Communications & Advocacy Officer

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Plan International is evolving in response to shifts in international development and humanitarian response. We are doing this so we can continue to make a stand for children’s rights. We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood. And we enable children to prepare for and respond to crises and adversity. We drive changes in practice and policy at local, national and global levels using our reach, experience and knowledge

We believe in the power and potential of every child. But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. Having identified girls as the most marginalised group, they will be our ongoing focus as we work towards helping 100 million girls learn, lead, decide and thrive within their communities. As we embark on this ambitious and exciting journey, we are recruiting for talent across the globe.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Communications & Advocacy Officer
: Maiduguri, Borno (Travel required Frequent)
Reports to: Country Communication Advisor

Role Purpose

  • Under the general guidance of the Country Communication Advisor and with support from the Emergency Response Manager, the Communications & Advocacy Officer will be responsible for implementing the approved Plan International Nigeria integrated communications in emergency strategy.

Dimensions of Role

  • The position will oversee the production of key and high quality offline and online multi-media communications resources that secure coverage in support of Plan International’s emergency work in Nigeria.
  • This will help raise the profile of Plan International’s work nationally and internationally, in support of advocacy and fundraising goals while positioning Plan International to interact with key audiences and to promote the respect for childrens rights and welfare.

Strategy Implementation and Enhancement:

  • Lead the development and implementation of an integrated communications strategy and operating plan aligned to organizational priorities for outreach, income and impact.
  • Build and manage a high-performance communications function that is structured, focused and staffed for productive and quality work.
  • Monitor the context for challenges, risks, threats and opportunities related to the emergency context that may impact communications and public engagement approaches, messaging and operations
  • Ensure Plan International’s rights- based programming approach and child protection policy are appropriately reflected in the emergency communication strategy, work plan and products.
  • Oversee the management of the communications and guest relations department budget and resources.
  • Ensure brand visibility, adherence to procedures, protocols and policies.
  • Support High Profile/VIP visits to the organization to create, maintain and enhance the reputation and goodwill of the organization.
  • Monitor and evaluate the impact of our communications work
  • Donor/Public Engagement Communications Management:
  • Highlight the humanitarian situation on the ground, cover Plan International’s response and reinforce Plan International’s advocacy and policy positions in line with Global Strategy.
  • Gather internal knowledge and transform it into a range of of compelling human interest child- focused content such as: case studies, eyewitness accounts, blogs, first person account, images, audio, video for sharing with all publics.
  • Ensure access to content in high resolution formats in the global Media Bank
  • Liaise with program point persons for media outreach activities such as drafting Op-Eds, quotes, press releases, media briefs, media pitches, multimedia content and organising media engagement activities around events, country visits, member meetings
  • Support efforts for timely country office reports such as sit reps, weekly updates, and donor related materials.
  • Lead all Public Relations Events.

Media Management:

  • Oversee proactive in-country media engagement to generate proactive and positive news coverage as well as opportunities to raise the visibility of Plan International (North-east Nigeria Response).
  • Prepare and position the Emergency Response Manager for important media opportunities and interviews that promote and protect the public image of Plan International Nigeria, while raising public awareness on key issues of children’s rights especially girls.
  • Lead the process to identify, train and position other media spokespersons within Plan International (North-east Nigeria Response) from the project-level to senior leadership as a strategic and appropriate way for responding to media inquiries and achieving positive coverage.
  • Host and organise media trips to North-East Nigeria impact area and act as an advisor and support to press officers in affiliates who are working to deliver media coverage within their markets
  • Develop a crisis communications management plan to protect the reputation of Plan International (North-east Nigeria Response) from actual or potential media crisis.

Staff Engagement Internal Communications Management:

  • Develop and deliver a staff engagement Communications strategy to ensure staff and volunteers Plan International (North-east Nigeria Response) and the partnership at large are informed and engaged with the organizations work.
  • Establish systems and safeguards for the appropriate and effective flows of relevant information to and from Plan International (North-east Nigeria Response) staff when required.

Advocacy Communications Management:

  • Work closely with the program specialists in defining key issues, messaging, and identifying appropriate communications channels for public advocacy initiatives.
  • Support advocacy campaigns by engaging the media to gain exposure and credibility, managing media sensitivities and risks, and increasing public discussion and fundraising.

