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Job Req ID:  55479

Program Specialist

General Summary/Purpose:

At the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP), we believe in the power of communication to save lives, by empowering people to adopt healthy behaviors for themselves, their families and their communities. Through decades of experience, innovation and research we have proven that communication works. What we do has increased the use of modern contraceptive methods to better space pregnancies and the use of bed nets to prevent the spread of malaria and inspired more people to be tested and treated for HIV. It has helped people access clean water and helped more children get vaccinated. It has provided lifesaving information on threats such as Ebola and Zika, giving people the knowledge they need to protect themselves from serious harm. With projects in more than 40 countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America along with work in our hometown of Baltimore, CCP’s portfolio spans the globe.


Breakthrough ACTION is a five-year cooperative agreement funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to lead their social behavior change (SBC) programming around the world. Breakthrough ACTION is a partnership led by CCP, in collaboration with Save the Children, ThinkAction, ideas42, Camber Collective, International Center for Research on Women, and Viamo.  The project works in partnership with governments, civil society and communities to implement creative and sustainable SBC programming, nurture SBC champions, mainstream new techniques and technologies and advocate for strategic and sustained investment in SBC.


The Program Specialist will provide provides programmatic and administrative support to the Breakthrough ACTION project, primarily its global family planning portfolio, which develops and tests new tools for SBC in family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH), provides technical assistance to national, regional and global partners, and leads work around global and regional level advocacy for SBC in FP. The Program Specialist provides day-to-day problem solving, writing and editing, dissemination and procurement processing as programs require.


This position is initially 100% remote due to COVID-19, but will be based on CCP’s Baltimore, MD or Washington, DC offices. The Program Specialist may travel domestically or internationally to assist with technical and programmatic activities as directed.


Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

Program Management

  • Manage program backstopping with direction
    • Format, edit, and produce documents and presentations as needed
    • Support organization of project events and meetings, in-person and virtual
    • Manage translation needs, working closely with preferred translation vendors
    • Act as a liaison for consultant activities, ensuring statement of work, contracts, and deliverables are in place
    • Upload and save deliverables on relevant knowledge management platforms
    • Help to track project deliverables and provide status updates
    • Initiate, track and monitor procurements and contracts and other administrative and programmatic documents
    • Contribute to work plans, reports and budgets
    • Maintain frequent, open, ongoing communication with program team members in all locations
    • Adhere to JHU/CCP and donor rules and regulations and policy

Technical Work

  • Contribute to technical work including strategies, toolkits, communication materials, 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
  • Support development of capacity strengthening activities (e.g. in-person trainings, online self-paced modules)
  • Support management and active engagement of members in email- and web-based communication for project-led communities of practice (e.g. SBC for service delivery, male engagement)
  • Support dissemination efforts to promote uptake and use of project materials (e.g. writing blogs, organizing webinars, promoting work on listservs and other platforms)
  • May assist with in-country STTA including trainings, workshops and program support with direction

People Management

  • May, with direction, manage student employee work including orientation and training
  • This position has no assigned supervisory duties. 

Professional and Organizational Growth

  • Assist with center-wide initiatives with support (may include brown-bags, communities of practice, etc.)
  • Assist with proposal coordination, with direction
  • May represent JHU/CCP at relevant external meetings and events
  • Stay abreast of technical updates in SBC and family planning
  • Professionally engage and collaborate with other programs across the Center
  • Proactively seek opportunities to expand leadership and management skills
  • 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 (mandatory):

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Two years related experience (social and behavior change and/or family planning).
  • Excellent writing skills are essential.
  • Strong interpersonal and presentation skills required.
  • Additional relevant experience and/or training may substitute for some education, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula. 


JHU Equivalency Formula:  30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 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.
  • French language working proficiency strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge and experience of family planning/sexual and reproductive health, demonstrated by work experience, volunteer work or coursework.
  • Experience in gender integration and gender transformative programs, demonstrated by work experience, volunteer work or coursework.
  • International experience.


Classified Title: Program Specialist 
Working Title: Program Specialist 
Role/Level/Range: ACRP/03/MC 
Starting Salary Range: $45,195-$62,225; commensurate with experience
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: Monday-Friday/8:30am-5:00pm 
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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