Engagement and Communications Advisor, USAID/DDI/EDU

13 Nov, 2021


Engagement and Communications Advisor, USAID/DDI/EDU

Washington, DC


ZemiTek, LLC is a Woman-Owned, SBA-certified 8(a) Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) based in the Washington, DC metro area.  We have a strong record delivering innovative and high-quality solutions.  Since 2007, ZemiTek has provided technical assistance, project management, information technology (IT), knowledge management, monitoring and evaluation, training and learning development, and institutional support services.

USAID’s Bureau for Development, Democracy and Innovation integrates technical expertise with values-driven, cross-cutting priorities, and modern approaches to the way USAID performs its work.  It provides client-centered technical services to USAID’s Missions worldwide, supports programming to innovate, learn, and address emerging issues, and provides technical leadership within the Agency and externally to enhance development impact.

The Bureau’s Center for Education (DDI/EDU) leverages its expertise, partnerships, and global perspective to guide and influence the education sector, advancing U.S. Government development priorities.

ZemiTek, LLC is recruiting for an Engagement and Communications Advisor who will be embedded within USAID’s Center for Education, Bureau for Development, Democracy and Innovation.  The Advisor will support the overall engagement and communications goals for the education sector of USAID through the Education Support Initiative 2 (ESI 2) institutional support contract.


The Advisor will provide guidance and support on education policy development, partnerships, and communications – and play an important role in USAID and global initiatives

that advance the global education sector and U.S. foreign assistance policy and programs.  The Advisor will support the Center with strategic communications (external and internal), event planning, Congressional reporting and communication, development of promotional materials, USAID country Mission support, and other tasks as assigned.  The Advisor will interact frequently with colleagues at all levels of the organization and with external stakeholders on

policy and communications matters.  Responsibilities will include the following:

Internal and External Strategic Engagement

  • Develop and advise on engagement strategies and plans to advance and support Agency and Center priorities and initiatives, including the identification of key audiences, opportunities, and messaging.
  • Write, edit, and provide clearances on briefers, talking points and materials to prepare leadership for meetings, speaking engagements, presentations and events.
  • Write, edit, and provide clearances on Congressional reports and responses to inquiries from Congress.
  • Recommend ideas, improvements, and best practices to continually improve USAID Education’s external communications and engagement.
  • Support the development of plans and efforts to promote education work internally and elevate the profile of education among agency leadership.
  • Coordinate with others to strengthen messaging and narratives about USAID Education, cross-sectoral collaboration, policy engagement, partnerships, program success, etc., including via internal USAID Education and Agency platforms.
  • Liaise and collaborate with USAID staff from other Bureaus on joint communications efforts, as they relate to the intersection between different sectors.
  • Conduct communications and engagement professional development training activities for USAID Washington and regional staff.

Events and Promotional Materials

  • Identify and support opportunities to elevate the Center’s public presence through events, speaking, and engagement opportunities for USAID Principals, including those having to do with other sectors, including health, agriculture, and economic growth.
  • Oversee the development of communications products, including videos, stories, brochures, fact sheets, graphics, press kits, and other materials, by providing technical guidance, budget, and program development reviews, with an understanding of how these materials affect public perceptions and understanding of USAID programming.
  • Oversee any work with graphic designers, videographers and researchers to develop content.
  • Support technical teams in integrating information into office events and communications campaigns.

Online and Social Media Engagement

  • Maintain an editorial calendar with specific goals for the Center through social media, blogs/articles, and newsletters, utilizing creative engagement methods and ways to measure progress.
  • Maintain USAID Education website and social media pages, including Facebook, Twitter, Medium, and submissions to the USAID storytelling channels (Medium, Exposure, Storytelling Hub, Videos, etc.)
  • Coordinate with teams and office leadership on communications planning and messaging to highlight Center priorities and initiatives.
  • Work with the Bureau for Legislative and Public Affairs to identify press opportunities and build relationships with appropriate media and press outlets.
  • Stay current on trends in social media and other online communications and identify the most effective ways to use existing platforms, developing social media toolkits as needed.

 Mission Engagement


  • Facilitate regular communications between USAID Education leadership and the field, in
  • coordination with Center and Regional Bureau colleagues.
  • Identify ways to highlight project results to key stakeholders, including reports to Congress, social media, and fact sheets.
  • Support USAID Missions through technical assistance in development.
  • Other tasks as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of six years of experience or a Master’s degree and a minimum of five years of experience in communications, marketing, media relations, or a combination.
  • Demonstrated experience in strategic communications planning.
  • Demonstrated effective writing skills to produce compelling, high-quality copy on relevant topics for diverse communication products including: talking points, reports, speeches, briefing materials, and communications tools (op-eds, blogs, letters, copy for promotional materials, and other correspondence).
  • High level of judgment, ingenuity, and originality to develop strategies, analyze situations, and constructively solve challenges.
  • Team player with proven skills in working effectively with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Excellent verbal and interpersonal skills to work independently and effectively with limited supervision.
  • Ability to interact and communicate with people from different backgrounds and cultures with a high degree of diplomacy and tact.
  • Proficiency in Google Apps, Microsoft Suite, and Adobe Creative Suite. Some proficiency in Video Development, Distribution List/Newsletter Software, Hootsuite, HTML, CSS, WordPress, and Drupal.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a SECRET level security clearance required.

ZemiTek is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant’s qualifications are considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, veteran status, disability, or any other basis prohibited by law.


ZemiTek embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion and strives to build and maintain a safe environment where we celebrate diverse backgrounds, treat everyone with respect, and value the unique lived experiences each person brings based on their race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, military or veteran status, national origin, age, marital status or family status and related conditions.

All members of DDI are measured on how they foster a climate of respect in interactions with others, value differing perspectives, and treat others in a fair, equitable, and culturally sensitive manner.  All members of the Bureau are expected to value diversity, equity, and inclusion in performing everyday duties and responsibilities.

Location of the position: Washington, DC (Currently working remotely until further notice)

Instructions on how applicants should submit their materials: For your convenience, our application process is quick and easy. Apply online: https://careers-zemitek.icims.com/jobs/1132/engagement-and-communications-advisor%2c-usaid-ddi-edu/job

Job posted: 2021-11-13