Associate, Communications

Based in Washington, DC, or remote under PSI’s “Work From Almost Anywhere” policy

10-25% international travel

Work From Almost Anywhere Status

Reports to Strategic Communications Manager, PMI Impact Malaria

Who we are

Population Services International (PSI) is the world’s leading non-profit social marketing organization. We are a diverse group of over 4,500 entrepreneurial development professionals located in over 35 countries committed to making it easier for all people to lead healthier lives and plan the families they desire. PSI is using its global presence and 50+ years of experience to help reimagine healthcare. We are working to shape market systems, shift policy and funding, and strengthen global capacity to better support consumer empowered healthcare.

Join us!

PSI seeks an Associate, Communications that will provide administrative, project management, and editorial support for a wide range of digital and traditional communications activities related to brand management, communications, storytelling, thought leadership, and advocacy for the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) Impact Malaria project.

PMI Impact Malaria is PMI’s flagship global service delivery project, supporting endemic countries in their efforts to fight malaria and save lives by strengthening diagnosis, treatment, and drug-based prevention for those most at risk—particularly young children and pregnant women. We are a focused, multi-disciplined, and multi-cultured team, with a passion for ending one of the world’s oldest and deadliest diseases. We value a commitment to collaboration and teamwork, recognizing that every member of our team serves an important role.

The PMI Impact Malaria team provides global technical leadership along with implementation support and technical assistance in health facility and community settings in host countries. PMI Impact Malaria is helping national malaria control programs tackle malaria service delivery challenges by working to:

· Close the gaps in malaria diagnosis and treatment to get the right medicine, with the correct diagnosis, to patients in need, in the timeliest manner.

· Unlock the potential of key drug-based prevention approaches by helping countries introduce, implement, and scale-up proven interventions.

· Strengthen malaria health systems and data for decision-making to advance learning and accelerate service delivery improvements.

PMI Impact Malaria is a USAID contract hosted and led by PSI as the prime contractor and based out of Washington DC, working through PSI country offices as well as through our partners Jhpiego, MCDI, and UCSF.


Your contributions

-Develop and prepare content for website (e.g. blogs), social media, newsletters and print (e.g. publications, technical briefs) and ensure it adheres to project brand guidelines. Manage vendor and consultant relationships overseeing direction of asset collection and creation, including graphic design, photography, and videography. 40% of Time

-Provide administrative support to communications strategy and campaigns planning. Assist consultation process with technical and program leads, developing work plans, and monitoring deliverables and progress, providing regular updates to manager. 20% of Time

-Provide administrative and logistical support and help develop content for off and online events and conferences. Draft panel agendas, coordinate speaker logistics, and identify opportunities to promote PSI’s positioning via earned and organic media opportunities and share with manager.
Draft event materials including speaker remarks/presentations and collateral. Coordinate speaker support, press opportunities, and other activities as needed. 20% of Time

-Collaborate with the PSI digital team to ensure earned and non-earned media content are promoted on PSI’s social channels and highlighted on PSI’s website. Monitor and gather data related to amplification to be shared with manager. 10% of Time

-Help build communications capacity across PSI’s global network. Provide remote and in-person technical assistance to network members. Design and facilitate communications and advocacy training for HQ and field-based staff. 10% of Time

Time percentages listed above are not exact. They are estimates and may change. This is also not an exhaustive list of all tasks that an incumbent is expected to perform but is instead a summary of the primary responsibilities and requirements of the job. The incumbent may be asked to perform duties not included above. PSI reserves the right to revise job profiles at any time based on changes to the required job responsibilities.


What are we looking for?

-Bachelor’s Degree (or international equivalent) in a related field
-At least 3 years of related experience. Equivalent combination of related education and experience may be substituted.
-Excellent writing, editing, and storytelling skills.
-Able to translate and simplify complex information and visualize data for a variety of audiences.
-Working knowledge of social and digital media platforms as well as social media planning and strategy.
-Proficient in content management systems, website design, and website maintenance.
-Proficient in MS Office (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint) and Office 365.
-Excellent organizational and administrative skills with keen attention to detail and timeliness.
-Excellent collaboration, customer service, relationship building/management and consensus building skills. Able to respond calmly and confidently in any situation.
-Strong analytical and problem-solving skills. Able to think creatively and approach tasks or problems in a new or different way.
-Excellent research and investigative skills. Able to find, evaluate, and present useful information related to a specific topic.
-Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural environment.
-Proficiency in second language (French) preferred.

-Knowledge of social media strategy and website maintenance is preferred.
-Knowledge of or demonstrated interest in international global health preferred, especially malaria and the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI).

The candidate we hire will embody PSI’s corporate values:

Measurement:You use hard evidence to make decisions and guide your work. You set clear goalposts in advance and explain clearly if you need to move them.
Pragmatism: You’ll strive to deliver the best possible result with the resources available. You won’t be paralyzed by a need to make things perfect.
Honesty:You own your mistakes and are open about your shortcomings – it’s the only way you’ll learn and improve.
Collaboration:You’ll quickly establish a mental map of whom you can rely on for what, on your team, at headquarters, and in our country offices – if you try to do it all yourself, you won’t succeed.
Trust:You accept limits to your sphere of control and give colleagues the benefit of the doubt.
Commitment:You are in it for the long-haul and want to grow with the organization, just like PSI serves its consumers and partners with host-country governments through thick and thin.

References will be required. The successful candidate will be required to pass a background check. For domestic positions: Must be authorized to work in the United States. N.B. PSI will not consider work visa sponsorship for this position.

PSI has implemented a COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate to provide a hazard free employment and work environment in our commitment to our employees. Candidates offered a position will be required to provide proof of vaccination prior to their start date and their employment will be contingent on this. Candidates needing a medical or religious accommodation should let their recruiter know.

PSI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from qualified individuals regardless of actual or perceived race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, personal appearance, matriculation, political affiliation, family status or responsibilities, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, childbirth, related medical conditions or breastfeeding, genetic information, amnesty, veteran, special disabled veteran or uniform service member status or employment status.

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