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.British High Commission (BHC) is recruiting to fill the vacant position below:Job Title: Press and Public Affairs OfficerRef No: 15/17 LOSLocation: LagosGrade: B3 (L)Type of Position: Fixed TermDuration of Post: 24 monthsJob Category: Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Policy & Political roles)Job Subcategory: Communications, Press and Media Main Purpose of JobThis 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.Reporting to the Head of Communications in Abuja, the successful candidate will work within the Communications Team as the Lagos 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 HMG 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 role is based in Lagos, contributing to the larger communications team based in Abuja.The successful candidate will also provide tailored communications planning support to HMG departments working on the BHC platform. Roles and responsibilities / what will the jobholder be expected to achieve:Work with Lagos based HMG departments, including British Council, DFID, DIT UKVI to establish and implement appropriate campaign plans ensuring cross HMG communication is coordinated both within Lagos and across the networkProvide 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.Monitor digital, print and broadcast media for issues of interest to the UK mission in NigeriaEffectively manage media relationships acting as the first point of contact for interviews and media requests including drafting news releases and press linesPhotograph and record BDHC and other HMG departments’ activities as required

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