Counterpart International is currently seeking a Communication Specialist to support the anticipated Resilient Governance in Niger (RGN) opportunity, will serve as the leading governance activity of the USAID’s Resilience in the Sahel - Enhanced II (RISE II) project. Specifically, RGN will address RISE II Objective 4: Enhance governance of institutions and organizations, sub IR 4.1: Improved performance of sub-national state institutions and sub IR 4.2: Strengthened local civil society and community based organizations.
The Communication Specialist will be responsible for carrying out the project’s communication and relivant reporting duties. To include, but not limited to:
- Draft and lead implementation of a comprehensive, multi-media communication strategy to achieve Project’s priorities and objectives
- Take a lead role in the drafting and supervision of communications campaigns developed under the Project.
- Ensure all Project activities and materials comply with the Branding Strategy and Marking Plan (BSMP) approved by USAID.
- Lead creation and management of internal and external communications (memos, newsletters, key success stories, and others).
- Draft regular project updates, highlights, summaries, and other similar products to share with various audiences, including USAID;
- Assist Project leadership in preventing and managing media issues that deal with sensitive or controversial topics.
- Liaise with media and handle requests for interviews, statements, etc.
- Lead and manage the planning of various events (workshops, roundtable discussions, working sessions) with different actors, and ensure smooth implementation
- Take lead role in coordinating process of writing periodic bilingual (English and Spanish) progress reports, including establishing a schedule, gathering inputs from project staff, and take lead role in drafting such reports, based on project staff input;
- Other duties as assigned by COP and/or DCOP
- Assist project’s partners and grantees in their communications strategies
- An advanced degree in a related field
- At least 5-8 years of relevant professional experience as communications specialist or similar role; 2-3 years working with a donor-supported program preferred
- Extensive knowledge and understanding of the media landscape in Niger.
- Attention to detail and ability to think critically to sort relevant information
- Bilingual French and English
- Demonstrated exceptional communications skills (writing and verbal) in English and French (samples may be requested);
- Prior experience with international organizations, USAID preferred
- Prior experience with civil society organizations or government, preferred
- Strong interpersonal skills and positive work ethic
- Ability to work well in a team environment
Note: Only qualified candidates will be contacted.
About the OrganizationCounterpart International works to give people a voice in their own future through smart partnerships offering options and access to tools for sustained social, economic and environmental development. Counterpart's multi-sectoral capacity and experience offers beneficiaries direct access to in-house know-how in civil society and economic development, environmental resource management, health and social services, food security, sustainable agriculture and humanitarian aid. Counterpart currently manages a U.S. government-funded portfolio of $17 million and an annual distributions of $100 million in donated commodities, which supports community development activities in nearly 25 countries.