The Advancing Capacity for the Environment (ACE) program supports USAID’s work in the areas of climate change, environment, energy, and infrastructure. The ACE program primarily focuses on providing support and services to DAI’s client - the Center for Environment, Energy, and Infrastructure (EEI) within the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Bureau for Development, Democracy, and Innovation (DDI). The program objective is to enhance USAID’s effectiveness, leading to positive and sustainable development outcomes globally in the above sectors through activities under four key tasks areas: communications, training, knowledge management, and facilitation/organizational development. The program provides these comprehensive services and support across EEI as a collective Center, but also dedicated services and support to each of its three Branches—Climate & Cross-Sectoral Strategy, Natural Environment, and Built Environment—including services and support to each of the separate Divisions within each Branch.
The Senior Communication Specialist will serve as a key member of the communications team to ensure success full implementation of ACE’s communication activities. They will have the following responsibilities under supervision of the Communications Director/DCOP.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Support implementation of all aspects of the communications strategies of the USAID branches/divisions supported by ACE
Identify themes and key messages and compile and draft: success stories, newsletter s, talking points, social media content, presentations, event materials, and other communications products covering a wide range of environmental themes
Develop and propose innovative communication ideas and activities to branches/divisions at USAID supported by ACE
Manage and/or work with a range of consultants, including graphic designers, writers, videographers, etc., to develop communications products, to ensure high quality visual and written communications products
Represent ACE at virtual and occasional in person meetings with technical and communications staff of the USAID branches and divisions served by ACE
Collaborate closely with ACE’s technical teams, including directors and staff of the communications, knowledge management and facilitation/organizational development teams
Ensure that communications products developed by ACE adhere to USAID branding and marking guidelines
Work with the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Manager to report on communications activities to ensure ACE is contributing to ACE’s MEL targets
Act as back up Engagement Manager if needed, liaising directly with USAID on key tasks and supporting program management
Support management of final communications products on ACE’s shared drives so that all products can be easily found and shared as requested
Demonstrate professionalism and diplomacy to foster an atmosphere of teamwork, productivity, creativity, and innovation
Support other communications tasks as required
Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, international development, social /political sciences, or other related fields. Master’s degree preferred.
5-10 years of relevant professional experience, including significant experience in the field of communications for international development
Prior communications experience related to climate change, environmental, and/or natural resources management related programming, including familiarity with relevant actors, coordinating bodies, and events strongly preferred
Prior experience working on USAID projects and experience with USAID branding and marking guidelines strongly preferred
Excellent written and oral communication skills in English
Experience working on environmental projects strongly preferred
Compensation & Benefits
For employees working the United States, the full-time equivalent annual base salary for this position is expected to be between $70,000 and $95,000. Salary for part-time employees will be prorated based on actual hours worked. Actual offers will be based on several factors including, but not limited to, qualifications, relevant education, experience, skills, seniority, performance, and business or organizational needs.
Eligible U.S. based employees will be able to enroll in medical, dental and vision insurance, plus a 401(k)-retirement plan with a company match. Additionally, employees will be eligible for company-paid annual leave (vacation & holidays), sick leave, and parental leave, as well as short- and long-term disability coverage. Detailed information will be provided at the time a formal offer is extended.
For employees working outside of the United States, compensation and benefits will vary based on location.
Equal Employment Opportunity
DAI and its employees are committed to confronting racism and holding ourselves accountable for positive change within the company and in the communities, cultures, and countries in which we live and work. DAI is committed to attracting and retaining the best employees from all races and backgrounds in our continued effort to become a better development partner.
DAI upholds the highest ethical standards. We are committed to the prevention of sexual exploitation, abuse, and harassment as well as other ethical breaches. All of our positions are therefore subject to stringent vetting and reference checks.
DAI is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a commitment to diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.
DAI requires COVID-19 vaccinations subject to accommodation required by law.
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