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OTI Strategic Communications Coordinator/Specialist - Washington, DC (Multiple Positions) (GS-11/GS-12)

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The OTI Strategic Communications Coordinator/Specialist is a full-time Personal Services Contract (PSC) position at the GS-11 or GS-12 equivalent levels and located in Washington, DC. Offers for this position are due no later than March 9, 2021 at 1:00pm Eastern Time. For full information about this position, as well as instructions on how to apply, please read the entire solicitation at www.OTIjobs.net.

INTRODUCTION:

The OTI Strategic Communications Coordinator/Specialist is expected to be dedicated primarily to communications activities. While the Strategic Communications Coordinator/Specialist may be supervised by any OTI team or division leader or his/her designee, the initial supervisor for the position under this solicitation will be OTI’s Communications and Outreach Team Leader or his/her designee. OTI’s Communications Team works within OTI’s Program, Learning, and Innovation (PLI) division.

The Communications Team advances OTI’s mission by contributing to the Conflict Prevention and Stabilization (CPS) Bureau and Agency-led outreach efforts and communications in support of country programs and the wider office. Specifically, the Communications Team prepares OTI-specific communications products, develops office-wide messaging, manages the office’s digital presence, and provides input to Agency and CPS communications products. In addition, the Communications Team manages internal correspondence for multiple stakeholders, including liaising with the Agency’s Bureau for Legislative and Public Affairs (LPA) in support of congressional briefings and external engagements. The Communications Team’s work continues to help OTI convey its objectives, impact, and lessons learned to inform decision-making and secure resources for future programming.

While the Strategic Communications Coordinator/Specialist works under the direction of the Communications Team Leader, he or she needs to demonstrate a high degree of autonomy and responsibility. The incumbent must be articulate and able to represent OTI in various forums, meetings and seminars, and have a sound understanding of USAID’s operational processes in Washington. The Strategic Communications Coordinator/Specialist must be an individual with excellent writing, editing, storytelling, and interpersonal skills with an understanding of U.S. policy interests and the role transition programming can play in the mitigation of conflict and the development of democracy. The Strategic Communications Coordinator/Specialist must be able to communicate effectively, in person and in writing, with diverse audiences and be able to accomplish a wide range of assignments on short notice.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

At the GS-11 Strategic Communications Coordinator level:

● Assist with the development, editing, distribution, and publishing of OTI communications products, including annual reports, country program reporting, fact sheets, briefing books, brochures, success stories, videos, and web-based materials;

● Track, manage, and coordinate clearances across the office in response to information requests (Taskers);

● Assist with the management of digital content across OTI's social media accounts and assist with campaigns involving other USAID offices, and update internal and external websites;

● Assist with cultivating and managing professional relationships with non-governmental organizations (NGOs), implementers, international donors, USAID, U.S. government agencies and other organizations of importance to OTI programs in Washington and the field, serving as a liaison to coordinate communications activities;

● Support Communication Team with responses to media inquiries in a timely fashion;

● Assist in the preparation of presentations and briefings used to engage internal and external audiences;

● Assist in the development and implementation of OTI’s office-level and country-specific strategic communications plans and monitoring/supporting implementation of plans;

● Assist with training OTI staff and implementing partners, both in Washington and the field, on communications-related skills, and support the maintenance of training materials as required;

● As required, perform services under this scope of work at physical locations other than Washington OTI headquarters, including within other USAID offices, bureaus, or other USG agencies;

● Serve on short-term assignments with other USAID offices or bureaus in direct support of OTI programs for a period not to exceed three months, and;

● Support the completion of other tasks as required to fulfill OTI’s program objectives as requested by the Communications and Outreach Team Leader or OTI senior leadership.

At the GS-12 Strategic Communications Specialist level:

Perform the same duties as the GS-11 level but with less supervision, greater decision-making authority, and greater independence of action.

● Develop, edit, distribute, and publish OTI communications products, including annual reports, country program reporting, fact sheets, briefing books, brochures, success stories, videos, and web-based materials;

● Track, manage, and coordinate clearances across the office in response to information requests (Taskers);

● Manage digital content across OTI's social media accounts and assist with campaigns involving other USAID offices, and update internal and external websites;

● Cultivate and manage professional relationships with non-governmental organizations (NGOs), implementers, international donors, USAID, U.S. government agencies and other organizations of importance to OTI programs in Washington and the field, serving as a liaison to coordinate communications activities;

● Support Communication Team with responses to media inquiries in a timely fashion;

● Develop presentations and briefings used to engage internal and external audiences;

● Develop, monitor, and implement OTI’s office-level and country-specific strategic communications plans;

● Train OTI staff and implementing partners, both in Washington and the field, on communications-related skills. Develop and update training materials as required;

● As required, perform services under this scope of work at physical locations other than Washington OTI headquarters, including within other USAID offices, bureaus, or other USG agencies;

● Serve on short-term assignments with other USAID offices or bureaus in direct support of OTI programs for a period not to exceed three months, and;

● Support the completion of other tasks as required to fulfill OTI’s program objectives as requested by the Communications and Outreach Team Leader or OTI senior leadership.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

At a minimum, the offeror must have:

At the GS-11 Strategic Communications Coordinator level:

(1) A Master's degree with a minimum of three (3) years of work experience;

OR

Bachelor's degree with a minimum of four (4) years of work experience;

AND

(2) Demonstrated experience updating, creating, and managing an organization’s online/digital properties and multimedia projects.

(3) Demonstrated experience coordinating written/print reports and products.

At the GS-12 Strategic Communications Specialist level:

(1) A Master's degree with a minimum of four (4) years of work experience;

OR

Bachelor's degree with a minimum of five (5) years of work experience;

AND

(2) Demonstrated experience updating, creating, and managing an organization’s online/digital properties and multimedia projects

(3) Demonstrated experience coordinating print reports and products.

Please direct questions about this position or the offer process to the OTI Recruitment Team at otijobs@usaid.gov.

How to apply

For full information about this position, as well as instructions on how to apply, please visit www.OTIjobs.net.