Communications Manager – Ethiopia Food and Agriculture Systems Transformation (FAST) Activity

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    3 weeks ago
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    December 21, 2022



Research Triangle Institute (RTI) has over 30 years’ experience assisting governments, communities, and the private sector. As a not-for-profit, independent research institute based in North Carolina, USA, RTI has roughly 5,000 employees with global experience implementing international development projects. RTI’s Sustainable Growth & Resilience (SG&R) technical unit within the International Development Group brings together RTI experts and capabilities across food security, agriculture, energy, environment, water, governance, and economic opportunity. SG&R will leverage RTI’s experience designing and delivering multisectoral programming and technical solutions to respond to climate change, build resilience, and promote economic growth around the world. 

SG&R’s Global Food Security and Agriculture portfolio is working to strengthen agricultural markets, engage youth and women as critical leaders of the on- and off-farm workforce, and tackle the dual burden of malnutrition around the globe. RTI’s work is helping foster stronger food systems, reduce malnutrition in all its forms, build resilience and engage the next generation of food security leaders. RTI is currently partnering on nearly 30 projects in East Africa, including activities focused on private sector-driven agricultural growth in Rwanda and market systems development in Kenya.    

Project Description 

The purpose of the USAID/Ethiopia Food and Agriculture Systems Transformation (FAST) Activity is to increase access to healthy diets, particularly for women and children, by improving competitiveness, inclusiveness, and resilience of the Ethiopian food and agriculture system.  FAST will also increase incomes gained from agriculture by as much as 40 percent over the next five years. To achieve its goals FAST must collaborate intensively with other USAID funded projects working in the food and agriculture sector. 

Position Description 

RTI is seeking a Communications Manager for Ethiopia FAST. The Communications Manager will be responsiblefor developing and implementing the Activity communications strategy including web-based, social media, and printed publications. This position will be based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and will report to the Chief of Party.  


  • Establish a vigorous communications strategy to raise public awareness, build demand for local innovations, increase awareness, and raise motivation within local organizations to achieve project goals. Conduct an aggressive media outreach campaign to raise awareness of the project and important activities. 
  • Provide updates on progress of communications deliverables against project activities.  
  • Train staff and partners on USAID branding and marking requirements and ensure they are adhered to. 
  • Develop and regularly update an annual plan of communication products that covers project deliverables, reports, success stories, blogs, social media and other products.   
  • Work with technical managers to write success stories, lessons learned, and activity reports. Drafts and disseminates media releases and project success stories. 
  • Support project activities that include communications products such as radio, television, and events (like the MSP meetings and industry events). 
  • Engage and manage communications vendors such as photographers and writers. 
  • Request and obtain signed consent forms for all photo subjects, as well as relevant geotagging.  
  • Create and expand a project visual library of relevant and visually impactful edited images in 1600 resolution.  
  • Develop other communication tools (newsletters, pamphlets, project briefs, banners) as needed. 


  • Master’s degree in journalism, public administration, international affairs, or a closely related field and 10 years of experience working on nutrition activities, or a Bachelor’s degree and 12 years of experience, or the equivalent combination of education and experience. 
  • Five years’ experience designing and successfully implementing communication strategies and media outreach events. 
  • Demonstrated experience with USAID or other major donors preferred.  
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.    
  • Proven ability to work under pressure, and with multiple concurrent demands.    
  • Verbal and written fluency in English required.  
  • Ability to travel and work throughout Ethiopia in difficult terrain/conditions at times.      

Applicants may be asked to additional submit a professional writing sample in English or another language. 

EEO & Pay Equity Statements

As a global employer of choice, RTI is committed to equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging in the workplace and the communities and markets where we serve our mission. We value diversity of thought, culture, background and perspective and welcome applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, creed, citizenship status, disability, protected veteran status, or any other classification protected by applicable discrimination laws or RTI policy.

We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Further information is available here.

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The anticipated pay range for this role is listed below. Our pay ranges represent national averages and may vary by location as a geographic differential may be applied to some locations within the United States.

RTI considers multiple factors when making an offer including, for example: established salary range, internal budget, business needs, and education and years of work experience possessed by the applicant. Further, salary is merely one element to our offer.

At RTI, we demonstrate our commitment to rewarding individual and team achievement through a total rewards package. This package includes (among other things) a competitive base salary, a generous paid time off policy, merit based annual increases, bonus opportunities and a robust recognition program. Other benefits include a competitive range of insurance plans (including health, dental, life, and short-term and long-term disability), access to a retirement savings program such as a 401(k) plan, paid parental leave for all parents, financial assistance with adoption expenses or infertility treatments, financial reimbursement for education and developmental opportunities, an employee assistance program, and numerous other offerings to support a healthy work-life balance.

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