craft clear, concise, and engaging content for diverse audiences and channels (e.g., press releases, website copy, social media posts).
  • Excellent editing and proofreading skills: Meticulous attention to detail for error-free communication.
  • Strong storytelling ability: Captivate audiences and compellingly convey complex information.
  • Active listening and understanding: Effectively gather information and tailor communication accordingly.
  • Understanding of digital marketing principles: Leverage online channels for effective communication outreach.
  • Expertise in crafting various content formats (press releases, website copy, social media posts, media kits, etc.).
  • Data analysis and reporting: Track communication performance and measure impact.
  • Required Languages: Excellent communication skills in written and spoken English. Any other secondary languages like French or any of the local languages or dialects in the states where the projects are being implemented (e.g. Yoruba, Hausa, Ibo or Pidgin English.

    Travel:  30% travel in country to project states..

    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Understanding audience analysis, message development, channel selection, and communication strategy.
  • Detail-oriented with strong organizational and analytical skills.
  • Proven facilitation and collaboration skills working with multi-level stakeholders, including technical and subject matter experts, government agencies, local partners, researchers and others.
  • Proven ability to organize and share information effectively.
  • Knowledge of how communication supports marketing goals and brand awareness.
  • Understanding the specific sector or industry is advantageous.
  • Supervisory Responsibilities – No direct staff supervision. Supervision of consultants or contractors may be required.

    Advert close date: February 29, 2024

    Closing Statements:

    We encourage all qualified individuals who share TechnoServe's vision of improving the lives of others through proven business solutions to apply.

    With our commitment to diversity, we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and and do not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, HIV/AIDS status, protected veteran status, disability, and all other protected classes.

    We are also proud of our commitment to protecting staff, partners, and beneficiaries from abuse and exploitation and thoroughly vet all final candidates through rigorous background and reference checks.

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