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FHI 360 Job Vacancy: Communications Assistant, FANTA - Washington DC, USA

FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in health, education, nutrition, environment, economic development, civil society, gender, youth, research and technology — creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today's interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 70 countries and all U.S. states and territories.

We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of: Communications Assistant, FANTA

The Food and Nutrition Technical Assistance III Project (FANTA) improves nutrition and food security policy, strategy, and programming, and provides technical support to USAID and its partners, including host country governments, international organizations, and NGO implementing partners. Focus areas for technical assistance include maternal and child health and nutrition, HIV and other infectious diseases, community-based nutrition programs and interventions, and food security and livelihood strengthening. FANTA develops and adapts approaches to support the design and quality implementation of field programs, while building on field experience to improve and expand the evidence base, methods, and global standards for nutrition and food security programming. The project, funded by USAID, is a five-year cooperative agreement that ends February 7, 2017.

Job Summary / Responsibilities:
FANTA’s Communications Unit is responsible for producing high-quality documents and other communications-related material to further the work of the project’s technical staff on designing and implementing delivery science research and developing methods, tools, guidance, and technical reference materials in the areas of qualitative, formative, and operations research for use by FANTA staff and by FANTA stakeholders. The Communications Assistant will provide administrative support specifically to the Communications Unit and generally to the FANTA team.

Specific activities may include:

  • Coordinate, respond to, and file Communications Unit requests for work – keeping track of incoming work, deadlines, and filing system.
  • Assist in proofing and formatting documents in various programs, such as Microsoft and Adobe programs, and making PDF files compliant for posting on the website.
  • Assist in uploading and organizing files on the project’s intranet site using Sharepoint and website using Drupal.
  • Assist in maintaining files both electronically and hard copy, including printing, copying, and binding reports upon request.
  • Work with vendors to fulfill specialty printing requests – request quotes, coordinate files, and coordinate payment
  • Assist with arranging, coordinating, and preparing materials for meetings and workshops.
  • Contribute to Communications Unit dissemination efforts.
  • Other tasks to support the communication unit and project as needed.
High School/GED Diploma or its international equivalent; Bachelor’s strongly preferred or equivalent combination of education and work experience. Degree in communications preferred.


  • Requires at least two years of experience or a bachelor’s degree and no experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience working with standard office equipment, including computers, printers, copiers, and scanners; ability to learn how to use trimming and binding equipment.
  • Experience working with Microsoft Office and ability to learn other programs related to design and web.
  • Experience or interest in working in communications, nutrition, and/or international development.
  • Experience working on a USAID-funded project, a plus.

  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail; ability to establish priorities, meet deadlines, and manage a variety of tasks with accuracy.
  • Ability to work with a team consisting of people with varied technical backgrounds and levels of training.
  • Excellent verbal and written English communications skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to work with professionals from around the world in a multicultural environment.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and ability to learn other programs related to design and web.
This job description summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

Closing date: 31 Dec 2015

We offer competitive compensation and an outstanding benefit package. Please click here to visit FHI 360's Career Center for a list of all open positions.

FHI 360 is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. FHI 360 is committed to providing equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or status as a veteran with respect to policies, programs, or activities.