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Communication Officer – Lagos

The Institute of Human Virology (IHVN) is a leading and reputable non-governmental organization addressing infectious and non-infectious diseases such as HIV, tuberculosis, and cancer through the provision of prevention, diagnosis, treatment, capacity building, research, and care and support services. IHVN is in partnership with local and international organizations and the different tiers of the government of Nigeria at national, state and local levels. The Institute’s vision is to be a leader in providing quality health services, capacity building and research in West Africa and beyond.

To further uphold our commitment to providing excellent services in the sector, we are recruiting to fill the below-listed position:

Job DescriptionCommunication Officer
Job TypeFull Time
Reports toExternal Relations and Communications Manager

Opening Date: 3rd July 2024

Closing Date : 17th July 2024

Job Summary:

The prospective Communications Officer will be responsible for developing and implementing communication strategies to promote the organization’s mission, values, and objectives. He/she will manage internal and external communications, media relations, social media presence, and content creation; ensuring consistent and effective messaging is passed across all platforms to engage stakeholders and the public.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Write, edit, and produce high-quality content for various platforms including press releases, articles, newsletters, social media posts, and website content.
  • Develop and execute comprehensive communication plans.
  • Develop internal communication strategies to keep employees informed and engaged.
  • Align communication strategies with organizational goals and objectives.
  • Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of communication strategies.
  • Create and engage multimedia content, such as videos and infographics, to support communication campaigns.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with IHVN’s media contacts.
  • Draft and distribute press releases and media kits.
  • Organize and coordinate press conferences, media briefings, and interviews.
  • Create and distribute internal newsletters, memos, and announcements.
  • Coordinate internal events and meetings to foster a positive organizational culture.
  • Develop and implement social media strategies to increase online presence and engagement.
  • Work with the social media (SM) officer to monitor SM channels and respond to comments and inquiries.
  • Ensure consistency in branding and messaging across all communication channels
  • Engage with stakeholders, including employees, customers, partners, and the community
  • Organize and participate in community outreach activities and events.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Public Relations, Journalism, Marketing, or a related field.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong organizational and project management abilities.
  • Proven experience in a communication or public relations role.
  • Proficiency in using social media platforms and content management systems.
  • Ability to work under pressure and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Creative thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Knowledge of media relations and crisis communication.

Preferred Skills:

  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively with thematic teams.
  • Skills to organize communication awareness campaigns
  • Ability to build and maintain relationships with the media, stakeholders, employees, vendors, partners, government institutions, etc
  • Exceptional networking skills
  • Ability to adapt to changing circumstances and work under pressure.
  • Experience working collaboratively with different departments and teams.
  • Flexibility to manage multiple tasks and priorities.
  • Strong attention to detail to ensure accuracy and consistency in communication materials.
  • Ability to think creatively and develop innovative communication strategies and content.

Working Conditions:

  • Full-time position may require occasional evening or weekend work.

Equal employment opportunity statement:

IHVN is an equal employment employer. We do not engage in practices that discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on religion, gender, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, genetic information, or any other status or characteristic protected under applicable laws.

Mode of Application:

Please submit your application letter and detailed curriculum vitae as one Microsoft Word document with the position applied for and location well captured as the subject of the email to the Assistant Director, Human Resources, through this email address: [email protected].

State Clinical Mentor – FCT

The National AIDS, Sexually Transmitted Infections Control and Hepatitis Programme (NASCP) is a Department of Public Health division in the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH). Its mandate is to coordinate the formulation and effective implementation of the Nigerian government policies, guidelines, and standard operating procedures to prevent new HIV infections and improve the existing treatment, care, and support for those already infected and affected by the virus. In collaboration with the USG, NASCP is implementing the first phase of National Clinical Mentoring in the HIV program in 19 Nigerian States for improved HIV service delivery.

The Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria (IHVN), in collaboration with SASCP, is seeking to recruit a qualified person in the FCT to fill the following critical position necessary for program implementation, as indicated below.

Job Title: State Clinical Mentor
Employment Type: Full-Time
Locations: FCT (1 Position)

Opening Date:       1st July 2024

Closing Date:         15th July 2024

Description and objectives: Under the supervision of the Director of Public Health, the State clinical mentor will provide mentorship to healthcare workers in assigned facilities. S/He is expected to build the capacity of frontline Healthcare workers to provide quality HIV clinical services as part of a comprehensive package of care in both public and private facilities and communities. The candidate must be domiciled in the FCT and be conversant with the terrain.


  • Provide on-site clinical training to healthcare workers on HIV treatment according to the national guidelines, including adult and pediatric ART and treating tuberculosis and other opportunistic diseases.
  • Provide training through clinical consultation, assisting local healthcare workers in identifying key bottlenecks affecting patients’ access to antiretroviral therapy (ART) and helping them with direct patient care as needed.
  • Provide continuous medical education (CME), which may include didactic training sessions for health professionals, as needed. All training will be in accordance with the national guidelines.
  •  Provide health worker capacity-building sessions using various methodologies (including project ECHO and low bandwidth video conferencing).
  • Assist, as requested, with facilitating sessions on the weekly ECHO videoconferencing sessions with health workers from various sites in the states.
  • Develop standard operating procedures for HIV clinical care at the health facility in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and other stakeholders. This may include troubleshooting problems with the patient flow, tracking defaulters, or clarifying referral pathways by developing appropriate algorithms.
  • Submit a monthly report on training and technical assistance activities, as well as findings and recommendations for strengthening services in the health facility and compliance with the national treatment guidelines.
  • Perform other duties related to clinical mentoring as assigned.

Required competencies

  1. Core requirements:
  2. Demonstrated coaching and mentoring ability.
  3. Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with people of different backgrounds.
  4. Ability to apply problem-solving skills to ongoing challenges.
  5. Strong organizing, planning, and prioritizing skills
  6. Sensitivity to different cultural working environments
  7. Ability to analyze and interpret data and write reports.
  8. Capacity to operate as a team player in large, diverse teams and individually.
  9. Self-motivated with a strong work ethic.
  10. Proficiency in computers and software/applications such as presentation software, spreadsheets, and video conferencing.
  • Education and experience

Academic training:

  • Must possess a degree in Medical Sciences (MBBS or equivalent).
  • Postgraduate qualification/Masters level training in Public Health, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, or Obstetrics will be an advantage.
  • Must be registered with the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria and have evidence of current practising license.
  • Experience:
  • At least 3-5 years experience with clinical HIV and AIDS care, including the provision of antiretroviral therapy (ART)
  • Must have at least two years’ experience with program planning, assessment, and implementation of HIV clinical care programs.
  • Experience in the provision of HIV clinical training
  • Previous experience in HIV-related operational research is an advantage.
  • Good knowledge of current trends and normative guidance (national and international) in HIV clinical care and service delivery
  • Experience in coordinating multi-disciplinary HIV clinical teams for effective service delivery.
  • Willingness to travel to clinics and hospitals in assigned geographical areas within the State.
  • Equal employment opportunity statement:
  • IHVN is an equal employment employer. We do not engage in practices that discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on religion, gender, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, genetic information, or any other status or characteristic protected under applicable laws.
  • Mode of Application:
  • Please complete and submit your CV at this link: https://tinyurl.com/SCMFCT Also Application letter and detailed curriculum vitae in Microsoft Word format should be forwarded to the Assistant Director, Human Resources, through this email address:[email protected].This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

  • This advert closes 14 days from the date of this publication, and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.