Program Officer – Family Planning

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Baltimore, Maryland or Washington, D.C.
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Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health

The Center of Communications Programs is seeking a Family Planning Program Officer. 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 Officer will initially provide technical, programmatic, and administrative assistance 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 Officer provides day-to-day input into technical work, writing and editing, program management, disseminating materials, problem solving, and procurement processing as required.

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 Officer will travel internationally, when safe to do so, to deliver short-term technical assistance (STTA) with direction.

Minimum Qualifications: Master’s degree (M.A., MHS, MPH) required. Three years related experience required in social and behavior change in developing countries. Additional relevant experience and/or training may substitute for some education. 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. Additional Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Knowledge and experience of family planning/sexual and reproductive health. Excellent writing skills are essential. Strong interpersonal and presentation skills required. Preferred Qualifications: French language working proficiency strongly preferred. Experience in gender integration and gender transformative programs. Experience in other health areas. International experience. Experience in advocacy a plus. Experience in managing or executing social media campaigns a plus. Working Conditions: Occasional international travel required.
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