Media Training Manager

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Job Description

The Media Training Manager will help advance evidence-based journalism about population and health and will work with international partners on a range of activities, from in-depth training workshops for seasoned reporters and editors to social media and podcast coaching for youth. The successful candidate will be able to create teaching materials for journalists, advocates, and researchers that compellingly integrate evidence on complex population and health concepts with accessible and nontechnical formats and messages. They will be able to help journalists find and develop newsworthy reporting angles in health and population information and will understand the value of data in sound decision making. They will work with the media programs team to define and expand PRB’s media programs portfolio and strategy, including new donor cultivation and new activity design.

The Media Training Manager will understand health and population topics in an international context and is excited to work with PRB’s team of demographers, researchers, and development experts. They will bring excellent writing skills and an ability to communicate clearly and effectively with international audiences. They will have great ideas for new ways to train and support journalists covering health and population stories and will be up to the challenge of pandemic-era virtual training.

While this position supports a variety of 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.

PRB has worked for nearly 30 years to deepen news coverage of population and health internationally through direct support for journalists. Much of PRB’s work focuses on reproductive health and gender topics such as maternal health, child marriage, 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.

Primary Responsibilities

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 Fellowship, which teaches youth advocates to produce multimedia campaigns around health topics and to use social media for evidence-based advocacy.
  • Manage international training programs that strengthen the capacity of journalists and news media to cover population, health, and development topics. This includes selecting program participants; authoring training agendas and materials; managing consultants; and identifying potential partners for future work.
  • Create and refine curricula for training journalists on a variety of health and development themes and on journalism skills such as using data in reporting, solutions journalism, and understanding research.
  • Independently facilitate or co-facilitate virtual and in-person media trainings for journalists and strategic communications training for researchers, academics, and advocates.
  • Position PRB’s media work for growth by helping develop models for media training, identify new funding opportunities, and look for new frontiers in media around the world.
  • Advise PRB’s International Programs department on strategic communications and digital engagement.
  • Write and review publications, web content, and tools for global and country-level audiences, including interpretation of research findings.
  • 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.
  • Monitor and document project outcomes and impact for assigned activities.
  • Participate in developing innovative ways to communicate information to journalists using digital technologies and interactive tools; grow PRB’s virtual training capacity.


  • Bachelor’s degree in international development, communications, journalism, public health, or a related field.
  • Five to seven years of experience in journalism and/or international development
  • Fluency in English required with professional proficiency in French preferred.
  • Experience writing and compiling training program curricula and developing training tools.
  • Experience with activity management including developing workplans, maintaining timelines, and managing budgets.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with attention to detail.
  • Self-reliance and resourcefulness. Ability to perform and prioritize multiple tasks simultaneously, adhering to deadlines.
  • Experience supervising staff/consultants.
  • Sensitivity to cross-cultural dynamics and experience working with international partners and team members.
  • Experience with videomaking, graphic design, and video/audio editing a plus.
  • Availability to travel and work abroad up to 20 percent (note that all travel has been suspended temporarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic.)

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 resume and cover letter in the “resume” section. Only finalists will be contacted. Applications without a cover letter 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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