Population Services International

Communications Coordinator - French Speaker

Posted Date 2 months ago(1/27/2020 9:47 PM)
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Washington, DC
Washington, DC
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United States


Position: Communications Coordinator - French Speaker

Department: PMI Impact Malaria

Based: Washington, DC

Reports to: Communications Manager

Travel: Up to 10%


Who we are

With nearly 50 years of experience, working in over 60 countries, Population Services International (PSI) is the world’s leading non-profit social marketing organization. PSI is reimagining healthcare by putting the consumer at the center and, wherever possible, bringing care to the front door. We are working to fix market failures, shape future health markets, and shift policy and funding to better support consumer powered healthcare.


There are over 8,000 “PSI’ers” around the world. It’s a diverse group of professionals with an unusually wide range of backgrounds and experience – from the medical industry to the music business – all with unique skills that we bring to the job.


Join us!

PMI Impact Malaria

The U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) Impact Malaria project is PMI’s flagship global service delivery project, supporting 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. PMI Impact Malaria is a USAID contract hosted and led by PSI as the prime contractor.


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.

The PMI Impact Malaria (IM) team provides global technical leadership along with implementation support and technical assistance in health facility and community settings in up to 27 countries around the world. We are a focused, multi-disciplined, and multi-cultured team, based out of Washington DC, working through PSI country offices as well as through our partners Jhpiego, MCDI, and UCSF.


IM is seeking a highly organized, creative, and self-motivated Communications Coordinator to provide key support across the spectrum of IM’s communications activities. The position will consist of digital and traditional communications spanning brand management, malaria technical communications, storytelling, thought leadership, and advocacy.


The full-time position is based in Washington DC with up to 10% travel and reports to the Communications Manager.


Your contribution


The Communications Coordinator will provide a wide range of communications contributions, including:


Content Development, Writing, and Editing

  • Support the creation, planning, and scheduling of a wide range of compelling written and multimedia content. Examples include success stories, social media interactions, web pages, country briefs, press releases, infographics, presentations, news posts, a fully captioned photo library, video scripts, etc.
  • Contribute to writing, ghost writing, and editing materials for the web and social media, and assist in the strategic deployment of social and digital communications campaigns.
  • Copy and content edit reports, briefs, and other products, aligning with IM’s editorial and visual style guide, paying close attention to grammar, mechanics, and consistency.


Website Maintenance and Optimization

  • Maintain and expand IM’s website by regularly posting content to the back end, troubleshooting bugs, and working with IM’s web developer to plan and test updates.


Communications Planning and Management

  • Support the development, maintenance, and achievement of communications calendars and targets, in line with IM’s objectives of demonstrating impact, leadership, and expertise.
  • Assist in producing and updating guidance materials and templates that enhance the communications knowledge and capacity of team members at headquarters and in country offices.
  • Assist with procuring vendors and consultants and managing these relationships to secure and oversee direction of asset collection and creation, including graphic design, photography, and videography.
  • Coordinate translations to produce English and French versions of communications content.


What are we looking for?


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

Collaboration: You can work independently, but thrive within a team.

Trust: You trust that your manager and team will have your back and care deeply about gaining that same trust from your teammates

Pragmatism: You dive in and maintain momentum even when things are ambiguous and you don’t let perfect get in the way of good enough.

Honesty: You aren’t afraid to speak up and speak your mind.

Measurement: You set clear and challenging goals and hold yourself accountable to driving measurable results.

Commitment: You’re independent and a free thinker, but you’re ready to buy in to the direction of the team and commit to its success.


The basics:

  • French proficiency is required.
  • A cover letter is required
  • A bachelor’s degree and at least two years of experience working in a fast-paced office environment, particularly in an editorial or communications role; internships will be considered as experience.
  • Excellent English writing, editing, and storytelling skills that demonstrate an ability to write for a variety of audiences, simplify complex information, and bring characters and data to life.
  • A proactive, mission-driven team player who can get their bearings quickly and communicate directly, professionally, and with integrity and a sense of humor.
  • Ability to develop routines and systems that manage large workloads, organize work efficiently, and allow for collaboration with a diverse and decentralized team.
  • Experience with the Microsoft Office suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, SharePoint, etc.).

Digital Communications

  • Strong exposure to digital communications and social media planning and strategy.
  • Familiarity with content management systems and/or a willingness to expend the effort and practice needed to become IM’s primary webmaster.
  • Experience contributing to the production of a wide variety of high quality multimedia communications products that are both stylish and substantive.

Beyond the Basics

  • A commitment to balancing the big picture with an attention to detail and nuance.
  • Understanding of global health and malaria and/or serious dedication to getting up to speed with the technical content of IM’s malaria service delivery work, as well as an understanding of the malaria partnership landscape and familiarity with the global health donor community.


  • References will be required.
  • The successful candidate will be required to pass a background check
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States. PSI will not consider work visa sponsorship and relocation expenses will not be covered for this position.


Status: Non-exempt


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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