Communications and Outreach Specialist


Communications and Outreach  Specialist

Reports to:

Deputy Chief of Party

Supervision of:


Jakarta, Indonesia


I.              Overview


The Indonesia Sustainable Ecosystems Advanced (SEA) Project is a five-year contract that supports the Government of Indonesia to conserve biological diversity and improve the governance of marine resources at local, district, provincial and national levels. By using an ecosystem-based approach to management and engaging key stakeholders, the SEA Project will 1) enhance conservation and sustainable use of marine resources by reforming fisheries management and promoting marine protected areas to enhance fisheries productivity, food and nutrition security, and sustainable livelihoods within the target area; and 2) strengthen the leadership role and capacity of the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries and local governments to promote conservation and sustainable fishing. The SEA Project is implemented by Tetra Tech and a consortium of partners that includes Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Coral Triangle Center (CTC) and WWF-Indonesia (WWF). The SEA Project will run from March 2016 through March 2021.


The SEA Project is predicated on an ecosystem approach to fisheries and marine resources management, which implies that it will integrate across sectors and assist in the development of plans and implementation actions that address biophysical, governance and socio-economic concerns.  To accomplish this vision of ecosystem approach and integration, it will need to formulate a consistent level of baseline information for project areas so that actions and longer-term plans will truly address the underlying issues and threats to the geographic areas of focus.  Such an approach will also provide a model for other areas in Indonesia and a systematic means of scaling up coastal and marine resource management by local districts, provinces and the national government.


The SEA Project will implement activities in the three provinces —West Papua, North Maluku, and Maluku Provinces—that lie within Indonesia’s Fishery Management Zone WWP-715. This zone was chosen to be the site of the SEA Project because of the area’s high marine biodiversity, status as a national priority area for fisheries, the presence of small island provinces/districts, high rates of extreme poverty and high vulnerability to climate change. The project will also operate at a national scale to support specific activities of the Ministry of Marine Affaires and Fisheries.


II.             Background


The objectives of the SEA Project are to:


  • Support enhanced conservation and sustainable use of marine resources by reforming fisheries management and promoting marine protected areas to enhance fisheries productivity, food security, and sustainable livelihoods within the target areas.
  • Support the strengthening of the leadership role and capacity of the MMAF and local governments to promote conservation and sustainable fishing.


Overall, at the end of five years, USAID assistance through SEA will have improved the conservation and management of Indonesia’s marine biodiversity through increased capacity and the practical application of marine conservation and sustainable fisheries management.  As such, strengthening the capacities of stakeholders through appropriate communications tools becomes the main cross-cutting theme for the project to achieve its objective. The SEA Project will recruit a Communications and Outreach Specialist to support the Project’s communication and outreach efforts to target audience and stakeholders.




III. Job Summary


The Communications and Outreach Specialist is responsible for supporting the overall delivery design, implementation, and evaluation of the national and regional communications and outreach strategies of the SEA Project. This includes the development of communications and outreach content and materials to address USAID needs and meet project objectives. The Specialist will be central to ensuring that the project Marking and Branding plan is implemented consistently and correctly according to ADS guidelines. The Communications and Outreach Specialist will work closely with the Deputy Chief of Party to develop and implement a communications and outreach strategy for programmatic monitoring, evaluation, and learning.


IV. Tasks


The Communications and Outreach[WA1]  Specialist will:

  • Provide leadership for Communications and Outreach efforts including. development and implementation of a comprehensive communications and outreach plan

·         Develop communications materials, including toolkits, manuals, documents and other resources, that are accessible, user-friendly, timely, and tailored for target audiences/stakeholders 

·         Package and facilitate the translation of complex information into “easy to read-easy to use” 

·         Pre-test all documents produced to determine whether the targeted audiences receive and 
understand the message 

·         Identify communication failures around project documents and learning events goals and 
propose corrective measures 

·         Identify and develop a communication strategy for the dissemination of lessons learned on the 
basis of information needs, work culture and writing preferences of target audiences 

·         Identify the appropriate e-communication channels and strategies to encourage its regular use 
by target audiences 

·         Ensure the language and approach used in project documents, manuals, guidelines and toolkits 
addresses gender issues and is appropriate for different cultural and religious contexts 

·         Support the organization and documentation of learning events

·         Prepare regular Quarterly, Annual, and other reports

·         Draft talking points, speeches, press releases, presentations, and other materials as needed

·         Prepare success stories and content for use in U.S. Government publications such as the USAID Facebook page, USAID Impact blog, etc.

·         Develop and apply a Branding and Marking Plan to be used for all communications activities and events that complies with USAID regulations

·         Travel to program provinces to execute responsibilities as needed



V. Qualifications         




–       Degree in communications and/or experience equivalent to a bachelor degree in communications for development, international development, journalism, Entertainment-Education, social marketing or a field relevant to media/communications and environment (should have examples of past work to show)


Work Experience



–       Minimum 3 years’ experience in the communications field

–       Previous reporting/developing communications products for USAID-funded project preferred

–       Professional writing (writing, editing, proofreading) experience required



–       Bahasa Indonesia and English fluency (oral and written) required.

–       Proven initiative, creativity, and problem solving skills




–       Able to work under pressure and tight deadlines

–       High degree of adaptability to varied working environments and good interpersonal and teamwork

If you are interested and qualified , please send your latest CV to :

[email protected] by September 15, 2016.
Please note the title of the position you are applying for in your
submission email
Note: position titles may be adjusted to reflect
level of experience of selected candidates.

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