International Alert: Senior Programme Officer, Advocacy and Communications

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Job Title: Senior Programme Officer, Advocacy and Communications
Reports to: Nigeria Country Manager (CM)
Job location: Abuja
Management responsibility: May supervise interns, volunteers, other junior staff
Salary and terms and conditions: Competitive salary, statutory benefits and comprehensive health insurance for staff and family 12-month contract with 3-month probation period

About International Alert
International Alert (Alert) is one of the world’s leading peacebuilding organisations, with over 30 years of experience supporting communities, advising governments, organisations and companies on how to build peace. International Alert works with people directly affected by conflict to build lasting peace. Together, we believe peace is within our power. We focus on solving the root causes of conflict, bringing together people from across divides. From the grassroots to policy level, we come together to build everyday peace. Peace is just as much about communities living together, side by side, and resolving their differences without resorting to violence, as it is about people signing a treaty or laying down their arms. That is why we believe that we all have a role to play in building a more peaceful future.

International Alert began operations in Nigeria in 2011 as a partner on security governance within the Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation programme (NSRP). Since then we have launched a social cohesion programme in the Northeast, while expanding our technical advisory in conflict and gender sensitivity to various governance and reform programmes.

For more on Alert’s work, please visit our website at www.international-alert.org.

Job Purpose
The Senior Programme Officer, Advocacy and Communications will be responsible for
overseeing communications and advocacy with the goal to raise the profile and impact of
Alert s peacebuilding programming in Nigeria. The position-holder is expected to help develop and implement strategies, activities and tools to enhance visibility of Alert s impact and influence key stakeholders in favour of our institutional approaches. The position-holder will also work closely with Alert headquarters staff to bring Nigerian issues to the global fore, and support any global campaigns aimed at such. They will need to be strategic thinkers, able to produce content for our audiences, and lead on targeted advocacy campaigns aimed at highlighting the impact of our work in country.

Duties and Responsibilities

    1. Lead on developing and implementing influencing strategy:
      • Review and appropriate Alert approaches, methodologies and learning to be able to effectively develop and represent the organisation s positions on peace and security issues in Nigeria;
      • Develop and implement an influencing strategy for the Nigeria programme
        tying together Alert’s advocacy and communications priorities in Nigeria, and our global organisational strategy;
      • Identify key messages for each project in Nigeria and develop talking points to support influencing;
      • Produce or review information briefs and strategic documents to ensure that advocacy priorities are articulated and in line with Alert country and global strategies;
      • Work with relevant HQ staff to support global advocacy efforts and campaigns;
      • Represent Alert at technical working group meetings with other INGOs, national NGOs, donors, government (eg INGO Advocacy Working Group, Development Partners Group on Gender, Voluntary Principles Initiative incountry working group, etc.) and advocate for Alert s approach; develop good working relationships with the relevant stakeholders; and promote greater coordination with humanitarian and development actors on peacebuilding issues;
      • Ensure outcomes from participation in advocacy forums and working groups are integrated into Alert programming, where applicable;
      • Keep up to date with new development in policies at government, donor, UN
        and INGO level and ensure Alert s advocacy strategy is adapted accordingly;
        Build the capacity of programme staff and partners to conduct advocacy and
        communications for effective influence;
      • Develop and monitor relevant key performance indicators on impact and
        effectiveness of Alert s influencing in Nigeria.
    2. Lead on communication initiatives:
      • Draft, review and/or manage the production of visibility and communications materials for internal and external use, including website content and audiovisual
        products;
      • Identify opportunities for greater communication and visibility, and ensure effective dissemination of Alert products among appropriate stakeholders within Nigeria and the region;
      • Ensure compliance of all Alert products with internal and donor branding and
        marking standards and requirements;
      • Develop, manage and implement relevant communications actions/campaigns around key events (such as 16 days of activism against violence against women, International Day of Peace, etc.);
      • Design and manage social media accounts and campaigns as appropriate.
    3. Support quality reporting on impact of interventions:
      • Review key reports for quality and results focus; identify any key /successes worth highlighting to show the impact of Alert’s work;
      • Build capacity of the programme staff and partners in results-based reporting;
      • Participate in the design of monitoring and evaluation tools to ensure measurement of indicators on success of project communications and advocacy strategies.
    4. Support country strategy and new business development:
      • Support development and review of country strategy, ensuring lessons learned from advocacy are specifically defined and included in future priorities;
      • Participate in proposal design and ensure inclusion of appropriate influencing
        strategy (and funding for this strategy).

Travel requirements
This position is based in Abuja, with regular travel to the northeast States and other areas of Nigeria where Alert implements programming.

PERSON SPECIFICATION
Essential requirements

  • University Bachelor’s degree in relevant subject (Policy, Governance, Communications,
    Media, Social Sciences, etc.)
  • At least 8 years of work experience, with at least 4 years in an advocacy and/or
    communications role
  • At least 2 years of experience working with an international organization (NGO, UN or other) in a development, humanitarian or conflict context
  • Understanding of Nigerian government and key donors peace and security policy and
    priorities, particularly for the Northeast
  • Experience formulating and representing policy positions to government, civil society and international community
  • Excellent proven networking skills, including membership of advocacy forums
  • Excellent command of the English language
  • Exceptional communications and analytical writing skills in English
  • Excellent computer literacy and knowledge of Microsoft Office applications and social media tools
  • Experience in building capacity of staff and implementing partners
  • Willingness to travel to insecure locations, particularly northeast Nigeria

Desirable requirements

  • Strong technical knowledge of peacebuilding approaches
  • Experience in use of audio-visual editing software
  • Experience writing, producing and disseminating communications and marketing materials
  • Proven experience using social media, including engagement of online audiences
  • Experience in proposal-writing/fundraising
  • Fluency in Hausa

To apply
Please send in a CV of maximum 3 pages and a cover letter of maximum 2 pages to nigeria@international-alert.org by February 22, 2019, with the Subject Line “Application for Senior Programme Officer, Advocacy and Communications”. Include your salary requirements in your application.

This position is only open to Nigerian nationals.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. If you have not heard from us within three weeks of the closing date, you can assume your application has been unsuccessful. Please do not send follow-up emails or calls.

International Alert is an equal opportunities employer. All applicants will be judged strictly on the basis of merit.

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