Communications Officer

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Communications Officer
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Job Description:

  • Reporting to the Knowledge and Communications Manager, the Communications Officer is responsible for the implementation of the communication strategy and providing timely and relevant information to project stakeholders.



  • Develop close working relationship with project partners and stakeholders - all parties required to establish a shared vision of the project and achieve results
  • Coordinate the production of communication material for the project ensuring compliance with Cuso International communication protocols and policies
  • Implement the project communication strategy
  • Liaise with the Cuso International communication team
  • Ensure high quality of YouLead public documents, reports, and communication materials
  • Message development to inspire change within and outside the organization: adapted to targeted audiences, context and institutional priorities, promoting sense of shared purpose related to the YouLead cause. Internally and externally contributing to build a volunteer corps driven by a culture of commitment and passion; messages to attract support and inputs that motivate change in social norms that engender discrimination against the youth.
  • Consolidation of Media Relations, Strategic Partnerships & Networking to promote public representation and visibility of YouLead at national, local and international levels and online.
  • Review and management of the YouLead website: This includes working to:
  • Maintain day-to-day online interface in an efficient, effective and user-friendly manner guided by communication best practices
  • Boost institutional presence in social media platforms (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, WhatsApp, Instant Messaging Applications)
  • Generate and edit tailored web information and multimedia contents
  • Assemble and analyse inflow from the YouLead and general web data, including profile of audiences for analysis and response as most appropriate.
  • Create forums for knowledge sharing, discourse and expression of opinions on employment generation for youth
  • Generate and manage an increasing network building dis-aggregated mailing lists
  • Motivate volunteers and youth to drive traffic to the YouLead e-platforms
  • Coordination of internal communications with staff and project teams to:
  • Integrate context relevant organizationally driven communication strategies into all projects
  • Engage beneficiaries and strategic partners at national and international levels to promote common goals
  • Enhance strategies and bring new ideas to attract new sources of funding
  • Creative packages that present result and impact of YouLead interventions to stakeholders, donors and the public

Research, Knowledge Building and Management:

  • Development of public information on opportunities in the NRM sector in Cross River State, Nigeria and across the world prioritizing land mark activities and developments for awareness-raising on YouLead communication channels
  • Management of information, including drafting articles, content management, edition, design of periodic production and dissemination of publications particularly the print and virtual newsletters
  • Conversion of publications into key advocacy messages for campaigns using factsheets, reports, briefings and press release, targeting diverse audiences
  • Compiling annual reports on communication best practices and lessons learned directly linked to YouLead goals of Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) and environmental sustainability

Other responsibilities:

  • Inform and advise the Project Team Leader on project communication strategic directions.
  • Carry out any other duties as required by the YouLead Project Director, from time to time.


Development Knowledge:

Significant practical, analytical and theoretical knowledge and experience of international development work in Nigeria including:

  • An appreciation of the contribution volunteering in its many forms can bring to development
  • A strong awareness of gender and equity issues and knowledge of issues affecting young women and men (key target groups for YouLead)
  • An appreciation of the contribution that the private sector and business development approaches can bring to development
  • Proven ongoing commitment to staying abreast of current development thinking

Communication, Representation and Networking:

  • Excellent communication skills the ability to articulate project views efficiently and positively in various formats, including speech, panel, debate and group discussion
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate good practices and learning in working with both young women and men that contributes to breaking down negative gender and generational stereotypes
  • Ability to present and represent Cuso International in a variety of communicate media to a variety of audiences including government, private sector, donors and civil society
  • Strong networking skills and the ability to build relationships, alliances and networks in a fast paced ever changing work dynamic.

Team work:

  • Proven ability to work effectively in a number of teams, in a multi-cultural context and where teams may be geographically dispersed


  • Proven ability to be self-serving in IT (Outlook, Email, databases, basic excel, Powerpoint) and willingness to develop IT skills in order to improve effectiveness at work
  • Experience in data processing

Personal Skills & Attributes:

  • Considerable problem solving and decision-making skills
  • Good time management, flexibility and ability to work under pressure
  • Deep personal commitment for human dignity, equality, and justice
  • High personal motivation and passion for personal development
  • Strong conviction for shifts that push back of discriminatory cultural norms and practices
  • Demonstrable zeal for innovation and creativity that stands out and excels
  • Multitasking, organized and results oriented with ability to deliver in set time frames
  • Demonstrated ability for crisis management and performance under pressure
  • High values of dialogue, transparency and accountability
  • Team player, with a spirit of sacrifice, and a value of responsibility for one and all.

Required Qualifications:


  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent required, preferably in Communication, Social Sciences, Political Science, Law, Journalism, Public Relations, Development or related discipline in the field of Humanities.
  • Specialization in related fields or gender and human/women’s rights field valuable

Experience and Technical Abilities:

  • At least 4 years of relevant professional experience in communications, public relations, development work, preferably in social and gender issues.
  • Previous experience in field of advocacy for human or women’s rights will be an advantage.
  • Knowledge and experience of information technology (IT) and skills
  • Knowledge and passion for social media and web based communication
  • Strong ability to conceptualize issues and analyze data
  • Excellent language and writing skills to compellingly communicate with diverse audiences.
  • Knowledge of other national or international languages will be an advantage
  • Network or potential capacity to build it whatever the context, sensibilities or nuances

Language Requirements:

  • English essential

Method of Application:

  • Interested and qualified candidates should must be forwarded to the e-mail, with the competition number: Communication Officer 2015-46 clearly marked as the subject number.


  • CV must be 3 pages in length maximum and covering letter must be 1 page long maximum.
  • To be considered, your résumé and cover letter should demonstrate that all of the essential qualifications are met. Applications that do not meet the above requirements will not be considered.
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