The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Nigeria
is seeking to employ a suitable and qualified candidate for the
position below in the Program Office (PROG):
Job Title: Development Outreach Communications Specialist
Solicitation is open to: AID-620-S-17-00003
Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Work hours: 40 hours (Full time)
Position Grade: FSN 11
Period of Performance: Five years renewable.
Who May Apply: Nigerians Only (Resident in Nigeria).
Basic Function of the Position
- The Development Outreach Communications Specialist (DOC)
reports to the Supervisory Development Outreach Communications
Specialist (S/DOC). S/he is responsible for supporting all outreach and
communication for the USAID/Nigeria program. This includes serving as a
main focal point for preparing outreach communications, planning and
executing public events liaising with local press, participating in site
visits, maintaining the Mission’s page on the Agency-wide website,
reviewing project branding/ marking plans as assigned, and maintaining
official records for the Outreach and Communications function.
- The incumbent serves as deputy to the S/DOC and acts for the S/DOC when s/he is absent.
- The incumbent collaborates closely with the S/DOC, Supervisory
Program Officer, Deputy Program Officer, Mission Director, Deputy
Director, Technical Office Team Leaders, and implementing partners
(IPs), as well as staff of the U.S Embassy Nigeria Public Affairs
Section (PAS) in Abuja and Lagos to implement the overall Mission
- The DOC also serves as alternate principle liaison with the
USAID/Washington Bureau of Legislative and Public Affairs (LPA) in the
absence of the S/DOC.
- USAID/Nigeria manages U.S government (USG) development programs
in Nigeria, with a program budget of approximately US$500 million per
year. USAID’s assistance program in Nigeria includes interventions in
the areas of democracy, human rights, and governance; crises prevention
and mitigation; economic growth (energy, trade promotion, water,
agriculture and food security); health (HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis,
malaria, maternal and child health, reproductive health, family
planning, and strengthening management in the health system); and basic
- USAID also manages an expanding portfolio of humanitarian
assistance and countering violent extremism activities in Northeast
- The DOC is primarily responsible for collecting, investigating,
managing, and distributing information associated with the USAID
foreign assistance program in Nigeria and serves as the alternate
USAID/Nigeria point of contact and liaison for information requests.
Duties and Responsibilities
A.) Communications Management and Strategic Planning:
- The DOC is responsible for contributing to policies and
procedures for USAID communications and outreach that clarify roles and
responsibilities within USAID and with other U.S Embassy Nigeria
sections and IPs, including templates for various communication tools,
standards for creating and finalizing DOC materials, and guidelines for
planning and managing events.
- The DOC assists in annual updates to the USAID/Nigeria
communications strategy, identifying objectives, messages, audiences,
products, and developing plans in coordination with USAID managers and
- teams consistent with the USAID development strategy and the overall U.S Embassy Nigeria communications strategy.
- The DOC drafts public information products, ensuring that
Mission communication products contain appropriate and consistent
messages that support the approved USAID communications strategy. S/he
provides control on all print and electronic public information
materials such as the external website, organizational and information
packets, and briefing books produced by the public relations
contractors and other USAID staff.
- The DOC is responsible for USAID media activities; liaising
with USAID, IP, or PAS staff to generate press coverage of USAID
activities in Nigeria. This includes arranging and preparing for press
interviews, press conferences, briefings tours of
programs/projects/activities, and interaction with host-country and
- The DOC tracks USAID program/ project/activity milestones and
events to ensure that appropriate press coverage is provided; advises
the S/DOC and USAID staff on press outreach priorities, and whether
coverage is culturally and politically appropriate; oversees and
produces media materials (including news releases, background
documents, and fact sheets) designed to inform editors and reports of
technical programs/projects/activities and their achievements;
coordinates with technical offices to produce and release timely,
accurate, and useful written material for the host-country and U.S
- Media. Working in collaboration with the S/DOC, the DOC helps
technical offices to identify activities for coverage, participates in
filed visits to access
- newsworthiness, and accompanies the press to interviews and site locations for filming.
