Communications Specialist (DCA USAID Contract)

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 7 August 2019
  • Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States
  • Closing on 6 September 2019
  • Current

Job Description

The incumbent provides communications, press, outreach and event support to the PSE team, performs a variety of both complex and analytical duties, and maintains key relationships. These duties may include crafting and/or executing internal and external communication strategies, direct management of major press interaction, creating processes for social, media and print, communications tasks, drafting or facilitating the drafting of content, strategizing and supporting execution of major events and supporting media, designing or facilitating the pitching, targeting, and interaction with media outlets, top tier media engagement, creating/executing a press and media strategy, writing print and online collateral, maintaining listservs, facilitating clearance of documents through the Agency clearance processes, crafting talking points and speeches, writing briefers, and analyzing the success of communications efforts. Specific duties include but are not limited to:

• Manage the engagement of media, including pitching, targeting, running interviews. tracking results and press
• Serve as media liaison and work closely with bureau and Agency Public Affairs teams
• Support the development and implementation of the PSE communications strategy, including its top-line messaging, marketing materials, and set of communications tools
• Write, edit and/or oversee the production and dissemination of strategic communication materials, including but not limited to online feature stories, blog posts, case studies, fact sheets, presentations, and video scripts
• Manage the editorial process and pipeline, including developing/maintaining an editorial calendar, sourcing and pitching story ideas, and editing content.
• Manage the Twitter handle and developing content on digital development for the client and other social media
• Monitor development and PSE news, trends, and best practices, and translates into actionable content
• Support the management and growth of an active community of practice using a variety of internal and external channels (e.g., newsletters, webinars, live events, online platforms, etc.) and leveraging a mix of communication resources (e.g., toolkits, case studies)
• Develop online content for and manage external and internal internet presence
• Help design, plan, and participate in Regional and DC-based training for country and sector staff
• Capture field-based examples of PSE from across the Agency and development sector
• Other duties as assigned


• At least 7 year’s of progressive professional communications experience
• Strong communication, coordination, and organizational skills
• Strong sense of responsibility; ability to handle multi-tasking well
• Excellent interpersonal skills
• Demonstrated ability to manage a variety of complex communication portfolios/tasks with little notice
• Media management experience in a fast-paced environment is ideal
• Strong experience in successful media pitching with a good placement history is ideal
• Bachelor’s degree or Master’s degree is preferred
• Applicants selected will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for a security clearance

About the Organization

QED is a global consulting firm with more than 20 years of experience providing data-driven and insightful solutions in more than 90 countries. We are passionate about transforming lives through knowledge-based solutions. Leveraging deep expertise in monitoring, evaluation, global health, and learning, we help our clients collect, analyze, visualize, and ultimately use data in more effective ways. Our work maximizes results through the use of cutting edge technologies and innovation, organizational development, and evidence-based decision-making.

The Communications Specialist is a contract position based in Washington, DC working with Development Credit Authority (DCA) within the United States Agency for International Developement (USAID). Recently established within the Bureau for Economic Growth, Education, and Environment (E3), the Office of Private Capital and Microenterprise’s (PCM) cadre of investment officers and development finance experts provide the advice, strategies, expertise, and tools that USAID Missions, Bureaus and Offices need to broker partnerships, mitigate risks, and steer private capital toward development.

The Communications Specialist's duties include, but are not limited to, providing information and data dissemination, marketing, writing thought pieces, educational training, videography, graphic design, outreach skills monitoring and evaluation, and other aspects of effective information gathering (including surveys and performance indicators) to support DCA and PCM projects and effectively communicate the impact of the overall DCA and PCM portfolios. On occasion, E3/DCA and E3/PCM may contract a communications firm to train and support DCA/PCM staff on storytelling and other tools to communicate DCA/PCM’s impact. These duties may require limited domestic or international travel.

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