Winrock International

Communications Specialist (Consultant)

Winrock International


Agribusiness Competitiveness Activity in Tajikistan


Position:                     Communications Specialist

Post category:            Short-Term consultancy         

Reports to:                 Chief of Party

Location:                    Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Timeframe:                 March-May 2023

Period of Assignment:  60 working days




The USAID-funded Agribusiness Competitiveness Activity in Tajikistan (ACAT) supports agribusinesses in the diversification of product lines, which leverage promising domestic and international market opportunities and contribute towards a competitive, inclusive, and resilient agricultural sector. Winrock International (Winrock), together with subcontractor Making Cents International (MCI), implements ACAT using a market-driven, private sector-led approach to stimulate economic growth, increase employment, and improve livelihoods, by enhancing the competitiveness of micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs), primarily in the Khatlon region. Opportunities for MSME expansion and diversification include leveraging Khatlon’s off-season production capacity, attaining price premiums for improved quality and value additions, and improving dairy productivity and aggregation of milk to enhance food safety. This approach is coupled with the fact that agribusiness development in southern Tajikistan is relatively nascent and will require tailored activities to different levels of enterprise capacity.

ACAT has three objectives:

  • Objective 1: Diversify the agricultural sector to include higher-value commodities and value-added products
  • Objective 2: Strengthen linkages between aggregators, wholesalers, exporters, and international and domestic end-markets
  • Objective 3: Partner and leverage resources to catalyze systemic change in the agribusiness sector

Purpose of Assignment:

In support of ACAT’s closeout process, the Communications Specialist will support the project to organize the project’s final events and publications


Key Duties / Responsibilities:

  • Draft and edit communication products including communication notes, Official/Informal, letters, and other outreach documents for USAID in three languages: Tajik, English, and Russian
  • Manage the flow of information between the project and the public and provide timely communication notes to the client (USAID), as per request.
  • Managing all aspects of a company’s communications, including writing press releases, developing advertising campaigns, creating brochures or other promotional materials, and ensuring compliance of all these products with USAID branding and marking rules and regulations.
  • Collaborate with the technical team to plan, produce and execute public outreach events. ACAT is planning at least six public events, which will require the preparation of materials, including publications, invitations for participants, reporting, and communication to the media.
  • Participate in site visits, field trips, and media events and as requested accompany USAID visitors to the project site.
  • Promoting ACAT activities through the use of social media platforms
  • Photograph events for appropriate websites, social media feeds, and USAID needs.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as agreed/requested by COP.

Deliverables (Required to be in English):


  • Monthly report to COP on the progress made.



  • A university degree in public information, media, social sciences, business administration, or other related fields, or completion of high school education with additional years of relevant work experience and/or study.
  • Excellent command of MS Office (including MS Publisher), Photoshop, CorelDraw radio, and video editing programs.



  • At least 3 years of experience in journalism, communications, and PR;
  • Experience in effective management of accounts (personal, community, and/or organization) in social networks is an advantage;
  • Experience working on USAID projects is an asset



  • Ability to use a creative and innovative approach in business;
  • Excellent communication and teamwork skills;
  • Ability to perform tasks effectively in a short time;
  • Flexibility and ability to adapt to different conditions;
  • Excellent knowledge of Tajik, Russian, and English (oral and written).




Interested and qualified candidates should email a Cover Letter stating the position they are applying

for and Curriculum Vitae in English to  Applicants are encouraged to apply early as interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. The deadline for submission of applications is 5:00 pm (Dushanbe time) on March 12, 2023.


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