Communication Expert

Belgrade, Serbia
Apply by 18 August 2018
Mid-level , Short-term contract assignment
Posted on 19 July 2018

Job Description

This is a local position for Serbian nationals. To apply, CVs should be submitted to gai-belgrade@checchiconsulting.com by the deadline stated above. Please put “GAI STTA - Communication Expert” in the subject line.

USAID Government Accountability Initiative

Communication Expert

Background and goal

The Government Accountability Initiative (GAI) is a four-year United States Agency for International Development-funded activity with overall objective to strengthen the capacities and connections of key Serbian stakeholders resulting in increased government accountability at the national and local levels. The project is structured around three components: Local Government Accountability, Independent Oversight Institutions, and Adjudication of Corruption Cases. GAI counterparts include the State Audit Institution (SAI), the Anti-Corruption Agency, local governments, specialized anti-corruption courts, and civil society organizations.

The Commissioner for Information of Public Importance and Personal Data Protection (CPI) is also one of the counterparts for GAI. Since the free access to information is one of the main guarantees of the transparency and accountability of public institutions, GAI support to the CPI will include activities designed to raise awareness of the importance of public access to information. The focus of the support is placed on sustaining the attention of all institutions, particularly ministries, that propose laws related to freedom of information. Public debate on the new Law on Access to Information of Public Importance, as envisioned by the Action Plan for Chapter 23 within the process of European integration, was held in April 2018. The on-going revision of AP Ch23 should provide a deadline for adoption of the new law.

The international Right to Know Week (24-28 September 2018) is the opportunity for additional promotion of the right of free access to information. Accordingly, GAI’s most immediate support to the CPI will be provided during this week. The CPI each year organizes an award ceremony for the most transparent public institution. Further to this event, GAI will support CPI with organizing a roundtable dialogue with selected Serbian officials covering the following topics: Execution of the Commissioners’ Decisions, judicial protection, re-use of information, and scope of the laws regulating free access to public information in the region and EU. GAI support will include engagement of one international and one local expert to present during the Right to Know Week a regional comparative overview of access to information frameworks and facilitate a dialogue with strategically selected officials on related topics. In addition, a Media expert will be engaged to provide technical assistance to CPI senior staff, spokespersons and PR unit on how to manage the full range of public information and outreach activities prior to and during the Right to Know Week, including media inquiries.

GAI has also initiated coordination with CRTA to ensure leverage use of CRTA’s CSO network to optimize the participation and impact of activities during the Week.

Tasks

The communications expert is expected to provide technical assistance to the CPI during the Right to Know Week (23-28 September 2018).

The expert will work with the CPI senior staff, spokespersons and PR unit on planning and preparing the communication and outreach activities, including preparation of a fact sheet, press releases, information for the CPI web-site, media announcements, and support for CPI development of media statements for the events during the Right to Know Week.

Period

The total level of effort for the task is up to 5 days of work over the Right to Know Week (23-28 September 2018).

Deliverables

  • A Fact sheet,
  • Press releases, and media announcements for the targeted events,
  • Information on the targeted events for the CPI web-site, and
  • Report not exceeding 2 pages, summarizing technical assistance delivered and deliverables listed above attached as appendices.

Qualifications

This is a Mid-level position. In addition:

  • Education – At least Master’s degree in the field of public relations, journalism, communication or another relevant field
  • Prior Work Experience – A minimum of 8 years of professional-level experience in public relations in public related sectors.
  • Language Proficiency / Communication Skills – Must have excellent communication skills in Serbian
  • Job Knowledge – A thorough knowledge of Serbian public sector, including knowledge of the CPI work
  • Skills and Abilities – Ability to use various computer software (e.g. PowerPoint, Word)

About the Organization

Checchi and Company Consulting, Inc. (Checchi) has worked in international development for over 40 years. The company has operated in more than 140 countries, including a number of fragile states and post-conflict zones, and has implemented nearly 300 long-term contracts. Checchi’s principal areas of specialization include rule of law, anticorruption and monitoring and evaluation (M&E). Since launching one of the first international rule of law practices in the late 1980s, Checchi has provided technical assistance and training in the core areas of improving access to justice; court systems administration; legislative and policy reform; judicial training and legal education; public legal awareness; and security sector reform. The company has implemented a number of long- and short-term activities focused exclusively on anticorruption. In addition, many of Checchi’s rule of law projects have included significant anticorruption components and activities. Checchi’s M&E work encompasses projects in more than 50 countries and spans the spectrum of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed approaches to managing and evaluating performance.

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