Senior Program Analyst, Communications USAID - PPL

CAMRIS International
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
  • Posted
    Apr 12

Position description

CAMRIS International is a growing international development and research firm that realizes innovative solutions to health and development challenges through high-quality, cost-effective program and research management services. With experience working in more than 80 countries, we combine our proven systems with today’s most effective, evidence-based best practices to improve the lives of people around the world. We apply a customized, customer-centric, cost-effective business approach to offer greater value to our clients and challenge the way things have always been done in our field. 

The Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning (PPL) guides our client’s (USAID) formulation of development policy, ensuring that the Agency’s processes are informed by evidence and analysis. PPL is strengthening policy integration and coherence within USAID on key policy priorities, enhancing development effectiveness and cooperation through policy and international thought leadership within the U.S. Government (USG) and globally, and reinforcing the discipline of development through the Program Cycle.

This position will support PPL’s senior leadership and work in close collaboration with one the following five offices and the USAID Forward team: Program Office; Policy Office; Donor Cooperation Office; Strategy and Program Planning Office; Learning, Evaluation and Research Office. 


The Senior Program Analyst, in collaboration with the PPL Communications Team Lead, will be responsible for helping to lead on PPL’s Communication Strategy, which includes: managing events to publicize USAID/PPL’s work to targeted audiences, writing and editing PPL public documents and talking points, and utilizing social media to enhance awareness among targeted audiences.  The PPL Communications Team is located in PPL’s Front Office that reports directly to PPL Senior Leadership. The Senior Program Analyst will reports to the Communications Team Lead on day-to-day priorities. It is a small team that requires all members to work on all aspects of team priorities to fulfill team objectives.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Identify, develop, and execute outreach opportunities that support PPL objectives
  • Schedule public speaking engagements and other outreach events for PPL leadership
  • Work with USAID’s Legislative and Public Affairs (LPA) press office and LPA events coordinator on PPL related events, including managing logistics
  • With LPA, participate in the organization and coordination of briefings on Capitol Hill; help speakers get their presentations in order; draft the briefing invitation to staffers, and draft the event program
  • Conceptualize, research, write and edit factsheets, speeches, newsletters, and other documents in support of PPL communications strategy and messaging
  • Provide substantive writing and edits on congressional reports, strategy documents, congressional and press inquiries, and memoranda
  • Manage content on PPL’s external and internal website pages in collaboration with PPL communications staff
  • Oversee timely submissions to USAID publications, including FrontLines, Impact Blog, and Transforming Lives
  • Oversee and lead social media efforts including managing PPL social media pages and stay current on trends in social media and most effective ways to use existing platforms.  Coordinate with and support PPL leadership in use of social media to achieve PPL communications goals
  • Provide input and proactive suggestions to enhance Bureau strategic communications
  • Represent PPL at regular Agency-level communications meetings.
  • Other tasks as requested by PPL Senior Leadership and PPL Communications Team Lead.


Profile/Experience and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a field related to international development, international relations, public administration, legislative affairs, communications, journalism, etc.
  • Fifteen years of experience. Minimum seven years of relevant professional experience in communications, preferably in international development, working with a U.S. Government agency, an international organization, or nongovernmental organization.
  • Experience managing meetings and events from planning to implementation phase, especially in the DC area. Experience with large events involving various stakeholders and high level.
  • Knowledge of and experience with the think tank and academic communities.
  • Ability to work effectively both individually and as a member of a team.
  • Willingness to work on all aspects of team priorities.
  • Must be able to plan, organize, and use time effectively. Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and work within tight deadlines.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Experience working on and writing for social media platforms. 
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Secret-level security clearance (U.S. citizenship required).
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check. 

  Desired Skills and Qualifications:

  • Some relevant experience working with congressional or committee offices on Capitol Hill a plus.
  • Knowledge of Hill procedures and the political arena a plus. 
  • Market research experience is a plus.
  • Knowledge of graphics design software, including PhotoShop.
  • Ability to work collaboratively across departments in a large bureaucracy.
  • Photography and videography skills a plus.
  • Knowledge of international development issues; knowledge of the organization and operation of USAID is a plus.

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