Program Officer – Family Planning, Breakthrough ACTION

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Full Time
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Date Posted
Washington, DC
Company Information
Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health

General Summary/Purpose

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 the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (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 Breakthrough ACTION core family planning program develops and tests new SBC tools, provides technical assistance to national, regional and global partners, and leads work around global and regional level advocacy for SBC in family planning and fostering shared agendas of work among global partners.

The Program Officer will provide technical, programmatic, and administrative assistance to the family planning team as part of the Breakthrough ACTION project. The Program Officer provides day-to-day input into technical work, writing and editing, program management, problem solving, and procurement processing as required related to several family planning and/or gender-related activities. The Program Officer will travel internationally to deliver short-term technical assistance (STTA) with direction.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

Technical Work

Contribute to technical work, including strategies, toolkits, communication materials, scripts, job aides, independently.
Gather, summarize, synthesize 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
Contribute to in-country STTA, including trainings, workshops, and program support, with direction

Program Management

Manage project activities, independently
Format, edit and produce documents and presentations as needed
Contribute to work plans, reports and budgets
Organize in-person and virtual meetings and consultations
Act as liaison for consultant activities, ensuring statement of work, contract and deliverables are in place
Initiate, track and monitor procurements, contracts, work plans 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, in headquarters, and internationally)
Liaise with internal and external partners
Adhere to JHU, CCP and donor rules, regulations and policies
Upload and save deliverables on relevant knowledge management platforms

People Management

May independently manage work of student employees
Assist in orienting and training new staff members
May manage group work with support, including task coordination and management
This position has no assigned supervisory duties

Professional and Organizational Growth

Contribute to center-wide initiatives, independently
May include brown bags, communities of practice, etc.
Contribute to proposal development (technical, budget, coordination) with direction
Represent JHU and CCP at relevant external meetings and events
May include delivering technical presentations, networking and relationship building
Stay abreast of technical updates in the field of family planning
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 (Required) Master’s degree (M.A., MHS, MPH) required. Three (3) years related experience required in family planning and social and behavior change, with knowledge of relevant research, programs, global stakeholders and coordinating initiatives working in 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. Preferred Qualifications French language working proficiency strongly preferred. Experience in gender integration and gender transformative programs preferred. International experience preferred. Experience in advocacy a plus. Strong interpersonal and presentation skills required. Excellent writing skills are essential.
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