Communicating with communities:

  • Develop and facilitate community-level Communications for Development (C4D) programming, together with appropriate project staff and community members, for the amplifying of Child and
  • Community Voice that engages supporters and donors, and builds staff and community connections and life skills.
  • Ensures that Plan International’s global policies for Safeguarding Children and Young People and Gender Equality and Inclusion are fully embedded in accordance with the principles and requirements of the policy including relevant Implementation Standards and Guidelines as applicable to their area of responsibility. This includes, but is not limited to, ensuring staff and associates are aware of and understand their responsibilities under these policies and Plan International’s Code of Conduct (CoC), their relevance to their area of work, and that concerns are reported and managed in accordance with the appropriate procedures.

Key Relationships

  • The role will be supervised by the Country Communication Advisor with dotted reporting to the Emergency response manager
  • The role will have frequent interaction with programme staff, partners, donors, media and stakeholders
Minimum years of experience


Other Requirements

Technical Expertise, Skills and Knowledge

  • A First degree or Master's in Communications and Communication for development
  • At least 5 years’ experience working on communications or media for NGO or in journalism especially in emergency settings.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to communicate complicated and technical issues in a concise and clear way, to a wide range of target audiences
  • Demonstrated experience of the key responsibilities, including working with media, delivering Communications strategies, managing internal communications, knowledge of digital media, and creating networks
  • A track record of achieving results and strategic impact on communications and media and in building capacity for teams to deliver
  • Must show demonstrable impact in using communications as a tool for social change
  • Sound political judgement and risk management
  • Strong understanding of the international humanitarian community, preferably experience working with/in coalitions of other INGOs and the UN.
  • Demonstrated and considerable experience of working with international media, communications or public relations roles
  • Fluency in English and Hausa language


  • Excellent analytical and critical thinking skills, including ability to find, absorb, analyse and prioritise information from many different sources, and proven experience of strategy development
  • Ability to work in a volatile and, at times, insecure environment, under pressure, to tight deadlines, with competing priorities and minimal supervision
  • Ability to travel - sometimes at short notice
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Excellent inter-personal skills and ability to work in multi-national, multi-cultural teams
  • Computer literate and well versed in basic software (Word, Internet Explorer, Excel, etc).

Plan International’s Values In Practice

  • We are open and accountable
  • Promotes a culture of openness and transparency, including with sponsors and donors.
  • Holds self and others accountable to achieve the highest standards of integrity.
  • Consistent and fair in the treatment of people.
  • Open about mistakes and keen to learn from them.
  • Accountable for ensuring we are a safe organisation for all children, girls & young people
  • We strive for lasting impact
  • Articulates a clear purpose for staff and sets high expectations.
  • Creates a climate of continuous improvement, open to challenge and new ideas.
  • Focuses resources to drive change and maximise long-term impact, responsive to changed priorities or crises.
  • Evidence-based and evaluates effectiveness.
  • We work well together
  • Seeks constructive outcomes, listens to others, willing to compromise when appropriate.
  • Builds constructive relationships across Plan International to support our shared goals.
  • Develops trusting and ‘win-win’ relationships with funders, partners and communities.
  • Engages and works well with others outside the organization to build a better world for girls and all children.
  • We are inclusive and empowering
  • We empower our staff to give their best and develop their potential
  • We respect all people, appreciate differences and challenge equality in our programs and our workplace
  • We support children, girls and young people to increase their confidence and to change their own lives.

Physical Environment

  • Typical office environment with frequent travels to the field

Level of Contact with Children

  • Mid contact: Occasional interaction with children

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should submit their CV's and a Statement of Interest responding to how they have demonstrated the above listed values in the course of their career Indicate the "Job Title and Location" as subject of the mail.


  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Sent all applications as specified above.
  • Plan International operates an equal opportunities policy and actively encourages diversity, welcoming applications from all areas of the international community. Women are encouraged to apply.

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About Plan International
Plan International is an international organisation or development which works in 51 countries across Africa, the Americas, and Asia to promote the safeguarding of children. It is a nonprofit organisation and is one of the world's largest organisations based on children, it works in 58,000 communities with the help of volunteers to improve how 56 million children live. The charity also has 21 national organisations who have been given the responsibility to oversee the raising of funds and a...
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Job Summary
May 19, 2018
Offer Type
Full time
Minimum of 5years
May 25, 2018
Media / Art / Entertainment
NGO / Non-Profit / International Agencies
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