Communications Manager

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Communications, PR and Journalism
Addis Ababa 
Career Level:
Senior Level (5+ years experience)

Job Description

Project Overview and Role

CATALYZE is a $250 million 5 to 8-year program, designed to catalyze $2 billion in private capital, especially to underfinanced social sectors (such as education) and higher risk countries (especially low-income and post-conflict countries) around the globe, complemented by a cross-cutting inclusion of gender-lens investing.?CATALYZE will provide services to USAID missions and bureaus that “buy in” to tap the CATALYZE investment and pay-for-results project management expertise.?

Our aim is for investors to explore and find commercially viable opportunities and approaches to creating jobs, developing sustainable social services, tightening, and rationalizing supply chains, and advancing inclusive growth.


USAID CATALYZE Ethiopia: MS4G is designed to benefit the Ethiopian people, build community resilience, and strengthen rural-urban linkages in the areas of food security, and Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH). MS4G invests in developing relationships with private sector players, co-investing in inclusive business models, advisory services, digital solutions, and market-based initiatives that increase the resilience and sustainability of Ethiopian enterprises and employment for women and youth. The project supports activities in Addis Ababa and secondary cities.

To strengthen the private sector in the food security and WASH sectors, MS4G uses a market-based approach to deliver business development and financial advisory services to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). The project leverages Business Advisory Service Providers (BASPs) Pay-for-Results (P4R) awards and co-creates and co-fund partnerships to enhance enterprises’ performance, product/service delivery, and inclusion. The activities are designed to build institutional capacity, enhance knowledge and skill transfers through workforce development initiatives, advance the business enabling environment, accelerate digital transformations and scale best practices to increase productivity and quality.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • CATALYZE Ethiopia MS4G, Communication Manager
  • Report to the Chief of Party with secondary reporting to the US-based CATALYZE Director of Communications & Knowledge Management.
  • S/he will be responsible for implementing MS4G’s communications strategy, with targeted messaging for both public and private stakeholders.
  • Writes, edits, and oversees the production of publications, including articles, newsletters, reports, photos, infographics, success stories, social media messaging, etc., in compliance with MS4G / USAID branding guidelines and organizational policies.
  • Facilitates discussions with project staff to conceptualize, design and develop infographics, charts, maps, and other visual content to translate technical findings into user-friendly products for non-technical audiences.
  • Leads the development and dissemination of marketing materials, social media content, and other mediums to amplify content generated from project activities.
  • Collaborates as required with the broader Palladium Communications team on the development of a strategic communications plan that includes participation in key events, targeted communications materials development, and other strategies as defined in the plan.
  • Attends industry and relevant private-sector events (i.e., conferences, professional networks/communities of practice working groups, and symposia) to share and promote MS4G’s work and successes, and to increase skills in relevant technical areas.
  • Performs representational duties to MS4G / USAID and contributes to project management and coordination among partner organizations.
  • Establish and implement standard operating procedures and mechanisms for collection and distribution of information and knowledge materials from project staff and stakeholders.
  • Organize and host webinars and learning events.
  • Collaborate with the MS4G technical team and stakeholders, and facilitate organized forums designed to foster ongoing learning and adaptation; and
  • Meet regularly with MS4G / CATALYZE communications team to share best practices, successes, and challenges.

Job Requirements

Required Qualifications

  • Ability to synthesize complex documents into a language that is accessible and compelling to external audiences; experience working on enterprise growth, inclusive finance, blended finance, impact investing, agribusiness, or related areas.
  • Ability to synthesize and simplify information and communicate it in a lively, accurate and understandable manner.
  • Knowledge and understanding of USAID branding and communications style.
  • Excellent English verbal, written and presentation skills.
  • Excellent copy editing skills
  • Excellent attention to detail and track record of designing and implementing a dynamic communications and knowledge management strategies.
  • Detail-oriented and deadline-driven with strong organizational skills, and ability to work in a dynamic and agile environment with changing requirements and priorities.
  • Strong cross-cultural, interpersonal, management, diplomacy, and collaboration skills in highly complex structures involving multiple teams and stakeholders.
  • Ability to meet deadlines under extreme pressure, build consensus, engage a variety of stakeholders, and work with diverse groups of people.
  • Video editing and/or graphic design skills preferred.
  • Relevant computer software skills and familiarity with accounting software (including, at a minimum, the standard applications in MS Office).

Desired Qualifications

  • A bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, or a relevant field.
  • At least 8 years of experience in project communications, including 4 years in a communications and/or M&E role on a USAID-funded project.

How to Apply

Qualified applicants can submit their cover letter along with an updated CV via email to:

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