Director, Communications

ABT Associates

Dar es Salaam 14/09/21 -05/10/21


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 PS3+.
  • 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
  • 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 audiences.  
  • 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,
  • 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 skills.

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 please apply via:

Abt 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 apply.

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