A global leader in family planning and reproductive health, the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health plays a key role in advancing evidence-based family planning policies, practice, and programs worldwide. The Institute features a dynamic, innovative working environment, with opportunities to work with leaders in research and advocacy, both established and emerging; to contribute at a high level to the organization’s forward progress; and to contribute to sustainable, positive change for women and men, communities, and countries.
The Program Specialist will contribute to managing day-to-day programmatic elements of projects focusing on international family planning, reproductive health, and population dynamics for the Gates Institute. For information about the Gates Institute, please visit www.gatesinstitute.org.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities
The main project focus for the next 1.5 years will be the 2021 International Conference on Family Planning, February 1-4, 2021 in Thailand, including several pre-conference events taking place in the days leading up to the conference. This job will require travel to the conference in 2021. There may be additional events to which we may need this staff member to travel in order to assist.
The Program Specialist is responsible for backstopping multiple programmatic activities of the Gates Institute. They will work closely with the Program and Communication Officers on a wide range of programmatic tasks. Attention to detail is key and event planning skills are essential. They will provide short-term technical assistance and project coordination, draft project work plans, and prepare technical briefs, as well as communications expertise by writing first drafts of project reports, managing conference and general GI emails, communicating with conference attendees, sponsors and faculty, assisting with social media efforts, maintaining various Institute websites and photo galleries, creating newsletters and other documents needed to conduct project work.
This position provides input on materials, strategies, work plans and budgets as needed and may undertake various kinds of research, including literature reviews, web searches and the creation of presentations.
Bachelor’s degree required.
Two (2) years related experience required. Additional relevant experience and/or training may substitute for some education.
A Master's Degree in public health, international development, or a similar discipline
Experience working in events, academic, research, and/or advocacy environments – especially in the realm of public health or family planning
Ability to utilize design software including: Canva, Adobe Creative and Production Suites
Digital media skills, including experience using: Slack, Hoot Suite, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, HTML, Wordpress, Drupal, Mail Chimp
Language skills in French and/or Thai
Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Superb communication (oral and writing) skills, including digital and social media experience
Exceptional tact and sensitivity to a wide range of internationally diverse cultural environments
Experience with all Microsoft Office and file organization and sharing programs – Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook, Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.
Ability to carry up to 50 lbs. within the context of this job.
Classified Title: Program Specialist Working Title: Program Specialist Role/Level/Range: ACRP/03/MC Starting Salary Range: $45,195 - $55,000 /Commensurate with Experience Employee group: Full Time Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:30a-5:00p / 37.5 hours per week Exempt Status: Exempt Location: 05-MD:School of Public Health Department name: 10001207-PFRH Gates Institute Personnel area: School of Public Health
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