• Job Vacancy at Aequitas Consulting

  • Posted on: 28 October, 2015 Deadline: Not Specified
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  • Aequitas is an innovative public policy and service transformation company, providing public policy advice, capability building and service design services. We challenge existing thinking, prioritising core services in a difficult financial environment.

    We work with our clients to develop sustainable strategies to maximise influence in the policy making sphere and increase democratic capacity to ensure our work can be continued long after we leave. Our work incorporates a strong communications strategy to ensure all staff and stakeholders are made aware of the changes and are able to access the information they need at all times.

    The Aequitas team have worked on projects around the world, including Africa, Asia, Europe and North America.

    We have provided political counsel in countries such as Serbia, Bosnia, Egypt, Nigeria, Finland and Sierra Leone, and have worked on election campaigns across the UK and Africa.

    Speechwriter

     

    Overview:

    Aequitas is recruiting a full time speechwriter to be based in Abuja, Nigeria. The successful candidate will be working with a number of  senior politicians in Nigeria. Knowledge and understanding of Nigerian and/or African politics will be a significant advantage.

    The Speechwriter will be responsible for working directly with senior politicians on a daily basis - drafting speeches, remarks and scripts for global, national and domestic audiences, print and broadcast media, and national political leaders.  He/she will work alongside the Aequitas team and politician's team. 

    This position comes with significant responsibility and requires at least 5-7 years experience in a related field. It demands political and strategic thinking and the ability to deliver consistently high quality, well written materials under pressure and to tight deadlines. 

    Responsibilities:

    Lead on the drafting of all speeches. This will include: 

    • Drafting speeches to be delivered domestically and internationally. 
    • Undertaking policy research to support writing, and liaising with the politician’s private office and media team; 
    • Working closely with Aequitas and politician’s policy and media team to develop messaging;
    • Analyzing complex information, legislation and policy, including qualitative and quantitative data, to extract information for speeches/lectures and other communications material as required;

    Competencies: 

    Writing/editing

    • Ability to write at a senior level and to global standards, and edit written content for general public to be disseminated through press or other platforms.

    Political

    • Experience of working at a senior level – ministerial or higher – and meeting daily editorial deadlines for speeches and other communications materials.

    Research:

    • Knowledge of analytical tools and methods for undertaking research into global and domestic public policy issues, legislative affairs, and African politics and economy.

    Required Skills and Experience:

    Education

    • An advanced university degree (Master) in politics, journalism, economics or related discipline.

    Experience

    • At least five to seven years of experience writing English-language speeches and other forms of communications for senior government officials, party leaders, or senior industry representatives
    • Experience of providing policy advise at senior government level, and working in ministerial private offices or the equivalent.
    • Experience of meeting daily and weekly content deadlines and working under significant political pressures and to campaign and legislative timetables.
    • High level and strategic understanding of the political issues facing Nigeria and West Africa.
    • Familiarity with the political process, and global economic and political institutions; understanding of Nigerian politics.

    Method of Application

    Interested and suitably qualified candidates should visit Aequitas Career Page on LinkedIn

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