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Job Vacancies at Search for Common Ground (Search), 18th October, 2019

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Search for Common Ground (Search) 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 Coordinator

Location: Delta
Duration: November – December 2020

Position Summary

  • A professional, motivated, and creative Media Coordinator who will develop and implement the media component under the project, under the direct supervision of the Head of Office and functionally managed by the Media and Communications Manager.
  • Specifically, the Media coordinator will manage the media team and the implementation of all the media activities in the Niger Delta; conduct a media campaign to raise public awareness and knowledge around issues as they relate to the local context of the target States.
  • The position holder will also follow Search’s media programming approach to create high-quality relevant radio and television programs, that increase public awareness of these issues across the target States and contribute to changing attitudes and challenging stereotypes.
  • The Media Coordinator will be responsible for overseeing all the radio and television production and liaising with the partner FM radio and television stations for broadcasting. The position will be based in Warri, Delta and will include frequent travel to the field.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Responsible for overseeing all the radio and television production and liaising with the partner FM radio stations for broadcasting.
  • Work with local radio stations to determine contracts for the broadcasting and production of the discussion programs and promotional jingles
  • Work with the DM&E team to use evaluations of Search’s previous radio discussions to adapt the methodology for this project.
  • Work closely with the radio stations in each state to ensure timely production and broadcasting of all media programming.
  • Ensure the stations are documenting the discussion programs
  • Work with the stations to assess listenership and viewership of the programs and adapt content where needed
  • Work closely with the station to manage the production of the programs and ensure they have the capacity necessary to document and monitor the programs.
  • Oversee the production and broadcast of Radio magazine and radio testimonies
  • Develop relations with media actors
  • Coordinate with the program teams to integrate program messages into media programming streams
  • Contribute to development of implementation methodology for projects;
  • Analyze conflict dynamics and feedback information into program design and implementation
  • Build relationships with stakeholders at national and local levels ;
  • Write narrative reports of the media projects and media components

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.

Qualifications
Education:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in Journalism, Communication, Media or related fields
  • Additional education in Conflict Management, Media for Peacebuilding, communication for social change would be a strong asset;

Required Experience:

  • At least 3 – 5 years’ experience as a media producer and/or journalist;
  • At least 2 years’ experience in the field of Media Development, Media for Peacebuilding or Communication for social change,
  • At least 1 year of experience independently managing projects, preferably in the non-profit and NGO sector;
  • Significant experience designing and conducting training courses in journalism and media;
  • Experience in media program design, including drama, spots, news & current affairs;
  • Track record in delivering effective media/communications/advocacy strategies in support of  campaigns and advocacy programmes;

Languages:

  • Good knowledge of the local languages will be an asset.

Other Relevant Requirements:

  • Understand opportunities in key Nigeria media markets and thorough understanding of requirements of different kinds of media i.e. print, TV, radio, and online;
  • Knowledge of civil society organisations, government agencies, private sector companies and international development agencies, with experience of working in partnership within some of these sectors;
  • Written and verbal communications skills including the ability to synthesis complicated policy issues into digestible products and to deal with both elite and popular media and specialist and non-specialist audiences;
  • Experience of partnership building, with experience of influencing stakeholders and establishing and maintaining strong partnerships;
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment and strong interpersonal skills;
  • Commitment to SFCG’s aims and a clear understanding of the links between policy, lobbying, campaigning and media work and of how policy change can be achieved through effective advocacy;
  • Organisational skills and attention to detail;
  • Ability to responding flexibly to opportunities and requests sometime with little notice;
  • Ability to manage competing priorities in a rapidly changing environment;
  • Demonstrate capacity to adapt to a multi-cultural context, and tolerance and respect to issues related to gender, religion, race and nationality;
  • Treats all people fairly without favouritism and solves problems in collaborative ways

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online


Job Title: Project Officer

Location: Port Harcourt, River

Position Summary

  • The Project Officer is to provide programmatic support, including planning, organizing, and coordinating communication and project activities. The position is full time, based in River State with frequent field visits within and outside the State.
  • The position holder will work under the direct supervision of the Project Coordinator, Rivers and closely with the project team.

Roles and Responsibilities
Support the timely and successful implementation of activities:

  • Assist in planning, organizing, and coordinating program activities
  • Manage budgets, activities and ensure proper use of the activities’ fund in full compliance of Search’s policies
  • Coordinate and arrange all logistics for various meetings, and trainings, including invitations, venue, participants travel and accommodation;
  • Facilitate dialogue sessions and meetings with relevant actors
  • Participate in radio programs when delegated
  • Ensure financial necessary prior arrangements are made for activities and assist with all other matters related to the project as needed for Finance and Administration.
  • Collaborate with Search finance team in order to fulfil payments and other project expenditure;

Create and nurture a positive working relationship with relevant stakeholders:

  • Provide support to the Project Coordinator in identifying key relevant stakeholders;
  • Develop and nurture relations with relevant state, NGO, religious bodies and other stakeholders at the local, state and national level;
  • Create and maintain a database of all relevant contacts
  • Communicate with relevant project stakeholders and mobilize them to ensure their participation in the project’s activities
  • Represent Search to local authorities meetings, when delegated

Contribute to reporting efforts:

  • Keep track of project progress and feed in Search’s monitoring and evaluation system;
  • Writing and producing reports that include but not limited to activity reports, context updates, monthly reports, quarterly reports, success stories, and case studies;
  • Analyze the context within the scope of the project and provide inputs for regular context updates;
  • Support in the reporting on project activities, ensuring timely grant reporting and compliance with contract and donor guidelines in coordination with the consortium partners;

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.

Qualifications
Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Peacebuilding, Conflict, Security Studies, Political or Social Science, international studies, public administration, development studies and experience in a related area; or

Required Experience:

  • Minimum three years of progressively responsible professional experience in peace, conflict transformation, violence prevention, governance, civil society strengthening
  • Experience assisting in the coordination and management of projects, programmatically and financially;
  • Experience and expertise in writing reports and success stories;

Important Requirement:

  • Must be able to establish an appropriate home office environment with a dedicated workspace that is free from distractions and background noise.
  • The position requires frequent field visits within and outside the State.

Other Relevant Requirements:

  • Ability to work independently and plan own work, manage conflicting priorities and deadlines;
  • Demonstrate integrity, alignment with Search’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promote the vision, mission, and strategic objectives of Search;
  • Capacity to adapt to a multi-cultural context, and tolerance and respect to issues related to gender, religion, race and nationality;
  • Excellent ability to multi-task and produce time-bound deliverables.
  • Treats all people fairly without favouritism and solves problems in collaborative ways.
  • Analytical capacity, including the ability to analyse and articulate peace, violence prevention, human security and conflict issues;
  • Ability to identify problems, and to use sound judgment in applying technical expertise to resolve them;
  • Good knowledge of Niger Delta region, including the political, economic and social dimensions;
  • Ability to work under pressure in a highly rewarding, but stressful and demanding environment;
  • Willingness to keep abreast of new developments in the field;
  • Excellent communication (spoken and written) skills, including the ability to draft/edit a variety of written reports and communications and to articulate ideas in a clear, concise style;
  • Fully proficient computer skills and use of relevant software and other applications; and
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and collaborative working relations.

 

Deadline: 30th October, 2019.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Application Instruction
Interested candidates will have to send the following below:

  • Current resume
  • Cover Letter (which includes expectations of compensation and projected start date)

Important Notice 

  • The system only has the functionality to upload two documents per application. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
  • 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.
  • Search for Common Ground (Search) 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.



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