Job Vacancy For Communications Specialist At Chemonics International



Chemonics International Inc. is implementing a 5-year USAID/Ghana Feed the Future Agriculture Policy Support (Ghana FtF-APS) Project. The Ghana FtF-APS project aims to increase the capacity of the government of Ghana, the private sector, and civil society organisations in evidence-based policy formation, implementation, research and advocacy and in rigorous monitoring and evaluation of agricultural programmes under the Medium Term Agriculture Sector Investment Plan. FtF-APS works closely with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA), the private sector and other non-state actors (NSAs) through research, trainings, workshops, development and dissemination of policy advocacy material.

Job Summary

The USAID/Ghana Feed the Future Agriculture Policy Support Project (APSP) implemented by Chemonics International Inc. under contract with USAID, is seeking a full-time Communications and Media Specialist. APSP aims to increase the capacity of the government of Ghana, the private sector, and civil society organizations in evidence-based policy formation, implementation, research, and advocacy and in rigorous monitoring and evaluation of agricultural programs. The communications and media specialist will manage all external and internal  communications related to the project and will assist the project staff in complying with contractual reporting.

Specific responsibilities  include:

•   Developing and updating annual communication and outreach plans, including the identification of key stakeholders and target audiences, which encompass a broad range of communications tools including traditional print, online, and social media.
•   Designing specific communication messages for dissemination to target audiences, ensuring compliance with USAID’s branding and marking requirements and graphics standards and in.
•   Assisting the project staff in the organization and implementation of public events, ensuring compliance with USAID’s branding and marking regulations in adherence with the APS project’s communication plan.
•   Assisting the project staff with the formatting, editing and submitting of regular project communications and reports, per contract requirements (e.g. weekly bulletins, quarterly, annual reports and consultancy reports).
•   Serving as the project’s point of contact with USAID communications staff, including fielding requests for specific project communications deliverables.
•   Delivering technical assistance to government, the private sector, civil society organizations, associations, and other project stakeholders for the design and implementation of effective communication strategies and messaging related to agricultural policies and activities.
•   Working with project’s technical staff to develop and produce project success stories.
•   Managing the project’s communications library, including specific communications, reports and other materials such as videos, photographs, and media clippings.
•   Managing the project’s media coverage, including presence in print, radio, TV, online journals and social media.
•   Supervising the activities of short-term consultants and service providers, working for the project in the area of communications, graphic design, photography, printing of reports and other documents.

Qualification Required & Experience

•   Bachelor’s degree or higher (Master’s preferred) in a relevant field (journalism, communications, English) and 7+ years of professional experience, preferably with USAID-funded programs.
•   Familiarity with USAID’s branding and marking, and graphics standard requirements.
•   Demonstrated experience in managing public relations, advocacy activities and public events in the public and/or private sector is required.
•   Excellent verbal and written English skills required. Command of computer applications is absolutely required, including word processors, data management and graphic design.

Location: Accra

How To Apply For The Job

Send electronic submissions of your cover letter and curriculum vitae to:-

[email protected]

Closing Date: 20 November, 2015
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