Development Outreach and Communication Specialist (Media)

Bachelor's Degree   Kabul, Afghanistan Full Time 1592
Date Posted:Jul 2, 2019
Closing Date:Jul 16, 2019
Work Type:Full Time
Number of Vacancies:2
Functional Area:Communication
Salary Range:As per company salary scale
Years of Experience:5 Years
Contract Duration: Unspecified
Extension Possibility:Yes
Contract Type:Long-term
Probation Period:3 months
Required Languages:Dari,Pashto,English

About USAID/Afghanistan:

Founded: 2004


ISSUANCE DATE:            July 02, 2019

CLOSING DATE/TIME:   July 16, 2019 (4:30 pm)

SUBJECT:     Solicitation for a Cooperating Country Personal Service Contractor (CCNPSC) – Development Outreach and Communication Specialist (Media) FSN-10 – (Multiple Vacancies)

Dear Prospective Offerors:

The United States Government, represented by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is seeking offers from qualified persons to provide personal services under contract as described in this solicitation.

Offers must be in accordance with Attachment 1, Sections I through V of this solicitation. Incomplete or unsigned offers will not be considered. Offerors should retain copies of all offer materials for their records.

This solicitation in no way obligates USAID to award a PSC contract, nor does it commit USAID to pay any cost incurred in the preparation and submission of the offers.

Any questions must be directed in writing to


Contracting Officer

Job Summary:

Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply


1.     SOLICITATION NO.: 72030618R10036

2.     ISSUANCE DATE: July 02, 2019

3.     CLOSING DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF OFFERS: July 16, 2018 no later than 4:30pm Kabul time.

4.     POSITION TITLE: Development Outreach and Communication Specialist (Media)

5.     MARKET VALUE: Equivalent to FSN-10 (Step 1 – 13)

In accordance with AIDAR Appendix J and the Local Compensation Plan of US Embassy Afghanistan. Final compensation will be negotiated within the listed market value.

6.     PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: The period of performance is one (1) year, with the possibility of extension up to a total of five (5) years, subject to availability of funds, satisfactory job performance and need for continued service.

7.     PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Kabul, Afghanistan.

SECURITY LEVEL REQUIRED: As an employment precondition, the successful candidate is required to obtain U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan Regional Security Office (RSO) Security Clearance.

Skills Required:


Requires travel to provinces:


Skills Description:

Skills and Abilities: The incumbent must be able to recognize operational problems and issues, and be capable of drafting information messages in various media formats (e.g. press release, website, cables, fact sheets, success stories, etc.) targeting a variety of audiences both local and international. The incumbent must have outstanding organizational skills, a demonstrated ability to work as a team member, as well as to provide leadership, and ability to use computers at a professional level.

Duties & Responsibilities:


1.     General Statement of Purpose of the Contract

USAID/Afghanistan is the largest USAID mission in the world with an annual operating budget of close to $1.6 billion. The Mission development portfolio includes a broad range of infrastructure rehabilitation projects, support projects for public education and health, improving capacities within Afghan ministries, increasing agricultural production, food aid, economic growth, democracy and social program activities.

The incumbent reports directly to the USAID/Afghanistan Deputy Development, Outreach and Communications (DOC) Officer and through him/her to the Senior DOC Officer.

The incumbent reviews, produces and disseminates information about Mission activities to inform the general public and build support for USAID programs. The incumbent acts as USAID/Afghanistan’s first responder to inquiries from the general public, local organizations, implementing partners and, as USAID/Afghanistan’s main link, to local media.

2.     Statement of Duties to be Performed

Media Events Planning:

·        Maintains a calendar of USAID/Afghanistan program events that require Development, Outreach and Communications (DOC) section support. Coordinates all aspects of public events, including preparation and dissemination of press releases and background information, protocol issues, site selection and preparation, staging and logistical issues, scheduling and maintaining contact with speakers, notification of appropriate US and local government officials and media, as well as on-site coordination of media. Maintains a contact list of Afghan media.

·        Coordinates planning for interviews and photography with the Mission Director, technical officers, and the Public Diplomacy office of the U.S. Embassy to promote press and media coverage of Mission activities.

·        Coordinates DOC planning for and coverage of media events with all United States Government (USG) agencies based in Afghanistan and international donor community partners.

·        Advises USAID/Afghanistan staff on product branding, press events, press engagement and public messaging.


 Media Liaison:


·        Serves as the Mission’s sole contact with Afghan media to promote story ideas and feature stories on USAID programs.

·        Monitors local and international media concerning USAID programs for the purpose of gauging the effect of the information dissemination strategy and to provide feedback about the programs.

·        Coordinates with U.S. Embassy’s Public Affairs Section on major initiatives as required.

·        Provides DOC and senior USAID staff with analysis of the number of times USAID projects/programs are mentioned in in the Afghan media and, as necessary, the progress of USAID programs in the Afghan media.

·        Assists USAID officers, contractors, and grantees in developing appropriate public information programs. Responds to inquiries from the general public and media on USAID.

Strategic Communications:

·        Facilitates information access and sharing within the Mission, with media and other branches of the U.S. government.

·        Develops and implements a public information program to raise the profile of USAID activities in Afghanistan.

Admin Support duties:

·        Acts as DOC digital archive librarian to develop and keep updated DOC office SharePoint and Shared Drive data.

·        Acts as DOC public relations material librarian.

·        Distributes USAID press releases to local media and fact sheets to the public and the mission staff.

·        As required, writes or translates USAID media materials in English, Dari and Pashto.

3.     Supervisory Relationship

The incumbent is supervised by the Deputy DOC officer who in turn reports to the Senior DOC Officer.

4.     Supervisory Controls



Cooperating Country Nationals (CCN), meaning an individual who is a cooperating country citizen or a non-cooperating country citizen lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the cooperating country.

According to ADS 309.3.1.4 d. “USAID policy is that a CCNPSC is preferred over a TCNPSC in order to integrate the foreign assistance effort into the community, enhance the skills of the cooperating country's population, and contribute to the local economy.”


The work requested does not involve undue physical demands.



Any questions about this solicitation may be directed to: Applications submitted to this email address will not be considered.

Note: No in-person appointments or telephone calls will be entertained, unless you are required to have more information about this solicitation.

Job Location:

Afghanistan, Kabul



Education: Bachelor’s degree in Media Studies, Mass Communication, Public Relations, International Affairs, Public Service, Journalism, and/or Marketing is required. (Education requirement must be met at the time of application for the subject position).

Work Experience: Five (5) years progressively responsible in media relations and public relations is required. (Work experience requirement must be met at the time of application for the subject position).

Language: Level IV (fluent) speaking/reading English and Level IV (Fluent) speaking/reading of Dari and Pashtu required. (English language ability will be tested).

Knowledge: The incumbent must be familiar with all media formats, and media operations (e.g. print, television, internet, radio broadcasting). Thorough knowledge of Afghanistan, including culture, customs, and popular sentiments is required.


Below factors will be used for screening candidates to be considered for English Proficiency and written examination.

•          Work Experience                  30 points

•          Knowledge                           35 points

•          Skills and Abilities                35 points

           Maximum Points:                100 points

After an initial application screening, the best qualified applicants will be invited for a written examination, English Proficiency Test and to an oral interview.

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