Diaspora Specialist

Job Description

Position description

The Diaspora Specialist guides and informs the USG and the general public, including religious and community groups; diaspora communities; non-profits; corporations and businesses about the most effective ways for the general public to support international disaster relief and recovery efforts. The PPE Team provides resources and conducts public awareness activities designed to empower private donors to most effectively help people affected by disasters overseas.  The Diaspora Specialist will assist in coordinating the office’s diaspora research and outreach efforts with PPE Team leadership.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The Diaspora Specialist duties and responsibilities will include the following:

  • Support engagement with USAID staff and the public on matters pertaining to diaspora engagement.
  • Maintain familiarity with donation management at USAID, OFDA, and the NGO and donor communities.
  • Support liaising with volunteers, diaspora organizations, and Washington, D.C. embassies to become a conduit of information on diaspora engagement and donation management.
  • Support outreach to Washington, D.C. embassies to establish meetings and information sharing with their staffs on diaspora related issues by polling embassies about topics and events of interest.
  • Support outreach to diaspora groups around the country, maintaining ongoing relationships, encouraging social responsible and effective donations, while proactively engaging diaspora communities on areas of interest.
  • Assist in the development and delivery around key messages engaging the diaspora community around donating responsibly.
  • Support outreach efforts aimed at university students to encourage engagement around programs such as the “Campus Ambassadors”, which raises awareness about USAID, responsible donations, and diaspora messaging.
  • Collaborate with the Strategic Communications team on social media content, including the sharing of meeting information and photographs.
  • Assist in the planning and execution of events about diaspora and donations, using network to secure speakers and attendees.
  • Support engagement with diaspora, student, and social enterprise communities.
  • Using open source and direct contacts, conduct research and collect data related to diaspora and their issues.
  • Maintain comprehensive and usable data on diaspora businesses, diaspora organizations, community groups and religious groups, including in the aftermath of specific emergencies.
  • Support ongoing post disaster outreach (PDO) research and keep the PDO database current. Select and cull information and data in an easy user-friendly and informative manner, such as mapping or graphical or representation. Provide this information on demand to senior leadership.
  • Assist in devising creative and effective presentation of new information within OFDA’s websites, Facebook, and Twitter.
  • Support participation in the management of OFDA’s hotline responses during specific disasters, including the training of volunteers, the maintenance of training materials and trainings, and serving shifts on the hotline, answering calls and emails.
  • Sign-up for and serve as needed throughout the year on Washington, D.C.-based RMTs, which provides services and support to DARTs deployed in response to disasters. 
  • Serve as the OFDA after-hours duty officer on a rotational basis, for approximately one week every six months.
  • As needed, serve on DARTs which may require immediate (within 24 hours) deployment overseas.
  • This position is term-limited to one year, with the option for extension based upon Government requirements.
Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including but not limited to international relations, human rights, economics, public health, disaster management, public policy or a related field) plus eight (8) years of work experience with the USG, Private Voluntary Organization (PVO),NGO, Public International Organization (PIO) or UN Agency, with direct experience working in emergency relief, humanitarian assistance or a related field, including two (2) years working directly on diaspora issues.

OR

Master’s degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including but not limited to international relations, human rights, economics, public health, disaster management, public policy or a related field) plus six (6) years of work experience with the USG, PVO,NGO, PIO or UN Agency, with direct experience working in emergency relief, humanitarian assistance or a related field, including two (2) years working directly on diaspora issues.

AND

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a SECRET up to a TOP SECRET level security clearance as provided by USAID;
  • Foreign language proficiency preferred.
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