BACKGROUND

Creative Associates International is a fast-growing, social impact company that specializes in the areas of education, economic growth, democratic transitions, and stabilization in post-conflict environments. Based in Chevy Chase, Maryland, this global development organization has a field presence is more than 25 countries and a strong client portfolio of that includes the U.S. Agency for International Development and the State Department. Since its founding in 1977 by four enterprising women, Creative has earned a solid reputation among its clients and is well-regarded by competitors and partners alike. Creative Associates International has been working in Nigeria for more than a decade to support education programs in Nigeria.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development and in close partnership with federal partners and select Nigeria States (designated as legacy [Bauchi and Sokoto], launching and technical assistance), the five-year Leveraging Education Assistance Resources in Nigeria (LEARN) project will support sustainable improvements in reading outcomes for first and second grade pupils. The goal of LEARN is to strengthen and scale early grade reading (EGR) best practice by ensuring that standards-based, context-appropriate assessment, materials, training, and administrative supports needed to improve literacy skills for P1-2 pupils are embedded within the federal policy, funding, and monitoring frameworks, and state and local authorities have the implementation protocols, capacity, and resources to carry out and sustain standards-based, data-driven EGR reform. The project objective is to instill ownership in and build capacity of school-community, local, state, and federal systems to establish a base for adequate, consistent data-driven funding, monitoring and performance that increase the equity, inclusion, and wellbeing necessary to achieve sustained EGR gains. LEARN will therefore be building on lessons learned from prior Nigeria reading programs to introduce a flexible, cost- efficient EGR intervention model that can be tailored to state contexts.

POSITION SUMMARY

Creative Associates International (Creative) seeks a Communication Manager who will be responsible for managing the LEARN full-time communications unit in Nigeria, and will work closely with Creative’s Home Office Communications Unit in Washington D.C., to design and implement communications strategies, approaches and outreach materials and activities that effectively promote the LEARN project and results to an international and regional audience. The Communications Manager will be based in Abuja, Nigeria and will report to LEARN’s DCOP. The Communications Manager will work closely with the Creative home office team, with the responsibility to manage communications activities across all the Learn’s implementation locations.

Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Design and manage the implementation of a comprehensive communications strategy to create, build, and maintain the positive image of Learn’s to its stakeholders and public;
  • Incorporate required communications activities, outreach and events in LEARN’s annual workplans to achieve the program’s internal and external communications goals;
  • Review and revise communications products for external publication and ensure compliance to LEARN’s Branding and Marking Plan;
  • Support and manage the design and development of written, video and other communications materials and in-person activities that promote communication between the LEARN and the Nigeria based USAID Missions, including project content suitable for dissemination on USAID channels;
  • Support the editing, formatting and use of photos and graphics for USAID quarterly and annual progress reports and other major USAID-required project documents;
  • Provide administrative and technical support to outside subcontractors and consultants (such as public relation firms, translators, photographers, videographers, ) who prepare communications products funded by LEARN to ensure quality of content and design and compliance with USAID branding and marking requirements;
  • Collaborate with HQ Communications team on an as needed basis to produce success stories, PowerPoint slides with graphical representation of data and other communications materials and tools for external-facing audience;
  • Resolve and mediate communications difficulties and crises on an on-going

Writing, and editing:

  • Identify and propose to the DCOP suitable stories, photo essays and other content in collaboration with the Communications team that would appear in the newsletter, website and social media channels;
  • Write and/or review assigned press releases, success stories, quarterly and annual reports, features and briefs for publication on LEARN’s website and other channels, including USAID outlets;
  • Create communications pieces for the external audience including USAID and development sector players;
  • Review selected content on the program’s website, newsletter, and social media channels; and
  • Collaborate with HQ Communications to create and disseminate content through Creative’s channels.

Outreach & events

  • Coordinate and oversee all communications aspects of events and webinars, including promotion, program content for program, registration materials and related items; and
  • Maintain strong relationships with public relation companies providing technical assistance for LEARN;
  • Support in organizing events, inaugurations, and webinars based on the needs of LEARN, in collaboration with USAID, local governments, and other

Required Skills & Qualifications:

  • Master’s or Bachelor Degree in a field relevant to communications, marketing, journalism, public relations, or relevant field is Graduate degree is preferred.
  • Language: Fluency in spoken and written English required. Proficiency in Hausa is preferred, but not required.
  • At least 10 years of relevant communications experience in the role of developing project communication strategies and managing outreach initiatives, with at least three years in an international developing country context.
  • At least 3 years of supervisory experience managing
  • Strong preference in experience working with USAID-funded
  • Experience managing different social media platforms for organizations and/or
  • Experience in event

Preferred Experience & Skills

Willingness and ability to travel throughout Finish

  • Problem solving, stress management and time management skills are
  • Proficient at using Microsoft office software: MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook,
  • Proficient at using graphic design software is preferable (ex. InDesign).
  • Demonstrated experience working in the education sector in Africa region, preferably sub-Saharan countries. Demonstrated experience includes work in knowledge management.
  • Prior experience with USAID-funded programs is required.

Only finalists will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

Creative Associates International Inc. is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer (gender/race/disability/veteran) and provides equal opportunity to all individuals regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state, federal, or local law.

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