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

The British Government is an inclusive and diversity-friendly employer.  We value difference, promote equality and challenge discrimination, enhancing our organisational capability. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, colour, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, veteran status or other category protected by law. We promote family-friendly flexible working opportunities, where operational and security needs allow.We are recruiting to fill the vacant position below:Job Title: Digital, Press and Public Affairs OfficerRef No: 08/8 ABJLocation: AbujaGrade: B3 (L)Type of Position: Fixed TermDuration of Post: 12 monthsJob Category: Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Policy & Political roles)Job Subcategory: Communications, Press and MediaStart Date: 1st September, 2018Main purpose of JobThe British High Commission wishes to recruit an experienced and dynamic professional to drive our digital communications work in our busy press team. The Digital Press Officer plays a pivotal role in ensuring that the UK government in Nigeria is able to communicate effectively and innovatively across a range of digital media channels, capitalising on links between digital, traditional and public diplomacy events.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 working on the BHC platform and be required to deliver excellent public diplomacy events.Roles and ResponsibilitiesDesign, implement, monitor and assess impact-driven cross HMG digital communications strategy that include effective positioning, stakeholder engagement and advocacy to create and leverage communications opportunities;Manage the British High Commission Abuja webpage and digital media platforms, including Facebook and Twitter ensuring content is up to date content and of high qualityMonitor and analyze current events and opinion in the media and with CSOs to identify and flag topics of interest or reputational risk related to the UK Government in Nigeria;Work with Abuja-based HMG departments, including British Council, DFID, UKVI to establish and implement appropriate campaign plans and to ensure that HMG communication is coordinatedInitiate and maintain effective relationships with key constituencies (i.e. donors, civil society, academia, business, government agencies, etc.) to identify opportunities for possible strategic partnerships and to strengthen the UK Government overall effectiveness and image;Keep a well organised electronic library of photos and audio/visual files for use in publications, productions or for release to the mediaPhotograph and record BHC and other HMG departments’ activities as requiredonitor digital, print and broadcast media for issues of interest to the UK mission in NigeriaPrepare draft news releases for the pressProvide briefing and media handling support to the High Commissioner and other senior officials as required.

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