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Communications Specialist

  • Location: Kicukiro
  • Country: Rwanda
  • Listed: October 3, 2016 5:55 pm
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Chemonics International

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Project: Rwanda Soma Umenye

Project Summary

Soma Umenye will work to improve reading outcomes in Kinyarwanda for at least 1 million children in public and government-aided schools in Rwanda by the end of Grade 3. Specifically, Soma Umenye will target all children in Grades 1-3 attending public and government-aided schools nationwide and ensure that at least 70 percent of students are able to read grade-level text with fluency and comprehension by the end of Grade 3.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Operate multiple media and communications platforms, coordinating the project’s approach with several media outlets and obtaining support from all necessary partners and stakeholders.
Work closely with the monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) staff to gather evidence of success, document success stories, and create linkages with local press and electronic media to broaden the media outreach for the project.
If needed, work with Soma Umenye partners and stakeholders to design, implement, and manage reading campaigns.
Work closely with USAID’s Development Outreach and Communications (DOC) specialists to ensure the project’s alignment with USAID/Rwanda’s communication efforts (and branding and marking guidelines).
Train local professional staff, including subcontractor staff, in public outreach and strategic communications methodologies and processes, and USAID branding guidelines.
As needed, advise technical team in effective use of video technology and SMS (text messaging) to demonstrate and reinforce teaching techniques that engage young readers.
Draft and maintain appropriate communication templates, and ensure that the project and all technical staff abide by USAID branding and marking requirements.
Supervise the production of press releases, one-pagers, fact sheets, and other write-ups (ensuring USAID approval as appropriate).
Coordinate input from government and implementing partners and subcontractors for the development and realization of communications activities.
Work closely with the chief of party to assist in the development of reports and deliverables.
Establish guidelines for project reporting, media outreach (e.g., rules of engagement for project staff/subcontractors, authorized spokespersons, key messages, and most effective media channels); work with the chief of party to develop and obtain USAID approval for products and messages.
Help plan and oversee project events such as workshops and conferences when required (ensuring appropriate USAID approvals are secured); liaising with other project staff as needed.
Follow and document all media coverage related to the project.
Other duties as assigned by the chief of party.
Job Qualifications

8-10 years of public awareness and communications experience including planning and implementing strategic communications, public outreach, and/or social behavior change campaigns.
Experience with USAID branding and marking guidelines is required.
Knowledge of local press and electronic media, and strong relationships with media agencies and journalists.
Graphic design experience is required.
Experience working with international development sector organizations and/or donor agencies is preferred.
Successful experience designing and implementing public outreach campaigns.
Excellent writing and editing skills in English and Kinyarwanda is required.
Master’s degree in communications or similar relevant field is preferred. A combination of a bachelor’s degree and the required number of years’ work experience may substitute for a Master’s degree.
Demonstrated experience successfully writing communications-related reports of more than three pages in English is required.
Familiarity with the Rwandan education sector is preferred.
Excellent interpersonal and communications skills.
Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity.
Level of Effort and Location of Assignment

This is a long term position and the location of assignment is Kigali, Rwanda with intermittent travel possible throughout the country.


The Communications Specialist will report directly to the Chief of Party.

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