Communications Specialist


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Job Title: Communications Specialist

Job Classification:  Professional                                   

Job Grade: L

Reports to:  M&E Specialist

Type of contract: Full-time or Short-Term Technical Assistance

Job location: Kigali, Rwanda

Supervisory responsibility: None

Job Summary:

The Private Sector Driven Agricultural Growth (PSDAG) project is a five-year (August 2014- August 2019) USAID-funded initiative implemented by Research Triangle Institute (RTI) with the aim of increasing smallholder incomes by promoting private sector investment. PSDAG has two primary complementary objectives are: (1) To assist the Government of Rwandan (GOR) to increase private sector investment, and (2) To facilitate increased private sector investment by upgrading agricultural value chains.

The Communications Specialist is responsible for development and implementation of relevant communications approaches and tools to support documentation and dissemination of progress, achievements and success stories of planned activities under objectives 1&2. S/he will also be responsible for putting in place systems and tools to ensure implementation of marking and branding plan in compliance with USAID and RTI branding requirements. S/he will use USAID Automated Directive System (ADS) 320.3.2 to advise and guide PSDAG to ensure compliance with USAID branding policy.

Essential Duties:

  • Develop communication tools and approaches to document and disseminate achievements and success stories from implementation of project activities;
  • Liaise with RTI Home Office and USAID communications focal persons to ensure all project technical materials are in compliance with USAID branding and marking standards;
  • Identify and implement innovative approaches to disseminate information about project implementation progress and results, to project partners and external stakeholders;
  • Prepare project success stories, factsheets, information bulletins, briefs, updates and other publications for internal and external use;
  • Ensure project staff, grantees, and service providers comply with USAID marking and branding standards and requirements;
  • Supervise all activities carried out by service providers sub-contracted to provide communications, branding, marketing and events organization services;
  • Ensure proper visibility of the project in all intervention areas under various partnership mechanisms (grant agreements and or Memorandum of Understanding [MOU]);
  • Ensure communications are consistent in messaging across the project and aligned with the overall project goal, objectives and implementation strategies;
  • Prepare press releases and circulate approved versions to media outlets to ensure coverage of project activities (project launches, strategic project events) and achievements;
  • Liaise with the press to ensure communication of project’s achievements and success stories in newspapers, local radio stations, magazines, and social media;
  • Produce USAID-branded materials (banners, flyers) for use during project events (stakeholder meetings, launches, signing ceremonies, workshops);
  • Ensure all project staff have branded communication materials (business cards, T-shirts, caps, badges, and email signatures);
  • Ensure adherence to USAID guidelines in co-branding communication materials (banners, posters, signage);
  • Ensure PSDAG’s administrative materials, including business cards, stationery, offices and vehicles are properly branded in line with USAID branding and marking guidelines;
  • Use social media channels (Twitter) to communicate project activities, events and results;
  • Prepare logistics and materials (agenda, briefer) required during USAID’s field visits;
  • Provide guidance to project staff, private partners and subcontractors to ensure USAID branding of project activities, documents (reports, training documents), equipment and other materials;
  • Carry out any other duties within the position responsibilities assigned by the Chief of Party or M&E Specialist.

Minimum Required Education & Experience

  • University Degree in Communications, Knowledge Management, Public Relations or related field; Master’s degree preferred.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in communications, knowledge management andor public relations practice;
  • Experience working on USAID-funded projects highly recommended.
  • Proven experience of developing and implementing communication strategies/plans andtools;
  • Experience in agriculture sector is desirable.

Skills & Abilities

  • Excellent knowledge of MS Word, Publisher, PowerPoint;
  • Ability to multi-task;
  • Ability to work well with others;
  • Ability to listen and communicate well both verbally and in writing (English and Kinyarwanda); Knowledge of French is a plus;
  • Ability to work independently;
  • Attention to detail and accuracy.

Physical/Mental Demands

Physical and mental demands of this role include those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job, as outlined above.  Examples include:  remaining in a stationary position for long periods of time; operating a computer and other office machinery; thinking, learning, and concentrating effectively and frequently communicating with other people, both within RTI and outside of RTI; ability to handle the stress associated in meeting frequent, multiple and tight deadlines, ability to work in excess of 40 hours per week as workload and deadlines may require, ability to have regular, reliable and predictable attendance.


The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

Agency-wide Competencies:

These agency-wide dynamic development behaviours guide RTI staff to fulfil his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results:

  • Communicate
  • Collaborate
  • Innovate
  • Develop talent
  • Think globally
  • Act strategically

Application Instructions

Interested and qualified applicants should submit their CV and cover letter on or before  February 19, 2018 to; with copy to and indicate on the subject line: Application for Communications Specialist.

Due to anticipated high interest in this post and the expected number of applicants, only short-listed candidates will be contacted for the interview and selection test.

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