Press and Public Affairs Officer at the British High Commission (BHC)

  • Full Time
  • Lagos
  • Posted 3 years ago

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We Are Recruiting To Fill The Position Below

Job Title: Press and Public Affairs Officer

Job ref.:24/19 LOS
Location: Lagos
Grade: B3 (L)
Type of Position: Fixed Term
Duration of Post: 24 months
Start Date: 1st August, 2019.
Type of Post: British Deputy High Commission
Job Subcategory: Communications, Press and Media
Job Category: Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Policy & Political roles)

Main Purpose of Job
This is an exciting role helping to deliver through communications a renewed UK partnership with Africa on a range of shared interests. The role is based in Lagos, contributing to the larger communications team based in Abuja.
Reporting to the Head of Communications in Abuja, the successful candidate will work within the Communications Team as the Lago- based Press and Public Affairs Officer.
The main objectives are to deliver and implement a range of communications tasks to support and project the objectives of the British government in Nigeria.
Duties will include, but will not be limited to, designing text and audio-visual material for use on the British High Commission media channels, and working with a broad range of media stakeholders to deliver UK messages.
The successful candidate will also provide tailored communications planning support to British government departments working on the High Commission platform.

Roles And Responsibilities
Work with Lagos based British government departments, including British Council, DFID, DIT, UKVI to establish and implement appropriate campaign plans ensuring cross-government communication is coordinated both within Lagos and across the network
Monitor digital, print and broadcast media for issues of interest to the UK mission in Nigeria
Effectively manage media relationships acting as the first point of contact for interviews and media requests including drafting news releases and press lines
Provide media support to the Deputy British High Commissioner and British High Commissioner on visits to Lagos and the South West.
Create graphics to communicate messages that inspire, inform and engage audiences on the BHC digital channels.
Photograph and record British Deputy High Commission and other government departments’ activities as required

Job Requirements

Essential Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
Thorough knowledge of social media, including the ability design strategy and analyse usage in order to shape BHC engagement and to focus campaigns
Appropriate work experience in a media, marketing, advertising or public relations role
Excellent analytical, writing, communication and presentation skills
1 to 3 years’ experience work experience in a media, advertising, marketing or public relations role
Familiarity with messaging for digital diplomacy
Strong collaborative skills including professional and confident communication with external stakeholders and team members
Ability to maintain strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders
Evidence of substantial post-high school study – either an undergraduate degree or a recognised professional qualification of similar standing

Desirable Qualifications, Skills And Experience
Evidence of maintaining effective professional networks of contacts
Evidence of designing and delivering communications plans
The ability to work as part of a busy, creative team, as well as willingness to provide support to team members when needs be
Familiarity with messaging for digital diplomacy
Resilience, flexibility and ability to deliver quality under pressure and strict timelines
Project or event management/experience

Required Competencies
Making Effective Decisions, Leading and Communicating, Collaborating and Partnering, Delivering at Pace

Starting monthly salary: NGN 514,764.63

Other Benefits And Conditions Of Employment
Learning and development opportunities (and any specific training courses to be completed):
International Communications
Digital Communications

Working Patterns
There may be opportunities for flexible working patterns, and if required, should be discussed with the hiring manager.

Application Closing Date
3rd July, 2019.

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