Communication Specialist

Description

Overview
Background

Creative Associates International is a fast-growing, social impact company that specializes in the areas of education, economic growth, democratic transitions, and stabilization in post-conflict environments. Based in Chevy Chase, Maryland (within the DC metro area), this global development organization has a field presence in more than 25 countries and a strong client portfolio that includes the U.S. Agency for International Development and the State Department. Since its founding in 1977 by four enterprising women, Creative has earned a solid reputation among its clients and is well-regarded by competitors and partners alike.

Project Summary

The USAID-funded West Africa Trade and Investment Hub Project (hereinafter referred to as the Trade Hub) is a five-year, $140 million trade and investment facilitation activity that seeks to improve private sector competitiveness in West Africa through a market-based approach. By working in partnership with the private sector and fostering co-investments, the project will generate new private-sector capital investment into key sectors to create jobs and increase trade between the U.S. and West Africa, including through increased utilization of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). The project comprises of three main components:

  1. Design and administration of a Co-Investment fund for private sector partnerships, including a portion for partnerships in Research and Development (R&D) towards innovating and modernizing practices in Nigeria across five targeted value chains;
  2. Technical assistance (TA) that directly supports, coordinates, and engages with qualifying recipients (i.e., partners and grantees) to achieve USAID’s trade and food security objectives;
  3. Urgently respond to the secondary economic impacts of COVID-19, notably by increasing the access of working capital with financial actors, preventing job loss, and responding to supply shortages by scaling up local response.

Through this Co-Investment fund and technical assistance, the Trade Hub will improve companies’ abilities to expand business operations, increase productivity, and create jobs that build on the talents and aspirations of West Africa’s growing population. The Trade Hub will collaborate on specific commercial opportunities with firms, service providers, research organizations, and other business network actors to access private capital that will contribute to large-scale jobs, exports, and investment, particularly with strong, demonstrated, or potential links to the U.S. companies and investors.

Position Summary:

We seek a dynamic and talented Communications Specialist to create and implement communication strategies to support the Trade Hub’s needs and highlight activities implemented by multiple co-investment partners across the region. The Communication Specialist will work with a dynamic team to drive projects from initial concept through final delivery, working collaboratively with the technical team. The Specialist should be a writer, critical/creative thinker, and storyteller. They will be collaborative, passionate, high-energy, organized, articulate, and able to distill clear messages to promote the Trade Hub’s mission and impact. We’re looking for a communication professional to join our team who is passionate about telling human-angle stories and strategic communication.

Reporting & Supervision:

The Communications Specialist will report directly to the Communications Manager and work closely with the other team members.

Responsibilities

Primary Responsibilities:Marketing & Public Relations

We are a dynamic team with multiple skill sets. We seek a Communications Specialist with experience in creating and writing content that will promote the Trade Hub’s objectives and the achievements of our co-investment partners’ activities.

  • Write, edit, and publish marketing content on the Trade Hub activities, partnerships, grants, and industry, such as blog articles, promotional content, success stories, website content, and press releases to be made available through various channels
  • Seek input from several actors and thought leaders at different levels of the organization to produce optimal, thoughtful, and industry-leading publications that will further promote the Trade Hub objectives
  • Work in close collaboration with the technical team to identify great story ideas, develop, draft, and make them understandable and accessible through different communication channels
  • Work collaboratively with the team to assess, identify, draft, and propose communications campaigns, which may include social and online media, print media, direct mail, and other multimedia
  • Composes draft speeches for senior management and assists with finalizing them.
  • Create and coordinate multimedia content with guidance from the communication manager and evaluate campaigns’ success when completed.

Writing & editing

  • Identify and propose suitable stories, photo essays, and other content that would appear in the newsletter, website, and social media channels to the Communications Manager.
  • Write assigned success stories, features, and briefs for publication on The Trade Hub’s website and other channels, including USAID outlets.
  • Provide editorial guidance, including sourcing, writing, editing, and uploading thought pieces, data stories, and other relevant content submissions for the Trade Hub website
  • Work closely with the multimedia producer to schedule and develop scripts for audiovisual production.
  • Collaborate with HQ Communications to create and disseminate content through Creative’s channels.

Outreach & events

  • Work on all communications aspects of events, including promotion, program content for the program, registration materials, and related items; and setup, staff, and pack up Trade Hub exhibits at events
  • Work with the communication team to advise on trade shows, exhibitions, events, and other promotional materials
  • Develop and support the implementation of the Trade Hub/Partners launch, relevant webinars, dialogues, and in-person events, with guidance to the design from the communication manager

Administration

  • Support the development and implementation of the comprehensive strategic communications plan that aligns with The Trade Hub’s work plan that achieves the program’s internal and external communications goals
  • Ensure the staff and partners adhere to USAID’s Branding and Marking Guideline
  • Assist the Communication Manager with activities that promote communication between The Trade Hub and the West Africa-based USAID Missions, including project content suitable for dissemination on USAID channels
  • Support the writing and editing of USAID quarterly reports and other primary USAID-required project documents
  • Provide administrative support to outside consultants (such as translators, photographers, videographers, etc.)
  • Collaborate with the HQ Communications team.
Qualifications
Required Skills and Qualifications:

  • High School diploma required; BA degree highly desired.
  • Must have four years of general work experience, A minimum of two (2) years of work experience in Communications or other relevant fields, including journalism, marketing, or public relations.
  • Experience in project marketing & public relations, social media, and multimedia content production.
  • Language: Advanced knowledge of spoken and written French & English is highly desired
  • Strong writing and editing skills

Desired skills and qualifications

  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite or other graphic design programs
  • Local candidates are strongly encouraged to apply

Only finalists will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

Creative Associates International Inc. is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer (gender/race/disability/veteran) and provides equal opportunity to all individuals regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state, federal, or local law.

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