Communications and Training Specialist, Local Sustainability Institutional Support Contract

Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States
Apply by 25 June 2018
Posted on 26 April 2018

Job Description

Since 2001, Dexis has provided innovative management solutions for a secure and prosperous world. In the last three years alone, Dexis has worked in 90 countries supporting critical missions of agencies in the global development and security assistance space. With triple digit growth in recent years, Dexis was ranked in the top 10 consulting firms by funding at the US Agency for International Development in FY16 and FY17. Dexis was also among the highest rated employers on Glassdoor, where many of its 250-plus employees cited a people-centered leadership and culture as the main drivers to its success.

Dexis is seeking an experienced Communications and Training Specialist to provide support services to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Bureau for Economic Growth, Education, and Environment (E3 Bureau). The Local Sustainability Office in USAID’s E3 Bureau (E3/LS) provides direct funding and technical leadership in support of the Agency’s efforts to advance locally- led development, working towards a future where networks of local actors are able to resource and resolve their own development challenges without the need for foreign assistance. E3/LS achieves this by partnering with USAID Missions and operating units; providing expert technical assistance and grants to US, international, and local organizations; experimenting with innovative approaches for supporting locally-led development; generating valuable evidence that informs Agency programmatic and investment decisions; curating and managing data and information to support Agency and external partner development activities; and building a culture within USAID along with staff capacities to advance locally-led development.


The Communications and Training Specialist is responsible for developing and implementing strategic internal and external communications, advocacy, and engagement plans that support the work of E3/LS and advance the Agency’s objective of locally-led development. The Communications and Training Specialist will play a key part in E3/LS efforts to ensure that USAID staff at all levels have the capacity (knowledge, skills, tools, and resources) to advance locally-led development assistance that aligns with the priorities of the Agency and local actors, and that USAID has a culture of champions and practitioners in support of locally-led development. The audiences for this work is primarily USAID Missions, operating units, and decision makers; USAID’s partners; and the public.

International travel will be required. Roles and responsibilities include:

  • Coordinating the development, execution, refinement, and measuring the impact of E3/LS outreach, communications, and knowledge management strategies.
  • As Activity Manager, supporting communications, knowledge management, and training activities.
  • Managing all aspects of the E3/LS online presence, which is the Agency’s one-stop-shop and the portfolio’s central repository of evidence, data, communications, tools, and lessons learned.
  • Supporting a community of practice focused on locally owned/led development, providing an opportunity for practitioners to collaborate, learn, and share evidence to inform E3/LS and broader USAID efforts.
  • Working with E3/LS technical staff to organize and facilitate cross-mission training and learning opportunities.
  • Supporting the development of training/learning materials focused on sustainability and local ownership that could be utilized more broadly within the Agency, in coordination with other bureaus/offices.
  • Overseeing the production, dissemination, testing, and refinement of materials and content to inform E3/LS’ audience across a wide range of interests and platforms. This may involve working with graphic designers, videographers, researchers, copywriters and copyeditors, and others.
  • Overseeing the organization of workshops and events.
  • Keeping track of new developments and emerging issues in the field of locally-led development.
  • Supporting E3/LS in general agency/bureau communications tasks (eg: briefers, internal presentations, etc.).
  • Reviewing and copy editing of reports, correspondence, and other materials.


Minimum Requirements:

  • Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in a relevant field with three years of experience relevant to public relations, community advocacy, strategic communications, and/or marketing, or a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in a relevant field with at least five years of experience relevant to public relations, community advocacy, strategic communications, and/or marketing.
  • Demonstrated experience in supporting locally-led development efforts in a developing country context.

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Prior experience in international development, ideally with local organizations.
  • Prior experience living and/or working in a developing country.
  • Prior experience working with behavior change management and training.
  • Experience with various forms of visual media, branding, marketing, and/or other related areas.
  • Experience in relevant communications software such as Microsoft Suite, Google Apps, Adobe Creative Suite, and/or web development.
  • Proficiency in video development, distribution list/newsletter software, and/or social media management.
  • Strong interpersonal, written and oral communications, teamwork, and time and portfolio management skills.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic, political work environment.

About the Organization

Winner of the 2014 Small Business of the Year at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and working in nearly 90 countries in FY 2015 for USAID and the Department of State, Dexis supports US federal agencies in the areas of program monitoring and evaluation, program learning, and program support. We are not only one of the fastest growing firms in international development, we are rated among the highest among our peers on employee-reviewed sites.

Dexis is an equal opportunity employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, citizenship, physical or mental handicap, or status as a disabled or Vietnam Era veteran of the US Armed Forces.

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