GBA Communications Specialist

Washington, DC, District of Columbia, United States
Apply by 21 January 2018
Posted on 4 October 2017

Job Description

Summary of Position

Version Date: December 22, 2017

Position: GBA Communications Specialist

Location: Washington DC

Reporting to: EPIC Communications Portfolio Manager

Training Resources Group, Inc. (TRG) is recruiting for a Communications Specialist to support The Global Book Alliance (GBA). The position will work remotely with occasional in-person meetings with USAID’s Office of Education (ED), which is an office in USAID’s Bureau for Education, Environment, and Economic Growth (E3). The USAID Office of Education is responsible for advancing the goals of the USAID Education Strategy: a) Improved reading skills in primary grades, b) Improved ability of tertiary and workforce development programs to generate workforce skills relevant to a country’s development goals, and c) Increased equitable access to education in crisis and conflict environments.

USAID’s Office of Education, in partnership with other development partners, is playing a lead role in establishing a global alliance to transform the development, procurement, distribution, and use of books supporting early grade reading at a global level. This initiative is called the Global Book Alliance (GBA). The GBA originated as a joint idea between the Global Partnership for Education and USAID and has evolved over the past few years to include more than thirty organizations, including bilaterals, multilaterals, private sector organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and others, such as the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA). It is inspired by the experiences of the health, agriculture and other sectors in reforming commodity research & development, procurement, financing and supply chains to increase quality, decrease unit costs and increase access to key commodities. The GBA Communications Specialist will work with USAID’s Reading team and GBA Advisor and be supervised by the EPIC Communications Portfolio Manager at Training Resources Group. The GBA Communications Specialist also will coordinate with the E3/Education Engagement Team on the development and implementation of activities. It is expected that the Communications Specialist will participate in assignments in support of the GBA Steering Committee and USAID’s role as a GBA member, which may include collaboration with USAID’s Regional Bureaus, Missions, and other GBA members.

The GBA Communications Specialist will support the GBA Advisor in promoting GBA initiatives and in facilitating related communications between GBA members and stakeholders including organizations, governments, missions, and publishers. This will include, but is not limited to: 1) promotion of the launch of a new GBA strategy and flagship initiatives; 2) promotion of the launch of GBA’s Global Digital Library initiative; 3) facilitate communications of GBA’s Publishers Collaborative initiative; and 4) facilitate GBA member collaboration around pilot programs in several countries. This is a limited term position (50% time concluding Sept 30, 2018) with the possibility of extension.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

Communications Support to Programs or Projects

  • Develop and update communications strategy for the Global Book Alliance
  • Coordinate with the Engagement Team on implementation of communications products, especially those supported through the EPIC contract
  • Develop talking points, briefers, press releases and other communications materials on the activities, initiatives, and goals of the Global Book Alliance
  • Generate stories/narratives in written and video form to illustrate the impact of the GBA’s work
  • Facilitate communications between members and committees of the alliance and other contractors supporting the alliance’s work
  • Provide outreach, coordination and support to the GBA for all interactions with the press, with an aim of increasing awareness of the Global Book Alliance and its work
  • Ensures that all communications materials conform to the standard look and feel of the Global Book Alliance brand
  • Support the team in planning and carrying out both large and small-scale events
  • Take the lead on making updates to the GBA website

Knowledge management and communication

  • Lead the team’s efforts to disseminate and promote knowledge products related to the initiatives of the GBA, ensuring coherence of messaging across communications channels
  • Work with the Engagement Team to create products that clearly link investments in the book chain to cost effective improvements in reading outcomes.
  • Seek and capitalize on opportunities to attract partners to support the GBA by promoting the work and progress of the Alliance in high-level fora as appropriate and approved
  • Participate in team efforts to represent the agency’s work on the Global Book Alliance to constituents on the Hill or elsewhere in government
  • Develop and update articles, brochures, press kits, fact sheets, feature stories, background statements, and other materials communicating the GBA’s work.
  • Establishes and maintains a social media presence for the Global Book Alliance.


  • Collaborate with appropriate representatives from E3/Education Office


  • Bachelor’s degree in communications or related field; Master’s degree preferred.
  • At least 3 years of experience in communications in the field of international development, with work in international education preferred
  • Experience developing messaging for key audiences, including the press, potential partners, and policy makers (both within and outside the United States)
  • Experience crafting press releases, talking points, briefers, and other key communications pieces.
  • Knowledge of the work of USAID’s Office of Education
  • Strong organizational and analytical skills; detail-oriented; ability to multi-task and prioritize tasks; and able to learn quickly under pressure
  • Superb writing and speaking skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills; able to successfully and effectively liaise with people within and across departments in a multicultural environment; confident communicator with proven negotiation skills
  • Ability to work independently, resourcefully, and with flexibility
  • Advanced skills in MS Word, Excel, social media platforms and other products and applications, including website development.


  • Prior USAID experience

To Apply:

Interested applicants may send their resume to

About the Organization

Training Resources Group, Inc. (TRG) is an employee-owned management consulting and training firm located in Arlington, Virginia. Since its founding in 1973, TRG has grown steadily in size and in our professional capabilities. TRG has worked in over one hundred countries providing training and organizational development services to clients in large and small corporations, international organizations, federal and state government agencies and non-profit organizations. As an employee-owned firm, we are each personally committed to the work we do. We value our company's close-knit community and participatory culture. There is no "majority" shareholder, and in fact, no TRGer owns more than 10% of the company. We manage ourselves through an employee board of directors, committees and client service teams. We pride ourselves on our involvement in running and managing our own business. The clients we work with benefit from the over thirty years of self-management. As a result of the working environment we have created, the vast majority of the consultants who have joined TRG in its thirty year history are working at TRG today. When a firm is able to retain its staff, the result is high quality work for its clients. Like our clients, we constantly revise how we do our own work, developing and testing new approaches to leadership, employee involvement, and communications. We use our firm as a learning lab to test out ideas and learn new ways of managing that might prove useful to clients. We strive to remain on the cutting edge of our field by applying state-of-the-art methods to support clients in their own improvement efforts.

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