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Communications Director, Colombia

Jan 09, 2019

Tetra Tech International Development Services, headquartered in Arlington, VA is currently accepting expressions of interest from qualified full-time, long-term Communications Director on a USAID-funded program in Colombia. The Communications Director manages and oversees a substantial communications portfolio that includes support for external, internal, regional, and client-focused communications. The Communications Director is a visible member of a high-profile program that frequently interfaces with USAID, Government of Colombia, and Embassy officials and leadership.


*Serve as the primary point of contact to USG, USAID, and Government of Colombia (GOC) partners on all communications related matters for the program.
*The Communications Director reports to the Chief of Party (COP) and manages three communications team members.
*Field incoming requests for information, talking points, messaging, etc. from US Embassy and/or USAID, and provide direct and rapid response.
*Develop strategic messages and talking points on a range of issues and topics, some of which are politically sensitive, and ensure they meet the needs of diverse audiences including the USG, the GOC, and internal staff.
*Develop, adapt, and refine content and messaging to be used across written, verbal and web-based communications.
*Collaborate with USAID, project leadership, and technical leads to develop a strategic outreach agenda that builds and fortifies critical relationships with GOC leadership and officials, and facilitates direct communication between USAID and GOC leadership on program focal issues.
*Collaborate with USAID and Embassy staff to develop and organize strategic field visits for high-level delegations, including USG congressional, State Department, and Embassy delegations.
*Develop trainings and coach staff on writing for story, effective presentation styles, and setting and leading effective meetings.
*Serves as a strategic advisor to the COP and the DCOP Technical on all internal and external communications related issues.
*Manage a communications team of three and provide final quality control and approval for all project communications products ensuring high quality products that strategically tell the project’s story.

*Substantial communications experience (8+ years), including field experience working in politically sensitive post-conflict environments. 

*Excellent strategic writing, editing, and speaking skills.

*Ability to distill and present highly technical information into digestible, succinct, clear messages for high-level government audiences.
*Communications experience in the fields of development, policy, public affairs, and politics, or a combination thereof, highly desirable.
*Experience working with NGOs, USAID, US State Department, US Congress, or US Embassy in a communications role highly desirable.
*Bachelor’s degree in communications, public affairs, marketing, political science or public policy desirable. Master’s degree preferred.
*Deadline-oriented, responsive individual with experience working in fast-paced team environments.
*People-oriented individual who approaches challenges with patience and humor, and remains solutions driven.
*Fluency in Spanish and English.

To be considered applicants must submit the following as part of the online application process:

* CV in reverse chronological format

* A list of at least 3 professional references including name, contact information, and statement of relationship to the reference.


Please ensure that all necessary documents are uploaded, as incomplete applications and/or corrupt files may delay processing of your application or remove you from consideration. Applications that do not meet the minimum requirements listed above will not be considered. No phone calls will be accepted.


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Tetra Tech is a leading provider of consulting, engineering, and technical services worldwide. Our reputation rests on the technical expertise and dedication of our employees—17,000 people working together across disciplines and time zones to provide smart, sustainable solutions for challenging projects. We are proud to be home to leading technical experts in water, environment, infrastructure, resource management, energy, and international development. Tetra Tech combines the resources of a global, multibillion dollar company with local, client-focused delivery in 400 locations around the world. We offer competitive compensation and benefits and are searching for innovative people to join our teams. We are an equal opportunity employer: EOE AA/M/F/Vets/Disability.