Search for Common Ground (SFCG) is an international non-profit organization that promotes the peaceful resolution of conflict. With headquarters in Washington, DC and Brussels, Belgium, Search’s mission is to transform how individuals, organizations, and governments deal with conflict – away from destructive approaches towards cooperative solutions. With more than 600 staff worldwide, Search implements projects in more than 30 countries across the globe.
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: Media Officer – ‘Love in time of Corona’ Project
Locations: Maiduguri- Borno, Delta, Jos – Plateau,
Programs: Africa – West
Duration: 12 Months
Full Time – Local
July 22, 2020 – August 4, 2020
About the Project
- Search for Common Ground (Search) in partnership with the European Union will implement a rapid-response “Love in the Time of Corona” campaign that will support an effective, conflict-sensitive response to the COVID-19 pandemic in a way that prevents further deterioration of social cohesion in fragile contexts in Africa, namely in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Nigeria.
- This action has a two-fold purpose: on the one hand, it aims to render the response to the pandemic in the targeted countries more effective by ensuring citizen acceptance of the response through access to reliable information on the other, it will mitigate the negative impact of the crisis on social cohesion and prevent it from exacerbating existing conflict dynamics.
- The Media products will Demystify myths around Covid19 disease; Inspiring hope to vulnerable communities in the covid19 context; Show best practices in coping with Covid19 fears and uncertainties and Incorporate satire to share key information on Covid19 prevention.
About the Position
- Search intends to recruit 3 Media Officers (Maiduguri, Delta and Jos) who will be responsible for the capacity-building, relationship-building, coaching of partner radio stations and co-production of radio programs under the project.
- The position holder will support local radio stations in their planning, production, publicity, outreach and broadcast of two weekly radio programs: a weekly live radio talk show and a weekly radio drama, monitor the work and airing of partner radio stations, monitor the airing of spots and jingles and collect feedback from listeners.
- S/he will work under the direct supervision of the National Media Manager and will work closely with the Design, Monitoring and Evaluation team, and other project team members. The position holder will supervise and closely monitor the work of the radio producers based in the partner FM radio station.
Roles and Responsibilities
- Support the media manager in managing the COVID-19 ‘Love in time of Corona Project’ media outreach activities, including programmatic, compliance, personnel, financial, and administrative matters.
- Ensures all activities are conducted in accordance with Search policies and donor rules and regulations
- Nurture positive relationships with partner radio station and producers of these radio station
- Support local radio stations in their planning, production, publicity, outreach and broadcast of two weekly radio programs: a weekly live radio talk show and a weekly radio drama.
- Radio talk show: The program will bring health experts from the public and private sector, Ministry of information, Ministry of health, NCDC officials, Economists, caregivers, Transport workers, Market Leaders, Opinion Leaders, citizens, community leaders, and civil society together to discuss COVID-19 issues. These issues will be selected to correspond with topics focused on in the project as a whole.
- Develop activity work plans, radio program production and broadcast plans and strategies;
- Lead the curriculum process using Search’s common ground approach to develop the intended outcomes, knowledge, attitude and behaviour change objectives for the radio programs, determine the target audience, and key messages of the radio programs;
- Develop and implement the promotion, publicity and outreach plan and strategy to promote and publicize the radio programs and spots/jingles among its target audience;
- Support the Media Manager and Grants Coordinator to prepare Terms of Reference and Contracts for the Partner FM stations and the Radio Producers;
- Oversee and ensure the quality of the production of the radio programs;
- Keep track of media logs, monitor the broadcast of the radio programs and provide regular feedback to the partner FM radio station;
- Provide necessary support to the Social Media Coordinator to manage social media profiles relating to the project, including publishing and distributing content, running campaigns and monitoring progress;
- Listen and report all aired episodes of radio program and provide constructive feedback to the producers and presenters;
- Provide regular coaching and mentoring support to the radio producers and presenters;
- Coordinate with the program teams to integrate program messages into media programming streams;
- Track organization’s news coverage through online and traditional sources;
- Provide support in writing, formatting and editing communications/media/outreach materials;
- Develop relations with media actors and assist in mobilizing media for events where necessary;
- Capture photos and success stories in all Search meetings, trainings and events;
- Provide monitoring data to the DM&E manager and share success stories and impact stories as a result of radio programs;
- Provide media reports and documentation and share progress, challenges, and lessons learned to support the Project Manager to write periodic progress reports;
Note: As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key duties.
- Bachelor’s degree in Radio Production, Media, Journalism, Communication, Development Communications or a related area;
- At least 2 years of experience in producing and coordinating radio programs and radio teams;
- Track record of producing successful radio programs in Nigeria, preferably using radio magazine, discussions, talk shows formats;
- Ability to communicate in local languages will be a big advantage;
- Experience of producing and coordinating health-related programs/campaign will be an added advantage;
- Significant experience designing and conducting training courses in journalism and media;
- Experience in media program design, including drama, sports, news & current affairs;
- Track record in delivering effective media/communications/advocacy strategies in support of campaigns and advocacy programmes;
Relevant Skills and Abilities:
- Understand key opportunities in Nigerian media markets and a thorough understanding of requirements of different kinds of media i.e. print, TV, radio, and online;
- A good understanding of target audience, intended outcome programming, behaviour change communications, and edutainment approaches;
- Excellent written and verbal communications skills;
- Ability to work effectively in a team environment and strong interpersonal skills.
Application Closing Date
3rd August, 2020.
Interested candidates will have to send the following:
- Current resume
- Cover Letter (which includes expectations of compensation and projected start date) – Please indicate in your cover letter which state you are applying for (Maiduguri, Delta or Jos)
Important Information / Notice
- Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please. Please see our website www.sfcg.org for full details of our work.
- All Search Employees must adhere to the values: Shared Humanity – Empathy – Impartiality – Inclusivity – Courage – Hope – Humility – Audacity. In accordance with these values, Search enforces compliance with the Code of Conduct and related policies on Anti Workplace Harassment, Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Conflict of Interest and Anti-fraud.
- Search for Common Ground does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.
- Note: This position is only open to Nigerian nationals.