Officer, Communications

Communications Nigeria, Yaba


Description

 

Officer, Communications

Who We Are

Bridge partners with governments, donors, and parents to ensure that every child has access to an education that develops her full potential and creates the foundation for prosperity for the country. We are dedicated to supporting teachers, empowering school leaders, and ensuring every child has the learning support needed to master the national syllabus and have the confidence to succeed in a competitive world. Each of our project or country teams are supported through expertise and programming from additional offices around the world, combining world-leading expertise in core design areas with locally resident leadership and execution. We leverage experts, data, and technology in order to support and scale every aspect of quality education delivery. Bridge managed and supported schools are technology enabled and data driven to ensure accountability in the classroom for both teachers’ performance and children’s learning.

The Bridge model delivers significant learning outcomes at large scale by combining technology and customized learning materials. At Bridge, we believe innovation and technology can transform learning. Our model – which uses technology to deliver thoroughly researched and carefully designed daily lesson guides to teachers in our academies – is proven to increase learning outcomes for children. We are a solutions-driven, implementation-focused organization, using design principles to work in varied and often highly constrained contexts to ensure learning outcomes and positive development for children. Working in regional and national scales is important to us, as empowering entire generations of children with core knowledge, skills, and confidence is what builds the foundation for a peaceful and prosperous future for us all.

Our mission is to provide our pupils with a life-changing education and we believe that every child should have a right to world-class education regardless of her family’s income. Core to our approach is the conviction that every child can learn, as long as the school she attends is committed to her development and puts her needs to learn at the forefront of all decisions. We have seen teachers and children transform and excel in both government and private schools that we support and manage.

We invite you to join this incredible endeavor that is having world-changing impact across multiple continents. You will join a team of dedicated change-makers committed to ensuring that each decision we make keeps a child’s experience of learning as its guiding principle.

 

Nigeria

The education crisis is one that requires urgent, collective, and concrete action to surmount.  While Nigeria is said to have the largest number of out of school children in the world, the education crisis is not just about out of school children, but also about children who are in school and not learning. In Sub Saharan Africa, statistics say that 88% or almost 9 out of 10 children and adolescents will not be able to read proficiently by the time they are of age to complete primary and lower secondary Education. With Nigeria being the most populous country in Sub Saharan Africa, this crisis impacts us most.
Bridge started operations in Nigeria in 2015, opening its affordable private nursery and primary schools targeted at providing life changing education for families living in low-income areas of Lagos State in parts of Ikorodu, Alimosho, Badagry, Ojo, Epe, and other local government areas.  In 2017, Bridge further expanded its reach to the most marginalized and vulnerable communities by partnering with the Nigeria Stock Exchange (NSE) and the State of Borno to set up a public school serving out-of-school children and children from internally displaced communities. In 2018, Bridge became technical partners to the Edo State government in its implementation of the Edo State Basic Education Sector Transformation program to reform its public primary and nursery school system.
Today, Bridge works with both communities and governments to ensure hundreds of thousands of children have access to either a well-run, high achieving affordable private or free public school so that the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 4 of Quality Education becomes a reality for the millions of children in Nigeria quickly.  You will join a group of Nigerians taking concrete action to help address the education crisis in Nigeria and ensure a better future for the children of Nigeria.

 

Strategy Group

The Strategy Group at Bridge is responsible for our overall direction in education service, designing our verbal and visual brand, communicating our work internally and externally, providing insight into the ecosystems within which we work, measuring the impact of our programs, engaging our government partners in programming, ensuring regulatory compliance, and expanding the reach of our services into new geographies. Creative, Public Relations, Insights, Measurement & Evaluation, Policy & Partnerships, and New Opportunities are all departments within the Strategy Group. Collaboration between and coordination of each of these department’s functions is critical to ensure that every child has access to an education that develops her full potential and creates the foundation for prosperity for the country.

 

Communications Department

The Communication team at Bridge is housed with the Strategy group and collaborate across departments to ensure that Bridge is telling its story both locally and globally in the most compelling way. Public Relations is responsible for a wide range of activities including digital communications, external relations, advocacy, reputation management and media. We are focused on ensuring that the work that Bridge is doing to improving learning outcomes for hundreds of thousands of children reaches a wide audience.

We support a wide array of initiatives simultaneously and need to be able to respond quickly and effectively to help shape the external environment in which we operate. We spot opportunities as well as create them and always make sure that those in the communities we serve and the Governments we support get their voices heard.

