Job: Communication Officer at COOPI – Cooperazione Internazionale

Location: Damaturu, Gashua and other implementation fields of COOPI – Yobe
Job type: Full time

Global Responsibilities

  • The Communications Officer is responsible for carrying out all duties relating to communication, support and information dissemination of COOPI – Cooperazione Internazionale Nigeria in Yobe State.

Main responsibilities and tasks
Under the direct supervision of the Program Manager, and in collaboration with the other collaborators of the projects and the Base, he will have to:

  • Develop, maintain and update an appropriate work plan for the assigned area, which implements the corporate communication strategy, in order to maintain and improve the visibility and reputation of COOPI, and to support the activities of fundraising, ensuring alignment with COOPI’s strategy.
  • Plan, manage and evaluate communication campaigns that have a favorable impact on the opinion of the public, opinion leaders and donors in order to raise COOPI’s profile and support fundraising activities and reporting requirements donors.
  • Prepare communication products that effectively convey the desired message to the target audience(s).
  • Maintain and develop a contact list of journalists and media, and manage the regular flow of news/information on COOPI’s work to the media, ensuring that reputational risks are identified and managed.
  • Define a social media plan for the assigned area that leverages social media content, platforms, networks and partners to improve coverage and support of COOPI activities.
  • Generate and/or facilitate the production of donor-specific visibility content, including text, photos, video and audio for use on a range of integrated online platforms, to support fundraising activities global and national, ensuring consistency with corporate messages.
  • Monitor and analyze traditional and online media, identify trends and/or issues, and propose solutions and ideas to improve the effectiveness of communication strategy and activities.
  • Coordinate and prepare accurate and timely reports on communication activities that enable informed decision-making, evaluation of objectives and consistency of information presented to stakeholders.
  • Build the capacity of COOPI staff on all aspects of external relations communication, providing advice, guidance and training to ensure consistent and quality communication activities that produce the desired impact.
  • Work closely with counterparts to align activities and ensure a consistent approach to communications within COOPI.
  • Contribute to preparedness actions, providing recommendations and technical advice and monitoring the management of risks specific to communications.
  • Other tasks as needed.
  • Provide technical and operational support to government counterparts, NGO partners, UN system partners and other country office partners/donors on the application and understanding of COOPI policies, strategies, processes and best practices and of WFP on issues related to communication and public information to support program visibility, reporting and success stories.
  • Conduct regular program field visits and/or exchange information with partners/stakeholders to assess progress and provide technical support, take appropriate action to resolve issues and/or refer to appropriate managers for resolution.
  • Provide technical and operational support to government counterparts, NGO partners, UN system partners and other country office partners/donors on the application and understanding of COOPI policies, strategies, processes and best practices and of WFP on issues related to communication and public information to support program visibility, reporting and success stories.
  • Treat beneficiaries with dignity and apply the COOPI Code of Ethics and Conduct, the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the (UNCRC) in the field, including sensitizing field monitors and vendors/agents on such principles.
  • These terms of reference must include any other tasks specifically assigned by the program manager and the indirect supervisor with regard to the implementation of program activities.

Candidate Profile (Education, Training, Experience, Skills, Abilities)
Minimum requirements:

Education:

  • University degree in journalism, international relations, public relations, communications or other relevant field with additional years of related work experience and/or specialized training/courses.

Live:

  • 3 years of work in an INGO, including at least 1 year in communication and reporting.
  • At least one year of professional experience as a journalist or communication/public information officer.
  • Development of information strategies and programs;

Technical skills and knowledge:

  • Good theoretical understanding of communication concepts and principles with a broad knowledge of best practices, techniques and processes and specialist knowledge in a specific area;
  • Knowledge of common business principles and processes and ability to quickly assimilate COOPI and donor processes and systems;
  • Ability to quickly analyze and integrate diverse information.

Skills :

  • Good communication and negotiation skills with the ability to persuade, influence and adapt communication style to different situations and individuals;
  • Excellent oral, writing and drafting skills.
  • Well organized and detail oriented;
  • Ability to work independently and in a team with other communication officers and other units.

Essential:

  • Be professional, motivated, flexible and culturally sensitive
  • Be excellent in communication and proficient in writing reports, especially success stories.
  • Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Office programming (Access, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint and Word).
  • Excellent communication, writing and analytical skills.
  • Excellent communication, coordination and facilitation skills.
  • Ability to work in a team and establish effective working relationships with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.
  • Ability to work under tight deadlines and manage multiple tasks simultaneously independently.
  • Previous work experience with international NGOs and UN organizations is desirable.

Prefer:

  • Knowledge of the local language (Hausa and Kanuri).
  • Willing and able to be based and travel regularly in remote areas, where services are limited.
  • Previous experience in a similar position
  • Candidates are strongly advised to apply.
  • Application will be on a rolling basis.

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