Communications Manager - Nathan Associates



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The USAID-Feed the Future Ghana Trade and Investment (GTI) Activity was initiated on December 1, 2021 and will run for 5 years.  The activity will work closely with public and private sector stakeholders to improve the enabling environment for Ghana’s economic growth by

(1) facilitating growth in export-oriented trade;

(2) improving and developing product standards;

(3) catalyzing investments in private enterprises related to high-value commercial crops;

(4) promoting job creation, particularly among women and youth;

(5) promoting economic diversification; and

(6) increasing foreign exchange revenues from high-value export crops. GTI will facilitate investing in firms that trade goods across borders, spur innovation, and build the capacity of the entire trade sector. 
 

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Purpose: 

The Communications Manager will report to the Chief of Party and Finance and Administrative Director and work closely with technical staff. S/he will lead the creation of all communications deliverables and manage the public-facing aspects of the project. S/he will be responsible for project messaging, marketing, media, public awareness, branding, and other communications efforts.

S/he will be expected to creatively utilize different types of media to increase the public awareness of project activities, including but not limited to videos, web shorts, podcasts, radio messages, interactive media, social media, and fliers. S/he will manage the development and implementation of the Communications and Outreach Plan to ensure strategic visibility of all project activities and outputs; effectively communicate project impact to project stakeholders and beneficiaries; and guide project development and reporting on activities that are impactful, representative, and highly visible.

 

Location and Reporting:

The Communications Manager will be based in Accra, Ghana, and report to the Chief of Party and the Finance and Administrative Director.

 

Key Responsibilities: 

The Communications Manager will be responsible for the following tasks:

  • Collate, draft, and submit bi-weekly reports to donor.
  • Lead drafting of quarterly and annual reports to be submitted to the donor.
  • Position will be required to organize and lead colleagues to submit respective portions in a timely manner and within proper formatting guidelines.
  • Design and oversee implementation of the Communications and Outreach Plan, targeting project beneficiaries and stakeholders.
  • Work across GTI to direct the regular production of activity communication and marketing materials such as success stories, presentations, meeting materials, workshops, and briefs, in collaboration with office and technical staff.
  • Ensure communications services and activity communications strategy are delivered within the appropriate marketing and strategy guidelines.
  • Review external communications to ensure quality control.
  • Provide assistance in the preparation and presentation of reports to USAID and other stakeholders.
  • Work with project technical leads to support visible project implementation and effectively communicate project impact to beneficiaries and stakeholders.
  • Collect copies of outreach or press reporting for quarterly performance reporting.
  • Provide timely feedback on deliverables as required.
  • Provide timely feedback on deliverables as required.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

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Required Skills or Experience

Qualifications:

  • At least 7 years of experience in communications, preferably in the field of development.
  • Bachelor’s degree (preferably in social sciences, communications/marketing, international relations, international development, or related fields).
  • Comprehensive communications experience in local and international spheres, including experience on USAID-funded projects.
  • Demonstrated English writing and editing skills, including the ability to package information for delivery, is required.
  • Experience building and implementing communications strategy and providing communications advising services to activity and client teams.
  • Familiarity with USAID branding and marking standards is preferable.
  • The ability to train colleagues on writing styles and effective written communication is highly preferable.
  • A record of superior performance in a deadline-driven environment is desirable.
  • Familiarity with graphic design tools (Adobe Creative Suite) is preferable.
  • Legally authorized to work in Ghana.
  • Native English speaking and writing ability.

The ideal candidate will bring innovative ideas to enhance and improve traditional communication processes.

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