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Communications Specialist


This is a Full-time position in Lusaka , Zambia posted 18/11/2020.

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Since 1963 and in 148 countries, ACDI/VOCA has empowered people in developing
and transitional nations to succeed in the global economy. Based in
Washington, D.C., ACDI/VOCA is a nonprofit international development
organization that delivers technical and management assistance in
agribusiness, financial services, enterprise development, community
development, and food security to promote broad-based economic growth and
vibrant civil societies. ACDI/VOCA has approximately 34 projects in 19
countries and total revenues of approximately $128 million.


ACDI/VOCA is currently implementing a five-year program entitled “Enterprise
Development and Growth Enhanced (EDGE) Activity” in Zambia funded by the
United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The aim of the
Zambia EDGE Activity is to increase the profitability for agricultural small
and medium enterprises (SMEs) by addressing their key investment constraints
on access to finance, limited business management skills and technology, and
access to markets, thereby increasing SMEs’ productivity and ability to create
new jobs in Zambia.
Pursuant to its mission, ACDI/VOCA is seeking experienced and talented
professionals for the Communications Specialist position. This position is
based in Lusaka and reports to Director of MEL and CLA. Communications
Specialist will plan, execute and manage the Activity’s communication strategy
to increase the Activity’s visibility and impact and communicate
implementation progress.


Develops and leads communications activities

Manages and develops appropriate positioning, messaging and dissemination
strategies for the Activity. Ensures compliance with communications policies
and standards set by donors, ACDI/VOCA and the host government. Ensures
compliance with branding and marking requirements for all offices, events, and
internal and external communications and learning materials. Oversees the
quality, frequency and effectiveness of all Activity messaging to the donors,
relevant government entities, partners, beneficiaries, media and other key
audiences. Facilitates information sharing and access within the project and
within country. Supports the management and development of knowledge and
information management systems. Builds communications strategies into various
Activity components and captures and relays relevant information to
stakeholders. Coordinates internal and external communications to create a
cohesive and coherent

ACDI/VOCA presence with employees and partners.

Develops processes and systems for crisis communications, assuming lead role
in a crisis communications event, if required. Ensures that all preparatory
information for field visits or official (public) events involving staff
members meets quality standards and time requirements.

Executes promotional materials, communications and learning deliverables and
related activities and products

Supports technical staff in the collection and writing of success stories,
lessons learned, case studies and other learning communications. Builds
capacity and provides communications support to the technical team, to help
them better communicate development and change. Reports to the donor, host
country institutions, media, and ACDI/VOCA on activities and achievements.
Supports and/or leads the organization of Activity-sponsored events. Helps
prepare and coordinate periodic performance reports for the donor. Develops
and updates information for the Activity website. Supports Director MEL & CLA
in rolling out a collaboration, learning and adaption plan for the Activity.

Represents ACDI/VOCA to government, media, partners, donors, beneficiaries,
and other aid agencies. Prepares for crises and takes a lead role in crisis
communications. Serves as principal contact for local and international press
and media, coordinating with project management, headquarters, and donor as


> A degree in Communication, Development Communication or its equivalent
> A minimum of 5 years’ experience in development communication and knowledge management with NGOs or private sector organizations.
> Knowledge of international development theory, practices, and issues. Advanced knowledge of communications and media for international development programs.
> Strong communications planning skills – understanding how to plan and implement the strategy
> Ability to research, analyze, evaluate and synthesize information
> Fluency in written and spoken English is a must.
> Proven in-depth ability to use the Microsoft Office Suite software as well as publishing and web development software.
> Preparedness to travel frequently to project sites including remote locations

To Apply:

Please submit a resume to no later than
November 26, 2020. Please include the position title in the subject line. The
resume and related application documents shall be provided as a single
attachment and list long-term employment history and any relevant short-term
consulting work. Due to the high volume of applications we are not able to
respond to inquiries via phone or email. Only shortlisted candidates
considered for an interview will be contacted. ACDI/VOCA is an equal
opportunity employer. Women, minorities and people from diverse groups are
encouraged to apply.

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