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This is an exciting role in a part of Africa that has received renewed UK and Ministerial attention since the election in 2015 of President Buhari. The role is based in Lagos, contributing to the larger communications team based in Abuja.
Reporting to the Press and Public Affairs Officer in Lagos, the successful candidate will work within the Communications Team as the Lagos based Digital Communications Intern.
The main objectives are to deliver and implement a range of communications tasks to support and project the objectives of Nigeria network HMG departments in Nigeria.
Duties will include, but will not be limited to, designing text and audio-visual material for use on the BHC media channels, and working with a broad range of media stakeholders to deliver HMG messages.
The successful candidate will also provide tailored communications planning support to HMG departments across Nigeria working on the BHC platform.
The Digital Communications Intern will work in particular on a Youth & Creative Industries strategy, that will be a key focus of the communications output from Lagos.
Roles and Responsibilities
Working with the Digital Communications Officer to manage the British High Commission Abuja webpage and digital media platforms, including Facebook and Twitter
Keep a well organised electronic library of photos and audio/visual files for use in publications, productions or for release to the media
Photograph and record BDHC and other HMG departments’ activities as required
Monitor digital media for issues of interest to the UK mission in Nigeria
Work with Nigeria wide HMG departments, including British Council, DFID, UKVI to develop, create and publish content that creatively promotes HMG work in Nigeria
Manage and engage database of contacts for Youth & Creative Industries project.
Create content to engage database regularly.
Work with Lagos based Press and Public Affairs Officer on Soft Power strategy and implementation
Identify and pursue opportunities to achieve greater awareness of UK in the creative sector and among the youth demographic through strategic partnerships
Initiate and maintain effective relationships with key stakeholders to identify opportunities for possible strategic partnerships and to strengthen the UK Government overall perception amongst young Nigerians
Ensure up to date content and quality assurance on the UK in Nigeria digital platforms including the website and social media platforms.
Use in-house resources effectively to conceptualize, storyboard and record compelling audio-visual content
Thorough knowledge of social media, including the ability to design strategy and analyse usage in order to shape BHC engagement and to focus campaigns.
Excellent analytical, writing, communication and presentation skills.
Ability to design, implement and measure social media campaigns.
Ability to write clear, engaging copy for social media and other short form content.
Experience with audio-visual content production.
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.
Knowledge of email campaign software
Desirable Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
Evidence of maintaining effective professional network 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 as needed
Resilience, flexibility and ability to deliver quality under pressure and strict timelines
Project or event management experience
Knowledge of Nigerian arts & cultural scene
Familiarity with video editing software
Making Effective Decisions, Collaborating and Partnering, Managing a Quality Service, Delivering at Pace
Starting salary: N135,419 per month
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