Location: Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Start date: July, 2019
Social Development Integrated Centre (Social Action) works to promote resource democracy, social justice and human rights in the sectors of energy, mining, the environment and climate change, trade and public budgets. We engage in research and monitoring, popular education and advocacy in solidarity with communities, activists and scholars working to promote social change in Nigeria and other countries in the Gulf of Guinea region of Africa.
The Communications and Media Officer will work with management and programs staff to ensure efficient communication of Social Action’s activities and project outcomes. The successful candidate will work from our Port Harcourt office under the supervision of the Head of Advocacy. S/he will support the implementation of the organization’s Communications Plan by providing communications expertise to program teams, and take the lead in the development of web content and online communications.
The ideal candidate should demonstrate:
- Interest and experience in using traditional and social media for public communications;
- Exceptional writing skills: ability to communicate complex information in a simple, lively and readable manner;
- Excellent interpersonal communication;
- Excellent computer skills, including some graphic designing skills;
- Good knowledge of the development challenges of Nigeria;
- Ability to work independently, under pressure, and to meet deadlines;
- Willingness to work irregular hours and travel within short notice
- University or other higher education degree
Duties and responsibilities
- Collaborate with departments, program teams in writing and editing press releases, advocacy briefs, briefing papers, newsletters and speeches;
- Provide assistance to program teams in developing, writing and designing publications to ensure that messaging is consistent with the values, goals and standards of Social Action, using the best content, visual standards and language;
- Manage the development of monthly electronic newsletter, annual reports, videos and presentations.
- Work with program teams to manage websites, Facebook, Twitter accounts of the organization and ensure that the organization’s work, project output and views are communicated to the widest possible audience.
Based on skills and experience
How to Apply
Interested applicants, should provide a cover letter and CV, explaining with concrete examples how your experience, qualifications, and skills match those required for this position. Include relevant examples of your written communication work to date. All application documents should be mailed to admin[at]saction.org and prince[at]saction.org stating the position in the subject line. Applications must be received on or before 10th July, 2019.
Youths, women and person’s living with disabilities are encouraged to apply
Death and destruction in northeast Nigeria Brutal killings, the abduction and rape of young girls and women, mass displacements and hunger, form the reality of life in areas of the Lake Chad Basin that are affected by the Boko Haram crisis.
This crisis was provoked in part by the massacre of defenseless civilians by Nigerian security forces in the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri in 2009. Protests were organized by the Islamist group Jama‘atu Ahli es Sunna Lidda’awati wal-Jihad (commonly referred to as Boko Haram), which escalated into an armed rebellion in northeastern Nigeria that has spilled over into Niger, Chad and northwestern Cameroon – areas that
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REPORT LAUNCH AND PANEL DISCUSSION
Venue: Nicon Luxury Hotel, Abuja FCT, Nigeria
Date: 15 May 2019
Time: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
The Lake Chad Basin is the scene of one of the first major international conflicts linked to climate change. Here, the Boko Haram insurgency has resulted in the killing of over twenty thousand people and created a massive humanitarian disaster with over three million displaced and many more in need of assistance. However, as one resident of Maiduguri, Borno State commented, “there was already massive displacement in northeastern Nigeria before the advent of Boko Haram”. The displacement of people and impoverishment resulted from ecological changes and inadequacies in institutional responses which enabled discontent to germinate.
After two decades of civil rule in Nigeria, over one thousand representatives of impacted communities, citizens groups, universities and national and sub-national agencies participated in the Nigeria Resource Justice Conference, which held in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on 2nd May 2019. Organised by the Social Development Integrated Centre (Social Action), the Conference provided a platform for participants to examine the situation of communities in the sites of oil and gas production and to set policy agendas to tackle current challenges.
WELCOME ADDRESS BY THE DIRECTOR OF THE SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT INTEGRATED CENTRE (SOCIAL ACTION), DR. ISAAC ‘ASUME’ OSUOKA AT THE CONFERENCE, PETROLEUM AND COMMUNITIES IN THE NIGER DELTA: SETTING THE POLICY AGENDA FOLLOWING TWO DECADES OF CIVIL RULE, HELD AT THE ATLANTIC HALL, HOTEL PRESIDENTIAL, PORT HARCOURT, RIVERS STATE ON THURSDAY, MAY 2, 2019.
It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Nigeria Resource Justice Conference, 2019. I recognise the sacrifices that you have all made to be in attendance today. These are challenging times for residents of the Niger Delta area. In my communication with invited representatives of communities ahead of today’s conference, many expressed concern about travelling to Port Harcourt through the East-West Road due to the high level of banditry, kidnappings and killings recorded in recent weeks. Indeed there is a heightened feeling of insecurity in Rivers State and other Niger Delta communities, as elsewhere in the country. The situation may have gotten worse in the buildup to and the aftermath of the 2019 General Elections. It would seem that twenty years after the restoration of civilian rule in Nigeria, we are experiencing worsening human security conditions in this resource-rich region.
As part of the series of activities to promote civil society engagement of the humanitarian crisis in the northeast of Nigeria, Social Action on 2nd of April 2019, organised a dialogue with the theme, “Repositioning Civic Constituencies for Rehabilitation, Reconstruction and Resettlement in the Northeast” in Maiduguri, Borno State. The event served as a platform for civil society actors, academics and government officials to discuss the proposed federal government plan for rehabilitating the conflict-ravaged northeast, and to identify opportunities for collaboration towards addressing immediate and longer-term needs in the area. In particular, the dialogue examined CSOs readiness to engage and monitor the implementation of the plan.
Figure From left to right, Mr Victor Fingesi (ADP), Chief Isaac Wonwu (Labour Party) and Chief Precious Elekima (SDP) on the podium for the River Debate 2019
One of the features of the March 2019 general elections in Nigeria was the expansion of the culture of political debates for candidates. Already common to established electoral democracies globally, such debates sometimes involve citizens gathering in close proximity to candidates in town hall settings as the as aspirants discuss their policy agendas and how they intend to achieve them.
With the general elections set to usher in a set of political office holders and leaders across the Country, citizens and groups in Edo State, south-south Nigeria, have outlined a set of key legislative agenda for candidates contesting for elections for the various legislative constituencies of the State.
The agenda-setting took place at a series of Town hall Meetings put together by the Social Development Integrated Centre (Social Action), in partnership with the Shehu Yar’adua Foundation, with support from the MacArthur Foundation, across the three legislative constituencies of Edo north, Edo south and Edo central of the State in February, 2019.