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Background: The BEST-Dialogue Fund (BEST-D) is a grant making project that supports private sector membership organizations (PSO) with the resources required to effectively influence government policy in the ambition to help improve the ease of doing business in Tanzania.
The Fund operates on four output areas: it supports PSOs with grants for business environment research and secondly it provides access to capacity development in advocacy and dialogue approaches. Thirdly it supports cooperation with communication specialists and as a fourth output area, the Fund promotes knowledge management activities, ensuring the capturing of lesson learning and best practice. All grant support comes combined with extensive coaching support by the Fund’s management team and its partners, notably in how to meet standards in advocacy and public-private dialogue, and how to effectively network in the promotion of economic governance reforms.
Initially the Fund was embedded in a much larger multi-donor programme, the Business Environment Strengthening of Tanzania, which was launched in 2004. BEST was to drive the process of systemic change from a centrally lead plan economy to a well-regulated market economy, under the lead of the Prime Minister’s Office. In this programme the BEST Fund featured as the fifth and only independent component targeting the organized private sector to provide advisory inputs in that larger ambition of economic governance reform. In 2009 the BEST programme was phased out as results did not meet expectations, but the BEST Fund continued its activities as the public-private dialogue component in DANIDA’s Business Sector Programme Support (BSPS), up to this day.The Fund is governed by an independent Steering Committee and operates as a project under agreement between the governments of Tanzania and Denmark managed by COWI. In 2017 the EU decided to join the basket fund, initially through DANIDA, with the option of a future continuation in a yet to be developed EU supported business environment programme for Tanzania (2020 onwards).
Purpose of the job: The purpose of the job is threefold: (1) the officer ensures that grantees apply effective communication strategies throughout the advocacy process resulting in a good collaboration among the PSOs, Government and media; (2) the officer is responsible for effective communication on the achievements of BEST-D and grantees to increase the profile of both BEST-D and the organizations we work with; and (3) the officer manages the effective use of resources for services delivered to BEST-D by experts in the field of media production, media training and coaching as well as services for updating the BEST-D website and editing and producing reports and brochures.
Main tasks per key result areas:
Ensuring that PSOs apply effective communication strategies for BEST-D funded projects
Support PSOs in developing effective communication strategies and in the budgeting for communication activities throughout the advocacy process
Ensuring third party communication experts deliver value for money and in time
Increasing the knowledge of media houses and media practitioners on producing fact based and interesting articles and/or radio programs about the Investment Climate and Business Environment
Increase the number of community radio reporters with capacity in independent fact-based and interesting reporting about the Business Enabling Environment through:
Increasing the profile of both grantees and the BEST-Dialogue Fund
Supporting the BEST-D management team
Qualifications: First degree in Mass Communication or Public Relations and a postgraduate qualification in marketing or communication-related field.
Setting: The Communication Officer will work in a small team of 10 colleagues, 5 of which are Project Officers, and with an extended group of associates, partners and service providers. The duty station is Dar es Salaam, Masaki, and the position requires a limited amount of upcountry travel. The position is open as per January 2018.
Deadline: 18 January, 2018 at 4 pm EAT.
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