PRB is seeking a Media Programs Manager to manage activities within the International Programs (IP) department, with a focus on media training, digital engagement, and strategic communications for policy advocacy. The successful candidate will work in a team-oriented environment, leading the development of evidence-based advocacy and communications materials with local and international partners, designing and facilitating training for journalists and news outlets, and providing technical assistance on digital engagement. While the position supports a variety projects funded by multiple donors, the majority of the successful candidate’s time will be devoted to media activities under the Policy, Advocacy, and Communication Enhanced for Population and Reproductive Health (PACE) project, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development.
This position is an opportunity to advance good journalism and to work with international partners on a range of activities, from in-depth training workshops for seasoned reporters and editors to social media coaching for youth and persuasive communication for researchers. It is ideal for a candidate who has strong skills in using strategic communications and digital engagement to distill evidence for decisionmakers and is committed to in-country partnerships and capacity building. The successful candidate will understand the importance of data as the foundation of sound policies and will be able to create advocacy materials that compellingly integrate evidence on complex population and health concepts with accessible and nontechnical formats and messages. They will work with the media programs team to define and expand PRB’s media programs strategy, seeking new and progressive ways to foster the exchange of knowledge globally.
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.
Under the supervision of the Media Programs Director and with the PRB team, the successful candidate will:
- Manage at least two media programs activities, including the PACE Youth Multimedia training program. This activity teaches youth advocates to lead change through community-centered engagement and communication. Tasks include training and supporting youth partners as they create goal-driven multimedia campaigns; providing training tools, feedback, and guidance; overseeing consultants; developing and maintaining activity goals, plans, and timelines; monitoring deliverables and results; and overseeing workplans and budgets.
- Closely collaborate with teams and networks of advocates across multiple countries, including in co-leadership of capacity building initiatives. Ensure frequent and effective communication, skills building, and knowledge transfer within and across country teams.
- Provide support for media training programs that strengthen the capacity of journalists and news media to cover population and development topics. This includes selecting program participants; authoring training agendas, materials, and curricula; managing consultants; and identifying potential partners for future work.
- Independently facilitate or co-facilitate virtual and in-person media trainings for journalists and strategic communications training for researchers, academics, and advocates.
- Lead country-based activities related to the development and implementation of policy advocacy strategies, including researching, authoring, or editing materials; developing workshop/training agendas; facilitating training activities; and providing technical support as needed.
- Co-create and implement institutional systems to organize PRB’s media work, including calendars, timelines, and budgets. Provide technical oversight of work of Media Programs Coordinator.
- Position PRB’s media work for growth by helping establish models for media training, identify new funding opportunities, and look for new frontiers in media around the world. Participate in developing innovative ways to communicate information to a range of audiences using new digital technologies and interactive tools.
- Build the capacity of in-country partners and PRB staff to use digital platforms and communicate policy-relevant information online to a variety of audiences. Advise PRB’s International Programs department on strategic communications and digital engagement, including planning and implementation.
- Write and review select publications, web content, and tools for global and country-level audiences, including interpreting research findings and explaining policy implications.
- Author various communications products and advocacy materials in collaboration with partners, such as policy briefs, social media content, blog posts, fact sheets, web features, etc.
- Monitor and document project outcomes and impact for assigned activities; contribute to project-based and institutional MLE systems and results databases.
Skills and Abilities
- Bachelor’s degree in international development, communications, journalism, public health, or a related field.
- Five to seven years of experience in communications, journalism, and/or international development; two years’ experience living and working in a low- or middle-income country strongly preferred.
- Fluency in English required with full professional proficiency in French highly preferred. Professional proficiency includes the ability to lead and facilitate meetings with native speakers, conduct interviews, and prepare and interpret correspondence and documents.
- Demonstrated technical expertise in some of the following areas: journalism; family planning, reproductive health and population; social media and digital communications and strategy; and research and data literacy.
- Demonstrated activity management experience, including developing workplans, ensuring quality and timeliness of technical deliverables, and managing budgets.
- Demonstrated training facilitation experience with journalists, youth, and other policy advocacy audiences.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills with attention to detail, including the ability to synthesize, package, and disseminate data and research findings for technical and non-technical audiences, and experience with the design and implementation of results-oriented communication strategies.
- Ability to work independently and in teams with international professionals at different levels (such as in-country partners, international technical organizations, and donors). Sensitivity to cross-cultural dynamics.
- Self-reliant and resourceful. Ability to learn and adapt, including to shifting priorities, budgets, and timelines. Ability to perform and prioritize multiple tasks simultaneously, adhering to deadlines.
- Experience supervising staff/consultants and leading teams.
- Availability to travel and work abroad up to 20 percent.
Working Conditions/Other Information
The position is based in Washington, D.C. with up to 20 percent travel within the U.S. and internationally, although the position will entail remote work during the COVID-19 pandemic. The position requires working on multiple projects and interacting regularly with other PRB staff members, clients, and other professionals. The ability to communicate effectively with diverse individuals is essential.
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.