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COMMUNICATIONS STRATEGY LEAD

COMMUNICATIONS STRATEGY LEAD

U.S. PEACE CORPS RWANDA

The Peace Corps is an independent U.S. Government agency that sends American volunteers around the world to aid countries to fulfill their development needs.  The Peace Corps has programs in 65 countries with approximately 7,000 American volunteers of all ages and backgrounds.

https://www.peacecorps.gov/rwanda/

Vacancy Announcement: Communications Strategy Lead

Full Time Position, Minimum Work Week 40 Hours

Basic Salary Range:23,082,059 RWF – 39,239,512 per annum

negotiable based on salary history/experience.

Applications closing date: 24 January 2024 

BACKGROUND 

The Peace Corps is an independent U.S. Government agency that sends American volunteers around the world to aid countries to fulfill their development needs.  The Peace Corps has programs in 65 countries with approximately 7,000 American volunteers of all ages and backgrounds. 

The three goals of the Peace Corps are: 

  • To help the people of interested countries in meeting their needs for trained men and women;
  • To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of peoples served;
  • To help promote a better understanding of other people on the part of Americans. 

Peace Corps originally opened its program in Rwanda in 1974, working for 20 years before closing its offices in 1994. It reopened its program in 2008 and Peace Corps Volunteers currently work in Health and TEFL Education, responding directly to the Government of Rwanda’s priorities. We are seeking an enthusiastic individual who is a team player and self-starter with moral integrity and a spirit of continuous improvement to fill this vacancy.  

BASIC FUNCTION 

The Communications Strategy Lead reports directly to the Country Director and is responsible for creating a Communications Strategy for PC Rwanda stakeholders that raises awareness about Volunteers’ success working in collaboration with their communities to address needs identified by the Government of Rwanda and host communities in the areas of Education and Health.        

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Strategic

  • Create a comprehensive communication strategy and plan for PC/Rwanda.
  • Effectively communicate and work productively with Volunteers, staff, and other stakeholders of all ages and capacities and people of diverse cultures.
  • Maintain current knowledge of communications and public relations in the context of Rwanda.
  • Work with other Peace Corps Africa Posts to incorporate best practices
  • Publish and distribute the first PC Rwanda Annual Report since Re-Entry, targeting Rwandan partners
  • Provide annual cost estimates for the communications strategy
  • Create a working relationship and ongoing best practices with the US Mission Public Affairs Office to amplify PC/Rwanda’s work via Embassy social media

Stakeholder Communications

  • Develop first wave content across multiple platforms (on-line, print, radio, etc.) to effectively reach all diverse stakeholder groups, to tell the PC Rwanda story, and to satisfy Peace Corps’ Second and Third Goals:
    • Communities in which we serve
    • Government of Rwanda
    • Local Non-Governmental Organizations/Embassies
    • Rwandan citizens
    • Staff
    • Current and Former Volunteers
    • Constituencies in the US including potential volunteers, the general public, policy-makers, influencers, PC headquarters 
  • Collaborate with and train PC Rwanda’s IT Assistant in online content management such as creating content, managing online sites, and reviewing content to ensure compliance with policy
  • Collaborate with and provide training for PC Rwanda’s Volunteer Social Media Delegation

QUALIFICATIONS

Required:

  • Bachelor’s or equivalent degree in a relevant field;
  • Three or more years’ experience in communications and marketing with tangible examples of high impact multi-media content development – including social media platforms
  • Demonstrated Instagram Portfolio geared toward US audiences.
  • Skills in a variety of social media platforms
  • Understanding of Rwandan social and cultural norms
  • Experience working in an inter-cultural environment to meet complex goals and objectives in a timely manner.
  • Excellent English language skills – writing, reading, and speaking.

APPLICANT INSTRUCTIONS

Interested candidates must submit via email ONLY

  • CV/Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Within the cover letter state whether or not you have ever served Peace Corps as a Trainee or Volunteer (including Response), or as a staff member (USDH, PSC, or FSN), and if so, to identify the position location, position type, title, and starting and ending dates.

Interested candidates should send the above combined no later than 24 January 2024 via the apply button below.

The title of the position should be clearly marked in the subject line of the email message.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Position Statements:

  • The anticipated contract will be for a base period, with up to four option periods, exercisable at the unilateral option of the Peace Corps based on satisfactory performance, continued need for the position, and availability of funds.
  • A contract is contingent on availability of funds, reference checks, and background check
  • One or more positions may be filled from the announcement.
  • Peace Corps reserves the right to not evaluate or to withhold an offer of a personal services contract to an individual that has a history of poor past performance or conduct as a Peace Corps Trainee, Volunteer, or staff member (USDH, PSC, or FSN).
  • Peace Corps reserves the right to withhold an offer of a personal services contract to an individual that is a relative or household member of a current Peace Corps staff member.
  • Individuals who have current or prior connections with intelligence activities or agencies through employment, related work, or even family relations may be ineligible for a personal services contract.
  • Individual will be required to follow any workplace health and/or safety rules indicated for their position – including complying with any medical and/or training requirements specified for their position in accordance with public health and/or occupational health or safety policies.
  • Peace Corps will not discriminate against an applicant because of that person’s race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older, except when the applicant is beyond the mandatory retirement age in the country of assignment), disability, or genetic information. 
  • Individual may be asked to complete one or more temporary duty assignments at other Peace Corps posts, transfer to another Peace Corps post, or to complete a detail with another USG Agency, a Peace Corps Headquarters office, or with a post other than the post of assignment. As part of an approved detail, the individual may be requested to perform work that may be specifically in line with or may add to the duties stated in the contract.

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