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Management Alternatives Limited’s client, the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood is a network of maternal health advocates campaigning for more resources and the right policies to prevent the needless deaths of women during pregnancy and childbirth. The Project is operational in Abuja and has presence in Cross River and Gombe States and has vacancies for the position of Communications Officer (CO). The CO will report to the National Coordinator.

Ref: Code: MAL/WRA/02

Position Summary:
Strong effective and inspiring communications are critical to the success of this project. The job holder will take the lead role in ensuring clear consistent messaging is delivered to a wide variety of internal and external audiences

Principal Functions:
  • Develop and manage work plans that support WRA Nigeria’s advocacy objectives and reporting requirements
  • Support the National Coordinator with advocacy campaign and project strategy development and implementation
  • Manage activity planning and implementation, and monitoring and evaluation, including supporting logistics for all meetings, such as advocacy workshops, core group meetings, and Board of Directors meetings
  • Document project activities and write project activity reports; collect and maintain records as part of results management plan
  • Ensure all activities, expenses, and reports are in accordance with WRAN policies, financial management firm’s policies and procedures, donor requirements, and (sub) grant agreements, including meeting all reporting deadlines
  • Support WRAN’s financial agent/host with preparing monthly financial reports. Monitor (sub) grant spending and ensure compliance with (sub)grant and donor requirements, and proposing revisions to the budget or workplan, as necessary.
Required Qualifications of the Position:
  1. Candidate must have bachelor's degree in international studies, international development, business administration, or other related field required; medical doctor, nursing, or post-graduate degree in any related field is preferred
  2. Candidate must have minimum of five years of experience in project management in Nigeria, in maternal health or public health preferred
  3. Candidate must have minimum of three years demonstrated experience with managing and monitoring (sub) grant-funded project finances, preparing and understanding project and operational financial reports, budget preparation, and budget-to-actual analysis, all with a high degree of accuracy
  4. Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel
  5. Proven track record of successfully planning and managing grant-funded projects, which are on budget, on time, and without any notices of noncompliance from donors
  6. Demonstrated superior project management and organizational skills, including experience developing and implementing shared project workplans
  7. Respects and embraces diverse voices, placing a high value on participation at all levels, from grassroots to high government officials
  8. Native-level fluency in English; excellent written and oral communications skills in English
Others Requirements:
Position requires a large amount of accountability to the WRA GS in the areas of messaging, documenting impact, and translating evidence-based impact into stories individuals relate to on a personal level
Occasional travel within Nigeria (outside of Abuja); possible international travel

The application will close on 9th of June, 2013.

How to apply?
Candidates should submit a one page Personal Profile (PP) and their CVs as one word document to recruitment@mal.com.ng. The subject of the mail should be: Job Position-Code. Only submissions that follow the above guidelines will be selected for review. Only shortlisted applicants would be contacted.

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