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  • Posted: Jan 27, 2022
    Deadline: Feb 11, 2022
  • DAI works on the frontlines of international development. Transforming ideas into action-action into impact. We are committed to shaping a more livable world.We tackle fundamental social and economic development problems caused by inefficient markets, ineffective governance, and instability. We work with a wide range of clients, including national and local ...
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    Communications Specialist

    Locations: Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Bauchi, Ebonyi, Gombe and Sokoto


    • The purpose of the five-year (2020-2025) “State Accountability, Transparency and Effectiveness” (“State2State”) Activity is to increase the accountability, transparency and effectiveness of selected state and local governments (LGAs) in Nigeria.
    • This will be achieved by: strengthening governance systems (with a focus on public financial management [PFM] and procurement, as well as monitoring and evaluation) related to the delivery of services in key sectors (basic education, primary health care, and water, sanitation and hygiene [WASH]); increasing government responsiveness to citizen needs and priorities; and improving government and civil society capacity to manage conflict (through work on prevention, mitigation and reconciliation with the same sectoral partners, not stand-alone assistance to the police or judiciary).
    • State2State will achieve this purpose by facilitating the strengthening of subnational governance systems in a sustainable manner, supporting the efforts of local reformers and building on locally derived solutions including, to the extent possible, reforms already working in other parts of Nigeria.

    Position Objectives

    • The Communications Specialists will support the strategy, design and implementation of communication and engagement activities to tell the story of the projects’ work through a suite of communications approaches and deliverables, including written communication (reports, success stories, etc.), social media, photography, graphic design, website design, event management, etc.
    • This position will be embedded within a state with responsibility for the communications work in that state, as well as coordinate with the wider project team to provide communications expertise and ensure consistent style, branding, and strategy across the project.


    • Collaborate with the Communications and Knowledge Management Specialist in the Main Office and other staff member(s) to ensure integration of communications and knowledge management activities that complement and report on state-level program activities.
    • Responsible for providing inputs and developing state-specific content for the design, development, and management of public affairs and public awareness communications programs.
    • Support the preparation and presentation to USAID of reports and written communications on the progress and impact of program activities.
    • Be creative and collaborative, and encourage an open, transparent environment where everyone is informed about project developments.
    • Assist in the circulation and retention of project documents and information.
    • Source content for the production of newsletters and bulletins for internal and external audiences and weekly summaries for all staff on what is happening across the project.
    • Responsible for information collection, content generation and development of communications and knowledge management products, with particular responsibility for the selected state. Supports the generation of communications/knowledge management workplans and products including events and webpages.
    • Ensure awareness of and learning from project accomplishments.
    • Assists other communications and project staff as needed, providing guidance in their particular area of expertise.


    • The Communications Specialist will report to the State Lead, working closely with the Communications and Knowledge Management Specialist in the Main Office.

    Minimum Requirements

    • Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field such as English, Communications, Marketing, Information Management, Public Affairs, Media, or other relevant field required.
    • At least 7 years of relevant professional experience, with at least five (5) of experience in marketing communications, information management, public affairs, public awareness and/or media.
    • Expertise in particular area(s) of communications preferred, such as writing, website design, graphic design, social media, photography, even management, etc.
    • Previous experience in a USG-funded communications role is preferred.
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English. Fluency in local languages of the state highly preferred.

    Method of Application

    Note: Women and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

    Interested and qualified candidates should send their CV to: using the Job Title and preferred location (i.e., “Communications Specialist, LOCATION”) as the subject of the mail.

    IMPORTANT: List the title of the position and the preferred location (i.e., “Communication Specialist, LOCATION”) in the subject line of your email when applying.  

    Previous applicants for this role should not apply


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