Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP)/Senior Communications Manager Development Outreach and Communications Support Program

  • Posted on 4 December 2019

Job Description

Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP)/Senior Communications Manager Development Outreach and Communications Support Program

Project Summary:

The purpose of this contract is to provide communication, outreach, and strategic planning services to the USAID/Kenya and East Africa (KEA) and USAID/Somalia Mission. Through a four-year period of performance, the program supports day-to-day media communications and outreach activities, as well as the development of a mission-wide Communications Strategy.

Position Summary:

Under the supervision of the Chief of Party (COP), the DCOP/Senior Communications Manager will provide technical and managerial leadership and oversight. S/he will participate in the full scope of strategic communication support tasks—including the development and production of a Communications Strategy, information products and publications, social media content management, photography/videography and overall content development. The DCOP/Sr. Communications Manager will provide shared supervisory support for the DOC program.

Responsibilities:

Technical Duties

  • Provide day-to-day leadership and oversee the development and production of all printed and digital materials, specifically annual reports/brochures, photos, success stories and daily social media content.
  • Maintain a clear understanding of the USAID/KEA and Somalia Mission’s bilateral and regional portfolios and structures, as well as Mission and Agency communications objectives, to communicate this information effectively.
  • Assist with the creation and launch of creative social campaigns.
  • Measure and track effectiveness of digital communications, adjusting content as needed to improve performance.
  • Develop content for newsletters, press releases, websites and other printed material as required.
  • Manage external consultants, contribute to major writing activities and serve as a chief writer where necessary.
  • Work closely with the Communications Specialists to review daily content and provide quality assurance.
  • Ensure consistency across all areas of editorial production.
  • Facilitate collaboration and information sharing with communications colleagues from implementing partners through regular meetings and check-ins.

Operational and Managerial Duties

  • Serve as Acting Chief of Party when the Chief of Party is out of office. Liaise with the USAID/KEA and Somalia Mission’s DOC office on communications activities.
  • Manage full-time technical staff members to ensure quality of products and timely submission of assigned tasks.
  • Encourage efficiency in delivery of tasks by continually monitoring activities against goals, minimizing duplication of personnel activities, and defining and using standard operating procedures.
  • Oversees coordination of field work in line with the Mission’s planned strategic communications approach.
  • Manage editorial calendar and timelines for the creation and execution of field content.
  • Assist in the development, socialization and management of digital asset and project management and filing systems.
  • In close collaboration with the COP,
    • Plan, organize, and deliver training(s) and coordination support to USAID’s communications community of practice among implementing partners.
    • Supervise the work of publishing contractors and vendors, including editors, graphic designers, printers, transcribers, translators, and writers.
    • Develop project reports, annual work plans, presentations and other documents as required by USAID and MSI.
  • Build productive relationships with USAID, MSI staff, and other implementing partners.
  • Oversee the technical staff’s professional development.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required in relevant field, Masters preferred.
  • 7-15 years of relevant professional experience in journalism or public relations, including demonstrated experience implementing communication strategies and outreach campaigns that successfully raise the profile of projects or commercial companies.
  • Significant work experience with non-governmental organizations, donors and/or mass media, understands the international development space and has a demonstrated, broad knowledge of digital (websites, social networking, email and blogging), photography and videography that s/he can seamlessly apply to multiple scenarios.
  • Experience in building the capacity of USAID projects on how to communicate and report their progress and successes is highly preferred.
  • Experience working and traveling in Kenya/Somalia.
  • Ability to work in Kenya.
  • Excellent written and verbal fluency in English is required. Kiswahili and or Somali language skills preferred.

Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

MSI is an EEO/AA/ADA Veterans Employer.

To apply: Please visit our website, www.msiworldwide.com

About the Organization

Company Profile:

MSI, a Tetra Tech Company, is a Washington, D.C. metro area international development firm with a 35-year history of delivering development results across the world. Our core expertise is in the fields of monitoring and evaluation (M&E), institutional development, public sector management, governance and anti-corruption. MSI has implemented projects in 90 countries around the world such as Jordan, Kenya, Indonesia, Syria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Ukraine, Colombia and Mexico. As one of the leading companies in our field, MSI has partnered with organizations across all sectors of international development to support clients ranging from large bilateral and multilateral donors such as USAID, the World Bank and the United Nations Development Program to national and local governments, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), think tanks, foundations and universities. For more information on MSI, please visit our website at www.msiworldwide.com.

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