Communications Manager – FCN – Nigeria

Position Type: 15 days per month (near full-time)

Location: Abeokuta and Lagos, Nigeria

Commencement: June 2020



In 2015, the UK Government created a new Cross-Government Prosperity Fund to help promote economic growth in emerging economies. The Global Future Cities Programme (GFCP) is a specific component of the Prosperity Fund which aims to carry out targeted interventions to encourage sustainable urban development and increase prosperity while alleviating high levels of urban poverty.

The Global Future Cities Programme builds upon three integrated pillars that will address key barriers to prosperity, in selected cities:

  • Urban planning – technical assistance for spatial restructuring
  • Transportation – technical assistance to support cities to develop integrated transport systems
  • Resilience – technical assistance to develop strategies to address the impact of climate change and ensure development is sustainable

The Global Future Cities Prosperity Fund programme in Nigeria covers two cities: Lagos and Abeokuta, with four projects having been identified:

  • Guidelines for Urban Renewal Programmes in Lagos
  • Feasibility Study for the development of water transport in Lagos
  • Preparation of a Master Plan & Guidelines for Urban Renewal in Abeokuta
  • Preparation of a Public Transport Policy for Abeokuta

About the role

ASI is looking to recruit a Communications Manager to support the delivery of Future Cities Nigeria (FCN). The Communications Manager will deliver on responsibilities (outlined below) by working collaboratively with the FCN Core Management Team and manage the development and production of communication materials that deliver FCN central communications objectives.

Day-to-day responsibilities of the Programme Manager are expected to include:

  • Plan and implement a regular schedule of cross-FCN communications content, released to a range of platforms and audiences (including FCO, UN-HABITAT, Lagos/Ogun State Government)
  • Periodical review and update of existing communications strategy ensuring alignment to FCN central communications objectives.
  • Provide strategic communications advice to Intervention Leads on ambition and coherence of communications activities, working with them to tailor support to the available budget.
  • Provide inputs on key FCN deliverables, as agreed with Intervention Leads, to ensure consistent messaging across FCN.
  • Provide flexible communications support to interventions to assist engagement activities (workshops, conferences, media engagements, etc.).
  • Manage the acquisition of physical communications collateral (brochures, banners, etc.)

The selected candidate will report to the FCN Deputy Team Leader and is expected to work closely with other members of the communications team.  The selected candidate will also need to build an effective relationship with the Senior Management Team as well as external stakeholders including FCO, UN-HABITAT and Lagos/Ogun State Government.

The Communications Manager requires the following experience, skills and qualifications:


  • Relevant post-graduate qualifications from a top-tier university (Communications, Public Relations, Business Management, or other related fields)

Experience & Skills

  • 5+ years’ communications experience in developing country context, preferably a donor-funded aid project
  • Evidence of excellent writing skills and experience of developing and running high-quality communication material on various channels, including social and digital media.
  • Experience working with government and aid agencies with the ability to communicate effectively to a diverse range of stakeholders including government ministers and diplomatic services
  • Proven experience leading and managing teams of senior-level specialists
  • Proven experience working with the institutional structures and key stakeholders in the infrastructure sector
  • Successful experience working within culturally and politically diverse institutions
  • Excellent diplomacy, communication, and relationship management skills
  • Experience in working within highly stressful environments specifically developing and conflict-affected nations
  • Knowledge and understanding of UK-Government aid policies and strategies (desirable)


  • A passion for international development
  • Interest in working across developing and conflict-affected countries
  • Enthusiasm, pragmatism and flexibility
  • A positive, solution-oriented, can-do attitude

Heard Enough? Interested in Applying?

Expressions of interest for the position can be emailed to  with the job title as the subject. Applications should include a CV of no more than 3-pages and a short covering letter.

Shortlisted applicants only will be contacted.

Deadline for Applications is COB 10th June 2020

Adam Smith International is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to considering all applicants regardless of colour, race, religion, national origin, sex, physical or mental disability, or age.