Communication Officer - (SARD-SC) at International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) Nigeria | Closed on 4th June, 2013

Communication Officer - (SARD-SC) at International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) Nigeria | Closed on 4th June, 2013

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) invites applications from suitable candidates for the position of Communication Officer - (SARD-SC) at the Institute’s Institute’s Headquarters in Ibadan, Nigeria. This position will 2-year renewable contract. The position holder will report to the SARD-SC Project Coordinator through the Communication Office at IITA.

  • Develop, coordinate, and implement a detailed communication plan/strategy for the SARD-SC project
  • Facilitate the dissemination of information on SARD-SC project activities through feature writing, press releases and social media
  • Prepare and collate project scheduled reports and other documentations
  • Promote and publicize SARD-SC project activities and results to various stakeholders
  • Write, edit, and produce articles and news stories on project related activities and findings and have these published in project newsletter or other outlets.
  • Develop and maintain good working relationships with the media including national, regional, and international newspapers, magazines, radio, and television
  • Monitor and document stories citing the SARD-SC project and work closely with the project M&E Specialist to ensure that write-ups and reports are captured and properly documented in project reports.
  • Maintain the SARD-SC project website and ensure that it is updated regularly with inputs from the different project commodity value chains.
  • Develop and package print/web/audiovisual and multimedia materials for the project from different project activities
  • Perform any other related duties as assigned from time to time.
Required Educational Qualifications:
  1. For this position you must have B.Sc /HND in Mass Communication or a closely related field such as Agricultural Extension from a recognized University with at least five years working experience or a Master’s degree in Communication or a closely related field with two years working experience.
  2. Required working experience in multicultural and multidisciplinary teams and environments is desirable.
  3. Proficiency in the use of computers, database management software, Internet-based tools and other electronic communication tools is required.
  4. Good understanding and knowledge of online social media tools such as Web 2.0 platforms, blog sites, etc.), and writing for the Web.
  5. An excellent communication skill in English language is compulsory. A working knowledge of the French language will be an added advantage.
  6. The candidates must also possess excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills.
Common Information:
Initial appointment is for two years. Subsequent renewal of the contract will be decided based on research outputs and productivity, and continued need for the position.

IITA Nigeria offer highly competitive salary with equally attractive fringe benefits and excellent working conditions in a pleasant campus environment.

Important Date:
The application will close on 4th June, 2013.

Interested applicants should forward their applications with detailed curriculum vitae saved with their names in Microsoft Word format. The CV must also include names and e-mail addresses of three professional referees which must include either the Head of applicant’s current or previous organization or applicant’s direct Supervisor/Superior officer at work and evidence of current remuneration package to IITA website.

Please complete our online application form using this link:

IITA Nigeria is an equal opportunity employer and particularly welcomes applications from women candidates. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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