Public Events and Visitors:
- Working under the guidance of the S/DOC Specialist, the FSN DOC
helps plan and oversee execution of activities to present USAID
programs to the public and VIP visitors, including a range of
communications tools and distribution to a variety of audiences.
- The DOC prepares documents to support visits for high-level
officials. These documents highlight key USAID
programs/projects/activities and strategies.
- S/he supports advance work for planning and scheduling by
participating in meetings that include USAID staff of technical teams
- offices or PAS staff and preparing schedules and /or planning notes.
- S/he may prepare or oversee the production of briefing
materials and be involves in troubleshooting during VIP visits. For
project site visits or events that involve the Ambassador, Deputy Chief
of Mission, and /or the USAID Director or Deputy Director, the DOC
ensures that all event information (e.g., scene setters, talking
points, speeches) have been prepared, and meet quality standards and
- The DOC coordinates and consults with technical offices on
program/project/activity signing ceremonies or other milestone events,
including finalizing press releases for submission to the clearance
process and ensuring logistics are handled appropriately.
B.) Publicity Materials:
- The DOC is responsible for the production of high-quality print
and electronic communications products that translate complex messages
and technical information into understandable, meaningful messages
that resonate with a variety of audiences, both host-country and
American. Working under the direction of the S/DOC., the DOC drafts or
generates drafts of published and website materials, including
information brochures, special publications, and materials for the
external Nigeria page on the Agency-wide website.
- As designated by the S/DOC, the DOC may also be responsible for
overseeing or developing regular and specialized information materials
for Washington opinion leaders and audiences, in coordination with the
Regional Bureau and LPA colleagues.
- S/he will also travel to USAID program/project/activity sites
throughout the country and the region to interview beneficiaries and
photograph programs/projects/activities for the USAID website and for
news press releases.
- S/he will serve as the USAID /Nigeria alternate Point of
Contact for Agency Branding Graphic Standards, within USAID/Nigeria and
- S/he is also responsible for preparing and keeping current
packet of informational materials communicating USAID strategic
priorities and focus areas.
- S/he acts as editor for key reports and documents as assigned;
ensures that public outreach products include people oriented success
stories that “tell our story” to external and internal audiences, and
are politically and culturally appropriate; and manages the Mission’s
portion of the external Agency-wide
- website under the guidance of the S/DOC, ensuring that information is “fresh”, current and inviting to browsers.
- Finally, s/he is responsible for maintaining a photo library
and official records for development communications, ensuring that
electronic and hard copy files are maintained in accordance with USG
requirements and that all documents are easily retrievable by USAID
staff as needed.
- S/he will work with the Program Office team annually to ensure
that records are archived or disposed of in accordance with USAID and
other USG requirements.
Note: All applicants MUST address each selection criterion detailed
below with specific and comprehensive information supporting each
criterion or the application will NOT be considered.
- A Bachelor’s of Art Degree in Journalism, Public Relations, Communications, English, or a related field is required.
Prior Work Experience:
- A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience
in communications, public relations, or journalism, in an
English-language work environment is required. This experience should
provide assurance that the DOC is skilled in disseminating information
to a variety of target audiences. Previous work in international
development organization is highly desirable.
Post Entry Training:
- The incumbent will receive on-the-job training on established
USAID procedures, regulations, and policies governing USAID interaction
with the media, implementing partners, other USG agencies, host
country government officials, etc.
- The Specialist will attend USAID regional Development Outreach
and Communications Workshops, subject to course offerings, availability
of funds, and supervisor and Mission concurrence.
- The incumbent will also complete online and/or classroom orientation programs as designated by the supervisor and the Agency.
Language Proficiency (List both English and host country language(s)
proficiency requirements by level (II, III) and specialization
- Fluency (level 4) in English.
- Both written, reading, and oral is required and may be tested.
- Fluency in at least one widely spoken local language(s), both written and oral, is desirable.
