JOB from Engility Corporation

Closing date: 20 Oct 2016

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International Resources Group (IRG), a wholly owned subsidiary of Engility Corporation is seeking a Communications Specialist for its USAID/East Africa-funded Somalia Economic Growth Project. This project is focused on promoting inclusive economic growth in South Central Somalia, Somaliland, and Puntland. The project aims to strengthen the business enabling environment through access to finance and policy and regulation support; promote enterprise development through business development services; improve production, employment, and incomes in select value chains (horticulture, fisheries, and renewable energy); and increase participation by women and youth in the economy as entrepreneurs, employers, and employees.

Working under direct supervision of the Chief of Party, the Communications Specialist will be responsible for actively promoting project’s successes and overseeing all documentation of program activities. They will develops and oversee the GEEL public outreach campaign, including the launch event, applicant workshops and all program information in electronic, print and broadcast media. GEEL Communications activities are not only intend to raise public awareness of GEEL interventions, and facilitate information sharing among a diverse set of stakeholders including Somali diaspora but will also be a significant contributor to the “Collaborating, Learning & Adapting” (CLA) approach under GEEL. In addition, GEEL will support selling products developed under the various value chain activities, through promotional, media, and on-line campaigns, for domestic and export markets. The Communications Specialist will play a role in these campaigns and contribute to marketing or export promotion campaign strategies.

The main duties of the Communications Specialist Include:

  • Project Communications: Raise Public Awareness on GEEL interventions, investments and grants projects and value chain activities.
  • Knowledge Sharing & Learning: Mutual exchange of best practices among projects and improved tools and methodologies shared through the CLA approach under GEEL.
  • Coordinating Project Events: The different competitiveness events, conferences, and media coverage will build a network of partners (local communities, private sector, and diaspora) and will encourage other actors to be involved and invest in local projects to improve the likelihood of sustainability.
  • Specifically the Communications Specialist will be responsible for:
  • Developing and overseeing the documentation of all program activities including success stories, press releases, and marketing materials;
  • Regularly communicating the project’s activities and impacts to USAID, IRG headquarters and various stakeholders;
  • Ensuring project’s compliance with USAID rules and regulations and with GEEL’s Branding and Marking Plan;
  • Working with the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Specialist to support information collection from various project activities;
  • Manage and oversee the development and content of the project e-newsletter;
  • Disseminate success stories to stakeholders and increase the visibility of project’s achievements;
  • If necessary, manage the selection process for local media and marketing firms to supplement core GEEL communications campaigns;
  • All other duties as assigned by the Chief of Party.

Required Qualifications:

  • Minimum of Bachelor’s degree required in relevant field.
  • At least 3 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;
  • Experience developing and managing a project communication campaigns;
  • Experience in developing product marketing campaigns for new markets is highly preferred;
  • Experience in building the capacity of USAID project grantees on how to communicate and report their progress and successes is highly preferred;
  • Experience developing high quality presentations specifically in PPT;
  • Expertise in new media, developing social platforms and incorporating communications technologies into development programs;
  • Experience with geographic information presentation platforms, such as Google maps, to demonstrate project intervention locations and salient information for the site and activity;
  • Ability to interact with various local media outlets and government stakeholders on behalf of the project;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Fluency in English is required.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Master’s preferred or equivalent combination of education and work experience in a relevant competency area, including communications, international development, marketing or other.

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