Media Programs and Communications Coordinator

  • Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 12 June 2020
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Job Description

Are you looking for an opportunity to work with diverse groups of youth, journalists, researchers, and experts from around the world on global health and population topics? Are you a digitally savvy communicator who wants to support fact-based journalism and advocacy? Do you love exploring new tools and systems to keep information organized?

The Population Reference Bureau (PRB) is seeking a Media Programs and Communications Coordinator to join the International Programs (IP) department. An ideal candidate for this role is detail-oriented and comfortable working with international consultants, trainees, and professionals across global health and development projects at PRB. An average day will include coordinating international logistics for in-person and virtual activities, processing payments and contracts, managing contact databases, leading digital dissemination campaigns and outreach activities, and finding new ways to gather and report project outcomes. There will be opportunities to contribute substantially to building new systems and project models in this role, and to engage in project management and planning.

PRB has worked for more than 25 years to deepen coverage of population, health, and development topics internationally through direct support for media. Much of PRB’s work focuses on reproductive health and gender topics such as family planning, youth reproductive health, and gender-based violence. We recognize the vital importance of accurate and compelling journalism and aim to foster a culture of information and responsibility across social media and online media platforms, teaching new generations to craft messages that lead to change.

Media Programs Responsibilities (50%)

  • Work closely with members of the Media Programs team to plan training, including expert presenter recruitment; curriculum development, refinement, and formatting; and international logistics coordination (flights, visas, hotels, venues, security permissions)
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for international training participants, including responsive communication before, during, and after training activities. Draft invitation letters, agendas, logistics outlines, visa support letters, etc. as needed
  • Write copy for announcements, teaching tools, reports, and funding proposals
  • Conduct background research for current and new projects, often about specific global health and development topics
  • Help recruit program participants and partners through digital calls across social media and targeted outreach to organizations and outlets
  • Manage and moderate digital messaging groups for trainees and alumni
  • Capture results from activities and contribute to project, funder, and PRB monitoring and evaluation reporting. Gather information for semi-annual and annual project reports
  • Help create new systems for management of media programs alumni, consultant, and project outcome/output databases, and maintain systems
  • Contribute to media programs strategic planning and business development
  • Help us innovate! Find new and better ways to deliver meaningful support to program participants, and explore new tools and skills that will enrich our activities
  • Support finance processes including requesting payments, reviewing travel expense reports, updating budgets, and drafting new contracts for vendors and consultants

International Programs Responsibilities (50%)

  • Support a training program for U.S.-based health researchers, including coordinating logistics and recruitment of fellows; communicating with fellows and working with group leaders and facilitators; and helping plan and implement weeklong workshops and webinars
  • Structure engagement for PRB training program alumni, including following up on activity results, gathering submissions for success stories and social media highlights, and developing program improvement surveys
  • Help develop virtual communities of practice–including on social media and other digital platforms–to engage training programs alumni such as youth advocates, journalists, and researchers
  • Contribute to writing projects such as proposals, blog posts, and reports, including editing
  • Correspond proactively and professionally with partners, donors, or other stakeholders, including follow-up on project activities and deliverables
  • Provide ongoing administrative support such as scheduling calls, organizing meetings, and taking notes


  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, public health, social sciences, or another related field or at least four years of experience in any of the above fields
  • At least two years of experience in administrative and/or communications support, preferably with an international development or social research organization
  • Excellent writing, editing, and proofreading skills
  • Knowledge of and experience using social media and other online knowledge management and dissemination platforms
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, particularly Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Ability to work independently and ask the right questions to the right people
  • Creative team player
  • Experience with business development and monitoring, learning, and evaluation reporting
  • Experience using design and project management tools such as Monday, Adobe Sparks, Canva/Stencil, MailChimp, Hootsuite/Sprout social, and Google Analytics a plus
  • French language skills are a strong asset

Salary and Benefits: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. PRB has an excellent benefits package, including generous health, leave, and retirement programs.

Applications: Please remember to upload a resume and cover letter in the “resume” section. Only finalists will be contacted. Applications without both a cover letter and a resume will not be considered.

Equal Opportunity Employer – M/F/Disabled/Veteran

About the Organization

The Population Reference Bureau informs people around the world about population, health, and the environment, and empowers them to use that information to advance the well-being of current and future generations. Inform. PRB analyzes complex demographic data and research to provide the most objective, accurate, and up-to-date population information in a format that is easily understood by advocates, journalists, and decision makers alike. Empower. Our commitment to putting information into action sets us apart. PRB builds coalitions and conducts workshops around the world to give our key audiences the tools they need to understand and communicate effectively about population issues. Advance. PRB works to ensure that policymakers in developing countries and in the United States rely on sound evidence, rather than anecdotal or outdated information, when creating population, health, and environmental policies.

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