Media Manager Vacancy at Save the Children, Abuja

Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organisation for
children. We work in 120 countries. We save children’s lives; we fight
for their rights; we help them fulfil their potential.
We work together, with our partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way
the world treats children and
to achieve immediate and lasting change
in their lives.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Media Manager
Role Purpose

  • The post-holder will manage Save the Children’s media work in
    Nigeria, harnessing the power of national and international media to
    help us to achieve our advocacy, programmatic and fundraising goals.
  • Equally important will be raising awareness of humanitarian crises affecting children.
  • The Media Manager will report to the Advocacy and Campaign
    Director; liaise with the Country Director  Regional Media Manager for
    West and Central Africa, the Humanitarian Communications Coordinator and
    the Humanitarian Director.
  • The primary task, carried-out under the guidance of the Advocacy
    and Campaigns Director, will be to develop a new national media
    strategy with a focus on our programmatic, campaign and humanitarian
  • The day-to-day roles of the Media Manager will include handling
    media enquiries, drafting comments and media releases, developing and
    maintaining a network of key media contacts, hosting media visits to
    field programmes and acting as a focal point for media requests from
    Save the Children offices around the world.
  • The post-holder will support the function of risk mitigation, in
    cooperation with senior management and advocacy colleagues, and
    proactively spot opportunities for brand development.

Key Areas of Accountability

  • Develop and implement a new media strategy aligned to Save the
    Children’s national, regional and global advocacy, campaign and
    humanitarian priorities.
  • Act as a focal point for media requests from Save the Children
    member organisations around the world, working closely with the Regional
    Media Manager for West and Central Africa and Save the Children
    International’s Global Media Unit.
  • Work closely with the heads of thematic areas to develop key messages and promote programmatic goals in the media.
  • Work to ensure maximum visibility of the Every Last Child Campaign in the media in line with campaign objectives.
  • Facilitate national and international media visits showcasing issues relevant to advocacy, campaigns and humanitarian priorities, including to the North East when appropriate.
  • Assist in the preparation of crisis communications plans, including risk mitigation strategies around sensitive issues affecting children, and recognise red lines for messaging.
  • Plan, commission and carry out the collection of multimedia content for Save the Children media teams around the world as well as national and international media outlets.
  • Ensure proper sign off of all media materials by the Country Director, and the Global / Regional Media Unit where appropriate.
  • Draft newsworthy media releases aligned to advocacy, campaigns
    and humanitarian priorities, and reactive statements as necessary.
  • Develop core materials including Q&A, key messages, case studies, blogs, and talking points.
  • Build and maintain relationships with key national and international journalists and media outlets.
  • Arrange media briefings and act as a spokesperson when required.
  • Coach and brief colleagues ahead of media interviews and build
    the communications capacity of staff in the Country Office for effective
    media engagement.
  • Undertake effective media monitoring for the Country Office and maintain an up to date media database.
  • Stay up to date on developments on media tools and trends, and train colleagues as needed.
  • Work internally with social media, humanitarian communications and programmatic teams to ensure consistent messaging.
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Qualifications & Exxperience

  • Minimum three years of experience working as a media specialist for an international organisation.
  • Demonstrable experience in developing and implementing impactful media strategies.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to clearly articulate complex issues in a compelling way for a variety of audiences.
  • Ability to network and build relationships, as well as identify key influencers and media targets.
  • An innate ‘news’ sense and a proven ability to produce crisp, punchy media copy to tight deadlines.
  • Strong computer skills, especially Microsoft Word, power point and pdf.
  • University qualification in Journalism, Public Relations or a related field.
  • Experience in using media as a tool for advocacy, campaign and/or humanitarian needs.
  • An excellent understanding of the Nigerian media environment and a first-rate network of media contacts in Nigeria.

The Media Manager is also expected to:

  • Have extensive understanding of global communications, media relations and new media.
  • Have a professional understanding of commissioning and gathering multimedia content such as film, and photography.
  • Show enthusiasm for and commitment to Save the Children’s values and mission.
  • Have the capacity to work in a multi-cultural environment.


  • Experience of working with international media outlets and / or working as a journalist would be a considerable advantage.
  • Fluent and nuanced written and verbal skills in local languages, particularly Hausa.
  • A strong understanding of NGO policy/ advocacy work in the
    context of development, and considerable experience working through the
    media on advocacy and campaigns.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply

Application Deadline  29th May, 2017.

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