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The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) invites applications for the position of Communication Officer in its headquarter Ibadan, Nigeria.

Ref: HTD/CO/04/13

Responsibilities:
  • Lead overall Humid tropics communication and knowledge management
  • Support the development and maintenance of internal and external stakeholder relationships with emphasis on Partners and Investors.
  • Design, implement, monitor and evaluate communication strategies, plans and campaigns to promote humid tropics research-for-development activities and development impacts to target audiences.
  • Identify opportunities with Partners for public relations and media relations campaigns, and oversee such campaigns with relevant background information on humid tropics.
  • Maintain the information on the humid tropics website and online social media.
  • Actively engage in the development and production of brochures, leaflets, short videos, etc. and liaise with communication staff of the Partner Organizations with the same.
  • Develop and package print/web/audiovisual/multimedia materials in a variety of formats for donors, and farmers
  • Provide editorial, communication support and documentation for humid tropics activities
  • Develop and maintain good working relationships with the media including national, regional, and international newspapers, magazines, radio, and television; and mobilize them for humid tropics project public awareness (PA) events
  • Perform any other communication activities as may be assigned by the Executive Office managers
Educational Qualifications
The candidate should have MSc or MA degree in journalism, communications, public affairs, or fields related to agricultural science.

Core Competencies:
  • Candidate should have minimum of five (5) years of relevant, substantial and diverse professional experience in all facets of communication and public affairs.
  • Proven ability to conceptualise, design and implement major campaigns, strategies and programmes
  • Required experience in communications and the ability to write clear, compelling and diverse English-language communications materials for different audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multicultural team and under pressure.
  • Outstanding client service orientation and good interpersonal skills
  • Excellent knowledge of modern communication tools and approaches.
  • Expertise in web-based publishing and marketing.
  • Previous experience in developing countries or international organisations, and particularly a successful record in a position similar to that advertised.
Common information:
  1. Initial appointment is for three years. IITA offers a competitive remuneration package paid in US dollars.
  2. The application will close on 4th June, 2013.
HOW TO APPLY?
Applications including cover letter, curriculum vitae, names and addresses of three (3) referees should be addressed to the HR Manager. Please complete its online application form using this link: http://www.iita.org/irs-online-application.

IITA 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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