Social Science Program Specialist

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Jun 03

Position description

The Global Risk and Resilience Program (GRRP) seeks to support the development of inclusive, resilient networks in local communities facing global change. By providing a platform for sharing lessons, mapping knowledge, and linking people and ideas, GRRP and its affiliated programs empower policymakers, practitioners, and community members to participate in the global dialogue on sustainability and resilience. To know more about the Wilson Center's GRRP, please click here.



The Global Risk and Resilience Program is an overarching initiative that combines the ongoing efforts of the Environmental Change and Security ProgramMaternal Health InitiativePolar Institute, and Urban Sustainability Laboratory, integrating and building upon their already substantial contributions to the field. This position serves as Social Science Program Specialist within GRRP's Maternal Health Initiative (MHI). Major duties and responsibilities of this position include:

  • Leads MHI programming, planning and execution of seminars, workshops and conferences, with a focus on maternal mortality, reproductive health and rights for women and girls, gender issues, and relevant global health issues.
  • Serves as a contributing writer and editor to GRRP and MHI publications; including writing for the GRRP New Security Beat blog and Dot-Mom Column, as well as overseeing the Dot-Mom Column content and design.
  • Conducts research to support programs focused on caregiving and policies to support women’s ability to fully participate in the paid work force.
  • Oversees  the communication and development of MHI branding and collaboration with Wilson Center communications team to support MHI’s outreach, communications, and awareness.
  • Represents the Initiative at external meetings and conferences on global health, maternal and reproductive health, gender, and adolescent and youth health and development.
  • Provides technical and thought leadership in the field of applicable to global health matters, sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn, and adolescent health (SRMNAH).
  • Assists the Program Director in overseeing all funding deliverables, including research, communications, and related publications.
  • Assists the Program Director in directing MHI reporting and monitoring and evaluation activities.
  • Leads the maintenance and growth of a network of scholars, government officials, and representatives of international organizations, the private sector, foundations, and non-governmental organizations working on the issues of health, gender, and development.
  • Prepares and submits grant proposals to secure additional funding.
  • Serves as liaison between outside funders, GRRP’s Financial Manager, as well as Wilson Center’s Development and Financial Management Offices.
  • Works with internal stakeholders to conduct/ensure oversight regarding the Project’s income and expenditures.

Graduate degree in Public Health, Women's Studies, or related field is highly desirable.

Applicants are encouraged to read the entire vacancy announcement, including the documents and information required prior to applying.


Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel may be required for this position, which may include international travel. 

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential

12 - Promotion is not automatic or guaranteed. It is subject to approval from management.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must have a valid authorization to work in the United States.
  • You must complete a background investigation.
  • Selective Service Registration is required, as applicable.
  • You may be required to complete a probationary period.
  • You must maintain a bank account for direct deposit.
  • You must have a valid Social Security Number

Once the application process is complete, a review of your résumé and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If, after reviewing your résumé and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet the two criteria below:

1.  Basic Requirement in A, B, or C below:
A. Degree: Behavioral or social science; or related disciplines appropriate to the position; for example, international relations or political science. (Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included a major field of study with at least 24 semester hours of behavioral or social science courses); or 
B. Combination of education and experience that provides knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field; or 
C. Four years of appropriate experience that demonstrated knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.

2. Specialized Experience in A or B below:

A. Specialized Experience: One full-time year (12-months) of specialized experience at, or equivalent to Grade 09 (relative to federal and market standards): (1) managing and promoting a program or initiative to the public; (2) conducting programmatic research on maternal mortality, reproductive health and rights for women and girls, and gender issues and relevant global health issues; and (3) developing, cultivating, and maintaining partnerships with internal and external stakeholders to promote a project or initiative; or

B. Combination of Specialized Experience and Education: A combination of experience and education as described above that equates to one year of experience. The percentage of the required education plus the percentage of the required experience my equal one hundred percent. Note: Only higher level graduate education can be used. 

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

In describing your experience, please be clear and specific. We will not make assumptions regarding your experience. If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).



All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to timely provide such evidence by submitting proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency with your application materials. More information may be found at

You are required to include a copy of your unofficial academic transcript/s showing the conferment of your degree at the time of application. Your application will be marked "ineligible" if you fail to provide a copy of your academic transcript/s. If selected for the position, you will be required to provide a copy of your official academic transcript/s.

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