Bilingual Communications Director for Anticipated Colombia Project

Title: Bilingual Communications Director for Anticipated Colombia Project

Location: Bogotá, Colombia

Start Date: This is for a proposed project, start date expected to be around March 2019 – this position is contingent on KANAVA’s success in their bid for funding.

KANAVA International seeks a qualified, full-time bilingual English-Spanish Communications Director to manage and oversee a substantial communications portfolio. The scope of work includes support for external, internal, regional, and client-focused communications. The project is an anticipated five-year USAID high priority activity located in Colombia.

Objectives and Expected Results:

The Communications Director will work with the Chief of Party and other senior staff to ensure that project progress is adequately documented through regular, contractually-required reports as well as success stories, social media posts, infographics, short videos, and other products as assigned. As a visible member of this high-profile program, the Communications Director will frequently interface with USAID, Government of Colombia, and Embassy officials and leadership.

The candidate will report to the Chief of Party (COP) and manage a small team of communications associates with skills in reporting, social media, graphic design, and video production. In addition, s/he will:

● Serve as the primary point of contact to USG, USAID, and Government of Colombia (GOC) partners on all the program’s communications related matters. 

● Provide direct and rapid response to all incoming requests for information, talking points, messaging, etc., from US Embassy and/or USAID. 

● Develop strategic messages and talking points on a wide spectrum of issues and topics, some politically sensitive, to ensure the complex needs of diverse audiences, including the USG, the GOC, and the project staff, are met.

● Develop, adapt, and refine content and messaging to be used across the project in written, verbal and web-based communications.

● Collaborate with USAID, project leadership, and project technical leads to develop a strategic outreach agenda that builds and fortifies critical relationships with GOC leadership and officials and facilitates direct communication between USAID and GOC leadership on the program. 

● Collaborate with USAID and Embassy staff to develop and organize strategic field visits for high-level delegations, including USG congressional, State Department, and Embassy delegations.

● Develop training and coach project staff on writing to best convey the project story, effective presentation styles, and effective meeting management.

● Serves as a strategic advisor to the COP and the DCOP Technical on all internal and external communications related issues.

● Manage a three-person communications team to provide final quality control and approval for all project communications to ensure high quality products to strategically tell the project story.

● Perform other communications duties as assigned.

Qualifications Requirements:

The ideal candidate will possess:

●   Fluent spoken and written Spanish and English.

● Substantial communications experience (8+ years), including field experience in politically sensitive post-conflict environments.

● Excellent strategic writing, editing, and speaking skills, with skill in distilling and presenting complex technical information into succinct, understandable, and clear messages for high-level government audiences. 

● Communications experience in development, policy, public affairs, and politics, or in combination, is highly desirable. 

● Communications experience working with NGOs, USAID, US State Department, US Congress, or US Embassy is highly desirable.

● Educational background in communications, public affairs, marketing, political science or public policy is desirable, but experience will be weighted over education.

● Ability to work in a fast-paced team environment, being deadline-oriented and highly responsive, is required.

● Ability to approach challenges with patience and humor, but remain solutions focused.

● Knowledge of social media best practices, including metrics to gauge impact. 

● Exceptional leadership and people-oriented skills.

About KANAVA:

KANAVA spurs economic development by helping build sustainable organizations, focusing on strengthening their management capacity to better support their technical work. As a women-owned and service-disabled veteran-owned small business, KANAVA brings half a century of experience in military operations, diplomacy, and international development. We currently work on projects in Africa, Asia, and the U.S.


Application Instructions:

Please send cover letter and CV in English that clearly show how applicant meets qualifications to: recruit@kanavainternational.com. The subject line should read: “Bilingual Communications Director - Colombia”. Applicants should also include two writing samples, one in English and one in Spanish, and a list of three names for references.

Deadline for Application: December 31, 2018

Matthew Tyson