Strategic Communications Advisor
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Recruitment for Chemonics International
Strategic Communications Advisor
Chemonics is implementing the USAID-funded Kosovo Economic Governance Activity (KEGA), a 5-year project that started in April 2019, to reduce public perception of and opportunities for economic corruption through improvement to economic governance, thereby encouraging investment in Kosovo’s economy. This result will be achieved through three main objectives:
- Business Environment Improvement;
- Strengthened Public Financial Management; and,
- Enhanced Strategic Communications.
The Strategic Communications Advisor (SCA) will coordinate closely with and support KEGA technical teams to engage with private and public sector partners to identify, improve, institutionalize, and monitor information use, systems, and practices. The SCA will promote transparency of private and public sector information sources and information recipients’ understanding and use of them.
Further, the SCA will coordinate closely with project staff, USAID representatives, and partners to identify, prepare (in the case of internal materials) or support (in the case of external materials) communication materials to support USAID project messaging, including, as needed, for mission public information activities. The term of assignment is for the life of the project, subject to satisfactory performance. At all times adhere to, and act according to Chemonics’ Professional Code of Ethics (“Living Our Values”).
Specific Tasks and Responsibilities
Partner Strategic Communications Strengthening
- In cooperation with business enabling environment (BEE) and public financial management (PFM)objectives teams, identify and provide support to public and private sector partners to increase their use and effectiveness of information through both routine publication and specific activity-related messaging.
- Assist project teams, in cooperation with the MEL and Analytics Advisor and the Public-Private Dialogue Advisor to identify and use existing operational information in communication to facilitate the development of improved partner management practices, develop common platforms for dialogue based on objective information, link information across activities and outcomes, and support specific information initiatives.
- Provide systematic improvement support to partners’ use of information within their organizations and for their external messaging.
- Identify, facilitate and support building sustained positive communications relationships amongst partners and relevant other parties, including organizational member, staff within partners, external media, and other information outlets and organizations.
- Identify opportunities for knowledge improve amongst partners, and information intermediaries, on specific topics that improve messaging activities.
- Maintain the project inventory and archive of all information materials developed by the project or supported within partners.
- In cooperation with technical component teams, and external public and private sector partners, support development of annual work plans and the MEL plan.
- Meet or exceed all quantitative project goals and performance deadlines linked to this position as articulated in the project MEL Plan and annual work plans.
- Track and report, on a continuous basis, sustained communications process reforms achieved within partners operations and practices as reflected and expected in work plans, as captured in the MEL outcome-based project metrics, and as validated through project outcome confirmation process with the MEL and Analytics Advisor.
Strategic Communications Coordination with USAID and other Projects
- Coordinate closely with USAID outreach and information staff and project technical staff to identify and provide regular information to USAID information channels and for ad hoc information requests.
- Coordinate closely with other projects and donors on common issues and activities for unified messaging and for joint events or materials.
- Support project staff and partners to develop success stories and related activities updates.
- Ensure compliance of all project materials with USAID branding/market guidelines, including for project facilitated or supported communications by partners.
- Develop, as needed, project information materials (e.g. summary information sheet, banners, letterhead, templates, event materials, etc.).
- Experience (Required) - Minimum 2 years’ experience in communications, media, or management information systems, with experience in project coordination and change-based outcomes. Experience consulting with internal and external partners supporting development and improvement of information usage and systems.
- Education (Required) – University degree in communications, management information systems, media, or related field.
- Language Skills (Required) – English and Albanian fluency, with excellent writing and quantitative skills. Serbian language skill preferred.
- Computer Skills (Required) - Word processing (Microsoft Word), spreadsheet (Microsoft Excel), e-mail (Microsoft Outlook).
- Interpersonal Skills (Required) – Proven ability to work professionally, constructively and collaboratively as part of team, meet deadlines, communicate effectively, and deal with diverse partners (including high-level government officials, entrepreneurs and international donors) in a challenging environment.
- Self-Motivation and Guidance (Required) – Ability to manage daily activities and achieve expected results with or without direct oversight and effectively function in a complex, challenging environment.
Please send electronic applications, including ONLY a CV and cover letter, to KosovoEGArecruit@chemonics.com by April 26, 2019 no later than 4:00 PM. Please indicate the position title for which you are applying in the subject line. No telephone inquiries, please. Finalists will be contacted.
Chemonics 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.