Communications Associate, Ultra-Poor Graduation

New York, NY
Job Type
Deadline for Applications
Where to Apply

Through its Graduation programs, BRAC targets the poorest people in a community, known as the ultra-poor, and uses a holistic, time-bound approach to help them improve their health, learn financial skills, and start a profitable business. More than 95 percent of participants in Bangladesh continue on a positive economic trajectory five years after the program ends. To date, BRAC has ‘graduated’ more than 1.7 million households out of ultra-poverty.

BRAC’s approach has gained widespread recognition and adaptations have taken root worldwide.

In 2013, BRAC launched the Ultra-Poor Graduation Initiative. The Initiative aims to position Graduation as a key driver to achieving Sustainable Development Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms, everywhere. It does this by:

Advocating for uptake of the Graduation approach by policymakers, development finance agencies, national governments, Non-governmental organizations, and microfinance institutions.
Effective adaptation and implementation of the Graduation approach, supported through advisory services, technical assistance and training for external stakeholders interested in, or currently implementing Graduation programs.
About the Position
The BRAC Ultra-Poor Graduation Initiative seeks to hire a Communications Associate who will work with a growing team of development professionals to advocate for Graduation programming as a necessary approach to ending extreme poverty. Reporting to the BRAC Communications Manager, s/he will work closely with our technical team to gather and create content that effectively communicates the impact of our work to globally reduce ultra-poverty. The Communications Associate will be based in New York, and s/he will liaise with staff across BRAC’s global operations in New York, London, and Bangladesh, as well as relevant country offices in Asia and Africa. BRAC is recruiting additional positions to expand its global technical assistance and advocacy teams.

Primary Responsibilities
The Communications Associate, Ultra-Poor Graduation will be responsible for supporting communications for both our technical assistance work with clients as well as global advocacy initiatives. Responsibilities will include the following:

Write compelling stories that illustrate the impact of BRAC’s work on the lives of program participants
Create and send out monthly e-mail newsletter
Create and upload new website content to (
Manage and update existing content to website
Conceptualize and write blog posts
Pitch and write articles for various development outlets (Devex, NextBillion, Global State of Ultra Poverty, etc.)
Develop a social media plan, in conjunction with the BRAC communications team, to promote the Ultra-Poor Graduation Initiative via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.
Research strategic partners and relevant fora for representing BRAC and the Graduation approach with global audiences
Support the development of presentations and other content for conferences, key meetings, and other events
Attend relevant conferences, events, and working group meetings to deepen understanding of the Graduation space
Manage freelance designers and videographers to create content
The candidate for Communications Associate, Ultra-Poor Graduation should have a deep and long-standing commitment toward international development, economic empowerment, and the eradication of ultra-poverty.

Additionally, they will have the following attributes:


The candidate for Communications Associate, Ultra-Poor Graduation should have a deep and long-standing commitment toward international development, economic empowerment, and the eradication of ultra-poverty.

Additionally, they will have the following attributes:

Bachelor’s degree, preferably in communications, journalism, marketing or other related field. Additional coursework and specialization in international development would be considered favorably.
A minimum of two years of work experience in communications-related field is necessary. Prior experience working with BRAC or similar multi-faceted organization would be helpful.
Excellent oral and written communication skills and editing skills are desired along with an ability to tell compelling stories that resonate with a diverse audience of clients, donors, partners, and other stakeholders.
Highly skilled user of technology, experienced with all forms of social media, blogs, website; basic knowledge of HTML preferred. WordPress experience preferred.
Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, design skills are a plus.
Creative problem solver; able to easily adapt to change in a fast-paced environment.
Proactive collaborator, with ability to manage competing work streams and deadlines.
Diplomatic, with strong interpersonal skills, and a high degree of cultural sensitivity.
Excellent writing and public speaking skills in English required. Fluency in French, Swahili, or Bengali a plus.
Willingness to travel, at times to locations with limited amenities.
How to Apply
This is an outstanding opportunity to support a highly-effective nonprofit. BRAC USA will offer a competitive compensation package including base salary, health, 401k, and vacation benefits.

BRAC USA is an Equal Opportunity employer. Personnel are chosen on the basis of ability without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, marital status, or sexual orientation, in accordance with state and federal law.

To apply, please visit, and upload your resume, detailed cover letter, references, and writing sample.

No calls, emails, visits, or recruiters associated with this position, please.

The deadline for applications is January 29th, 2018. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, with preference given to early applicants.

Additional Information

BRAC is one of the world’s largest development organizations, dedicated to empowering people living in poverty. Working across 11 countries in South Asia and Africa, BRAC touches the lives of more than 120 million people worldwide. BRAC takes a holistic approach to alleviating poverty with programs that include microfinance, education, healthcare, food security programs and more. BRAC USA is an independent affiliate of BRAC, a global leader in developing and implementing cost-effective, evidence-based programs to assist the most marginalized people in extremely poor and post-disaster settings. Our mission is to empower people and communities in situations of poverty, illiteracy, disease and social injustice.