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About the Project:

Pakistan Agricultural Technology Transfer Activity (PATTA) is a United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded project designed to increase smallholder farmers’ access to markets, alongside their overall development impact and cost-effectiveness. Smallholders farmers in Pakistan use outdated and less effective technologies, leading to stagnant or dwindling productivity and returns, particularly in the horticulture and livestock sub-sectors. Because improved technologies that are affordable, impactful, and safe have not yet penetrated the vast smallholder market. PATTA will combat these challenges by galvanizing ongoing private-sector investment to commercialize the types of agricultural technologies that enable smallholders to increase their incomes, improve farm productivity, create jobs, and enhance economic growth and stability. These technologies include seeds, fertilizers, water pumps, improved plant and animal breeds, precision agriculture, and integrated soil fertility management, amongst others.

Position Description:

The Project Communications Consultant will be engaged in a full-time role and will be responsible for providing short-term technical assistance in raising awareness about the project among key stakeholders including government counterparts, private sector partners, donor agencies, entrepreneurs in the agricultural technology sector and media among others. The consultant will be responsible for implementing the communications strategy for the project. In this light, the consultant will develop communications materials, provide program support, manage events, review project documentation, produce audio/visual materials, laisse with the media and other agencies and provide all kinds of support for the smooth implementation of project-related communications activities.

The Communications Consultant will report to the Project Communications Officer.. Tasks and responsibilities include:

Job location: Islamabad, Pakistan

Major Tasks and Responsibilities:

 The main tasks of the Consultant Project Communications are:

  • Support the implementation of project Communications strategy and action plan to maximize project outreach and visibility;
  • Provide daily-basis communications support to project program teams;
  • As directed by the Communications officer, review and draft technical reports, communications materials, and other documents generated by the project program team with particular emphasis on those for submission to USAID;
  • Collect content for weekly, monthly and quarterly status reports;
  • Support the planning of project events as requested by the Communications Officer
  • Coordinate with project partners  to assist them in developing and implementing communications plans;
  • Coordinate with graphics designer for the production of all project communications collateral;
  • Write and produce social media content, press release, talking points, event briefer, newspaper advertisement, knowledge products, brochure and flyer etc.
  • Develop and maintain a record of all project communications collateral;
  • Coordinate with project photographers and videographers;
  • Prepare and maintain media kits;
  • Monitor Urdu and English language Pakistani newspaper articles and other periodicals for material substantively affecting the work of the Project;
  • Develop and maintaining project photo and video documentation repository; and
  • Perform other communications-related tasks as assigned by the Communications Officer and Chief of Party.

Qualifications/Requirements:

  • At least five years of relevant, professional experience in roles with increasing levels of responsibility required, seven+ years preferred;
  • Pakistani national;
  • Bachelor’s Degree in journalism, communications, publishing or similar area required; Master’s Degree preferred;
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe applications;
  • Working knowledge of USAID policies, rules and regulations preferred;
  • Previous project work experience in Pakistan;
  • Team player, with excellent organizational, training design and delivery, time management, and communication skills in English, both written and oral.  Excellent Urdu, with regional language capability desirable.
  • Strong communication skills;