GenDev ISC Communications Advisor

  • Washington DC
  • $90,000 to $110,00 USD
  • May 23, 2024

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About WI-HER

WI-HER is a woman-owned small business based in Northern Virginia. Our diverse global team is committed to delivering effective and equitable change through innovative solutions that are human-centered, sustainably delivered, transparently managed, and consistently documented. Our focus on tailored capacity development and rigorous monitoring and evaluation processes ensures excellence and impact in all of our programs across various sectors— while our small size brings flexibility and speed in response to our client needs.

Project Overview

WI-HER is implementing a 5-year institutional support contract to the USAID Bureau for Development, Democracy, and Innovation (DDI) Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Hub (GenDev). The multi-million dollar contract provides institutional support services to engage subject matter experts and technical expertise to support efforts related to gender integration and equality in the design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of USAID programming.


The United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID’s) Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Hub (GenDev), is one of five Hubs within the Bureau for Inclusive Growth, Partnerships, and Innovation (IPI). GenDev advances gender equality and women’s empowerment as fundamental for the realization of human rights, and key to effective and sustainable development outcomes. The Hub collaborates with Operating Units (OUs) across the Agency supporting USAID’s programming globally, in all sectors. It promotes evidence-based gender equality and women’s empowerment programming throughout the Agency through its technical outreach and thought leadership, training, technical assistance, and communications outreach.

Jefferson Consulting Group provides institutional support to the GenDev Hub through the GenDev Institutional Support Contract (GenDev ISC). The purpose of the GenDev ISC is to engage subject matter experts and technical expertise to support efforts related to gender integration and equality in the design, implementation and monitoring and evaluation of USAID programming. The GenDev ISC provides support in a variety of technical areas pertaining to supporting the gender equality and women’s empowerment goals of the Agency including improving the ability of USAID to integrate gender and women’s empowerment throughout the program cycle and advancing gender equality for women and girls, men and boys, and gender diverse individuals.

USAID Gender Equality Objectives:

  • Reduce gender disparities in who accesses, controls, and benefits from economic, social, political, legal, educational, health, and cultural resources, as well as wealth, opportunities, and services;
  • Strive to eliminate GBV and mitigate its harmful effects on individuals and communities, so all people can live free from violence;
  • Increase the capability of women and girls to fully exercise their rights, determine their life outcomes, assume leadership roles, and influence decision-making in households, communities, and societies; and
  • Advance structural changes that address the root causes of gender inequality and promote equitable gender norms.

Position Objectives:

The Communication Advisor supports the development and implementation of a communications strategy, including its top-line messaging, marketing materials, and set of tools. The Communication Advisor will support USAID’s internal and external communications on gender equality, primarily by supporting the Senior Coordinator for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in the Office of the Administrator, and other communication initiatives of the GenDev Hub. As a member of the Evidence, Learning, and Communications Team, the Communication Advisor will work to translate data, learning, and evidence from USAID’s work on gender equality into effective storytelling that can be shared with a variety of internal and external audiences.

Scope of Work:

  • Work closely with the Senior Coordinator for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment and communications colleagues to plan and execute a range of communications deliverables highlighting the Agency’s gender equality and women’s empowerment programs and priorities;
  • Facilitate the development of an internal cross-Agency communications strategy on gender equality and women’s empowerment and support its implementation;
  • Work with technical specialists, GenDev leadership, principals, and implementing partners to produce internal and external communication products, including speeches and talking points for external, inter-agency, and high-visibility events, blogs, and social media content;
  • Support and collaborate with GenDev management and GenDev’s Evidence, Learning, and Communications Team on communication strategy, events, social media, press, outreach, data visualization and storytelling efforts, and campaigns;
  • Perform a variety of both complex and analytical duties to advance the Agency’s, Senior Coordinator’s, Hub’s, and team’s priorities;
  • Package program information, results, and deliverables for a variety of audiences;
  • Identify creative communications channels to create actionable content and engagement opportunities to highlight the Agency’s, including the GenDev Hub’s, gender equality and women’s empowerment programming internally and externally;
  • Create and maintain linkages with key networks;
  • Manage internal reviews and clearances for communications-related items;
  • Provide meeting support including organizing and running meetings on a range of meeting platforms;
  • Contribute content to flagship USAID social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.) and collaborate with other sections of USAID and the inter-agency including supporting GenDev technical staff, the Senior Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Coordinator, USAID missions, operating units, the White House Gender Policy Council, implementing partners, and others to compile content for social media; and
  • Contribute to addressing cross-cutting GenDev and Agency priorities, including advancement of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) efforts.

The day-to-day management direction and oversight for this position will be provided by a designated member of GenDev staff and the Senior Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Coordinator.

As a contractor, this position will not perform “inherently governmental functions,” including the supervision of non-contractor personnel, or the signature/approval/authorization of commitments on behalf of the US Government.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree plus at least 3 years of relevant professional experience;
  • Working knowledge and familiarity in gender integration and communication, possessing an understanding of the linkages and sensitivities between gender and communications when performing tasks and producing deliverables;
  • Experience organizing strategic communications in support of public-facing principals, with an understanding of voice and tone;
  • Fast-paced learner who is able to work in a variety of portfolios, high-visibility, and inter-agency projects with diplomacy and tact, and can pivot quickly from task to task under tight deadlines;
  • Strong writing skills;
  • Strong attention to detail;
  • Ability to work well independently and as part of a team;
  • Ability to prepare and deliver quality documents and/or presentations;
  • Strong work ethic with a solid customer service focus;
  • Familiarity with Microsoft and Google Suite of products;
  • Compliance with all Federal or Agency COVID requirements to access Agency facilities, such as vaccination/public health requirements; and
  • U.S Citizen and able to obtain and maintain a Secret-level security clearance. Applicants with an active security clearance will be given preference.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • U.S. Government/USAID experience or knowledge of how USAID works;
  • Experience working with partner government representatives, international organizations, civil society organizations, donors, or implementing development partners; and
  • Experience working in an international development context.

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