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Job Req ID:  14943

Program Specialist

General Summary/Purpose

The Program Specialist provides programmatic and administrative support to one or more programs and center-wide initiatives. The Program Specialist may serve as a program’s consistent link between headquarters and other locations (domestically or internationally), and provide the day-to-day problem solving, writing and editing, and procurement processing programs required. Program Specialist may travel domestically or internationally to assist with technical and programmatic activities as directed.

Performance is measured in each of the areas below (program management, people management, technical work, and professional and organizational growth) with five criteria:

  • Quantity of work
  • Quality of work
  • Initiative, problem solving and innovation
  • Interaction with others
  • Communiation


Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

Program Management

  • Manage program backstopping with direction
    • Format, edit, and produce documents and presentations as needed
    • Contribute to work plans, reports and budgets
    • Act as a liaison for consultant activities, ensuring statement of work, contracts, and deliverables are in place- including for partner organizations (Task orders)
    • Initiate, track and monitor procurements and contracts and other administrative and programmatic documents
    • Work closely with finance and administrative staff to ensure timely and compliant spending
    • Maintain frequent, open, ongoing communication with program team members in all locations (offsite, headquarters and internationally)
    • Adhere to JHU/CCP and donor rules and regulations and policy
    • Upload and save deliverables on relevant knowledge management platforms and ensure that program files are well organized and up-to-date


People Management

  • May, with direction, manage student employee work
  • Assist in orienting and training student employees
  • This position has no assigned supervisory duties. 


    Technical Work

  • Contribute to technical work including strategies, toolkits, communication materials, scripts, job aids with direction
    • Gather, summarize relevant background information to inform the above technical work
    • Use tools, processes, best-practices and colleague review to ensure all products and documents are of the highest quality possible
  • May assist with in-country STTA including trainings, workshops and program support with direction, especially when linked with administrative, operational, or HR issues


    Professional and Organizational Growth

  • Assist with center-wide initiatives with support
    • May include brown-bags, communities of practice, etc. related to the countries that the Program Specialist is backstopping
  • Assist with proposal coordination with direction
  • May represent JHU/CCP at relevant external meetings and events
    • May include networking and relationship building
  • Stay abreast of technical updates in your field
  • Professionally engage and collaborate with other programs across the Center
  • Proactively seek opportunities to expand leadership and management skills
    • Complete at least two JHU training courses related to job duties per year.
  • Request or initiate quarterly check-in meetings with supervisor to assess performance, strengths and areas for improvement in your current position, and establish professional goals
  • Work with senior staff and peers to identify opportunities for professional development, including JHU courses and seminars, conferences, etc.


Minimum Qualifications


Bachelor’s degree required.

Two years related experience required.

Additional relevant experience and/or training may substitute for some education.


* JHU Equivalency Formula: 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. Additional related experience may substitute for required education on the same basis.  For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job. *


Preferred Qualifications


Master’s degree preferred. 

Experience with: project start-up, administrative processes, logistics, project close out

International experience preferred. Volunteer experience overseas an advantage, such as Peace Corps.

French proficiency preferred.


Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Proficiency in French
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Understanding or experience with USAID rules and regulations is desired



Classified Title: Program Specialist
Working Title: Program Specialist​​​​​
Role/Level/Range: ACRP/03/MC 
Starting Salary Range: $44,749 - $61,610/ commensurate with experience
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: Monday -Friday, 8:30a - 5:00p / 37.5 hours per week
Exempt Status: Exempt  
Location: 31-MD:JH at 111 Market Place 
Department name: 10001159-Ctr for Communication Programs CCP 
Personnel area: School of Public Health


The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.


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