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Director of Communications - Rwanda

Palladium Group

Kigali, Rwanda

Project Overview and Role

Palladium brings more than 50 years of experience applying rigorous, evidence-led methodologies to international development. Our work covers economic growth, workforce development, education, health, governance, environmental issues, informatics, and monitoring and evaluation, offering innovative approaches that support the design, planning, implementation, and evaluation of development programs. Our presence extends across more than 90 countries, creating positive impact over 100 projects through the dedication of 2,000+ project and home office staff.

Palladium seeks a Director of Communications for the anticipated USAID-funded project in Rwanda. The purpose of the project will be to facilitate the emergence of a dynamic off-farm sector that can generate more and higher wage employment for the broad majority of Rwandans currently engaged in subsistence agriculture and other marginal economic activities. The activity will achieve this by alleviating constraints to entrepreneurship, in particular but not exclusively, constraints to finance.

Responsibilities

  • Oversees communications for project activities, and represents the project to USAID, stakeholders and public;
  • Develops and drives project's communications strategy and messages, as well as pitch strategies;
  • Manages internal communications and external media relations including communications firms and partner organizations;
  • Makes sure the project is implemented according to USAID branding and marking strategy/plan;
  • Develops compliant reports and publications such as project deliverables, newsletters, press releases, email announcements, planned publications, on-line, intranet, video, special projects and assignments;
  • Trains project staff in implementing compliant project communications strategy;
  • Supports development of behaviour change communication materials through multiple channels including video, radio, advertisements, information campaigns and social media.

Requirements

  • Master's degree in public relations, communications, or related field, or a Bachelor's degree with more than 10 years of experience in public relations, communications or a related field can be substituted for an advanced degree;
  • Prior experience in communications for donor funded projects; USAID experience is a plus;
  • Strong writing and public speaking skills in Kinyarwanda and English;
  • Fluency in Kinyarwanda and English; French is desirable.

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