Communication Specialist

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 24 May 2019

Job Description

Job Profile:

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.

Primary Responsibilities

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

Qualifications

Education

  • An advanced degree in a related field

Experience

  • 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 Organization

Counterpart 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.

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