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Communication Specialists

The Department of State (DOS) created the Managing for Results (MfR) framework to facilitate the alignment in policy priorities, strategic responses, budget planning, and performance management between the Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development. The framework provides bureaus and offices with an integrated, multi-year planning and budgeting process to link strategy and resources to support program activity with strengthened performance management and evaluation.

IDS International is a sub-contractor on an upcoming indefinite delivery indefinite quantity contract providing monitoring and evaluation services to the DOS, which serves to fulfill the Department’s evaluation policy and other MfR requirements. IDS plays an instrumental role in providing the Department’s regional, functional, and management bureaus at headquarters and overseas with a wide range of professional design, evaluation, performance monitoring, capacity building, analysis, result dissemination, and implementation plans. IDS is seeking candidates for the Communication Specialist positions at Senior, Mid, and Junior levels.


  • Responsible for synthesizing complex technical issues and subjects for presentation to diverse stakeholders and audience
  • Develop and implement communications and knowledge management activities, including developing electronic communications collateral and multimedia technical knowledge products, and maintaining and optimizing contact management systems
  • Creatively manage all content of external and internal communications
  • Responsible for content gathering, approval and dissemination, insuring consistent framing and branding of messages
  • Introduce and implement new ideas to strengthen external and internal communication and engage staff members to become content champions
  • Prepare, execute and monitor completion of external and internal strategic communication plans

General Qualifications:

  • A proactive self-starter with the ability to work both independently and as part of a team; need strong ability to set priorities, solve problems, and be resourceful under pressure
  • Experience in e-mail and newsletter marketing, including campaign performance analysis
  • Experience in writing social media, short form and long form (article style) content
  • Website content management skills and experience
  • Working knowledge of design software like Adobe Illustrator Suite, Canva, etc. will be an added advantage
  • Excellent communication skills and attention to detail
  • Previous experience in working with and knowledge of the DOS is preferred
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required; additional foreign language proficiency is a plus

Senior Level:

  • Advanced degree in Communications, Journalism, Marketing, or a related field with a minimum of 7 years of relevant experience

Mid Level:

  • University degree in Communications, Journalism, Marketing, or a related field with at least 5 years of relevant experience

Junior Level:

  • University degree in Communications, Journalism, Marketing, or a related field with at least 3 years of relevant experience


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