Communications Specialist

Washington Business Dynamics
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Sep 26

Position description

WBD is seeking a Communication Specialist for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Private Sector Engagement (PSE) Support Mechanism. The Communication Specialist will provide leadership, management, and technical direction of the entire activity with a focus on its strategic communications and conference support components. This opportunity will be a full-time position based in Washington, D.C., reporting to the Chief of Party.

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment (E3), Office of Private Capital and Microenterprise (PCM) awarded a contract to WBD to operationalize the PSE Policy across the Agency. The PSE Support Mechanism plays a critical role in supporting PCM and USAID in implementing USAID’s Financing Self-Reliance framework, which focuses on improving country partner countries’ abilities to finance their own economic and social development initiatives.


The Communication Specialist will be responsible for overall communications of the program, ensuring strategic coordination among various efforts and consistency in messaging. S/he will oversee all forms of outreach (internal and external), communications, and promotion, and support communications and organization around events, including the logistical and communication components. Specific responsibilities will include:

  • Responsible for overall communications of the PSE Support Mechanism program, ensuring strategic coordination among various efforts and consistency in messaging
  • Oversee all forms of outreach (internal and external), communications, and promotion; work in close collaboration with USAID’s designated activity manager and with the PSE Support Mechanism Project Director
  • Lead communications content design, and assure effective delivery of events support, including the logistical and communication components, working with USAID and other co-sponsors of events
  • Develop consistent messaging for a variety of technical workstreams in a manner that is accessible for technical audiences, as well as for broader and more general audiences
  • Assure consistent quality control for all communications products, according to PCM priorities
  • Contribute as part of a team to developing effective events and publications to support the USAID Community of Practice for Private Sector Engagement
  • Contribute to conceptual and quality-assurance for other PSE Support Mechanism communications products, as requested by PSE project director or other colleagues
  • Supervises work of Communications staff and the work of on-call writing and/or events management consultants
  • Developing knowledge platform tools and resources to facilitate USAID Foreign Service Officer and local Foreign Service Nationals collaboration and Mission Leadership learning Required


  • Bachelor’s Degree in business, communications, or a related field
  • Minimum of six (6) years or more of progressively responsible work experience in managing complex USAID-funded projects of similar size
  • Demonstrated experience coordinating with and reporting to COPs, corporate management, field-based clients and other staff
  • Able to manage several workstreams simultaneously, involving the setting of priorities in close consultation with counterparts within USAID
  • Demonstrated experience in supporting and creating a wide array of public media including, but not limited to press releases, marketing videos, print media, graphic design, and social media
  • Experience developing, implementing, and managing large-scale conferences
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Suite
  • Outstanding written and oral communications skills
  • Eligibility to work in the U.S.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Communications or related field
  • Strong familiarity with USAID communications practices and procedures (Branding and marking requirements, communications clearances, communications toolkits and style/usage standards, social media content development, etc.) and ability to lead communications workstream that actively accommodates these practices
  • Posses an extensive network of design, communications, media and events professionals in DC, and comfortable with media relations and with both innovative electronic and conventional communications approaches
  • International field experience

Note on security clearance: Applicants selected may be subject to a security investigation and may need to meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

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