About the Role

The role supports the Regional Director, Communications in the execution of the territory's PR strategy.

As Officer, Communications, you will be assisting in the formulation and management of business-wide reputation management strategy that safeguards organization’s integrity and image; you will assist with the formulation of business-wide internal & external communication and engagement strategies; develop and sustain relationships with key advocates for the business and to leverage influence for the benefit of the organization. While supporting the organization’s chief spokesperson, you will also represent the organization and its partnerships. You will be responsible for developing platforms for critical stakeholder engagement /corporate communication & information dissemination. You will be at the forefront of expectation management whilst eliciting public support for the organization. You will develop corporate content and manage information for relevance and resonance.

The role is based in our Lagos office

 

What You Will Do

  • Utilize cross-functional approach to align corporate and marketing messaging, and engagement
  • Influence the organization’s brand positioning and engagement through cross-functional coordination and cooperation
  • Allocate importance to organization’s business wide content from time to time and derive maximum exposure from finite internal & external media space/platforms
  • Be the go–to person for the media and develop strong relationships with key Technology, Education, Development and Business media
  • Lead production of media and relevant content
  • Assist with strategic direction, and oversight for internal & external communications planning, media management, media advocacy, specific issue & crisis management
  • Develop strong cross functional relationships and influence in all external facing Departments/Groups to ensure consistency of communication and information
  • Co-own internal /external communication & engagement with critical stakeholders across the organization
  • Proactively identify critical opportunities to direct/own organization’s narrative thereby averting communication crises and building goodwill for the organization
  • Suggest alteration of strategy & tactical actions when relevant
  • Maximize efficiency of Corporate Communications budgets and media influence
  • Adapt Organization’s shared services Corporate Communications strategy to work effectively within local context
  • Develop and implement Territory specific Corporate Communications strategy in conjunction with Organization’s Shared Services Corporate Communications strategy

Provide local context and input to shared services team’s development of the overall organization’s Corporate Communication strategy

What You Should Have

  • Experience in Nigeria of working at a senior level for political, campaigning, non-profit, or social enterprise. Experience with a multinational organization is a plus.
  • Experience working within a matrixed global organization
  • Experience developing communication for a campaign or movement, rather than a product
  • Experience developing and delivering comprehensive media strategies and complex media campaigns across a range of platforms for a range of audiences
  • High profile crisis communications experience
  • Experience successfully developing and managing effective working relationships with internal and external senior stakeholders including senior journalists and broadcasters and editors
  • Highly developed and proven creative skills to lead a significant communications team with flair, innovation and new ideas;
  • Able to present in person, as a organization spokesperson, to large audiences in a highly engaging way;
  • Highly developed verbal, written, and oral skills to promote and represent the organization;
  • Experience of offering media advice and guidance to colleagues at a senior level;
  • Experience building relationships and managing external partnerships from a communications
  • Knowledge of local, state and federal government issues related to the provision of primary education

 

You’re also

        A detailed doer – You have a track record of getting things done. You’re organized and responsive. You take ownership of every idea you touch and execute it to a fine level of detail, setting targets, engaging others, and doing whatever it takes to get the job done. You can multi-task dozens of such projects at once and never lose sight of the details. Likely, you have some experience in a start-up or other rapid-growth company.

        A creative problem-solver – Growing any business from scratch comes with massive and constant challenges. On top of that, Bridge works in often fragile, sometimes volatile low-resource communities and with complex government systems. You need to be flexible and ready to get everything done effectively, quickly, and affordably with the materials at hand.

        A relentless advocate – The children we serve and teachers we empower never leave your mind. You know them, get them, have shared a meal with them (or would be happy to in the future). You would never shrink back from shaking a parent’s hand or picking up a crying child, no matter what the person was wearing or looked like. Every decision you make considers their benefit, experience, and value.

        A malleable learner – You believe you can always do better. You welcome constructive criticism and provide it freely to others. You know you only get better tomorrow when others point out where you’ve missed things or failed today.

        A data-driven decision-maker – When making decisions, you don’t rely your intuition alone. You collect data, you analyze it and make decisions with clear justifications.

        A curious investigator – You ask why a lot. You don’t just take what you see and accept it. You wonder why it is that way, and are aware that the world we see is created by human choices and actions – and it could be different. You wonder, and see the world as wonderful even when you want to change a part of it that is unjust.

 

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