Senior Associate, Communications

Based in PSI registered states or a country where PSI is registered (Eastern US, Nigeria, Ethiopia, or Kenya preferred)

10-20% international travel

Work From Almost Anywhere Status = Eligible for US locations

Reports to Project Director, Adolescents 360

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 a Senior Associate, Communications that will support the development of communications and advocacy strategies while leading the execution of strategic communications and advocacy activities. This position will be embedded in and report to A360 – PSI’s flagship adolescent sexual and reproductive health project — with a dotted line to PSI’s External Communications department.

With funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, A360 has partnered with young people and government health systems to design, pilot, and scale adolescent sexual and reproductive health (ASRH) interventions which position contraception as a tool to achieving girls’ self-defined goals. It operates across Ethiopia, Kenya, and Nigeria. In late 2020, A360 embarked on an ambitious new 5 year follow on which is focused on: i) strengthening the existing interventions; ii) supporting host government to adopt A360’s approaches; and iii) generating evidence, learning and global goods to support the adoption and replication of A360-inspired approaches by others.


Your contributions

Develop key messaging and thought leadership content with technical and program leads. Draft messaging for presentations, briefing materials, talking points and speeches, and ghost write blog posts. Keep stakeholders apprised of updates through email marketing, social media campaigns, brown bags, webinars, and other vehicles for direct communications. 40% of Time

Support in the development of communications strategies, work plans, targets and milestones for advocacy campaigns and projects in close consultation with senior team members and technical and program leads. Monitor deliverables and progress against strategy, providing regular updates to leadership. 20% of Time

Advise program leads at the global and country level in the development and implementation of advocacy strategies and workplans. Provide ongoing support and help build local staff communications and advocacy capacity. 20% of Time

Work closely with technical and program leads and the Manager to identify online and offline events and conferences where PSI can promote its work and impact. Help determine PSI’s role as speaker, exhibitor and/or sponsor. Work with internal and external partners to craft panel agendas, secure speakers, and promote discussions. Identify and/or create the appropriate materials to support PSI’s presence at events including speaker remarks and presentations, and other collateral. Coordinate event logistics and speaker support. 10% of Time

Oversee the implementation of social and digital communications campaigns. Write and edit copy for the website and social media and oversee web maintenance. Develop and monitor digital channel results and report analysis to Manager and technical and program leads for use in adapting content and approach for greater impact. 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 communications and/or advocacy; journalism; public health, international development, or related field.
  • At least 5 years of related experience. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted.
  • Excellent organizational and administrative skills with keen attention to detail. Able to balance multiple projects, wear multiple hats, and manage competing deadlines in a fast-paced and at times ambiguous environment.
  • 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 writing and editing experience in English, and the ability to translate complex issues for a variety of audiences. Proficient in AP style.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Knowledge of or demonstrated interest in the global health and development landscape. Global family planning and/or adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health programs, malaria, HIV, and sanitation preferred.
  • Working knowledge of content creation and promotion on a variety of digital platforms including WordPress, YouTube, LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter
  • Excellent research and investigative skills. Able to find, evaluate, and present useful information related to a specific topic
  • Advocacy experience, preferred.

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 or selected PSI country office. 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.

ACCESSIBILITY NOTICE: If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process due to a physical or mental disability, please send an email to: newhiresupport@psi.org or call (202)785-0072.

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