Senior Communication Specialist

Job Description

Title: Senior Communication Specialist

Company Name: International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC)

Vacancy: Not specific

Job Location: Dhaka

Employment Status: Full-time

Educational Requirements:
∎ Advanced university degree in journalism, mass communications, development communications, or other related courses.

Experience Requirements:
∎ At least 8 year(s)

Job Context:
∎ Senior Communications Specialist-Feed the Future Bangladesh Climate Smart Agriculture Activity
∎ Current Job Openings --> Full Time --> Full Time Asia
∎ Dhaka • ID:20121038 • Full-Time/Regular
∎ IFDC is an independent non-profit organization that combines innovative research, market systems development, and strategic partnerships to spread sustainable climate-smart agricultural solutions for improved soil health, food security, and livelihoods around the world.
∎ IFDC is recognized by the Government of the People`s Republic of Bangladesh as an International Organization. IFDC established its Asia Divisional Office in Dhaka Bangladesh and enjoying diplomatic status under the same Government declaration.
∎ The Feed the Future Bangladesh Climate Smart Agriculture Activity funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will work in 21 Feed the Future Zone of Influence (ZOI) Districts targeting 900,000 farmers and 2,485 private sector enterprises including 10-20 big companies. The Activity purpose is to: facilitate farmers, firms, and public sector actors to increase the sustainable productivity and diversity of smallholder farmers through a more resilient and inclusive food and agriculture production system in Bangladesh. The goal is to sustainably improve food security and the nutritional status of the rural population, decrease the incidence and severity of poverty among the rural poor, and better adapt agriculture systems to meet the threats and challenges linked to climate change-related events, thus transforming farming systems through climate-smart agriculture (CSA). Mainstreaming women and inclusive development presents a significant opportunity. Meaningful participation of women is essential to purpose and goal achievement.
∎ The Activity will result in marked improvements in smallholder farmers` access to and use of high-quality CSA technologies and practices as well as CSA inputs, to improve productivity of target crops such as rice, pulses, legumes and vegetable and other suitable crops. More than 200 model CSA villages will be developed in the ZOI districts with a village farm area group seeking advice on how to set up and operate an agriculture cooperative to serve area farmers with CSA input supply and sale of harvested crops by linking farmer-members to buyers. These 200 villages will be advertised as model villages and gradually spread all over the country. Farmers` incomes will increase, bolstering food and nutrition security.
∎ The three intermediate results (IR) of the Activity are:
∎ IR 1: Increased availability of climate-resilient varieties of target crops through seed system strengthening.
∎ IR 2: Enhanced market delivery of climate-adapted innovations of agro-inputs, including seeds, practices, and climate information services.
∎ IR 3: Increased smallholder farmer application of climate-smart agriculture technologies and practices.
∎ IFDC is seeking to recruit a qualified and self-motivated national Senior Communications Specialist, who will develop and implement a communication strategy and plan and create communication materials for Feed the Future Bangladesh Climate Smart Agriculture Activity. Develop media relations, support advocacy with key stakeholders, and position the organization as a key player in the industry.
∎ The Senior Communications Specialist is a national position, who will be responsible to develop and implement a communication strategy and plan and create communication materials for the CSA and reports to Chief of Party. He/She will be based in Dhaka. He/she will be supported by IFDC headquarters communications and knowledge management staff. The Specialist will work as part of a multidisciplinary team on a day-to-day with the overall aim of developing a comprehensive communications strategy for the CSA.
∎ This is a national position with a duty in the Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Job Responsibilities:
∎ Ability to work independently under pressure and meet strict deadlines.
∎ Act in accordance with and defend the best interests of IFDC.
∎ Ability to work independently, under pressure to meet tight deadlines with quality output.
∎ Strong network in local and national communications and ability to find cost-effective means of promoting the Activity achievements.
∎ Strong sense of integrity and personal commitment to the achievement of goals.
∎ Consistently maintains focus and perseveres in the face of obstacles, inspiring others to do the same.
∎ Strong interpersonal and team working skills with the ability to maintain effective work relationships.
∎ Excellent communication skills with the ability to express ideas clearly, logically, and effectively.
∎ Anticipates key issues in work and identifies creative and practical solutions.
∎ Great organizational skills and attention to detail in the operationalization of administrative and finance tasks.
∎ Honors all commitments made to colleagues and partners.
∎ Should have the ability to work in a multicultural environment, be open-minded and seek to understand.
∎ The Senior Communications Specialist is supervised by and reports to the COP. She/ he works in close collaboration with Activity colleagues, and colleagues from other USAID communication unit in Dhaka Bangladesh Mission. He/she will not supervise three junior communications officers at the field level and will work closely with the MELS and technical teams.

Additional Requirements:
∎ At least 8 years of relevant experience in communication work, including media relations and the use of new and traditional media.
∎ A degree in public and media relations or other relevant qualifications will be an added advantage.
∎ Excellent communication and organization skills and experience in promoting climate-smart agriculture.
∎ Computer skills in word processing, PowerPoint, image editing, desktop publishing, and other graphic software.
∎ Proven skills in video and audio program-making.
∎ Skills in event management, and strong interpersonal relations.
∎ Experience in developing training materials.
∎ English spoken, writing, and editing skills. A good knowledge of the local language in Bangladesh is advantageous.
∎ A good knowledge of the Bangladesh agricultural sector is advantageous.
∎ The ability to meet agreed work-related deadlines is essential.

Compensation & Other Benefits:
∎ The position requires travel outside Dhaka (about 40% of the time) in target Feed the Future Zone of Influence (ZOI) districts in Bangladesh.

Job Source: Online Job Posting.

Application Deadline: 10 Jun 2023

Company Information:
∎ 21 May 2023
∎ International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC)

Category: NGO/Development


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