Senior Communications Officer Vacancy at African Development Bank (AFDB)

Senior Communications Officer Vacancy at African Development Bank (AFDB)

African Development Bank, Nigeria
Senior Communications Officer (Media Relations) - External Relations & Communication Unit, recruitment available at African Development Bank, Nigeria. Candidates who are eligible and qualified may apply before last date (03/11/2011) of submission. More details about the recruitment of African Development Bank, Nigeria are given below.

Other detail:
  • Grade: PL-5
  • Reference: ADB/11/162
  • Job Code: 337
  • Location: Headquarters

The media Relation Unit of the ADB, within the External Relations and Communication Unit (ERCU), is the Bank’s key instruments for managing press relations.

It is not only responsible for managing the Bank’s media contact base and disseminating Bank information, bat alson for providing support to Departments in activities intended for the media ( press conferences, press trips, interviews, feature articles, etc.).

The Media Relations Unit of the ADB also safeguards the Bank’s good image/reputation in the media and general public by insuring that the information published is true.

The Media Relations Unit is responsible for monitoring the media through press reviews, and is a tool for internal dissemination information produced by the media.

Duties and responsibilities

Under the general supervision of the Head of the External Relations and Communication Unit, the Senior Communications Officer will be responsible to conduct media relations activities to support the Bank’s strategic objectives, as well as to accrue value to the Bank’s brand through local, regional and international news exposure. The chosen candidate will also undertake the following duties:

Media management and relations:
  • Contribute to the implementation of media relations plans with strategic objectives for corporate and specific areas / audiences / sectors.
  • Respond to journalists' enquiries; as well as develop and place news stories in key target media.
  • Develop close, mutually productive working relationships with key reporters in national, regional and international media; as well as maintain effective working relationships with key internal contacts.
  • Provide strategic media relations advice to the Bank’s experts regarding interviews and potential interview opportunities.
  • Prepare press conferences, news briefings, media interviews and visits.
  • Manage the media in a potential crisis situation and contribute to the preparation of crisis communication plan.
Media monitoring:
  • Analyze local, regional and national print, broadcast and online media coverage for trends that would influence the Bank’s media relations tactics, opportunities, etc; and assess day-to-day media environment to seize opportunities that are available for increased exposure.
  • Identify negative or threatening media issues or inquiries, which require strategic and timely responses.
Including desirable skills, knowledge and experience
  • At least a Master’s Degree or equivalent in journalism, communication or related disciplines;
  • At least five (5) years of practical experience in management of the media and events;
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to interact effectively with staff members at all levels;
  • Excellent skills in French and English, with a good working knowledge of the other language.
  • Competence in the use of standard software used in the Bank (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Sense of autonomy and initiative, excellent interpersonal qualities.
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