Population Reference Bureau

Washington, D.C., United States

Population Reference Bureau

Position Announcement

Journalist Trainer

The Population Reference Bureau informs people around the world about population, health, and the environment, and empowers them to use that information to advance the well-being of current and future generations. We apply our demographic, policy, and communications expertise to critical social issues in the U.S. and globally. Our funding is diverse and includes USAID, Census Bureau, NIH, regional government, private foundations, multilateral institutions, corporations, and individual donors.

Position summary

The Population Reference Bureau ( is expanding its training programs for journalists in developing countries, particularly in Francophone West Africa, and seeks a journalist trainer who will report to the program director for international media training.

PRB has worked for more than 25 years to strengthen the news reporting skills of journalists in developing countries and to help them strengthen and raise the profile of their coverage of population, health, and environmental issues. Much of this work focuses on reproductive health and gender topics, including safe abortion.

The ideal candidate will be fully proficient in French, will have worked either as a news media professional or with the news media as a trainer or educator, and have at least a basic understanding of public health challenges in developing countries. S/he also will have excellent writing and editing skills.

The trainer will work with the program director for international media training to select journalists for workshops, seminars, and study tours; plan the agendas for these activities; and mentor the journalists after training sessions. S/he will also help with travel logistics for the journalists. As a facilitator of workshops and seminars, s/he will identify experts who can make interesting and informative presentations to journalists to increase their understanding of reproductive health issues and lead journalists through discussions and exercises that will help them improve their coverage of these issues to inform policymakers and the public. After training activities, s/he will maintain contact with the journalists through a list serve, keep them updated on new research, and mentor them as needed. 


  • Identify the training needs of journalists in countries where PRB is working and assist in the selection of journalists to participate in PRB programs.

  • Assist in designing and conducting workshops, seminars, and study tours tailored to the needs of journalists selected to participate.

  • Develop, produce, and distribute materials that will help journalists report on the issues at hand.

  • Mentor journalists through story development.

  • Coordinate activities with other PRB staff.

  • Report to the program director for international media training.


  • Bachelor’s degree

  • Eight or more years’ experience in journalism and/or communications

  • Strong communications and writing skills

  • Experience living and/or working in a developing country

  • Ability to work on short deadlines and adjust to shifting priorities

  • Sensitivity to cross-cultural dynamics

  • Ability to travel 30 percent of the time to developing countries

  • Proficiency in French

  • Self-reliant and resourceful

Salary and Benefits: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. PRB has an excellent benefits package, including generous health, leave, and retirement programs.

Applications: Please apply at: website&rqid=E3A6AC23-89F3-418D-AAE5-9760437E4B33

Please remember to upload resume and cover letter in the “resume” section. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

Only finalists will be contacted. This position is located in Washington, D.C.

The Population Reference Bureau is an equal opportunity employer.