Advocacy and Strategic Communications Advisor at RTI International

Closing Date: 12 October, 2018

Experience: 6 -10 years

Location: Abuja

RTI (www.rti.org) is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to conducting innovative, multidisciplinary research that improves the human condition. With a worldwide staff of more than 5,000 people, RTI offers innovative research and development and multidisciplinary services.

RTI International in collaboration with Plan International and other partners will be implementing a 4-year USAID funded Effective Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (E-WASH) project. E-WASH will provide technical assistance program working in collaboration with state governments to improve urban water service delivery by strengthening the governance, financial, and technical viability of six (6) state water boards (SWBs) in Nigeria. The overall goal is improvement of urban water and sanitation service delivery.

RTI International hereby invites applications from highly resourceful, motivated and experienced professionals to fill the following vacant positions in 6 yet to be identified states from these: Abia, Adamawa, Bauchi, Delta, Ekiti, Imo, Kaduna, Kwara, Lagos, Nasarawa, Niger, Rivers, Sokoto and Taraba states.

The objective of this position is to improve WASH service delivery through heightened and more effective coordination, advocacy, and strategic communication efforts that will spur transformational change in the sector at the state level. This will entail the organization of a set of coordinated strategic activities to bring about sustained political change, adapted to the specific context in focus within the state.

The ASC advisor will therefore serve as key liaison with target state communities (the political leadership, SWB employees and consumers), facilitating the process of establishing and implementing priority development projects to promote cohesion and resilience at the local level. Strengthen capacity of local officials to engage with citizens, include them in participatory planning processes, and incorporate their priorities into planning documents. Facilitate citizen participation in collaborative decision making, management, and monitoring related to service delivery. Support CSOs to access and effectively utilize the Civil Society Engagement Fund to improve social accountability, monitoring, and sanitation/hygiene promotion for improved access to and quality of WASH services. Support technical monitoring of grants.

Facilitate the development of a strategy focusing on gender and pro-poor transformational approaches and support the implementation of activities to increase CSO and other stakeholder participation in utility reform processes (tariff adjustments, service delivery monitoring) to support sustainability of project efforts.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • At least a master’s degree in communications, media studies, journalism, development or such related fields.

  • A minimum of master’s degree and 6 years of experience or Bachelor's Degree and 10 years of experience post qualification experience in any of the above areas

  • Experience in designing communication strategies for reforms -in any sector.

  • Proven experience in working for or with civil society to drive a reform agenda

  • Experience in designing social accountability tools, mobilizing the key stakeholders including media, the political leadership and consumers to support reforms

  • Experience in mobilizing high political level buy in to reforms or transformation, gathering high level buy in for reforms.

  • Expertise in training and capacity building and/or customer satisfaction and engagement.

  • Knowledge and experience in designing gender inclusive development programs.

Method of Application

Interested and qualified candidates should submit an Application letter and a CV as ONE SINGLE WORD document to NigeriaEmployment@rti.org The title/subject of your email and application should be the position you are applying for. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basishence Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Only shortlisted candidates will receive an invitation for an interview. Women are strongly encouraged to apply. We offer a highly competitive renumeration and please note that any successful candidate will be subjected to a pre-employment background investigation. For further information about RTI International, please visit our website at www.rti.org

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