Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP)/Senior Communications Manager Development Outreach and Communications Jobs Vacancy Kenya 2019
Career Employment Kenya: Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP)/Senior Communications Manager Development Outreach and Communications Jobs Vacancy Kenya 2019
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Job Title

Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP)/Senior Communications Manager Development Outreach and Communications




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Recruiter: Management Systems International Updated on: 2019-12-06 12:23:07
Contract Permanent
Location: Nairobi Available: ASAP
Category: Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP)/Senior Communications Manager Development Outreach and Communications Support Program
Information Management / Communications
Offer: Competitive



MSI has a vacancy for Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP)/Senior Communications Manager-Development Outreach and Communications Support Program

Minimum Requirements


  • Bachelor’s degree required in relevant field, Masters preferred.

  • 7-15 years of relevant professional experience in journalism or public relations, including demonstrated experience implementing communication strategies and outreach campaigns that successfully raise the profile of projects or commercial companies.

  • Significant work experience with non-governmental organizations, donors and/or mass media, understands the international development space and has a demonstrated, broad knowledge of digital (websites, social networking, email and blogging), photography and videography that s/he can seamlessly apply to multiple scenarios.

  • Experience in building the capacity of USAID projects on how to communicate and report their progress and successes is highly preferred.

  • Experience working and traveling in Kenya/Somalia.

  • Ability to work in Kenya.

  • Excellent written and verbal fluency in English is required. Kiswahili and or Somali language skills preferred.


Job Specification

Project Summary:

The purpose of this contract is to provide communication, outreach, and strategic planning services to the USAID/Kenya and East Africa (KEA) and USAID/Somalia Mission. Through a four-year period of performance, the program supports day-to-day media communications and outreach activities, as well as the development of a mission-wide Communications Strategy.

Position Summary:

Under the supervision of the Chief of Party (COP), the DCOP/Senior Communications Manager will provide technical and managerial leadership and oversight. S/he will participate in the full scope of strategic communication support tasks—including the development and production of a Communications Strategy, information products and publications, social media content management, photography/videography and overall content development. The DCOP/Sr. Communications Manager will provide shared supervisory support for the DOC program.


Technical Duties

  • Provide day-to-day leadership and oversee the development and production of all printed and digital materials, specifically annual reports/brochures, photos, success stories and daily social media content.

  • Maintain a clear understanding of the USAID/KEA and Somalia Mission’s bilateral and regional portfolios and structures, as well as Mission and Agency communications objectives, to communicate this information effectively.

  • Assist with the creation and launch of creative social campaigns.

  • Measure and track effectiveness of digital communications, adjusting content as needed to improve performance.

  • Develop content for newsletters, press releases, websites and other printed material as required.

  • Manage external consultants, contribute to major writing activities and serve as a chief writer where necessary.

  • Work closely with the Communications Specialists to review daily content and provide quality assurance.

  • Ensure consistency across all areas of editorial production.

  • Facilitate collaboration and information sharing with communications colleagues from implementing partners through regular meetings and check-ins.

Operational and Managerial Duties 

  • Serve as Acting Chief of Party when the Chief of Party is out of office. Liaise with the USAID/KEA and Somalia Mission’s DOC office on communications activities.

  • Manage full-time technical staff members to ensure quality of products and timely submission of assigned tasks.

  • Encourage efficiency in delivery of tasks by continually monitoring activities against goals, minimizing duplication of personnel activities, and defining and using standard operating procedures.

  • Oversees coordination of field work in line with the Mission’s planned strategic communications approach.

  • Manage editorial calendar and timelines for the creation and execution of field content.

  • Assist in the development, socialization and management of digital asset and project management and filing systems.

  • In close collaboration with the COP,

    • Plan, organize, and deliver training(s) and coordination support to USAID’s communications community of practice among implementing partners.

    • Supervise the work of publishing contractors and vendors, including editors, graphic designers, printers, transcribers, translators, and writers.

    • Develop project reports, annual work plans, presentations and other documents as required by USAID and MSI.

  • Build productive relationships with USAID, MSI staff, and other implementing partners.

  • Oversee the technical staff’s professional development.

Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

MSI is an EEO/AA/ADA Veterans Employer.

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