Monday, 14 March 2016

Communications Associates at DAI Nigeria

02:50
DAI works at the cutting edge of international development, combining technical excellence, professional project management, and exceptional customer service to solve our clients’ most complex problems. Since 1970, DAI has worked in 150 developing and transition countries, providing comprehensive development solutions in areas including crisis mitigation and stability operations, democratic governance and public sector management, agriculture and agribusiness, private sector development and financial services, economics and trade, HIV/AIDS, avian influenza control, water and natural resources management, and energy and climate change. Clients include international development agencies, international lending institutions, private corporations and philanthropies, and host-country governments.

We are recruiting to fill the position of:

Job Title: Communications Associate

Location:
 Nigeria
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Job Description 
Africa Lead II-the Feed the Future: Building Capacity for African Agricultural Transformation Program-supports the advancement of agricultural transformation in Africa as proposed by the African Union Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP). Simultaneously, Africa Lead II contributes to the Feed the Future (FTF) goals of reduced hunger and poverty by building the capacity of Champions-defined as men and women leaders in agriculture-to develop, lead, and manage the policies, structures and processes needed for the transformation process.

The scope of Africa Lead II is divided into three components, as follows:
  • Component One: Establishing and Improving Effectiveness of Institutional and Organizational Architecture for African-Led Agricultural Transformation.
  • Component Two: Strengthening Capacity to Manage and Implement the Policy Change and Alignment Process.
  • Component Three: Promoting the Effective Participation of Non-State Actors (NSAs) in the Policy Process and Providing Capacity Strengthening Support when Necessary.
Africa Lead II’s Agriculture Internship Program aims to facilitate more efficient agricultural production, stronger agribusinesses and agricultural development institutions, a more direct link between NARS and farmers, and greater value addition in the agriculture sector across Africa. The broad goal is to support skills transfer and technological know-how that will help African agribusinesses and organizations to innovate, improve their commercial viability and catalyze agricultural transformation, thus contributing to improved food security.

The Africa Lead II Program welcomes applications from candidates interested in pursuing these young professionals development opportunities. Placement terms will be for a period of 12 months with anticipated postings in ECOWAS member states :Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo and Cape Verde.

Housing, monthly stipend, living allowances, round-trip airfare and related travel expenses to worksite will be covered by the program. These 12 month young professionals development opportunities are not guarantees for full time employment upon successful completion of the placement. Preference will be given to ECOWAS Nationals.

Responsibilities

  • Design and create communications materials highlighting institutional programs and achievements (flyers, handouts, posters, etc.)
  • Support drafting, editing, publication and dissemination of reports and scientific journals and marketing materials such as success stories, presentations, and two-page briefs, in collaboration with office and technical staff;
  • Review and analyze data for reports and document progress for success stories as well as monthly, quarterly and annual reports
  • Assist with development and implementation of Communication Plan including overseeing development of communication materials and tools and dissemination to all stakeholders.
  • Support design, development, and manage content of organization’s website and related electronic communications;
  • Website development and maintenance
  • Contribute to improving the organizations global communications strategy to reflect evolving communications priorities and changes in the organization’s structure
  • Present progress toward achievement of overall program objectives and outputs effectively and efficiently;
  • Support department in the compilation and editing of weekly, quarterly and annual reports on the organization’s progress
  • Support the organization of events such as press conferences, meetings and forums as requested;
  • Collaborate with other public relations, media, and advertising firms as required, including interface with local, regional, and national media outlets;
  • Review organization’s external communications and technical reports to ensure quality control and consistency with project intellectual property agreements;
  • Provide guidance and leadership for communication and information sharing between regional partners
  • Perform other tasks as needed
Required Skills:
  • Bachelor's degree in communication, marketing, social science, or related field
  • Technical experience in communications and marketing Strong writing and communication abilities
  • Fluency in French is required and proficiency in English highly desirable
General Minimum Required Qualifications 
  • Bachelor's degree Minimum , plus 2 years of relevant administrative or technical professional experience; or a Master’s degree preferred with 1 year of relevant administrative or technical professional experience
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • BS/BA degree required, advance degree preferred
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Must be able to travel and be based within Regional Institution in West Africa during the entire duration of the placement (minimum 1 year assignment).
Application Closing Date
18th March, 2016 5:00PM GMT

Method of Application

Interested and qualified candidates should send their application letters and CV's to:AfricaLEAD_Internships@dai.com

All candidates must submit the following required documents:
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • 1-Page Cover letter highlighting your ability to contribute your skills towards enhancing capacity of a regional organization involved in Food security. Kindly specify your strengths and weaknesses and ability to adapt to new mutli-cultural environment.
  • 3 References: kindly provide 2 professional references and 1 personal reference
Note: Nationals of ECOWAS countries welcome to apply.