Dexis Consulting Group

Public Relations Specialist, USAID/DRG

Posted Date 1 month ago(4/13/2021 1:46 PM)
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About Us

Dexis is a professional services firm that solves the most pressing social challenges in complex environments, paving the way for a more secure and prosperous world.

Dexis embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion and strives to build and maintain a safe environment where we celebrate diverse backgrounds, treat everyone with respect, and value the unique lived experiences each person brings based on their race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, military or veteran status, national origin, age, marital status or family status and related conditions.

At Dexis, you will experience a corporate culture of inclusiveness, fairness, and trust. You will be given the means and mentorship needed to succeed, and your creativity will be rewarded.

About the Position

Global Solutions Ventures (GSV) — a joint-venture partnership between ZemiTek, LLC and Dexis Consulting Group — is seeking a Public Relations Specialist in support of upcoming work with the Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance (DRG) in the Bureau for Development, Democracy, and Innovation (DDI) at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).


DRG serves as USAID’s lead operating unit to promote and support the development of democratic and citizen-responsive governance in the countries where USAID works. The Center’s primary function is to provide technical assistance to the field and other USAID Bureaus on democracy, transparent and accountable governance, anti-corruption, civil society engagement, independent media, the rule of law, human rights, and elections and political transitions.


The role of the Public Relations Specialist - Senior Communications and Outreach is to raise awareness of and increase the audience for USAID’s Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance technical leadership activities and programs. This includes written and multimedia content for the DRG Center to use for outreach on DRG programs, including blogs, websites, and other online social media fora. Additionally, this includes working closely with other regional and technical bureaus, and senior leadership on outreach, communications, and event planning for major Agency initiatives related to democracy, human rights and governance programs implemented by USAID.


This position is contingent upon award.


Responsibilities focused on: Strategic Communication, Content Creation and Management, Media Events, and Leadership.

  • Develop and lead implementation of the communications and outreach strategy, outlining key objectives, target audiences, messaging, core communications activities, and timeline for implementation.
  • Work closely with other USAID regional and technical bureaus, senior Bureau and DRG Center leadership and the Legislative and Public Affairs Bureau to develop and promote key DRG messages; and collaborate on DRG-related communications and outreach campaigns.
  • Represent DRG communications efforts via the standing Agency and Bureau communications working groups.
  • Develop a diverse and active network of DRG field contacts and implementing partners for collaboration on stories and initiatives.
  • Engage regularly with the DRG global cadre to solicit sector-related field stories; provide DRG-related communications resources as needed; and travel at Mission’s request to produce story content, produce video storytelling, and provide DRG storytelling support as needed.
  • Create and develop articles, stories, blogs, event summaries and/or other written or multi-media materials that promote the impact of DRG programming for the various DRG Center platforms.
  • Responsible for the creative design, development and oversight of DRG’s website(s), including maintaining functionality and accessibility for the external public; managing all web-related activity with DRG Center teams.
  • Design and conduct the virtual and in-person DRG storytelling course for DRG staff and local partners overseas, and in Washington, D.C.
  • Draft DRG-Center related Agency Notices and Executive Messages to commemorate key DRG-themed days and announcements for internal distribution.
  • Serve as Editor in Chief for the DRG Center’s weekly and annual reports; and the DRG newsletter.
  • Provide copy-editing for external publications and Center documents.
  • Serve as the producer for new DRG video projects, and provide video editing support.
  • Secure photos, videos and other multimedia material for both internal and external use.
  • Provides technical and strategic guidance in online communication strategies; explores and develops new ways to communicate activities, disseminate information and expand outreach to specific audiences.
  • Manages the annual DRG Photo Contest.
  • Manage DRG-related media and press inquiries, including drafting press releases.
  • Provide writing and editing support for speeches and talking points for DRG leadership and Senior Staff for high-profile events.
  • Provide outreach and multi-visual support on DRG Center events.
  • Photograph and/or produce videos of USAID events for the USAID and DRG Center use and on TDYs.
  • Incorporates best practices, latest trends, and innovation into DRG’s communications strategies.
  • Provides guidance to less experienced team members on USAID/DRG communications.



Minimum Requirements:

  • At least 10 years of experience in communications, media/journalism, and international development with USAID and/or USAID implementing partners.
  • MA/MS degree.
  • Knowledge of USAID policies, activities, systems and procedures, especially those related to communications and outreach.
  • Outstanding written and oral communications skills with a strong attention to detail; able to produce clean, high quality, professional copy for varied audiences.
  • Proven ability to meet deadlines and work in rapidly changing, high-pressure situations, and juggle competing priorities and make quick, sound decisions.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, highly collaborative, and builds strong relationships at all levels.
  • Shows discretion and diplomacy with politically sensitive issues and information.
  • Ability to effectively work and engage internal and external partners, USAID clients, host government officials, and NGO counterparts.
  • Active secret clearance or the ability to obtain one



Dexis is on a mission to help solve today’s most pressing global political, social, and economic challenges and create a world where all people are safe and prosperous. As a Dexis employee, you will be challenged, empowered, and mentored. Our motto is “find a way or make a way” — that’s how Dexis goes “all in.” How will you? 

If you are passionate about this opportunity, apply now!

Only those applicants who meet the above criteria will be contacted for interview.

Dexis is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, religion, pregnancy, disability, age, genetic information, military service, veteran status, ethnicity, citizenship, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, childbirth and related medical conditions, including lactation, or any other protected class under applicable law.


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