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Internal Application: Program Coordinator - Sub-Saharan Africa

International Impact | New York, NY | Contract

Job 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


About Department:

Sesame Workshop’s International Social Impact department develops and implements Sesame’s powerful initiatives to serve children and families around the world and builds strong partnerships and coalitions to maximize reach and impact.  Building upon the familiarity and appeal of the trusted, beloved Sesame Street characters – and their global counterparts – we create and disseminate unique educational resources and tools for families most in need.  Sesame’s research-driven initiatives reach many children who would otherwise have little or no access to early childhood education, and support all aspects of children’s development – including healthy habits, cognitive development in areas such as early literacy and math, and social-emotional well-being and resilience. We reach and engage children and the important adults in their families and communities using multiple media platforms and innovative strategies – from television and radio to digital media, mobile technologies, books, E-books, magazines, classroom materials, teacher/provider training, social media, and more.