Latest Job Vacancy at U.S. Embassy in Nigeria for Communications Writer-Editor in Nigeria

The U.S. Embassy in Abuja is seeking to employ suitable and qualified candidate for the Communications Writer-Editor position in the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Nigeria office in Abuja.

Job Title: Communications Writer-Editor

Location: Abuja

Basic function of the position:
Under the direction of the Country Director, the Communications writer-editor will be responsible for the assisting in the creation and delivery of both internal and external written and oral communications and for planning, organizing and distributing CDC Nigeria related materials, some of which may be Sensitive but Unclassified. The incumbent writers, rewrites, and edits in-depth, management and scientific/technical
documents (including conference absence abstracts, scientific manuscripts, recommendations, policy statements, standards, and proposals) in consultation with management and technical program professionals. This position will review, proofread for accuracy, edit, revise and documents in accordance with appropriate government specifications, style, and branding. The incumbent will serve as editor for all CDC Nigeria print publications including newsletters, Website content, media relations materials (in collaboration with the US Embassy Public Affairs Office) and other ongoing correspondence. The most challenging aspect of the work is interpreting scientific and technical subject matter (most often including statistical analysis) and defining the intended audience ( most often scientists, policy makers, health care practitioners) to assure that the most important message are defined appropriately and presented clearly, accurately, and persuasively for greatest public health impact.

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Position Requirements:
NOTE: All applicants MUST address each selection criterion detailed below with specific and comprehensive information supporting each criterion or the application will not be considered.

    Bachelor's degree in English, Technical Writing, Journalism, Communication or other Social Science related field is required.
    Minimum of four (4) years’ experience in technical writing or editing in the field of public health, medical research, epidemiology or related field, with a variety of writing styles: technical, creative, and marketing or knowledge working with communications media (news, television or radio) in medical correspondence are required.
    Level IV (fluency) Speaking/reading/writing in English is required.
    Incumbent must have superior knowledge of the use of English grammar including rules and usage; the knowledge to develop scientific articles that articulate, interpret, and explain important, complex, and potentially controversial research findings, as well as to develop policies, recommendations, and standards that further the mission of CDC Nigeria.
    The incumbent must have the ability to determine and recommend the optimal concept and document organization and to write and edit text for scientific articles, recommendations, standards, policy statements and other specialized scientific/technical materials in the area of HIV/AIDS.
    Must possess strong knowledge of Microsoft Office products, including Word, Excel, Power Point, Photoshop, In Design, or other graphics publishing software.

Selection Process
When fully qualified, U.S. Citizen Eligible Family Members (USEFMs) and U.S. Veterans are given preference. Therefore, it is essential that the candidate specifically address the required qualifications above in the application.

Additional Selection Criteria

    Management will consider nepotism/conflict of interest, budget, and residency status in determining successful candidacy.
    Current employees serving a probationary period are not eligible to apply.
    Current Ordinarily Resident employees with an Overall Summary Rating of Needs Improvement or Unsatisfactory on their most recent Employee Performance Report are not eligible to apply.
    Currently employed NORs hired under a Personal Services Agreement (PSA) are ineligible to apply for advertised positions within the first 90 calendar days of their employment unless currently hired into a position with a When Actually Employed (WAE) work schedule.

Salary: OR – Ordinarily Resident–N4, 221,908 p.a.
(Starting basic salary) Position Grade: FSN-9 In addition to the basic salary, all allowances will be paid in accordance with the Mission Local Compensation Plan.

NOR - Not Ordinarily Resident – AEFM- US$50,043
EFM/MOH - US$42,948 Starting Salary) p.a.
Position Grade: FP-5

Application Method

    Interested applicants for this position MUST submit the following, or the application will not be considered:
    Application for U.S. Federal Employment (DS-174); or a current resume or curriculum vitae that provides the same information as a DS-174; plus.
    Candidates who claim U.S. Veterans preference must provide a copy of their Form DD- 214 with their application.
    Any other documentation (e.g., essays, certificates, awards, copies of degrees earned) that addresses the qualification requirements of the position as listed above.
    A type-written and signed application letter specifically applying for this position, and addressing the minimum requirements as advertised. Please reference the job title and announcement number on the application letter.

Submit Application To:
Embassy of the United States of America
Human Resources Office
Plot 1075 Diplomatic Drive
Central District Area
Or submit to:

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Deadline: 6th November, 2013

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