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Research Communications and Uptake Coordinator

Population Council
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JOB TITLE: Research Communications and Uptake Coordinator

REPORTING TO: Director, GIRL Center

LOCATION: Flexible/Remote, New York, NY or Washington, DC preferred




The Girl Innovation, Research, and Learning (GIRL) Center is a global research center that generates, synthesizes, and translates evidence to transform the lives of adolescent girls. Through rigorous research about what works and what doesn't we can better direct limited resources to support evidence-based solutions that improve girls' lives. The Evidence for Gender and Education Resource (EGER) was developed by the GIRL Center, with support from Echidna Giving. EGER is the first freely available resource to help the gender and education community make informed decision about their programming and investments. EGER is a searchable, easy-to-use, interactive database for practitioners, researchers, donors and decisionmakers to drive better education results for communities around the world.

As a core member of the GIRL Center team, the Research Communications and Uptake Coordinator (RCUC) will work closely with senior staff, and the Office of Strategic Communication and Research Impact teams, to develop and execute research impact and communications strategies for EGER and other GIRL Center initiatives. The RCUC will manage and provide technical input for a portfolio of dissemination and utilization activities designed to amplify EGER's impact and subsequent gender and education research. Through EGER and other research initiatives, s/he will be responsible for supporting strategic partnerships with a variety of external stakeholders, as well as sustaining strong collaborative relationships with colleagues across the Population Council and the globe. This person will track metrics of engagement, dissemination and uptake, while collaborating on the development of synthesis and communications materials including op-eds, social media campaigns, briefs, reports, presentations, infographics, etc. The RCUC will work effectively both independently and as a member of multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary teams and will have at least five years of relevant work experience with successful campaigns and facilitating research impact.


1. Work closely with research staff to convene and facilitate webinars, workshops, symposia, and other events in partnership with key stakeholders to collaboratively advance evidence-informed programming, policymaking and investments. (15%)

2. Contribute to the development of EGER and other GIRL Center websites and research products. This includes but is not limited to synthesis materials, evidence-based briefs, op-eds, social media campaigns, presentations, tools/infographics, newsletters, helping with writing/design of dissemination materials. (20%)

3. Support strategic partnerships with a variety of stakeholders, including program implementers, policy and advocacy organizations, governments, multilateral development agencies, as well as other development partners. (15%)

4. Build and maintain strong relationships across the organization with key program and country office staff, as well as the communications, publications, research impact and development teams to advance GIRL Center goals (10%)

5. Monitor and track metrics of engagement, dissemination, and website and research uptake. Create monitoring systems that include but are not limited to: website usage, research utilization, stakeholder engagement, case studies etc. (15%)

6. Collaborate with other team members, including the Mapping Coordinator, to update and manage stakeholder directories, as well as orchestrate outreach to prospective and current users. (15%)

7. Perform related duties as assigned by project leadership. (10%).


1. Master's degree in public health, public policy/administration, education or a related field preferred with at least three years of relevant experience; or a Bachelor's degree in public health, public policy/administration, education or international development or a related field with at least five to seven years of relevant experience; or a satisfactory combination of education and relevant experience.

2. Demonstrated understanding of research focusing on girls' education or other gender and development issues internationally. Experience working in operations for a multi-location organization, preferably including international office locations.

3. Exceptional ability to communicate in writing and verbally, including strong presentation and facilitation skills as well as the proven ability to convey evidence and data in ways that are relevant and accessible to diverse audiences

4. Must have outstanding interpersonal skills and a demonstrated ability to effectively engage with a broad range of colleagues and external partners including research institutions, advocacy groups, policymakers, governments, NGOs, INGOs, etc.

5. Proficiency in communications software and social media platforms including Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, HubSpot, MailChimp. Familiarity with data visualization, graphic design, video editing skills a plus.

6. Self-motivated; flexible and adaptable; creative; and hard-working with demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of multi-disciplinary teams. Experience working on multicultural teams required; professional experience working in low and middle-income countries (LMIC) desired

7. Excellent diplomatic, problem solving, and management skills. Proven ability to think critically, proactively problem solve, manage multiple priorities, forward plan, adhere to deadlines, and work well under pressure to achieve results

8. Excellent English language skills (oral and written), with experience editing written documents. Ability to draft and contribute to research materials and briefs with sharp attention to detail, appearance and accuracy while utilizing good editorial judgment strongly preferred.

9. Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, Outlook and other Microsoft applications.

10. Experience in or knowledge of the Council's regional locations highly desirable. Fluency in a language or languages of the Council's region(s) a plus.

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Salary range between $68-75K, depending on knowledge, skills and experience. Excellent benefits package includes medical, dental, vision and life insurance available immediately upon hire; 403(b) retirement plan with employer contribution equal to 12% of annual salary after one year of employment; generous annual and sick leave; and paid parental leave. We strive to provide an environment of professional growth and development.

Application Deadline: October 23, 2020

When applying through the web portal please attach your CV and Cover Letter in Word or PDF format.

The Population Council is an international, nonprofit, nongovernmental institution that seeks to improve the well-being and reproductive health of current and future generations around the world and to help achieve a humane, equitable, and sustainable balance between people and resources. The Council conducts biomedical, social science, and public health research and helps build research capacities in developing countries. Established in 1952, the Council is governed by an international board of trustees. Its New York headquarters supports a global network of country offices. We are seeking an individual to fill the position described. If you know of a qualified candidate or are interested in this position, please apply at: http://www.popcouncil.org/employment/index.asp.

The Population Council provides equal opportunity; it does not discriminate against any person with regard to age, color, creed, national origin, disability, political belief, veteran status, religion, marital status, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation. Decisions on employment are based on an individual's qualifications as related to the position for which they are being considered. The Council especially encourages applications from qualified women and members of minority groups. The Population Council is international in the composition of its board of trustees and its staff, as well as in the nature and deployment of its activities.

Posted: 2020-10-06 Expires: 2020-11-07

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