East Africa Communications Specialist

Management Engineering Technologies International Inc.
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Early Career
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  • Posted
    Jun 04

Position description

Job Description

Management and Engineering Technologies International, Inc. (METI), in support of the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Office of International Programs (IP), is recruiting a Communications and Graphic Design Specialist to provide support to ongoing programming in East Africa. The specialist would work with USFS and its partners across East Africa to develop novel communications materials across multiple platforms and media.

The East Africa portfolio of US Forest Service International Programs includes programs in Burundi, Malawi, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Uganda. Programs in these countries and across the region at large have grown in scope and scale in recent years. This growth in program development and implementation has been defined by an “as needed”, project-to-project approach to communications and media development. This approach has limited the East Africa program’s ability to explore the relevance and applicability of various media to its programs, develop consistent style and messaging across communications platforms, highlight common threads across activities, and co-develop communications materials with partners. The program may seek a dedicated, versatile communications professional to help build its communications capacity in cooperation with colleagues from USFS, USAID, and various NGO partners in the region.
The East Africa Communications Specialist would have exceptional writing and editing skills and demonstrated expertise in a range of media and platforms dedicated to media design, visualization, and audience engagement. The specialists would serve as a member of (or an extension of) the USFS team and work with colleagues from USFS, USAID, and partner institutions to develop and execute program-specific communications strategies. This specialist may be based within a geographic focus area that is most beneficial to all parties, including the specialist’s home office. Travel to the field would not be anticipated. This specialist would be expected to work closely under the guidance of USFS technical teams based remotely.

In collaboration with the USFS International Programs (IP) office in Washington, DC, the USFS East Africa Communications Specialist would help design and execute communications programs.
The specialist would report to the US Forest Service East Africa Regional Coordinator and would plan, execute, and coordinate communications activities. The specialist would work with colleagues from USFS, USAID, and partner institutions (e.g., governmental and non-governmental institutions, local communities, academia, development partners, and relevant development partner-supported projects) on a continuous basis.
Responsibilities of the Specialist include, but are not limited to:
• Collaborate with colleagues from USFS, USAID, and other partners (e.g., local authorities, non-governmental organizations, private sector, civil society organizations, academia, and community partner organizations) on the design and implementation of program-specific communication campaigns;
• Ensure alignment with branding protocols and existing style guidance (e.g., those associated with USFS, USAID, and other entities, as needed);Provide expertise and guidance related to the relevance, applicability, and accessibility of media and media platforms (i.e., help inform decision making on which communications materials to prioritize and which platforms and software to use);
• Help USFS colleagues stay abreast of communications trends;
• Liaise closely with USFS technical teams and advisors – remotely via email, mobile communications applications, and other web-based platforms – on communications programming;
• Provide other communications assistance related to USFS field missions as required and discussed with supervisor.

• Lead efforts to design and produce media packets (e.g., infographics, one to two-page briefs, photo albums, and videos) in cooperation with partners and USFS colleagues for select East Africa country programs, standalone programs, and partnerships;
• Cooperate with USFS colleagues and partners in the design and roll out of multiple Esri Story Maps (no spatial data expertise necessary);
• Design, populate, launch, and maintain a dedicated website for the USFS East Africa Program,
• Provide writing and editing support for technical documents
• Liaise with communications specialists from USFS and partner organizations, including USAID and NGO partners,
• Oversee branding and style guidelines (particularly those for USFS and USAID) where appropriate

Level of Effort: Part time over an eight (8) month period with a possibility of extension.
Location of Work: The position may be located wherever the program manager and the consultant agree is most beneficial for all parties, including the consultant’s home office.
Compensation: Commensurate with experience and qualifications
Timeline: Forest Service anticipates needing these services beginning June 30 by June 30, 2021.

If you would like to share in METI’s success, please send a resume, an expression of interest, and two work examples to to [email protected] with East Africa Communications Specialist in the subject line. METI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Visit us at:  www.meticorp.com

METI is an Equal Employment Opportunity/M/F/disability/protected veteran status employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status, age or any other federally protected class.


• Advanced degree (or equivalent in practical experience) in communications, graphic design, or a related field with at least three years of experience in developing communications materials across a variety of media and platforms,
• Exceptional writing, editing, and presentation skills;
• Proficiency in media development and editing platforms like Adobe Creative Cloud, with particular emphasis on Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop;
• Familiarity with film editing programs such as Final Cut Pro desired but not requisite;
• Demonstrated experience designing infographics, multi-media briefs, pamphlets, flyers, etc.;
• Superlative capacity to filter and prioritize information and translate broad, abstract concepts into accessible, engaging, and digestible media in multiple formats (e.g., writing, graphics, website design, etc.;
• Experience cultivating and sustaining productive partnerships with colleagues operating in capacity- and resource-limited circumstances;
• Ability to work in a dynamic environment with in-country and U.S. government agencies, international donors, NGOs, community groups, and other stakeholders;
• Experience working with key government partners in the target countries preferred, but not requisite;
• Experience building websites through template systems like WordPress


Application instructions

If you would like to share in METI’s success, please send a resume, an expression of interest, and two work examples to to [email protected] with East Africa Communications Specialist in the subject line