Counterpart International helps people build better lives and more durable futures, community by community.
We equip individuals, organizations and communities—our counterparts—to become solution creators in their own families, communities, regions and countries to tackle social, economic, environmental, health and governance issues.
In Senegal Counterpart since 2001 implements among others an integrated school feeding and nutrition project "McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition” financed by US Department of
Agriculture (USDA) named Sukaabe Janngo (Children of Tomorrow) (2018 – 2022) and a complementary project to support local food procurement entitled Transition of Food in School Canteens in Senegal (TACSS).
Both projects will be implemented in the Saint-Louis region
Counterpart International (CPI) is seeking a Communications and Advocacy Specialist for its USDA funded McGovern-Dole Food for Education and Local Regional Procurement projects in Senegal. With support and under the supervision of the Country Representative, the Communications Specialist will coordinate activities closely with HQ to promote a coordinated regional and global communications program. S/he will be responsible for contributing to the formulation and implementation of communications strategies for Counterpart Senegal in line with the CPI’s communication strategy. This position is based in Dakar and open to local candidates only.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Main Duties and Responsibilities
• Assist the Country Representative in managing CPI Senegal’s communication activities, including in leading
the formulation and implementation of an external outreach and communications strategy to raise awareness
of CPI Senegal’s work, and to promote an accurate narrative on food security in the media, and other key
CPI’s partners based in Dakar and in the Saint Louis region as well as among the general public
• Contribute regularly to corporate communications platforms such as the internet and the intranet and
newsletters to ensure visibility for Counterpart Senegal’s projects/programs.
• Advise the Country Representative, Managers, Counterpart Senegal’s Spokespersons, media focal points and
other staff on media, public information, awareness raising and visibility issues.
• Provide guidance and talking points as requested to colleagues in the field and HQs regarding on-going media
requests and interview opportunities.
• Coordinate with HQ on a quarterly basis on project communications plan.
• Draft the Country Representative’s speeches, activity briefs, scene setters etc.;
• Process various information requests from third parties;
• Identify and propose topics for the Newsletters, data sheets, public announcements or press releases and other
• Acting as a country spokesperson for Counterpart Senegal, developing news-worthy messages, organizing
press events, handling interviews requests, and providing responses to requests from media relating to CPI
and its work.
• Participate with the Country Representative in the sensitization activities in the region;
• Provide support to implementing partners in producing public outreach materials and provide technical
assistance for reporting and promoting their activities.
• Ensure that all communications and outreach materials are delivered to target recipients in a timely manner.
• Assist communication and relationships with Senegalese and international media and government
Keep updated contact information data for relevant stakeholders (partners, government, national and
international media and donors).
• Draft and submit weekly and monthly reports to the Country Representative.
• Provide training to staff on producing success stories.
• Translate project document as needed.
• Provide substantive input into annual and monthly work plans and semi-annual reports.
• Provide technical knowledge about communications, advocacy and capacity building to both HQ and
Senegalese program staff and relevant Civil Society Organizations (CSOs)/Media.
• Implement training and technical assistance for CSOs and Media to increase their knowledge of technical
communication, and policy development, advocacy, transparency, sustainability, project graduation and
• Provide technical assistance to the International NGO Network in Senegal’s (ONGIS) and support its
• Foster networking and collaboration among partners and build long-term relationships with influencers and
• Develop publications and tools that promote and explain communications and policy formulation to distribute
• Guide and ensure the highest quality of project monitoring, evaluation, reporting and communications.
• Develop strong organizational relationships and partnerships with local and national government authorities.
• Other duties as assigned by the line Manager.
• A master’s degree in Communication, Journalism, Public Relations, international development, political
sciences or related field;
• Minimum of seven (7) years of experience preferably working with international NGOs with development
programs working with CSOs, government and private-sector institutions;
• A minimum three (3) years of demonstrated experience and expertise in civil society strengthening,
governance; advocacy; communication, education, health, community mobilization and; policy formulation
and institution capacity building;
• Experience in working with Senegalese government representatives, CSOs and media;
• Demonstrated knowledge of USG rules, regulations, policies and procedures;
• Demonstrating leadership, supervisory and organizational skills;
• A high level of interpersonal and communication skills;
• Ability to work well in a team environment, able to work effectively with civil society organizations, USAID,
project staff, and other beneficiaries;
• Excellent computer skills (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
• Have a good ability to manage relationships with diverse people; an ability to work well alone and in a team
• Have a good ability to handle conflicting tasks; an ability to prioritize and deliver high quality performance
on a regular basis
• Fluency in both French and English is required.