Chenega Corporation Program Specialist (Communications) in Washington DC, District Of Columbia


Company Job Title:

Program Specialist IV




Washington DC

Reports To:

Program Manager

FLSA Status:

Exempt, Full Time, Regular


The Program Specialist IV will lead, coordinate, organize, liaise and manage program tasks focusing on outreach efforts, for the contract to provide support across all programmatic and technical offices within the USAID Middle East Bureau.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:(Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position)

  • Write, edit, and produce high-quality print and electronic materials for various audiences, to include program document preparation and communications support.

  • Work with Middle East Bureau communications team lead, Development Outreach and Communications specialists in USAID Missions, and counterparts in USAID’s Legislative and Public Affairs bureau on communications strategies and products.

  • Manage social media, Web pages, and other electronic media. Develop, write, edit and post material after ensuring proper clearance. Engage with diverse target audiences.

  • Manage a variety of outreach, promotion and communication activities to build relationships and engage with diverse groups and individuals – including legislative, interagency and public audiences in the United States as well as the Middle East and North Africa. Prepare and present program reports and success stories.

  • Gather and explain material on often complex subjects, writing and editing a wide range of speeches and presentations, publications, and other communication.

  • Design and coordinate events.

  • Create and execute strategies to maximize engagement opportunities.

  • Liaising with and responding to inquiries from various internal and external stakeholder groups.

  • Coordinate and report on Bureau/Mission program activities. Plan and monitor to ensure activities are efficiently and effectively implemented in a manner that achieves the objectives of the U.S. Government, as assigned.

  • Provide research and outreach support for studies, analyses, and related mission and programmatic support, communicating development indicators and trends, to support program design and strategy development, as needed.

  • Monitor the implementation of program activities, with emphasis on identifying constraints, issues, logistical needs, and dependencies of specific inputs, as assigned.

  • Plan and participate in program assessments and evaluations.

  • Support USAID liaison and coordination efforts with other donors, NGOs, civil society groups, government officials, and other actors, as it pertains to outreach and program support efforts.

  • Provide records maintenance and other duties as assigned related to area of responsibility.

Non-Essential Duties:

  • Liaising backstop and field support.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • NONE

Minimum Qualifications:(To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.)

  • Bachelor’s Degree required, Master’s Degree preferred.

  • Five years of professional work experience with preference for part of this time being spent working overseas.

  • Minimum 5 years of experience in writing and editing, communications or public affairs, including:

  • Experience in varied outreach and communications efforts, including direct experience with drafting speeches, press releases, fact sheets, Congressional testimony or similar types of written products;

  • Demonstrated experience in or knowledge of the Middle East and development or assistance issues;

  • Experience on Capitol Hill or in congressional relations preferred;

  • Preferred USAID or implementing partner experience, or supporting a USAID mission, USAID project in the field or similar USG or UN projects abroad

  • Experience with managing social media is preferred;

  • Arabic or other foreign language ability preferred, but not required

  • Experience in project administration and management procedures preferred.

  • Secret clearance required

  • Interim clearance accepted

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to travel as required to such locations as Egypt, Frankfurt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, West Bank/Gaza.

  • Ability to meet often-shifting or tight deadlines on multiple projects and respond and adapt to widely varied needs of a small team in a busy bureau.

  • Must have high level Knowledge and Skills within area of responsibility.

  • Must have excellent diplomacy and inter-personal skills.

  • Proficiency in the use of Windows, Microsoft Office, internet search engines, social media, and e-mail applications.


  • Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; Educates others on the value of diversity; Promotes a harassment-free environment; Builds a diverse workforce.


  • Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; Inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values.

Physical Demands:

  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision.

Work Environment:

  • The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

  • The employee will normally work in a temperature-controlled office environment, with frequent exposure to electronic office equipment.

  • During visits to areas of operations, may be exposed to extreme cold or hot weather conditions. Is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, and loud noise.

Chenega Corporation and family of companies is an EOE.

Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity

Native preference under PL 93-638.

We participate in the E-Verify Employment Verification Program

Organization: Chenega Applied Solutions

Title: Program Specialist (Communications)

Location: District of Columbia-Washington DC

Requisition ID: 1800003294