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Project Description

USAID is a development partner to the Government of Sindh and is currently supporting the Department of Education and Literacy with implementation of the Sindh Basic Education program (SBEP) in Districts Sukkur, Khairpur, Larkana, Qambar-Shahdadkot, Jacobabad, Kashmore, Dadu and selected towns of Karachi city. The overarching goal of SBEP is “Increased and Sustained Student Enrollment in Primary, Middle and Secondary Schools in targeted geographical locations in Sindh.” The Sindh Reading Program (SRP) is a five-year initiative in the same geographic areas of the parent SBEP. SRP will support the SBEP goal based on lessons learned from USAID and the Government of Sindh’s legacy of early grade teaching and learning.

Over the life of project, SRP aims to:

Improve teacher competencies for effective early grade reading;

Improve early grade reading  assessment practice;

Improve student access to supplementary reading;

Enhance participation of parents and caregivers in support of early grade literacy and early grade numeracy for out of school children.

About Chemonics International:

On January 6, 2014, Chemonics International and its institutional development partners School-to-School International, Health and Nutrition Development Society, Indus Resource Centre, and Souktel Inc., were awarded a contract by USAID to implement the Sindh Reading program to achieve the aims above.

Chemonics is an international development company that partners with local and international organizations to promote social and economic change around the world. From our founding in 1975, we have worked in more than 150 countries to help our clients, partners, and beneficiaries face difficult challenges, from political instability to poor education performance, to a lack of market infrastructure. We have helped them overcome those challenges by working together to find and implement innovative programs that achieve development impact.

We are entirely employee-owned, giving us both the freedom and the responsibility to pursue our mission with single-minded focus. Holding ourselves to the highest quality standards, we are also committed to living our values of caring, excellence, innovation, integrity, and opportunity to implement efficient and effective programs that build a better future for those we serve.

At Chemonics, we believe our mission of helping people live healthier, more productive, and more independent lives is driven by our commitment to service to our mission, to our beneficiaries, to our clients, and to our staff.

Position Objective:

The Communications and Research Director (CRD) is responsible for establishing an effective communication bridge between the SRP and USAID in accordance with the program’s branding guidelines and USAID standards and regulations. This leadership position will work collaboratively with SRP’s team of technical component leaders, field coordinators, M&E Director, ICT intern and Chief of Party to establish a high level communications strategy that utilizes multiple platforms and engages a broad audience base. The Communications and Research Director will also be responsible for overseeing day-to-day, cross-cutting project activities in all public outreach. The Communications and Research Director will also need to have a background and understanding of general research development, data collection, and analysis that allows for the project to collaborate with research institutions and effectively communicate with multiple audiences – from the local community representatives up to the Minister of Education, global partners, using qualitative and quantitative data and regular reporting.  Key to this position will be the ability to translate information and key technical learnings across multiple platforms thus allowing the project to engage in with the general public, donor partners, advocacy organizations and education policy decision makers. 

 Qualifications

  • Master's degree in communications, or related field preferred.
  • 3-5 years of public awareness and communications experience including, planning, conducting and implementing strategic communications and advertising campaigns.
  • Experience of working with international and local development sector organizations, advocacy organizations and donor agencies would be preferable. 
  • Knowledge of local press, electronic media and strong relationships with media agencies and journalists would be a plus
  • Willingness to travel within selected districts in northern Sindh and towns of Karachi as well as occasionally to other areas of Pakistan.

Application Instructions:

Please email a CV, letter of interest, and three references with contact information to ChemonicsSRP@gmail.com no later than Jan 13, 2017. Please write “Communications and Research Director” in the subject line.

Chemonics is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors. Qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

 





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