Communications Specialist at The State Partnership for Accountability Responsiveness and Capability (SPARC)

The State Partnership for Accountability Responsiveness and Capability (SPARC) is the main governance programme funded by the UK government's Department for International Development assisting the Nigerian Government to build on governance reforms already under way in ten states (Anambra, Enugu, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Lagos, Niger, Yobe and Zamfara) and at Federal level. The programme started in September 2008 and we run for until mid 2015. Further information on SPARC can be found at:

SPARC is recruiting to fill the position of:

Job Position: Communications Specialist

Location: Abuja

Job Description

    We are now looking for a Communications Specialist to join the SPARC Team, based at the SPARC Abuja office.
    The Communication Specialist will report to the Senior Knowledge Management Adviser and be required to visit other states where the programme works.

Specifically, the Communications Specialist will be required to do the following tasks.
Managing Relationships

    Liaise with editors and reporters for placing advertorials in the media.
    Liaise with designers for final layout of SPARC leaflets and booklets.
    Liaise with printers, prepare print specifications and ensure only quality products are accepted. .
    Contribute to the production of SPARC's publicity material, documentation, video and audio and ensure quality assurance standards are adhered to.

Collect and Share Governance Information

    Collect information about the Nigerian governance sector relevant to SPARC from the media (newspapers, radio and television) and direct from other agencies involved in this sector:
    Circulate this information to Senior Managemental1d state Offices.
    Maintain an archive of the above news stories.
    Maintain a distribution list for all SPARC's knowledge products.

Quality assurance

    Assist the Knowledge Management Team to ensure submission of reports is in accordance with Programme formats and templates.

Analyse, Editing and Writing

    Draft text for leaflets, policy briefs and fact sheets in a concise manner and plain English, .
    Draft key messages for the programme communications Products and service.

Collecting Information and Networking

    Represent the Programme by attendance at key events.
    Make useful contacts and explore network log opportunities for the benefit of the programme,
    Contribute to development of new communication tools for use across the programme,

Maintain Online Media

    Contribute to keeping the programme website and social media channels updated. Advise and support State, Offices with planning of any communications activities.
    Ensure that photos of key activities are taken and uploaded in the photo library.

Qualifications and Skills

    The Communication Specialist must have a Masters degree in a relevant subject and at least six years experience in communications initiatives.
    S/he will have excellent writing, editing and proof reading skills in English.
    S/he will have proven ability to analyse and identify key information; have an eye for detail, understand a range of audiences, be able to write stories in plain English from more technical material and have excellent presentation skills.
    ideal candidate will be keen to learn and innovative and must be computer literate and familiar with the most popular types of social media.

Application Closing Date
9th August, 2013

How to Apply
If you believe, you have both the skills and experience required to enhance our current offering please forward your CV along with a brief outline of key points for our consideration to: quoting ref: application for Communications Specialist.

Note: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


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