Call for job application: Assistant Programme Officer


Job Titles: Assistant Programme Officer

Location: Lagos/Nigeria

Date of Joining: January 2019

Reporting to: Senior Programme Officer

Job‐Type:  2‐year renewable contract

About the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism

The Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ) is a non-governmental organisation with a vision to stimulate the emergence of a socially just community defined by the ethics of inclusion, transparency and accountability through the mechanism of investigative journalism. Initially known as the Wole Soyinka Investigative Reporting Award (WSIRA) at inception in 2005, the change in name became necessary in 2008 to reflect the intentions of the initiators to embrace a more robust line of activities that have greater capacity for engendering the right values of investigative journalism in the Nigerian media. The Centre is named after Professor Wole Soyinka in recognition of his life-long work in support of the freedom of expression, freedom to hold opinion, and freedom to impart them without fear or favour and without hindrance or interference.

Summary of positions

The WSCIJ is currently seeking to engage a person with passion for excellence and commendable work ethics to support its programme work spanning across various thematic issues. The prospective candidate will be expected to bring a combination of intellectual curiosity, strategic thinking, interest in working with others, respect for the dignity of all human beings, ‘never‐say‐die’ spirit, passion for social justice, love for veracity, competence with social media and keen interest in investigative reporting.

We are interested in gaining colleagues who are up for daring and exciting challenges and willing to join the team to contribute to the vision to enable social justice in Nigeria through the mechanism of investigative reporting.

Duties/Competencies/Education and Experience for Assistant Programme Officer:


  • Support planning of activities to achieve programme objectives
  • Provide assistance with monitoring and evaluation of activities
  • Conduct desk research to support proposals
  • Prepare and submit draft activity reports, meeting minutes as may be required
  • Contribute to gathering draft content for webpage and social media platforms
  • Perform other support roles as may be decided by the organisation


  • Strong leadership potential
  • Fair understanding of the media and its workings in relation to the Nigerian polity, regional trends and global affairs
  • Basic project management skills
  • Ability to be discreet and manage sensitive information
  • Fair Information Technology skills/deep interest and grasps of the use of social media tools including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube for public engagement
  • Fair grasps of the use of Microsoft packages especially excel and word
  • Capacity to take initiative and work under pressure
  • Commendable interpersonal relationship etiquette
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and creative mind-set

Education and experience:

  • Proof of higher education and or experience
  • At least two years’ experience working in a similar role with a record of relevant accomplishments
  • Excellence communication skills with evidence of good writing and verbal English diction
  • Appreciation of project management cycle
  • Experience from a media focused non‐governmental organisation will be regarded as additional merit


WSCIJ remuneration and benefits are competitive with similar roles in the sector.

Application mode

To apply, kindly a motivation letter stating how you fit the bill and why you would like to work with WSCIJ along with your resume as a single document, to

Deadline – Friday 21 December 2018

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

*WSCIJ is an equal opportunity employer. We are happy to work with all persons despite their gender, age, ethnic origin, religious inclination or physical disability as long as they are passionate, competent and have the right work attitude.

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