Job Req ID:  110679

Program Specialist

The Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health (GI) is an academic-based institution focusing on family planning, reproductive health, and population dynamics, seeking to fill this full-time position based at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland immediately. For more information about GI, please visit

Gates Institute’s Next Generation Leaders Global Program is focused on our efforts to cultivate the next generation of sexual and reproductive health and gender equity experts and leaders through training, mentoring, and networking opportunities. Our many youth-centered and youth-driven platforms and initiatives cross-collaborate to elevate emerging leaders. We implement meaningful engagement of youth across all activities and priorities, recognizing that effectively empowering youth is non-negotiable in achieving and sustainable and impact future for global health.

We are seeking a Program Specialist (PS) who will be responsible for working with the Gates Institute’s Anchor Grant team to coordinate and manage youth-focused elements of the International Conference on Family Planning and the Next Generation Leaders Global Program by providing technical, programmatic, advocacy, and leadership expertise in the field of sexual and reproductive health especially pertaining to work with young leaders (18-35) focused on advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). They will serve as a liaison between GI partners located throughout Africa and Asia to the Baltimore head office and work with international partners, multi-lateral and bi-lateral organizations, and NGOs. The PS will work closely with the Senior Program Officer II and Communications Manager/Technical Advisor.

This PS position is responsible for supporting Gates Institute in its Next Generation Leaders Global Program with regard to programmatic and communications activities, providing technical expertise as needed. 

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

  • Provide expertise in the planning, promotion, and execution of all GI Next Generation Leader activities, NextGen sponsors and partners, 120 Under 40 winners, and the AYSRHR Global Roadmap for Action, including youth-led Power Shifting activities, including drafting grant reports for project funders, managing sub-awards, monitoring, and evaluating activities, tracking related budgets, and managing external vendors.
  • Serve as a member of the International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) International Steering Committee Secretariat and support the ICFP International Steering Committee’s Youth Subcommittee and support the planning and execution of all ICFP youth components (Youth Pre-Conference, Youth Plenary, Youth Lounge, ICFP LIVE Stage and communication of youth-focused elements, ICFP Youth Trailblazer and Jr. Researcher travel awards, intergenerational spaces such as Lunch with Leaders event, and Power Shifting) including liaising and coordinating with young leaders, partners, donors, government officials, etc.; managing related budgets; and evaluation and reporting, and administrative tasks as needed.
  • Work closely with the GI Director, GI Senior Program Officer, Communications Manager, and finance team to identify and help troubleshoot strategic goals, key deliverables, and budgetary considerations for the Next Generation Leaders Global Program.
  • Provide expertise and work closely with the GI Communications Manager with the creation and publication of content for print and digital communications materials for the Next Generation Leaders Global Program – including podcasts, eNewsletters, websites, webinars and days of celebration, and social media, etc.
  • Provide expertise and coordination to help prepare and execute Global Health Leadership Accelerator trainers and in-person and online courses (i.e., preparing course materials, planning course logistics, managing the budget, etc.).
  • Support GI programmatic work by providing input on strategies, project documents, communications, work plans, and budgets.
  • Identify and support youth representation at international conferences, international partner meetings and panels from the Next Generation Leaders network.
  • Back-stop GI Program team members when needed.

Special Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • High level of cultural sensitivity.
  • Proven track record of working successfully in a team environment.
  • Experience working with/for youth organizations and young professionals via mentorship, leadership, and/or research programs.
  • Strong communication and writing skills across a range of print and digital communication platforms, including grant proposals, reports, monitoring and evaluation, newsletters, blogs, podcasts, etc.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, Adobe Suite, survey development tools (such as Survey Monkey and Google Forms) and project management software (such as Airtable)

Qualifying Questions

  • Do you have at least two years of experience working in an academic, research, or advocacy environment?
  • This position will require international travel up to 20% of the time. During the International Conference on Family Planning and other promotional opportunities at virtual and in-person international meetings and conferences to promote GI and ICFP hours works will depend on conference requirements. Are you willing to travel domestically and internationally?

Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor's Degree in public health, nutrition, environmental sciences, or related discipline.
  • Two years of related experience.
  • Demonstrated project management and research or evaluation experience. Strong writing skill related to science translation. Additional education may substitute for required. experience to the extent the JHU equivalency formula permits.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Public Health, Communications, Education, or related field (strongly preferred).
  • Experience working with individuals and organizations based in the global south.
  • Experience working with youth and youth-led organizations based in the global south.
  • Grant management experience in the family planning and reproductive health or related field.
  • Experience managing and updating website content and creating, disseminating, and monitoring virtual toolkits.
  • French language proficiency.



Classified Title: Program Specialist 
Role/Level/Range: ACRP/03/MC  
Starting Salary Range: Min $47,500 - Max $83,300 Annually (Commensurate with experience) 
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: Hours may vary; Typically 9:00am-5:30pm 
Exempt Status: Exempt 
Location: School of Public Health 
Department name: ​​​​​​​PFRH Gates Institute  
Personnel area: School of Public Health 


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Please refer to the job description above to see which forms of equivalency are permitted for this position. If permitted, equivalencies will follow these guidelines:
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