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Communications Specialist III

Washington D.C. (United States of America)

FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in health, education, nutrition, environment, economic development, civil society, gender, youth, research and technology — creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today's interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 70 countries and all U.S. states and territories. FHI 360’s Mobile Solutions Technology Access and Research (mSTAR) project is seeking qualified candidates for: Communications Specialist


mSTAR is a five-year project supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Global Development Lab that seeks to initiate and support game-changing interventions advancing digital finance, digital inclusion, as well as mobile data collection and use. The project supports broad-based coordinated action by a range of market stakeholders — including governments, donors, mobile service providers, and their customers. mSTAR has staff in five countries and dozens of ongoing activities ranging from a major national effort to increase merchant acceptance of mobile payments, to global research on alternative business models for connecting the world’s marginalized populations. In addition to implementing projects for USAID, mSTAR also initiates and implements additional activities in support of the overall project goals.

FHI 360 is a global development organization with a rigorous, evidence-based approach. We operate from 60 offices with 4,400 staff in the U.S. and around the world. Our commitment to partnerships at every level and our multidisciplinary approach enable us to have a lasting impact on the individuals, communities and countries we serve–improving lives for millions.

Job Summary / Responsibilities:

By facilitating and organizing research, writing, editing, events, and social media activities, the Communications Specialist will lead implementation of the mSTAR learning and communications strategy. The strategy has been designed to assist the entire mSTAR project implement its activities effectively through implementation of a range of activities, including in-person and virtual events, public awareness raising campaigns, technical publications, reports, guidance tools, ICT4D research, and other types of knowledge sharing. The position will also be responsible for tracking major ICT4D trends, developing and deploying social media strategy, and maintaining avenues for distribution to and engagement with key industry stakeholders in mobile technology for development. In addition to implementing the mSTAR strategy, the responsibilities include working with the project and USAID to develop knowledge products (blogs, articles, fact sheets, presentations, program descriptions, reports, technical briefs, training materials, etc.); maintaining the project’s dissemination tools and vehicles, including the program blog, twitter handle, and online library; and leading the coordination of logistical needs of knowledge sharing and learning events and conferences. The Specialist will be expected to bring innovative ideas to optimize the knowledge and learning strategy of the program. The position may require supervision of a Communications Assistant.

  • Lead the implementation of mSTAR’s new communications strategy to promote and publicize the knowledge gathered by the program.
  • Draft and provide editorial support to the development of articles, blogs, reports, technical briefs, newsletters, and other publications.
  • Monitor trends in mobile technology solutions for development to help inform learning and communications priorities.
  • Write communications pieces (success stories, articles, blog posts, etc.) and create project presentations.
  • Assist in development of guidance and practical tools for design and implementation of mobile technology solutions
  • Lead in event design, organization, and facilitation.
  • Research and identify opportunities for the project to employ new media formats and dissemination channels (podcasts, blogging, webcasts, etc.).
  • Be curious and willing to explore new methods for capturing and sharing information (i.e. Web 2.0 technologies).
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • At least 10 years of relevant experience with 3-5 years experience working directly in communications.
  • Knowledge of principles, theories and methods of communications, public relations, and journalism.
  • Experience developing and implementing project timelines and managing associated budgets.
  • 1+ years of related work experience in the international development field, particularly with ICT for development
  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, public relations, journalism, international development or related field, Masters preferred.
  • Experience supervising at least one other person.
  • Sensitivity to cultural diversity and understanding of the political, contextual, and ethical issues in assigned areas.
  • Articulate and professional in public speaking situations
  • Ability to communicate in a clear, positive manner with diverse clients and staff.
  • Ability to read, write, and speak fluent English.
  • Demonstrated research, writing and editing experience for both print and web.
  • Self-motivated and able to work with minimal direction.
  • Familiarity with on-line collaboration tools, such as GoToWebinar, Skype, Adobe Connect etc. (Preferred).
  • Familiarity with website design and design software such as In-design and Adobe Photoshop (preferred).
  • Willingness to learn (required).

This job description summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.
We offer competitive compensation and an outstanding benefit package. Please click here to visit FHI 360's Career Center for a list of all open positions.
FHI 360 is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. FHI 360 is committed to providing equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or status as a veteran with respect to policies, programs, or activities.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Organization: FHI 360 - Family Health International
  • Location: Washington D.C. (United States of America)
  • Grade: Senior - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
  • Closing Date: 2016-02-29

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