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Strategic Communications Manager

at US Agency for International Development (USAID)
Location Nairobi, Kenya
Date Posted September 11, 2019
Category Management
Currency KSH
Work Hours Day


Local Hire U.S. Personal Services Contractor (PSC): Strategic Communications Manager (U.S citizens only)

Organisation: US Agency for International DevelopmentClosing date: 18 Sep 2019

SOLICITATION NO.: Mission Notice (MN) 19-145

ISSUANCE DATE: 09/05/2019

CLOSING DATE/TIME: 09/18/ 2019 at 04:30 p.m. (Nairobi Time)

POSITION TITLE: Strategic Communications Manager

MARKET VALUE: $90,621 to $117,810 equivalent to GS-14. Final compensation will be negotiated within the listed market value.

PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: One (1) year, with four (4) one-year options Not-to-exceed five (5) subject to funding availability and satisfactory performance or better.


SECURITY LEVEL REQUIRED: Facility/Computer Access



The USAID/Kenya and East Africa Environment Office is responsible for implementing a number of high-level U.S. government initiatives including President Trump’s Executive Order on Enforcing Federal Law with Respect to Transnational Criminal Organizations and Preventing International Trafficking, which identified wildlife trafficking as a threat to public safety and national security, given its link to transnational organized crime. In addition, the Office is implementing the U.S. Strategy to Combat Wildlife Trafficking, and the Eliminate, Neutralize, and Disrupt (END) Wildlife Trafficking Act. Kenya is a Tier 1 Country under the USAID Biodiversity Policy and East Africa is a Tier 2 Country, meaning that mission resources and staff must align activities to achieve positive outcomes to protect biologically significant ecosystems. USAID’s biodiversity earmark remains strong, with significant expectations for advancing cutting-edge conservation programming with high impact.

Experience Requirements

The candidate is required to have a minimum of eight years of experience directly involved in media, outreach and communications in development partner and/or donor contexts. The candidate must have excellent interpersonal and networking skills and the ability to liaise authoritatively with representatives from the development sector, local media, local government, USG, and other relevant actors. Clear understanding and demonstrated skills in outreach and coordination of organizational messaging is required.

Job Responsibilities

Assess current communications products and develop a strategic communications plan in coordination with the Development Outreach Coordinator (DOC)/Strategic Planning & Analysis Office (SPA) and support messaging to highlight the progress of ENV-funded activities towards the achievement of their overall goals and USAID/KEA objectives. Ensure that Collaboration, Learning and Adapting (CLA) is strongly embedded in the ENV communications strategy.

● Ensure that the ENV communications strategy supports the office’s and mission’s objectives for the Journey to Self-Reliance (J2SR).

● Coordinate with the USAID/KEA DOC to leverage local, regional and international media relationships that will ensure ENV events/stories are covered on a timely basis with appropriate content and that USAID and Embassy Nairobi staff are well informed of ENV activities, including ENV events.

● Establish excellent working relationships and strategic engagement with a wide range of senior figures within the development and USG community related to communications, including communications officials in other USAID Missions, AID/Washington, the USAID/KEA DOC team, the U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section (PAS) in Kenya, the Kenya and regional donor community, and ENV’s implementing partners throughout Kenya and the East Africa region.

Education Requirements

A Master’s degree in a relevant professional discipline such as media, journalism, communications, international relations, history and anthropology. However, 10 years or more of substantive and specifically relevant experience may be acceptable in lieu of a master’s degree.


Demonstrated experience preparing outreach materials for a wide range of outlets and audiences including print, video, and social media.
Demonstrated experience coordinating with U.S. Government agencies, international organizations, national or local governments, and/or other high-profile entities supporting economic growth.