Director, Communications - Tanzania Public Sector Systems Strengthening Plus Activity (PS3+)

Abt Associates

Dar es Salaam 10/09/21 -02/10/21


Job Identification


Job Category

Business Operations


Abt Associates, Dar es Salaam, TZ

Posting Date


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02/10/2021, 06:59

Job Schedule

Full time


Opportunity Summary

Abt Associates, a mission-driven, global leader in research and
program implementation in international development, seeks an
communications expert to serve as Director of Communications on the
USAID/Tanzania Public Sector Systems Strengthening Plus Activity (PS3+). PS3+
aims to institutionalize public systems for the for the
Government of Tanzania (GOT) that respond to citizens’ needs for quality
services at the local level, particularly for underserved populations. The
project provides technical assistance to government partners including
the President’s Office for Regional Administration and Local
Government (PO-RALG) and line ministries in mainland Tanzania and Zanzibar
to enable evidence-based, inclusive planning and management of public services;
improved governance to promote citizen engagement and social accountability;
and more efficient collection and use of financial resources. This
large, complex, and integrated project works at all levels of government,
across several sectors, including health, nutrition, social
welfare, education, and agriculture.  

The Director of Communications will report
to the project Deputy Chief of Party and will lead a small team.

Key Roles and Responsibilities

Finalize an internal and external communications strategy for

Lead and oversee production and submission of deliverables and
communications products, including but not limited to, success stories,
technical briefs, videos, and major presentations for external audiences. 

Collaborate with technical team members to generate original
written content for project reports, other technical deliverables, and external
communication products and to storyboard content for multimedia materials
produced by external firm. 

Oversee dissemination of communication products to external

Develop protocols and mechanisms for consistent
communications with key external stakeholders about project
accomplishments and to respond promptly to inquiries. 

Contribute to limited technical assistance to government
partners in communications, including through presentations, training, or
technical reviews.

Maintain databases of project documents, project, and media
contacts in coordination with technical teams.

Liaise with USAD/Tanzania’s Development Outreach and
Communication team to agree on communication products that PS3+ will be
responsible for.

Support editing of key project documents and deliverables.  

Preferred Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree required, master’s degree preferred in
relevant field (journalism, communications, public relations, marketing). 

Minimum 10 years of work experience, including at least two
years in international development. Experience with USAID-funded projects

Strong English written and verbal communication skills,
including writing and editing. Fluency in Swahili required.

Demonstrated experience in communications or public relations,
including identifying compelling stories, connecting with diverse audiences,
distilling technical language into user-friendly formats, collaborating with
production teams, and adhering to deadlines and short turn-around times.

Excellent interpersonal, teamwork, organizational and mentoring

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree + Twelve years of relevant experience, or
Master’s Degree + Ten years of relevant experience, or PhD + Seven years
of relevant experience

Interested candidates should send CV to

Associates is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer committed to
fostering a diverse workforce. Abt Associates provides market-competitive salaries
and comprehensive employee benefits. Local candidates strongly encouraged to

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