The Communications and Outreach Director will manage communications for the anticipated USAID-funded Pakistan Youth Development Project, and provide technical support and leadership to the Chief of Party. The project will prepare youth for workforce participation (employment or entrepreneurship) by focusing education assistance on skills acquisition and civic engagement, and supporting youth as they emerge from training programs to identify employment opportunities or pursue entrepreneurial ventures to improve livelihoods, reduce the prospect of economic marginalization, serve as role models for other youth, and contribute to Pakistan’s economic growth.
The Communications and Outreach Director will be responsible for the establishment and oversight of the program communications and outreach plan. S/he will work with the Blumont staff in country to ensure that adequate and appropriate internal controls are in place to comply with both Blumont policies and donor requirements. S/he will ensure Blumont is able to provide the adequate resources, capabilities, and procedures to ensure effective CSP communication with relevant stakeholders (such as beneficiaries and local government entities) as well as the general public. S/he will also provide resources to respond to scheduled and ad-hoc USAID requests for specific information and reporting.
This position is pending award of a 5-year contract through the US Agency for International Development.
Essential Job Functions:
- Develop and implement an overall Communication and Outreach plan for the project.
- Provide the adequate resources, capabilities, and procedures to ensure effective project communication with relevant stakeholders (such as beneficiaries and local government entities) as well as the general public.
- Promote project successes, impact, and achievement targeting a wide audience.
- Update USAID on activity progress, achievements, and events on a weekly basis as specified in individual task orders.
- Coordinate messaging and communications plans with stakeholders, beneficiaries, partners, and staff.
- Other duties as assigned.
Required Skills & Experience:
- An undergraduate degree from an accredited university is required.
- At least 5 years’ experience relevant to proposed position on similar international, donor funded programs; USG experience highly desirable.
- At least 5 years of progressively responsible experience managing staff.
- Experience directly collaborating with stakeholders, communities, and/or host country government representatives.
- Fluent oral and written English communications skills.
- Demonstrated interpersonal skills including diplomacy, tact, and the ability to negotiate and influence.
- Strong computer skills, including ease and skill in using word Excel spreadsheets, email, the Internet, Windows applications.
Preferred Skills & Experience:
- An undergraduate degree in a field relevant to the position.
- Pakistan experience.
- Master’s degree.
- Prior experience in USAID funded projects.
- Fluency in Urdu.
- Must be innovative and resourceful in creating an awareness of new initiatives which respond to the needs and practices of project beneficiaries.
- Demonstrated ability to communicate, take direction, assume leadership, and make rational decisions while working remotely from country leadership.
- Ability to train and facilitate dialogue among a diverse group of individuals with various skill sets and work styles.
- High motivation, initiative, and adaptability.
- This position will be based in Islamabad, Pakistan.
- Normal Office Conditions.
Blumont is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, or other legally protected characteristics. Military veterans, AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, Teach America and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.
About the Organization
Blumont, a charitable, non-profit, non-governmental organization, focuses its operations in regions of the world that present social, political and technical challenges. Blumont specializes in facilitating and supporting assistance that is tailored specifically to those most in need. Blumont works in collaboration with a wide range of organizations in the design and implementation of humanitarian relief and development aid programs, including U.S. and foreign government agencies, bilateral and international donor organizations, international finance organizations, faith-based organizations, advocacy groups, international and local NGOs, and U.S. corporations. Blumont's mission is to reduce the suffering of the world’s most vulnerable groups and provide tools and resources needed to increase their self-sufficiency. We accomplish our mission by implementing targeted cost-effective relief and development programs that improve the lives of these vulnerable groups