Program Coordinator - Sub-Saharan Africa

Sesame Workshop
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    Mar 05

Position description

Sesame Workshop is looking to hire a Program Coordinator.  The Program Coordinator will report to the Senior Director, Africa Programs in the International Social Impact Department at Sesame Workshop in New York City. We seek a detail-oriented and collaborative individual who will work closely with Sesame Workshop staff and partners to support program development, planning, and implementation of a variety of mass media, education, outreach, and public awareness initiatives throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, and with a strong focus in South Africa.

Please note: This is a 6-month contract role with future posibility of becoming a full-time permanent role. 


Project Coordination/Administration

  • Lead administrative processes to support Africa programs:
    • Develop and manage timelines, workflows, and work plans
    • Coordinate communication with multidisciplinary teams
    • Arrange and schedule internal meetings and manage travel logistics
    • Submit and track necessary documents through approval processes, such as legal contracts
    • Track expenditures against budgets, submit invoices, and compile expense reports
    • Serve as liaison between team members both at the Workshop and locally in-country; provide information and follow-up on requests from internal and external partners
  • Draft, update, and organize program assets:
    • Support the drafting of presentations, planning decks, fact sheets, internal and external reports, concept notes, project plans, executive briefings, and brochures
    • Work closely with Philanthropic Development Department on materials to support fundraising and reporting
    • Organize and maintain all project resources such as budgets, contact sheets, contracts, narrative and financial reports, and invoices

Strategic Planning and Program Development

  • Conduct desk research and synthesize information on local educational needs, social development contexts, mass media and digital landscape, and business development opportunities
  • Help create planning and management frameworks to support program development
  • Support communication with multi-disciplinary partners and stakeholders across media, education, government, philanthropy, non-profit, and commercial sectors
  • Help identify new program and partnership opportunities aligned with program goals


  • Bachelor’s degree / Master’s degree in International Education, International Development a plus
  • Minimum of 2 years of relevant professional experience
  • Background working or living internationally desired; in Sub-Saharan Africa a plus
  • Ability to travel internationally and work in low-resource settings
  • Ability to work across cultures and time zones
  • Experience in project coordination. Program development and strategic planning a plus
  • Excellent written communication skills: analytical, polished, and precise
  • Experience drafting compelling concept notes, presentation decks, proposals, project plans, and executive briefings
  • Experience with collaborative processes and multi-disciplinary partnership management. Poised and professional communicator who can interact with high-level executives
  • Self-directed and takes initiative to accomplish goals
  • Commitment to Sesame Workshop’s mission and core values; cares about international issues 

Desired but not required:

  • Academic or professional experience in early childhood and primary school education
  • Experience or demonstrated interest in media, children’s media, or marketing
  • Familiarity with digital media ecosystem and innovation in emerging markets

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