Communications Associate

Job Type

Full Time



Application Deadline:



New York
New York
United States


About Trickle Up:

Trickle Up helps people in extreme poverty and vulnerability advance their economic and social well-being. We drive large-scale change by partnering with governments, global institutions, and local organizations. Since its founding in 1979, Trickle Up has helped 335,000 women gain the skills and confidence to achieve greater economic self-sufficiency. We work with women and vulnerable populations start sustainable businesses and join savings groups that give them a safe place to save money, access credit, gain hope and confidence, and become decision-makers in their households and communities. Since five people on average benefit for each woman we reach, we've helped over 1.5 million people total.

Trickle Up is headquartered in New York City, with regional offices in India, Guatemala, and Burkina Faso. See for more information.

Position Overview:

We are seeking an enthusiastic, detail-oriented, and creative communications professional with a minimum of 2 years’ experience in international development, public policy, human rights, and/or journalism to join our five-person global Communications team. The successful candidate will be responsible for writing, producing and distributing reports, knowledge products, and other materials related to Trickle Up’s Graduation & Refugees initiative; managing the website; and promoting Trickle Up’s work through press engagement, social media, and support for conferences and other public events. Approximately 75% of the principal functions of this position will be in support of the work of Trickle Up’s Graduation & Refugees initiative, with the balance supporting other program-related communications objectives. The Communications Associate will report to the Communications Officer and work under the guidance of the Director of Technical Assistance for Graduation & Refugee Affairs. This position is grant-funded for one year with renewal contingent upon funding.

Principal Functions:

  • Document the initiative’s activities and engagements with UNHCR and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Write, produce and disseminate research, learning tools and promotional materials relating to the initiative.
  • Produce content, manage, and promote the website.
  • Serve as communications liaison with UNHCR and other refugee program partners.
  • Monitor relevant policy and media environments and identify important actors and points of influence for Trickle Up.
  • Research media outlets, develop outreach lists, and draft talking points, op-eds, and articles for external publication.
  • Support Trickle Up’s participation at relevant conferences, workshops, and industry events.
  • Participate in Trickle Up’s Global Communications team to support and refine our communications strategy, share knowledge and experience, and help establish consistent and effective communications policies and practices.


Education requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree required.

Experience requirements

  • Minimum of 2 years of relevant professional experience as an employee in journalism, communications, international development, public policy, or human rights in a non-profit or corporate setting.

Knowledge and skills

  • Exceptional writing, editing, and verbal communications skills.
  • Fluency in French or Spanish. Candidates with both languages will be strongly preferred, with French fluency the next preference.
  • High emotional intelligence and diplomatic demeanor.
  • Strong research skills.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Strong analytical and creative abilities.
  • Able to set priorities, manage multiple tasks, and meet deadlines. Strong attention to detail.
  • Proficiency in WordPress and/or web development strongly preferred.
  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Cloud, preferably Photoshop and InDesign.

Behavioral competencies

  • Is a self-starter, understanding it’s critical to approach projects proactively.
  • Thrives in a small, highly collaborative, fast-paced, dynamic environment.
  • Works independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced, resource-limited environment.
  • A naturally optimistic, enthusiastic personality with superb people skills.
  • Well-organized and solutions-oriented.
  • A passion for international development and poverty alleviation.

Salary and Benefits:

We offer a competitive salary and benefits for this full-time position. The successful applicant will join a dynamic, passionate, multicultural team deeply committed to the alleviation of extreme poverty. Trickle Up promotes a collegial, high-performing organizational culture in which staff communicate clearly and openly, and are reflective, innovative, and accountable.

Level of Language Proficiency

Fluency in Spanish and or French.

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

To Apply: 

To be considered, click the link provided and follow the instructions to upload your cover letter and resume. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until May 4, 2018. We are sorry we are unable to entertain phone calls related to this posting.

Trickle Up is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value a diverse workforce and extend equal opportunity to all applicants and employees regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, disability, or any other status protected by law. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable people with disabilities to perform essential job functions.