Communications And Knowledge Management Specialist

Position Description

SERA BORA, which in Swahili means Better Policies, is a USAID funded project through Michigan State University and implemented in collaboration with ASPIRES NGO in Tanzania.The 5-year project aims to accelerate adoption of more effective policies and programs, drive broad-based agricultural sector growth, improve household food security and nutrition, and reduce poverty in Tanzania. SERA BORA project has three components, namely:

Policy Research and Data; Policy and Regulatory Reforms; and Institutional Capacity for Policy Architecture.

ASPIRES Tanzania in implementing SERA BORA and works closely with Agriculture Sector Lead Ministries.ASPIRESTanzania seeks to recruit qualified dynamic Communication and Knowledge Management Specialist (C&NM) who will have the following responsibilities:

Technical and Leading Roles

Support implementation of SERA BORA communication strategy that includes media outreach and social media content creation
Manage USAID branding and marking plan for SERA BORA Project
Manage internal communications (memos, brochures, newsletters etc.)
Draft content (e.g. press releases) for mass media or SERA BORA websiteLead effort in preparing policy briefs from various research reports

Organize initiatives and plan events and press conferences
Liaise with media and handle requests for interviews, statements, etc.
Acquire and maintain a detailed knowledge of SERA BORA policies, principles and strategies and to keep up to date with relevant developments
Foster relationships with advocates and key stakeholders of SERA BORA
Perform “damage control” in cases of bad publicity
Provide quality assurance for SERA BORA communication materials
Assist in communication of strategies or messages from senior leadership
Development of success stories for the project
Build and maintain relationship with journalists and key external role players

Administrative and Supporting Roles

Liaise with the M&E Specialist in the preparation of monthly, quarterly, annual and end of project reports
Liaise with the M&E Specialist in reviewing various internal documents including the Annual Work Plan; Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Plan; and similar documents
Liaise with M&E Specialist in ensuring quality control of various project documents

Requirements (Knowledge and Skills)

Proven experience of at least 5 years as communications specialist in development projects
Experience in digital communications including managing content for organizations’ website and social media
Experience in copywriting and editing
Working knowledge of MS Office; photo and video-editing software is an asset
Excellent communication (oral and written) and presentation skills
Outstanding organizational and planning abilities
Proficient command of English


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