Communications Specialist

Full Time Salary: Based on role and experience Closes: October 29, 2021

Position: Communications Specialist
Location: Lusaka, Zambia
Contract Duration: Full-time (up to 3 years)
Contract Start: November/December 2021
About Cowater International
Cowter International has established itself as a leader in international development consulting. Headquartered in Ottawa, and with corporate hubs in Brussels, London (UK), Montreal and Nairobi, Cowater has successfully delivered a portfolio of over 2,500 projects and assignments in more than 95 countries. We work with donors, governments, private sector actors and communities implementing projects that support socio-economic development, institutional strengthening, environmental improvements, and advance equal opportunities for all. Our technical experience is wide-ranging, encompassing expertise within governance and economic reform as well as environmental and social development, including women’s economic empowerment.
Cowater UK (Zambia) Limited is a fully registered company in Zambia.
About the Revenue for Growth Activity project
In partnership with Nathan Associates, Cowater is implementing the USAID-funded Revenue for Growth Activity. The project aims to help Zambia improve domestic revenue mobilization (DRM) and expand the fiscal space for public spending and investments in service delivery and poverty reduction. The project will engage both government and non-government stakeholders to build capacity in tax policy analysis, improve tax compliance and administration, and strengthen the tax culture in a manner that facilitates private sector growth and accountability relationships between taxpayers and the Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ).
Specifically, the 4 objectives/workstreams of the project are:
Improved Tax and Non-Tax Revenue Administration and Compliance
Strengthen Tax Policy
Enhanced Public-Private Dialogue
Enhanced capacity to address other fiscal policy and management priorities, as they emerge.
This is a 3-year project, with possibility of extension for a further 2 years. The beneficiaries for the project are the Ministry of Finance (MoF) and Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA).
About the Role & Responsibilities
The Communications Specialist will play a crucial role in the project team, ensuring project deliverables/reports are submitted to the project’s various external audiences to a high-quality standard, and that the project’s visibility is maintained by developing and disseminating project-related communications to USAID, MOF, ZRA and project stakeholders).
The Communications Specialist will be responsible for:
Drafting and editing all project reports, quality assuring them to a high-written standard and ensuring compliance with USAID’s reporting and communications guidelines (formatting, font, branding, etc.);
Raising and maintaining the project’s visibility to external audiences, including by: a) Developing and operationalizing the project’s communications tools, including but not limited to a project banner, success/impact stories, etc.; b) Developing and operationalizing the project’s Communications Strategy; c) Developing and maintaining the project’s social media accounts;
Drafting project success/impact stories to be submitted to USAID;
Drafting and editing project reports, including but not limited to monthly, quarterly and annual reports, project technical reports.;
Supporting the Public-Private Dialogue Objective Lead in coordinating, designing, and implementing communications-activities for non-state actors; and
Supporting any other communications-related requests from the project’s Chief of Party and/or Objective Leads.
The Communications Specialist is expected to work closely with the entire project team.
Experience & Qualifications
Please note that we are only accepting candidates who are Zambian nationals for this role.
Bachelor’s level qualification in Communications, Public Relations, Journalism, Marketing or related field. Master’s level qualification in any of these fields is a plus;
A minimum of 5 years’ experience in communications, public relations, journalism or marketing. We will also consider candidates with project management experience on donor-funded projects, where quality assuring technical deliverables/reports was a key task;
Extensive experience drafting, editing and quality-assuring reports to high-level, client-ready standards;
Excellent written and verbal English communication skills, including strong writing skills (strong knowledge of English grammar and usage);
Detail-oriented, highly organised, and an energetic self-starter;
Experience using, and strong knowledge of, different communications platforms, including but not limited to social media, brochures, banners, flyers, newsletters, etc.;
Ability to work independently and collaboratively with a team;
Ability to think creatively both independently and with a team;
Ability to work in a demanding environment under tight deadlines.
Good knowledge of USAID and USAID’s communications rules;
Experience developing and operationalizing communications strategies in a multi-stakeholder environment;
Experience working with third-party service providers such as designers, media houses, etc. to design and implement communications tools;
Experience working on international development donor-funded projects.
For your application to be considered, please send the following to by the deadline:
Your CV (no more than 2 pages maximum)
A ‘Success Story’ that you have written (no more than 1 page maximum) that applies the USAID Style Guide (
The subject line of your application email must read as follows: USAID Revenue for Growth Zambia – Communications Specialist – Candidate Last Name, First Name
Deadline for Applications: Friday, 29 October 2021
Successful candidates will then be invited for an interview.

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