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.
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.
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.
Please send cover letter and CV in English that clearly show how applicant meets qualifications to: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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