- The DOC must have a thorough knowledge of the principles,
methods, practices, and techniques of communication, and skill in
applying such knowledge to develop written and video information
materials for dissemination through a variety of media, in order to
determine and effectively use the most appropriate means for
transmitting information, and to evaluate the effectiveness of plans
developed to communicate with targeted audiences. This includes an
understanding of the use of written communication in developing news
releases, feature stories, background statements, fact sheets, media
spots, and scripts that effectively transmit information about complex
programs/projects/activities and functions.
- The work requires an excellent knowledge of English grammar and
U.S. word usage and spelling; a good knowledge of graphic design,
printing, and publishing processes, and the ability to oversee printers
and/or publishers; good knowledge of social media outlets; a general
understanding of procurement processes; and a broad understanding of
issues related to international development.
- A solid understanding of website design is desired.
- Knowledge about USAID programs, policies, and operations is highly desirable.
Skills and Abilities:
- Work requires skill in developing and maintaining effective
relationships with professional colleagues within USAID and other USG
entities, with staff of IPs, media representatives, and the public
affairs personnel of organized groups, and in establishing and
enhancing communication between USAID and its audiences using media and
groups. In addition, skill in making oral presentations designed to
seek cooperation of specialized groups and media in providing fuller
coverage to USAID/Nigeria programs/projects/activities, and to
encourage open communication between USAID/Nigeria and its audiences is
- The incumbent must also have strong analytical skills to
participate in analyzing the effectiveness of communication plans once
implemented, and developing recommendations to change the nature of the
USAID/Nigeria public affairs program.
- The ability to travel throughout the host country, in order to
organize and implement outreach events and visit project sites, is a
requirement of the position.
- The ability to travel throughout Nigeria in order to organize
and implement outreach events and visit project sites is a requirement
of the position. Strong computer skills, including the use of MS
Office, MS Outlook, MS PowerPoint, and Word are required.
- In addition, a basic familiarity with Web design, Dreamworks,
Acrobat, and other web site design software is highly desired. The work
also requires excellent photography skills.
- The work requires excellent oral and written communications
skills, including news and technical writing, editing, and research
skills; strong organizational and project management skills, that may
be applied within a multicultural work environment; and, the ability to
work independently, taking initiative once guidance is provided, and
managing several activities simultaneously and under pressure to meet
deadlines. Applicants may be asked to take written test(s) to
demonstrate communication skills.
- The DOC must have strong interpersonal skills.
- The ability to establish and maintain collegial relations with
press and media contacts, as well as Embassy and IP counterparts, and
to exercise sound judgment in representing the USG is demanded, along
with the ability to manage interactions with high-level dignitaries and
officials with maturity and confidence.
N11, 581,095 p.a. (starting basic salary). In addition to the basic
salary, all allowances will be paid in accordance with the Mission
Local Compensation Plan.
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should submit their Applications which must include all required documents stated below to: AbujaHRAID@state.gov
- Application for US Federal Employment (DS-174) – pdf; or a current resume or curriculum vitae that provides the same information as a DS-174.
- Click Here for Instructions for Completing DS-174 (PDF 2.40 MB)
- Any documentation that supports or addresses the requirements
listed above (e.g. transcripts, degrees, NYSC certificate/exemption
- A type-written and signed application letter specifically
applying for this position, and addressing the minimum requirements as
advertised. Please reference the job title and announcement number on
the application letter.
- Limit all electronic (e-mail) submission to one entry/email not
larger than 5MB. Please submit attachments in PDF and Word formats,
- E-mails received without the appropriate subject line and incomplete applications will not be considered.
- Only short-listed candidates will be notified
- Mailed (paper/hard copies) applications will NOT be accepted.
- This solicitation is open only to Nigerian Nationals.
- Applications with insufficient information to make a determination will not be considered.
- Any/All application submissions after the closing date will not be considered.
- No in-person appointments or telephone calls will be entertained.
- Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
Application Deadline 21st December, 2016.