Knowledge Management and Communications Coordinator (USAID)

PM Consulting Group
Washington, DC, United States
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Private Sector
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Junior (3-4 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Knowledge Management and Communications Coordinator for the USAID Unit of the Secretariat for the Water and Energy for Food Grand Challenge for Development


In late October of 2019 in Stockholm, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency Government (Sida), and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands will launch Water and Energy for Food: A Grand Challenge for Development. 

The Grand Challenges for Development (GCD) program is an innovation and acceleration initiative that began in 2011. Through GCDs, USAID and its partners are sourcing and accelerating the best science and technology-focused small and growing enterprises, entrepreneurs, and businesses that have the potential to solve specific development challenges. Small and growing enterprises (SGEs) can come from anywhere in the world. Implementation must take place in a developing or emerging country. 

The Water and Energy for Food (“WE4F”) challenge fund is a partnership between the Government of Sweden (Sida), the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (hereafter the founding partners ). 1 Through WE4F, the partners want to expand the scale of innovations that impact the sectors food and water, food and energy or all three sectors of the nexus (food, water, energy) to increase the sustainability of agricultural food value chains, improving energy and water efficiency, as well as to improve climate resilient agriculture in developing countries and emerging markets in accordance with the SDGs, with a particular focus on the poor and women. 

To achieve this goal, the effort must include partners from the private sector, NGOs, other research institutions, and other donors who share the common goal of increasing food production through sustainable water and energy usage. A key consideration of this effort is to ensure feedback loops are created that integrate local conditions and new knowledge into both national and international policy and decision-making as well as integrate capacity development, knowledge management, and financial and non-financial instruments in a smart way to create an enabling environment in the partner countries. 

Overall WE4F Structure 

The overall structure for the WE4F Challenge Fund envisions a steering structure consisting of 

  • a Steering Committee, 
  • one Secretariat with two units, and 
  • one Regional Innovation Hub per region. 

1 Founding partners of the WE4F Challenge Fund; however, the fund remains open towards other donors. 

The Secretariat will be responsible for global scaling efforts as well as the management and coordination of the Regional Innovation Hubs, whose number can be increased over time. 

Scope and Objectives 

The USAID secretariat is seeking a Knowledge Management and Communications Coordinator to support the Water and Energy for Food (WE4F) program. S/he will work directly and interact daily with the USAID client and other staff members in the 2 units of the Secretariat. S/he will engage with 2-3 Regional Innovation Hubs (MENA and S/SE Asia; possibly S. Africa) who are expected to support a combined 70 innovators over the next 4 years.The selected candidate will coordinate the lessons learned and stories related to the WE4F program and specifically the Regional Innovation hubs and will also analyze KM/communications trends across the portfolio of innovations, aggregate regional hub level KM/communications activities into program communications activities. 

The purpose of this role is to co-create and build the KM/communications processes and systems through which WE4F will carry out those activities. 

Knowledge Management and Communications Coordinator Duties and Responsibilities 

Specifically for this role, the Knowledge Management and Communications Coordinator is expected to perform the following duties: 

Knowledge exchange and coordination of the Regional Innovation Accelerators 

  • Facilitating communication between the global fund level and the regions (e.g. communicating the strategic guidelines to the regions, channeling up lessons learned etc.) and between the Regional Innovation Hubs in order to ensure the transfer of lessons learned 
  • Recognizing the client-centered nature of the role and that the position directly reports to the Regional Hub Manager of the USAID unit of the Secretariat. Therefore the Knowledge Management and Communications Coordinator needs to be highly responsive to client requests and take prescriptive direction from the Steering Committee. 
  • Ensuring that knowledge is exchanged both vertically and horizontally among the Regional Innovation Hubs as well as between the units of the Secretariat 
  • Monitoring all regional activities related to communications 
  • Supporting the Regional Innovation Hubs to align their regional engagement with debates and processes on the global level 
  • Creating the monthly WE4F newsletter in coordination with the GiZ unit of the Secretariat 
  • Creating the monthly tweets, FB posts, and other social media posts in coordination with the GiZ unit of the Secretariat 
  • Managing the WE4F webpage in coordination with the GiZ unit of the Secretariat 
  • Managing the WE4F email address in coordination with the GiZ unit of the Secretariat 
  • Managing the WE4F social media channels in coordination with the GiZ unit of the Secretariat 
  • Providing oversight to all knowledge management and communications subcontractors/consultants working with WE4F 
  • Supporting the USAID Secretariat unit in the development of the design, implementation, strategy and execution of WE4F Secretariat activities (with 25% of time in meetings taking notes). 

Enabling environment 

  • Providing and receiving impulses from the global policy level related to WE4F nexus issues 
  • Identifying 2-3 global processes (policy networks, debates) to follow closely 

Desirable Skills for This Position are: 

  • Ability to work with minimal supervision 
  • Ability to encourage and facilitate cooperation; foster commitment and team spirit 
  • Knowledge of international development and humanitarian assistance concepts, approaches, programs and issues highly desirable 
  • Skills to select, organize, and present appropriate information in a concise and coherent manner and to relate such information to broad areas of development and humanitarian assistance policy 
  • Experience providing backstopping support to USAID-funded projects a plus 
  • Ability to edit program documents and project deliverables 
  • Background/experience in water/ag nexus-related issues is desirable, but not mandatory 
  • Values humility, integrity, and personal responsibility 
  • Able to support our Employee & Contractor Performance Charter 

Required Skills & Qualifications: 

  • BA/BS +3 years of relevant experience or MA +1 years of relevant experience. 
  • Demonstrated ability to provide assistance and coordination at the project level evaluation and oversight, and conflicts of interest. 
  • Experience with Wordpress 
  • Experience with Adobe InDesign and Illustrator 
  • Experience with Branding/Social Media Marketing 

Employee & Contractor Performance Charter 

We do what we say we are going to do. We expect the best of each other. We help each other to succeed. We take informed risks. 

We create efficiencies. We know innovation and disruption involves chaos. We have a recognized bias towards action and results. We apply creativity to business problems. We channel ideas and energy into solutions that matter. We incubate and accelerate diverse and innovative partnerships. We influence through pivots, failures, and lessons learned. We do development differently. We execute.