Communications Specialist Job in Kenya

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Communications Specialist Job in Kenya

Communications Specialist, USAID/Kenya and USAID/Somalia Communications and Development Support

Management Systems International (MSI), a Tetra Tech Company, is a Washington, D.C. metro area management consultancy with a 40-year history of delivering results for our clients. Our expertise is in the fields of monitoring and evaluation; democracy and governance; peace and stability; rule of law and accountability; education; gender and inclusion; strategic communications; and leadership and organizational development. MSI has implemented projects in 90 countries around the world such as Colombia, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Syria and Ukraine, and works domestically. We support clients ranging from the U.S. Government (e.g., the U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Departments of State and Labor, and the Millennium Challenge Corporation) to large bilateral and multilateral donors (e.g., the World Bank and the United Nations Development Program). We also work with national and local governments, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), think tanks, foundations and universities. For more information, please visit our website at

Project Summary: 

This anticipated 5-year project will support the implementation of Outreach and Communication Strategies, as well as regional communications for USAID/Kenya and East Africa and USAID/Somalia. The project will use strategic communications approaches to engage stakeholders within Kenya, East Africa, and Somalia on U.S. Government strategic objectives.

**Please note: Only Kenyan citizens are eligible for this position**

Position Summary:

The Communications Specialist will participate in the full scope of strategic communication support tasks including the development and production of information products and publications, event coverage, field work, photography, social media management, strategy development, videography and writing with an emphasis on digital and social media platforms. This position will report to the Deputy Chief of Party and work full-time at MSI’s office in Nairobi.


  • Maintain a clear understanding of the Mission’s bilateral and regional portfolio and structure, as well as Mission and Agency communications objectives.
  • Develop a social media strategy that articulates the role of social media in achieving the mission’s communications strategy and outlines how platforms are managed for USAID.
  • Assign to staff and follow up on content development, ensuring appropriate tone and relevance of messages to programmatic priorities, and managing partner-generated content.
  • Coordinate closely with the client, MSI teams, and implementing partners (IPs).
  • Develop, plan, and conduct social media campaigns on a quarterly basis
  • Draft original social media messaging and toolkits with proposed text, corresponding links, and appropriate images on a daily basis.
  • Develop and maintain a list of e-newsletters, websites, blogs, and other reputable sources of content for use by colleagues.
  • Lead the automation and optimization of social media performance measurement and optimize content based on algorithms and insights, leveraging SEO, hashtags, acronyms, emojis, etc. to drive further visibility and engagement.
  • Set KPIs for campaigns and develop monthly, quarterly, and annual analytics for all managed platforms.
  • Work with the Data Scientist to develop an automated system of culling analytics into real-time dashboard.
  • Develop and deliver general and advanced social media training for IPs and comms staff on advertising, content development, analytics, etc.
  • Set up social media advertisements and buys within the budget and provide a return on investment for ad spend.
  • Contribute to the professional presentation and execution of communications products and services and contribute to systems to track metrics/indicators.
  • Produce compelling, relevant content that adheres to USAID branding and style guidelines.
  • Interpret and tailor complex, technical content and make it understandable for different audiences.
  • Participate in and contribute to presentations, strategy, and performance review meetings.
  • Be a part of the editorial and creative process, bringing new and creative ideas to the table based on expertise and research.
  • Conduct interviews, take photos, videos, and otherwise support field work.
  • Work with other photographers and videographers to capture human interest stories.
  • Review relevant reports, news articles, social media handles, and other online information in preparation for tasks or to provide feedback to client.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field is required.
  • Social media or digital marketing certifications are preferred.
  • Minimum five years of relevant professional experience in journalism or public relations, including demonstrated experience in digital technologies such as Meta Ads, Twitter Ads, Brandwatch or others is required.
  • Knowledge of digital (websites, social networking, email and blogging), photography and videography to seamlessly apply to multiple scenarios is required.
  • Experience working and traveling in Kenya and in-depth understanding of Kenyan culture, geography and development issues is required.
  • Experience working with non-governmental organizations, donors and/or agency or mass media is preferred.
  • Experience in building the capacity of others on how to develop content for social media is preferred.
  • Experience with managing influencers and user-generated content is preferred.
  • Strong written and verbal fluency in English and Kiswahili is required.

How to Apply


MSI is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity and inclusion. We strive to develop and maintain a culture that honors the perspectives and identities of our employees, our communities and those impacted by our work.

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