Search for Common Ground (SFCG) is an international non-profit organization that promotes peaceful resolution of conflict. With headquarters in Washington, DC and a European office in Brussels, Belgium, SFCG’s mission is to transform how individuals, organizations, and governments deal with conflict - away from adversarial approaches and toward cooperative solutions. SFCG seeks to help conflicting parties understand their differences and act on their commonalities. With a total of approximately 600 staff worldwide, SFCG implements projects from 55 offices in 34 countries, including in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States.
The organization is an exciting and rewarding place to work, with a dedicated and enthusiastic staff that is committed to its mission and values. You will be joining a highly motivated staff with a good team spirit and there will be opportunities to grow in the role.
Locations: Delta, Bayelsa & Rivers
- Search for Common Ground seeks a professional, motivated, and creative Media Manager who will develop and implement the media component under the project, under the supervision of the Head of Office and in close coordination with the Project Manager. Specifically, the Media Manager will manage the media team and the implementation of all the media activities; conduct a media campaign to raise public awareness and knowledge around issues as they relate to the local context of the target States.
- The position holder will also follow Search’s media programming approach to create high-quality relevant radio programs, that increase public awareness of these issues across the target States and contribute to changing attitudes and challenging stereotypes. The Media Manager will be responsible for overseeing all the radio production and liaising with the partner FM radio stations for broadcasting. The position will be based in Warri, Delta and will include frequent travel to the field.
About The Project
The project goal will be achieved through two specific objectives and corresponding outcomes:
- Objective 1: Strengthen linkages between citizens and local authorities in the Niger Delta to respond to drivers of violence in the region. Expected outcomes of activities under this objective are:
- (1.1) People of the Niger Delta, including militants and ex-militants, feel that cooperation between them and local authorities is strengthened;
- (1.2) Platforms for collaborative response to underlying conflict issues by communities, government, and security are established in eight LGAs.
- Objective 2: Amplify the voices of key stakeholders, particularly women, youth and marginalized groups to contribute to discussions around regional conflict issues and promote peace in the Niger Delta region. Expected outcomes of activities under this objective are:
- (2.1) Journalists and civil society organizations increase their capacity to report on elections and manage rumors;
- (2.2) Increase in the number of voices of women, youth and marginalized groups contributing to discussions on regional conflict issues in the Niger Delta; and
- (2.3) Increase in public awareness and support for peace in the Niger Delta. Collectively, the activities support the project's objectives and outcomes and contribute to a more inclusive, grassroots-informed dialogue process aimed at addressing conflict issues and vulnerabilities to violence.
Search believes that this will support a community-owned peace architecture that will contribute to long-term peace and stabilization in the region beyond the lifespan of the project.
Roles and Responsibilities
- Responsible for overseeing all the radio production and liaising with the partner FM radio stations for broadcasting.
- Work with local radio stations to determine contracts for the broadcasting and production of the discussion programs, and promotional jingles
- Work with the DM&E team to use evaluations of Search’s previous radio discussions to adapt the methodology for the project topics
- Work closely with the partner radio stations in each state to ensure timely production and broadcasting of all media programming.
- Ensure the stations are documenting the discussion programs
- Work with the stations to assess listenership and viewership of the programs and adapt content where needed
- Work closely with the station to manage the production of the programs and ensure they have the capacity necessary to document and monitor the programs.
- Oversee the production and broadcast of Radio magazine and radio testimonies
- Develop relations with media actors
- Coordinate with the program teams to integrate program messages into media programming streams
- Contribute to development of implementation methodology for projects;
- Analyze conflict dynamics and feedback information into program design and implementation
- Build relationships with stakeholders at national and local levels ;
- Develop workshop/training curricula and facilitate trainings and workshops ;
- Develop proposals for on-going and new projects ;
- Write narrative reports of the media projects and media components
- As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key duties.
- Bachelor's degree in Managing Media Projects, Programs and Media Teams; including television and radio production;
- Bachelor’s degree in peace building, conflict, security studies, political or social science, international studies, public administration, development studies and experience in a related area. Master’s degree preferable.
- Demonstrated expertise in producing television and radio programs, feature films and/or documentaries;
- Track record in delivering effective media/communications/advocacy strategies in support of campaigns and advocacy programmes;
Other Relevant Requirements:
- Understand opportunities in key Nigeria media markets and thorough understanding of requirements of different kinds of media i.e. print, radio, and online;
- Knowledge of civil society organisations, government agencies, private sector companies and international development agencies, with experience of working in partnership within some of these sectors;
- Written and verbal communications skills including the ability to synthesise complicated policy issues into digestible products and to deal with both elite and popular media and specialist and non-specialist audiences;
- Experience of partnership building, with experience of influencing stakeholders and establishing and maintaining strong partnerships;
- Ability to work effectively in a team environment and strong interpersonal skills;
- Commitment to SFCG’s aims and a clear understanding of the links between policy, lobbying, campaigning and media work and of how policy change can be achieved through effective advocacy;
- Organisational skills and attention to detail;
- Ability to responding flexibly to opportunities and requests sometime with little notice;
- Ability to manage competing priorities in a rapidly changing environment;
- Demonstrate capacity to adapt to a multi-cultural context, and tolerance and respect to issues related to gender, religion, race and nationality;
- Treats all people fairly without favouritism and solves problems in collaborative ways
- Good knowledge of the local languages will be an asset.
- Resident of Delta/Bayelsa/Rivers.
Method of Application
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- Interested candidates will send the following:
- Current resume
- Cover Letter (which includes expectations of compensation and projected start date)
- Please note that the system only has the functionality to upload two documents per application. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
- Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.
- As the above job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key duties.