Communications and Outreach Coordinator

  Counterpart International
  Afghanistan Unspecified 990
Date Posted:Jan 10, 2011
Closing Date:Feb 20, 2011
Work Type:Unspecified
Number of Vacancies:1
Functional Area:Media
Salary Range:Salary is negotiable
Years of Experience:5 Years
Contract Duration:Not specified
Possibility of Contract Extension: false
Contract Type:Permanent
Probation Period:1 month
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About Counterpart International:


Counterpart International is a global development organization that empowers people and communities to implement innovative and enduring solutions to social, economic, and environmental challenges. For nearly 50 years, Counterpart has been forging partnerships with communities in need to address complex problems related to economic development, food security and nutrition, and building effective governance and institutions. Counterpart has done groundbreaking work in more than 65 nations worldwide. Today we are widely regarded as an international development pioneer and leader – known best for our unique approach to partnership and capacity building, a commitment to learning and continuous improvement, and a reputation as a responsible steward of funder resources. In all we do, our ultimate goal is to have enduring impact– empowering every community we serve with the ability to create lasting change and build true self reliance.

Job Summary:

The primary functions of the Communications and Outreach Coordinator (COC) is to: 1.) devise and implement a communications strategy for Counterpart’s Initiative to Promote Afghan Civil Society II (I-PACS II) project; 2.) support increased understanding and positive perceptions of civil society and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) as citizens’ advocates; and 3.) create systems and resources that facilitate I-PACS II’s interaction and coordination with media and civil society stakeholders throughout Afghanistan.. The COC will also ensure that the I-PACS Intermediary Service Organizations (ISOs) and Civil Society Support Centers (CSSCs) and other CSOs have the skills and tools needed to develop organizational communication strategies in order to carry out proactive reporting on their activities and to effectively engage various media in Afghanistan and the PR and media departments of international NGOs and other relevant organizations. He/she will work to mainstream gender throughout all media and communication activities within I-PACS II.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Develop a communications strategy for I-PACS II and coordinate all communications and public outreach activities for the program, in collaboration with other I-PACS program departments and national partners.
• Ensure quality of production – both in terms of technical quality and content – of appropriate external/marketing materials for the I-PACS II project, based on a participatory approach, cultural sensitivity, and technical and linguistic accuracy.
• Build relationships within relevant institutions to facilitate access to information/recourses for I-PACS external relations and all staff of the I-PACS II program.
• Promote and highlight the positive nature and productive role of Afghan civil society and I-PACS II work via I-PACS II website, success stories, newsletters, press releases, and other promotional materials.
• Work with local and national media and civil society organizations to promote I-PACS activities.
• Provide technical assistance, guidance, and mentoring support to I-PACS implementing partners in public outreach, public relations, and effective media communications and relations.
• Ensure compliance with Counterpart and USAID donor branding regulations across I-PACS II activities, including those of I-PACS partners and grantees.
• Develop and implement the I-PACS communication and outreach department’s annual and monthly plans and performance indicators.
• Report on the department’s activity implementation and progress (bi-weekly, monthly and quarterly reports).
• Coordinate with the Counterpart Support to Electoral Process (STEP) program and Afghanistan Media Development and Empowerment Program (AMDEP) to ensure overall synergy on related program and media-related activities between these programs.
• Other tasks that may be assigned by the supervisor or the I-PACS management team.

Job Requirement:

Degree in Social Science, Journalism, or other related field
• At least 3 years of experience in communications and public outreach activities
• Experience in program design and management, with focus on media, public relations, or communications
• Experience in working with Afghan government representatives, INGOs, and international organizations.
• Good knowledge of Afghan media landscape (work experience with Afghan media will be advantage)
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office Software, including Microsoft Publisher software
• Fluency in English language required, with necessary advanced proficiency in Dari and Pashtu.
• Ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks under tight deadlines, as well as an ability to delegate and support staff as they carry out their tasks.
• Highly organized, with excellent communication, coordination and planning skills.
• Report writing and supervisory skills.
• Collaborative and team oriented individual.
• Flexibility, ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines, ability to work in a multi-cultural environment, with respect, professionalism and gender sensitivity

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