Part Time Communications Coordinator/Associate
Terms of Reference for Part Time Communications Coordinator/Associate
CDA Collaborative Learning (CDA) is an international non-governmental organization (INGO) based in Cambridge, MA. CDA works with NGOs, INGOs, donors, businesses and other international actors in fragile and conflict-affected states to improve the effectiveness of their programs and operations. By strengthening the work of our partners, CDA contributes to positive, systematic, and lasting change for people and communities.
CDA is an action research and advisory organization. We bridge the gap between theory and practice in order to improve the effectiveness of peacebuilding, development, and
humanitarian organizations, and responsible businesses working in fragile and conflict-affected contexts. CDA applies a unique collaborative approach to learning that prioritizes local perspectives, rigorous analysis, and evidence-based methodologies. We produce practical guidance for policymakers and practitioners alike.
About this position
CDA is looking for a Communications Coordinator/Associate who is passionate about
developing and implementing mission-driven communications content that aligns with the
ethical thought leadership that CDA has exemplified for the past 25 years. This position is
envisioned to be a developmental Coordinator role through June-August, with the goal of
transitioning the position to an Associate in September.
This role will provide weekly communications support for the organization, specific projects, and individual staff as needs arise. This is a part-time role, minimum 10 and maximum 20 hours per week, that will encompass the activities listed below. Although this is a communications role, CDA is looking for an associate who has experience in and familiarity with peacebuilding, international development, humanitarian aid or international relations more broadly to be able to speak to our audience and to target content appropriately. And, as the candidate’s interests and availability allow, contribute to other CDA projects.
CDA is looking to contract an associate who is able to commit a minimum of one year to this position. As such, they will work closely with all staff and others across CDA’s platform, participating in staff meetings, as well as project and other focused meetings in order for communications to be an integrated part of advancing the organization’s mission and activities.
Due to COVID-19, CDA will onboard, train, and manage the associate remotely at least through June 30, 2020. When we return to in-person work, it is ideal for the associate to be located in the Boston, MA or Washington, D.C. areas in order to coordinate and meet with CDA’s Cambridge or D.C. office. The current Communications Associate will transition out at the end of the summer; ideally there will be an overlap period in order to ensure a thorough handover.
Throughout their time at CDA, the associate will assist with the following activities:
● Updating the website and fixing design issues
● Posting, drafting, and editing all of CDA’s social media content (Facebook, Twitter, and
● Editing, drafting and proofreading content, mostly for the website and newsletter but
other materials (e.g. proposals) as needed
● Supporting newsletter development and dissemination (4-8 newsletters or special
communications to CDA’s global network annually)
● Designing comprehensive campaigns, including some that involve synthesis across
multiple practice areas and coordination with networks (e.g. targeted attention to
increased local leadership)
● Developing and maintaining whole-of-organization communications strategy
● Proactively proposing creative messaging opportunities and ideas to engage CDA
● Advising CDA staff, associates and board on other activities and policies as needed,
relevant to communications (e.g. the organization’s social media policy)
● Serve as advisor for synthesis of communications and fundraising opportunities and
coordinate periodic social media focused fundraising efforts, including #GivingTuesday
● Other support as needs arise and align with the candidate’s expertise and interests
● Experience working with WordPress or another web editing platform
● Experience using Hootsuite and Mailchimp and scheduling updates on Twitter, Facebook
● Experience planning, writing for, and managing social media campaigns
● Experience copy editing
● A collaborative team spirit and creative thinker
● A self-starter who takes initiative and does not need close supervision
● Experience in peacebuilding, international development, humanitarian aid or
This position is part-time, minimum 10 and maximum 20 hours per week at $25/hour. Remote work is possible; however, it is ideal if the associate is located in the Boston, MA or
Washington, D.C. areas to be able to occasionally meet in-person with CDA’s Cambridge or D.C. office as needed.
CDA is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women, people of color, and candidates from other underrepresented backgrounds to apply.
Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled, with an ideal start date in June 2020. Applications should be emailed to Grace Boone at
firstname.lastname@example.org with a subject line: CDA Communications Associate 2020.
The application must include the following:
● Cover letter (please cite PCDN as the source of the posting) explaining your experience and interests (1 page max)
● Resume or CV
● An example of exemplary past work, either a writing sample (2 pages max), a website
you are or have previously managed, etc.
● Three references, including names, affiliations, and contact information
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