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Short-term Development and Outreach Communications Specialist Job in Kenya

Short-term Development and Outreach Communications Specialist, Kenya

Company Profile:  MSI is a Washington, D.C.-based international development firm providing specialized short- and long-term technical assistance. 

Since its 1981 founding, MSI has grown in size and technical scope, now implementing and managing more than 70 projects worldwide. More than 30 are long-term, many in conflict-prone or fragile states that include Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. 

Today, our range of technical expertise includes analytical and field projects in democracy and governance, economic growth, strategic planning, organizational capacity building, health and the justice sector. 

MSI focuses on helping our local partners foster progress, manage change and improve the effectiveness of development assistance. 

We expanded our global footprint in 2008 by becoming part of Coffey International Development, a leading development firm that is part of Coffey International Limited, a publicly traded company on the Australia Stock Exchange. Alongside Coffey, MSI has corporate offices in 17 countries. 

Together, MSI and Coffey International Development employ more than 1,400 professionals worldwide. 

For more information on MSI, please visit our website at

Project / Proposal Summary: 
Public education within Kenya and in the U.S. is a critical objective of USAID/Kenya’s Program Office.  

Therefore, the Mission will rely on MSI’s support for two years to obtain qualitative and anecdotal evidence on the effects of projects on the lives of individual beneficiaries for use in print and electronic materials.  

For this purpose, MSI, in close coordination with USAID, shall be responsible for producing communications products and publications focused on USAID’s strategy.  

These will include: an annual calendar; quarterly brochures; an annual report to the Kenyan public; quarterly power point presentations for the Government of Kenya and/or other donors; two packages of event materials per month (decision memo, scene setter, speech, media advisory, and press release); 40 fact sheets on individual activities to be updated quarterly; and, 47 county-specific posters to be updated annually.
**This is a local position.  Only Kenyan Nationals are eligible to apply.**

Position Summary:
This short term Specialist will support USAID/Kenya’s Development and Outreach Communications (DOC) activities - LOE approximately 40 days. 

The position will be located in the USAID office at the U.S. Embassy compound in Gigiri, Nairobi.
Short-term Responsibilities:
  • Produce fact sheets on newly awarded activities.
  • Produce a monthly e-bulletin to inform stakeholders in the United States (USAID/Washington, Department of State, other U.S. agencies) and Kenya (Government of Kenya, business and civil society leaders, and other donors) about recent developments in the USAID assistance program in Kenya.
  • Provide draft Decision Memos, Scene Setters, Speeches, Press Releases and Media Advisories utilizing the templates provided by USAID.
  • Propose a pilot method for producing and disseminating weekly audio news and information about the funding for and the impact of USAID’s assistance program in Kenya to a minimum of 20 radio stations broadcasting, in Kiswahili, Luo, Kikuyu, Akamba, Kalenjin, Somali.
  • Support the USAID Strategic Communications Plan Performance Monitoring Plan.
  • Master’s Degree in Journalism, Communications or a relevant related field of study.
  • At least four years of related public relations, public outreach or Communications for Development (C4D) experience.
  • Demonstrated experience producing written products such as articles, reports, fact sheets, speeches, success stories, and press releases.
  • English language skills at the S/5 and R/5 level to perform communications technical services.
  • Ability to travel as needed throughout Kenya.
Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. 

No phone calls, please.

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