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RTI International in collaboration with Plan International and other partners are implementing a 4-year USAID funded Effective Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (E-WASH) program. E-WASH will provide technical assistance to and will work in collaboration with state governments to improve urban water service delivery by strengthening the governance, financial, and technical viability of six (6) state water boards (SWBs) in Nigeria. The overall goal is improvement of urban water and sanitation service delivery.
RTI International hereby invites applications from highly resourceful, motivated and experienced professionals to fill the following vacant position;
Senior Media and Communication Specialist (SMCS)
The overall objective of E-WASH is to assist the Government of Nigeria to expand and improve urban water service delivery by strengthening the governance, financial and technical viability of select State Water Boards (SWBs) in Nigeria. The E-WASH activity will concentrate on solidifying state, municipal, and utility level governance gains, manifested in improved water supply services, and an improved ability to regulate, manage, and expand sanitation services. RTI International is seeking to recruit an Abuja-based Senior Media and Communications Specialist (SMCS) for the USAID E-WASH activity.
The SMCS is responsible for managing and coordinating all E-WASH project communications and online presence. This includes everything from written, printed materials, KM products, press releases and social media presence for E-WASH activities. Extending to coordinating communications with third parties, development and dissemination of communications products to target counterparts, or other stakeholders and schedule meetings, as needed.
Develop external communications material (written and printed), from the design stage all the way to the distribution stage. Strong writing and communications skills are required to lead the development of E-WASH products across 6 states and its headquarters in Abuja.
Support the writing and development of ongoing reports (weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual reports or deliverables), ensuring they are well written and abide by USAID Branding and Marking guidelines. This may involve collecting information to produce feature Stories, which should be produced on a monthly basis to showcase some of the project’s major accomplishments.
Maintain a thorough understanding of USAID communications and branding regulations, as well as contract limitations, and inform/educate others on these requirements as necessary; including participating in quarterly USAID Communications Working Group (CWG) meetings.
Working with the ASC Advisor, implement the Knowledge Management and Communications Strategy for E-WASH. Work collaboratively with other thematic leads to provide communications support when necessary including attending events and activities.
With support from the ASC Advisor and MEL team, the SMCS will organize quarterly knowledge events; and develop the E-WASH Communications Strategy and Engagement Plan.
Identify appropriate media and communications channels to ensure that lessons learned are properly collated and disseminated.
Create guidance and tools to implement communications and media activities and measure their effectiveness.
Under supervision of ASC Advisor, support state offices in advocacy and communication on urban WASH issues.
Contribute to producing high quality, statements, articles, briefing materials and features material as well as other relevant content as required
An advanced university degree (Master's) in Communication, Journalism, Public Information, Public Relations, Marketing, Branding and Social Sciences or a directly related field(s);
A minimum of six years of progressive, relevant work experience in communication, media, advocacy and/or digital media role, including in international/multi-cultural settings;
Demonstrated strength and experience providing technical assistance, writing technical reports, and policy briefs targeted to decision makers;
Experience in knowledge management and communications. Knowledge of USAID’s Collaboration, Learning and Adaptation (CLA) approach is useful;
Prior experience working with USG-funded programs is required; strong command of USAID branding and marking strongly preferred.
Experience in media and communications for grants making and government engagement preferred.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Strong written and oral communication skills for high-level policy audiences.
Strong facilitation skills required.
Interested and qualified candidates should submit by e-mail only an Application letter and a CV as ONE SINGLE WORD document to Recruitment@ewash.rti.org VERY IMPORTANT – On the subject LINE of your email you should only put the Email Subject line as indicated in each position above (no other text should be on this subject line) that you are applying. Applications closes on Monday June 18, 2919. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as they see this advert.. Only shortlisted candidates will receive an invitation for an interview.
Women are strongly encouraged to apply. We offer a highly competitive renumeration. Take note that any successful candidate will be subjected to a pre-employment background investigation. For further information about RTI International, please visit our website at www.rti.org
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