XL Associates, Inc. (XLA) has provided institutional support services to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for nearly twenty-five years. XLA is now seeking candidates to fill a Senior Communication Specialist - Public Engagement/Press position to support the Bureau for Resilience, Environment, and Food Security (REFS) under a contract that was recently awarded. Through REFS, USAID works to advance inclusive agriculture‐led growth, resilience, nutrition, and water security, sanitation and hygiene initiatives in priority countries around the world to help them accelerate and protect development progress.
The Sr. Communications Specialist will provide all functions needed to support Bureau or Operating Unit leadership and teams to operate effectively, and to meet overall objectives. They will support the creation and execution of strategic communications and outreach plans that support Bureau goals, working closely with other members of their team and across the Bureau, Agency, interagency, partner organizations, and the public.
The Sr. Communications Specialist will support day-to-day functions of the Technical Supervisor, Office, or Center to which they are assigned for day-to-day work assignments. Daily activities will include aspects of communications and outreach, content generation, research and analysis, program management and coordination, and knowledge management of REFS-related programs and activities.
The Communications and Outreach Unit, managed by the REFS Communications Director, guides Bureau strategic communications and outreach in coordination with the Bureau for Legislative and Public Affairs (LPA) and other stakeholders. The central team serves as the external affairs lead among U.S. government departments and agencies engaged in REFS’s multi-sectoral work. The team coordinates internal communications within the Bureau and between REFS and other Bureaus; coordinates the Bureau’s legislative engagement, providing information to Congress related to legislation and advising Bureau centers and offices on the status of pending legislation and related concerns of members of Congress; and houses the team that manages Bureau taskers and paper flow.
This position will also be responsible for developing and executing comprehensive press and event strategies to enhance the Agency's and Bureau’s visibility on key issues and engage with our target audiences. This role requires a dynamic individual with a strong background in public relations, event planning, and media management. The Specialist will play a crucial role in creating and maintaining effective communication channels, producing high-quality content that engages, educates, and inspires. The ideal candidate will have a strong command of the English language, an attention to detail, and a flair for creativity. The Specialist will contribute to the monitoring and measurement of the effectiveness of communications efforts through feedback, metrics, and employee surveys, and make necessary improvements. Domestic (approx. 4 trips per year) and international (approx. 2 trips per year) travel anticipated.
Communications and Outreach
Research and Analysis
Program Management and Assistance