Tuesday, July 18, 2017

SNV, Communications and Outreach Specialist Jobs in Rwanda

OPENING DATE                          Tuesday, July 18, 2017
CLOSING DATE                          Monday, July 31, 2017
POSITION TITLE                        Communications and Outreach Specialist
SALARY                                        Commensurate with prior work experience and salary history
PERIOD OF                                  1 year renewable

PLACE OF                                    Kigali, Rwanda
WHO MAY APPLY                      • Rwandan nationals with native-level English capacity
                                                      English native speakers holders of resident permits
SNV is currently seeking a Communications and Outreach Specialist for Isuku Iwacu Activity funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID).
Isuku Iwacu Activity is a four-year rural sanitation project awarded on September 2, 2016 and estimated to be completed by November 9, 2020. The activity is being executed by a consortium of Non-Governmental Organizations headed by SNV, and including World Vision International and Water for People.
The overall goal of the Isuku Iwacu Activity is to increase local ownership and capacity to deliver sustainable, high quality sanitation and hygiene services in order to decrease childhood stunting. To accomplish this goal, over the life of project, Isuku Iwacu will improve access to and encourage correct, consistent use of household sanitation and hygiene facilities by (i) directly supporting and contributing to the Government of Rwanda-led efforts to improve access to sanitation in Rwanda, and (ii) promoting districtwide, private sector-driven household sanitation and hygiene interventions and on district- and national-level capacity development. The geographic coverage of the Activity includes the districts of: Kayonza, Kicukiro, Ngoma, Nyabihu, Nyanza, Nyarugenge, Ruhango, and Rwamagana.
Through Isuku Iwacu, USAID/Rwanda will contribute to improvements in the sustainable access to WASH services, with an emphasis on the lowest poverty quintile. Isuku Iwacu will help an estimated 500,000 people gain access to improved household sanitation, as defined by the Joint Monitoring Program (JMP) for the Millennium Development Goals, while ensuring that an additional 1,000,000 members of the population in beneficiary districts are using, at a minimum, JMP-defined improved sanitation and living in open-defecation free environments.
In reaching these targets, Isuku Iwacu will achieve the following three intermediate results (IRs): IR1 Increased demand for sanitation and hygiene products and services, IR2 Improved supply and availability of sanitation and hygiene products in the private sector, and IR3 Improved governance for sustained access to sanitation and hygiene products and services.
The Communications and Outreach Specialist is responsible for all internal and external Activity communications including the development of communication materials that are in compliance with USAID branding requirements and dissemination of such materials through appropriate channels (local and international media, website and social media platforms, etc.). These materials are intended to reach all Isuku Iwacu’s target audiences with important information about the Activity’s results, achievements and impact. S/he will compile, edit, and produce high quality Activity progress reports that document the Activity’s achievements and efforts to achieve its overall goal and objective. The Communications and Outreach Specialist is also responsible for developing and maintaining any digital / social media platforms used to capture and disseminate project results and success stories.
This position is full-time and based in Kigali with frequent travel to the eight target districts. A full job description is attached.
  • A Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Communications, International relations or related field or an equivalent combination of relevant experience or training
Work Experience and requirements
  • Native fluency in English language is required.
  • Comfortable editing documents produced by non-native English speakers.
  • 3 to 5 years of experience working in communications, reporting and/or production of communication materials.
  • Experience in public relations and implementation of communication plans, digital media, branding compliance, as well as experience providing support to USAID-funded projects is required.
  • Prior experience working on Isuku Iwacu’s relevant areas such as WASH, sanitation marketing, community participation, capacity building, and/or service delivery in Rwanda, East Africa or similar context is required.
  • Expert knowledge in synthesizing complex technical issues and subjects for
    presentation to diverse stakeholders and audiences, including the press.
  • Specialized training and experience in communications related to development programs in an overseas context.
  • Highly knowledgeable about USAID’s branding and marking requirements is a must.
  • Excellent English language writing and editing skills.
  • Excellent analytical and written and oral communication skills.
  • Must have a strong working computer skills and proficiency with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Project, and comfort with learning new applications as required.
  • Proven experience in using social media.
  • Familiarity with current web-based tools, apps, and IT platforms.
  • High level interpersonal skills, as well as stakeholder management skills
  • Maturity, professionalism, positive attitude.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize workload, respond to multiple demands, and meet short deadlines.
  • Demonstrated flexibility and openness in responding to changing work priorities and environment.
  • Ability to work well in a culturally diverse and team-based environment.
  • Motivation to work independently with limited supervision.
  • Ability and willingness to travel to target districts.
Applicants must fully meet the qualification requirements. Qualified individuals are requested to submit cover letter and resume ONLY in English and Word (.doc) or Acrobat (.pdf) format, addressing above-listed qualifications and requirements; and providing names, professional relationship, contact numbers and email addresses of three professional references, including at least two supervisors. Applicants must also provide at least two writing samples with their application. These samples should be no less than 350 and no longer than 1,500 words (preferably 750 to 1,000 words), and should demonstrate the applicant’s ability to clearly communicate complex ideas to the public. Samples must be by the applicant; co-written articles are not accepted
Cover letters and resumes’ file name must include candidate name i.e. johndoeresume.doc or johndoeresume.pdf and johndoecoverletter.doc or johndoecoverletter.pdf. Cover letters and resumes must be emailed to: isukuiwacujobopportunities@gmail.com with a Subject line: Communications and Outreach Specialist – USAID-funded Isuku Iwacu Activity. Mailed (paper/hard copies) applications will NOT be accepted.
  • E-mails received without the appropriate subject line and incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Any/All application submissions after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only shortlisted and selected candidates will be contacted/notified.
  • No in-person appointments or telephone calls will be entertained.
  • Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

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