Principal Officer, Communication

Principal Officer, Communication

ECOWAS Commission

Abuja, Nigeria

ROLE OVERVIEW

Under the supervision of the Secretary General, the incumbent will ensure effective dissemination of information at the Parliament and its activities to all the Community citizens.peoples. He/She will also ensure enhanced and continuous visibility of the Parliament’s activities and programmes.

ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Plan, co-ordinate and supervise the work of the Communication Division by managing the communications risks and opportunities of the institution;
  • Lead in the formulation of a communication policy for the Parliament to ensure effective dissemination of information on the Parliament to all the peoples of the Community;
  • Partner with relevant officials of the institution to effectively communicate specific messages to target groups/audiences;
  • Formulate a Communication Plan to drive the institution’s Strategic Plan and monitor and evaluate its impact within the framework of desired outcomes;
  • Formulate the annual work plans including the budget estimates of programs of the Division drawn from the overall organizational Strategic Plan;
  • Identify or recommend appropriate communication infrastructure for the Parliament in line with ECOWAS policy;
  • Ensure effective communications via diverse platforms, to a wide range of stakeholders and Parliament’s constituents including main-stream media, Members of Parliament, employees of Community Institutions, bloggers and new media communities, relevant government ministries and agencies, civil society organizations, partner agencies, religious/cultural leaders, influencers and opinion moulders, the general public, etc.;
  • Supervise as well as participate in the production of publications, audio-visual documentaries and publicity/PR materials on the Parliament and ensure their wide distribution among diverse relevant publics;
  • Advise Management on issues that may impact on the image and reputation of the institution;
  • Act as Web Editor for the institution’s website; edit web content and ensure prompt/real-time update of content using a content management system (CMS), to ensure adequate web presence of the institution; Rewrite or adapt contents for the Parliament’s website, intranet as well as the official social media platforms. Develop new content and editorial guidelines;
  • Draft speeches, communiques, press releases and reviews;
  • Organise public awareness and sensitization campaigns on the Parliament’s activities and programmes;
  • Responsible for the general administration of the Division, periodically assessing the human and material resource needs and transmitting same to Management for appropriate action;
  • Supervise the training of end users to ensure optimum use of communication infrastructure to advance the course of the Parliament;
  • Establish and set up a permanent network of specialised and dedicated media personnel in each Member State and internationally;
  • Perform other tasks as may be required.

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Master’s degree (or equivalent) in journalism, public relations, mass communication or related field from a recognized University;
  • 10 years responsible experience in journalism, communications, public relations, of which at least 2 years relevant international work and 2 years at a supervisory level;
  • Proven competence in developing content and implementing complex communications strategies to broaden awareness of Programmes and priorities;
  • Knowledge in drafting communication strategies and plans in order ensure visibility across key audiences, including the media;
  • Competence in developing content and implementing complex strategic communications strategies to broaden awareness of Programmes and priorities and increase their visibility across key audiences, including the media;
  • Knowledge to provide sound editorial judgment, including on politically sensitive issues and to take decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the organization.

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