Jobs at SPARC

The State Partnership for Accountability Responsiveness and Capability (SPARe) 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 will run for April 2016. Further information on SPARC can be found at www.sparc-nigeria.com.

We are now looking for a Communications Specialist to join the SPARC Knowledge
Management (KM) Team in the Abuja office. Travel may be required to visit other states where the programme works. The Communication Specialist will report to the Senior Knowledge Management Adviser and provide support, as needed, to the
SPARC programme to convey information about programme work and lessons learned to various project audiences, including state governments, SPARC state teams, DFID, international donors and domestic civil society partners, and other key
programme stakeholders. 

Communication specialist
Location: Enugu
Experience: 5 year(s)
Course of Study: Mass Communication
Required Grade: Not Specified

The Specialist 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 plain English stories from more technical material and excellent presentational skills. The ideal candidate will have some experience in development, mass communications and knowledge management. S/he will be keen to learn and innovate and must be computer literate and familiar with the most popular types of social media

Roles and .Responsibility
•Provide support in documenting and synthesizing learning by taking
information from state offices, technical staff and translating them into
briefs, success stories and other communication pieces;
•Support creation of templates and knowledge sharing activities/channels
related to programme activities and contribute to the development of outlines, writing, and layout designs;
•Assist in the preparation, writing and editing of communication materials, including but not limited to biweekly updates, quarterly reports, annual reports and work plans.
•Maintain SPARC online media presence (website, Facebook page, YouTube, flickr);
• Other communications and knowledge management tasks, as necessary.
Specifically, the Specialist will be required to do the following tasks:
Managing relationships
•Support KM team in liaising with designers and printers of SPARC leaflets
and booklets and ensure only quality products are accepted;
•Contribute to the production of SPARe's publicity material, documentation,
video and audio and ensure quality assurance standards are adhered to;
•Represent the Programme by attendance at key events;
•Make useful contacts and explore networking opportunities for the benefit of the programme.
Collecting and sharing 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 and circulate to Senior Management and State Offices and maintain news archive of the above news stories;
•Assist in the implementation of KM Exit{Transfer Strategy;
•Provide communication and marketing support to SPARC's ASK Desk;
•Contribute to development of new communication tools for use across the programme;
•Advice and support State Offices with planning of, and technical inputs to, any communications activities at state level;
•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.

Required Minimum Qualification
A bachelor's degree in communications, marketing, public relations, journalism,
public administration, international relations, or the social sciences, plus five (5)
years of work experience in communications, marketing, knowledge management or governance is required.               

Skins and Abilities
Professional judgment, demonstrated through a work and education history that
supports the ability to multi-task and meet demanding assignments under tight
deadlines;
Provide needed advice to colleagues and monitor the progress of DFID-funded
activities;
Excellent written and oral communication skills as well as demonstrated high-quality writing, editing, and proofreading skills.
High comfort level with writing reports, analyzing and summarizing data from diverse sources.

To Apply
The ideal candidate will be keen to learn and innovate and must be computer literate and familiar with the most popular types of social media. If you believe you have both the skills and experience required to enhance our current offering
please email/send your CV along with a cover letter and 5 page writing sample to
hr@sparc-nigeria.com by close of business on Sunday 13th September 2015 quoting
ref: application for Communications Specialist.
Interviews will be held shortly afterward and only short-listed candidates will be
contacted.