CAMRIS International Vacancy: Communications Analyst - Washington, DC

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The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)has contracted through CAMRIS International partnered with IAP World Services Inc. (IAPWS), to recruit and hire qualified individuals for the following position:

Title: Communications Analyst
Office of Science and Technology, United States Agency for International Development (USAID/OST)

Application Deadline:Open until filled

*The recruitment for this career ladder position will start at the GS 9 grade with promotion potential to a GS 11 grade. Exceptional performance at the GS 9 and the ability to show potential at the GS 11 must be shown during the candidate’s one year performance review in order for the approval of the graduation from the GS 9 grade level to the GS 11 grade level.

The GS9 position is a non-exempt position and the GS 11 position is an exempt position.

Duties for a GS 9/11 will be separated by a “/”. As an example “assist/manages” signifies for a GS 9 the duty would be to “assist” whereas for a GS 11 the duty would be to “manage.” These shifts in duties will be signified in red.*

USAID’s Office of Science and Technology is seeking a Communications Analyst to design and implement a range of communications strategies intended to promote OST’s programs and activities to a variety of audiences.

The Office of Science and Technology (OST), an independent office reporting to the USAID Administrator, aims to transform USAID into a global leader in development by pioneering and scaling evidence-driven products and approaches that utilize science and technology to address development challenges. The goals of the OST are to: 1. Advance revolutionary, multi-disciplinary applied research; 2. Accelerate global understanding of complex development problems through data and analytics; and, 3. Source, select, incubate, and scale transformative products and processes/approaches to improve the efficacy of development practices and reduce costs. The OST is one of the pillars of the USAID Forward reform agenda.

The Communications Analyst is an integral part of the communications team, working with the Senior Communications Leadership, various programs in OST. The work of this position is essential to ensure consistent information coming from the Office of Science and Technology. The Analyst will serve as the lead on particular OST programs and will be responsible for implementing and contributing to the design and execution of the Office’s communications strategy. The individual must be able to handle several tasks simultaneously, work quickly to meet competing deadlines, develop a solid understanding of Agency policy and guidelines, incorporate practices and procedures and develop a thorough understanding of the President’s Initiative goals and initiatives. The individual must also gain a clear understanding of the role of the Senior Advisor for Communications and be prepared to serve as a primary backstop in his/her absence.

The Communications Analyst will be fully integrated into the OST team and work closely with partner bureaus and offices throughout the Agency as well as with contractor and sub-contractor partners that will be responsible for key communication deliverables. She/he will facilitate the development and implementation of an internal and external strategic communications strategy and implementation plan for each GCD. The communications tactics for each competition and prize will include supporting a series of events, launches, partner engagements and maintaining a robust, content rich online presence through a combination of blogs, reports, data publication, online community building, case studies, articles, newsletters, infographics, videos, social media etc. as well as hard copy marketing collateral that promotes the GCD innovations.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Assist/manage OST’s online communications activities and proactively identify/develop opportunities to promote technical programs through websites and traditional/social media 
    • Assist/Manage internal and external websites, and serve as the primary point of contact for OST during the Agency web redesign process. Identify opportunities to promote products, announcements and key deliverables 
    • Generate new content/stories for IMPACT blog, Frontlines and other internal and external editorial channels, including various newsletters. Liaise with key technical and communications staff in OST, across the Bureau and throughout the Agency as well as at partner organizations to coordinate efforts 
    • Coordinate media team for events/announcements including implementation of strategy, pitch development, and wrap up reports 
    • Assist/Manage social media, including updates to relevant Facebook and Twitter, and identify ways to generate leads. Work closely with contractors on web and social media maintenance and upkeep
  • Creatively assist/creatively guide the production of a suite of high quality, timely multimedia deliverables; manage relationships, contracts and deliverables, as required. 
  • Assist/Manage the design, maintenance, content creation, and hosting of the website. 
  • Help manage members/manage members of the OST team to plan events, host speakers, and generate online and print content. 
  • Assist with the/Manage the implementation of communications activities around major events, conferences and relevant observance days 
  • Help Lead/Lead team in assisting in editorial and knowledge management activities, including developing press releases, fact sheets, Q&As, op-eds, speeches/remarks and other collateral. Work closely with implementing partners to collect success stories and other materials that support USAID’s work 
  • Assist with the/Manage internal and external communication requests for information, including scheduling requests, briefers, action memos and notes to the field 
  • Contributes to building/builds the OST brand by developing internal and external key messages, and marketing content for each communications product under the brand. Develop outreach and marketing tactics to reach partners, entrepreneurs, investors, innovators, other key audiences in the S&T community, and the general public.
Other Duties:
  • Develop and sustain robust communities of practice around each OST’s activities. 
  • Initiate, strengthen, and maintain communications with USAID missions and other Agency Bureaus (both regional and technical) for each activity. 
  • Identify, cultivate and manage key relationships media contacts to provide external visibility for the programs within the international media market. 
  • Draft articles, case studies and reports and other marketing collateral that promote the GCD brand and celebrate the OST sourced innovations (Some of these efforts will involve packaging existing information (USAID-produced or otherwise), while others will require new content generation). 
  • Identify and key external activities relevant to OST (i.e. external conferences, seminars, online events and symposiums focused on science and technology for development). 
  • Support the Senior Advisor for Communications in cultivating relationships with external partners, LPA and USG communications counterparts to share information, cross-promote and collaborate on strategic efforts 
  • Attend weekly Agency communications meetings, sere as key member, and collaborate on Bureau-wide activities
The contractor must have:
  • The position requires a college degree in related field. BA in communications, marketing, journalism, public relations and/or a related field. Master’s degree is preferred. Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to integrate into a team. 
  • Minimum of 5-8 years of progressively responsible experience in communications/public affairs capacity, preferably working in developing countries with demonstrated expertise in communications as it applies to health. Some PR agency experience a plus
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with concrete experience in strategic communications strategy design and execution.
  • Knowledge and experience in overseeing the design and management of websites.
  • Experience in developing and managing online campaigns and social media strategies.
  • Previous experience in effectively addressing organizational objectives and strategic messaging through public outreach campaigns.
  • Project management experience.
  • Experience in employing traditional, digital and social media as an outreach and marketing vehicle.
  • Experience in web site design, management, and/or content development.
  • Ability to work in a fast paced, high volume, multi-client environment.
  • Interest and/or experience in international development and experience working with USAID or on USAID projects is highly desirable.
  • Ability to work with minimal guidance, prioritize work, and handle multiple tasks under tight deadlines.
  • Experience developing and maintaining relationship with media outlets and contacts. 
  • General knowledge and interest in global development issues including health, as well as interest in working for USG/public sector 
  • Demonstrated ability in communications program implementation and execution 
  • Proven record of excellent organizational, management and interpersonal skills. Ability and willingness to navigate within a large, complex federal agency to meet goals. 
  • Strong writing and editing skills 
  • Willingness to travel internationally (up to 20% of time) 
  • US Citizenship required 
  • Ability to obtain Secret Clearance
This is an opportunity for employment or a contract, but we reserve the right to make no selection or award.
CAMRIS International and IAP World Services Inc. offer competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits.

CAMRIS and IAP are Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or disability status.

Closing date: 30 Sep 2014

How to apply:
Please submit your resume online at HERE.