Writer/Content Manager (Spanish) - Partnerships Incubator

  • Remote
  • Full Time
  • Mid Level

Position: Writer/Content Manager (Spanish)

Anticipated Start Date: o/a February 14, 2022

Location: Virtual

Project: Partnerships Incubator

Reports to: Web Director

Unit: WorkwithUSAID.org Web Unit

Project Director: Donna Vincent Roa, Ph.D., ABC, CDPM

About Kaizen

The Kaizen Company is an incubator for innovative, scalable solutions that address emerging market challenges and opportunities. Our proven solutions catalyze locally driven, organizational, and institutional performance improvements and shift the development model into one that is bottom-up and ongoing. We leverage existing knowledge, new technologies, and innovative business models. 

The Kaizen Company is seeking applications for the mid-level position of Writer/Content Manager (Spanish) for the USAID-funded Partnerships Incubator, a four-year project which started in October 2019. 

About the Partnerships Incubator

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) aims to diversify its partner base by removing barriers to engagement and creating avenues for new and underutilized partners to work with the Agency. The Partnerships Incubator was set up as a global service hub to address this need by amplifying USAID’s external communications efforts to strengthen and diversify the Agency’s partner base, expanding Agency capacity for partnerships, and supporting partner organizations working with USAID. The Partnerships Incubator works with USAID headquarters and Missions to identify and engage new and local partners, provide training and capacity-building assistance, and develop tools, resources, and models to advance USAID’s partnership goals. The project recently launched WorkwithUSAID.org, a free, USAID-funded resource hub designed to connect partners to peers and experts, improve their organizational readiness, and prepare them to receive USAID funding. 

Position Overview

The Writer/Content Manager (Spanish) will be a key contributor to USAID’s Partnerships Incubator operations with a particular focus on WorkwithUSAID.org, partner-related communications, and Mission-related language deliverables. The Partnerships Incubator website team is responsible for activities that transform user/partner needs and USAID requirements into successful website products. The web team develops and executes strategies that amplify USAID’s external communications efforts to engage partners, raise awareness of tools and resources on the website, and drive traffic to WorkwithUSAID.org. 

Reporting to the Web Director and collaborating closely with the Incubator’s technical team members, the Writer/Content Manager will advance the Partnerships Incubator web strategy through the writing, production, and translation of a range of web-based products and materials intended for both internal and external audiences. 

The incumbent must be able to prepare documents in English and Spanish in a professional and competent manner requiring little or no editorial changes.

Principal Responsibilities 

  • Conceptualize, write, and edit a range of content for use through various channels and for different audiences, including stories for USAID.gov and blog posts and content for WorkwithUSAID.org, explainers, news releases, presentations, contributed pieces, social media posts, project reports, AskZara messages to partners, etc. 
  • Translate English to Spanish and edit, proofread, and improve existing posts.
  • Develop content strategy aligned with short-term and long-term targets.
  • Collaborate with project team members and contractors to plan and develop site content, style, and layout.
  • Create, edit, and publish engaging content.
  • Lead the quality control of all project Spanish-language content and documents.
  • Liaise with other team content writers to ensure brand consistency.
  • Optimize content according to SEO.
  • Use content management systems to analyze website traffic and user engagement metrics.
  • Manage content distribution to online channels and social media platforms to increase web traffic.
  • Ensure compliance with U.S. law (e.g. copyright and data protection).
  • Stay up-to-date with USAID developments and generate new ideas to draw the audience's attention to the Incubator’s various communications channels.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s degree in English, Spanish, interpretation and translation, journalism, marketing, public relations, or related field.
  • At least 3 years of proven experience working as a writer, editor, and/or translator, preferably in the international development sector. 
  • Fluency in English and Spanish is required.
  • Proven experience in disseminating information to a variety of target audiences required. 
  • Exceptional demonstrated written and oral communications skills. 
  • Excellent attention to detail, strong evidence of delivering high-quality products, and temperament suitable to working in a deadline-oriented environment.
  • Clear, concise, effective written and spoken communication skills in English and Spanish.
  • Ability to summarize and translate audio and text, including slang and colloquialisms, in a real-time manner (e.g., simultaneous translation in meetings).
  • Demonstrated prior translating experience in a professional or personal setting.
  • Proactive as well as self-motivated and self-directed.
  • Good leadership skills and the ability to thrive in a virtual, performance-based culture. 
  • Highly motivated, self-starting, intellectually curious, flexible, a passion for learning, and deeply committed to social impact.
  • Must be comfortable working independently, taking the initiative once guidance is provided, managing several activities at once, and working under pressure to meet deadlines. Must have strong interpersonal skills and an ability to establish and maintain collegial relations with all Partnerships Incubator stakeholders.
  • Be able to successfully serve on a fully teleworking team.
  • Familiarity or experience with USAID and/or the USAID-implementing partner paradigm is highly preferred.
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States.

Qualified applicants should send a resume/CV with a well-written cover letter (let your writing skills shine - please delight us). 

Candidates that are elevated to the final interview stage will be required to provide two to three work samples (e.g., news articles, success stories, press releases, fact sheets, or related public information) and the contact details of three references. Applicants who do not submit all requirements will not be considered for the position. The deadline to submit is January 31, 2022.

No phone calls, please. Only finalists will be contacted.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required of personnel so classified.

Please note: This position is contingent upon USAID execution of additional funding.

For candidates applying for positions based in Kaizen's office in Washington, DC, we utilize career.place to mitigate bias in the recruitment process. Upon submitting an application, candidates will receive an email from career.place, prompting them to go through the anonymous screening. In order to be considered for a role, candidates must respond to career.place and proceed with the application. We do not currently use career.place for project positions outside of the United States.

At Kaizen, A Tetra Tech Company, we find strength in our diversity. We are committed to creating and sustaining an inclusive working environment in which everyone has an equal opportunity to fulfill their potential. We know that we can only do development differently if we are open to and inclusive of new and unique perspectives. We encourage candidates of all abilities, ages, gender identities and expressions, national origins, races and ethnicities, religious beliefs, and sexual orientations to apply. Further, we urge parents and non-parents, married and unmarried, those from different or non-traditional educational backgrounds, and persons of all other diverse identities or experiences to apply. Kaizen is an equal opportunity employer.

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