Highlight Technologies, LLC

Program Analyst (Communications)

Job Locations US-DC-Washington
Business Analyst

About Highlight

Know Way. Know How.

For over ten years, Highlight has provided Development and Modernization, Secure IT and Mission Solutions for our federal government customers. We know the technology; we understand the way our customers and their stakeholders work; and we know how to implement industry best practices for development and services, delivering end-to-end solutions that minimize risk and maximize results.


Highlight is seeking a Communications Program Analyst to USAID’s Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning (PPL) Communications Team.  In this role, you will perform and lead specialized tasks within the Bureau, specifically in producing Bureau-wide, Agency-wide, and public communications products. Responsibilities include drafting talking points and presentations for PPL Front Office staff, writing press releases, Agency notices, and using social media to enhance awareness among targeted audiences. Additional responsibilities include collaborating with USAID’s main communications hub, the Bureau for Legislative and Public Affairs, on taskers and inter-Bureau communications as well as planning events. You may serve as the lead on high-priority products for use within and outside the Agency.


The PPL Communications Team is located in PPL’s Front Office that reports directly to PPL Senior Leadership. You will coordinate with the Communications Team Lead on day-to-day priorities.  This is a small team that requires all members to work on all aspects of team priorities to fulfill team objectives.


  • Identify, design, and produce communications products that support PPL and Agency objectives.
  • Conceptualize, research, write and edit factsheets, talking points, speeches, newsletters, and other documents in support of PPL communications strategy and messaging.
  • Work with USAID’s Legislative and Public Affairs (LPA), when necessary, on content development.
  • Contribute to content on PPL’s external and internal website pages in collaboration with PPL communications and office staff.
  • Provide substantive writing and copying editing on a host of documents including congressional reports, strategy documents, congressional and press inquiries, and memoranda.
  • Coordinate timely submissions to USAID/PPL publications and newsletter, including Leading for Impact, the Front Page, Medium Blog, and others.
  • Provide input and proactive suggestions to enhance Bureau strategic communications.
  • Assist the development and execution of a new PPL Communications Strategy.


  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Current DOD Secret clearance.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a field related to international development, international relations, public administration, legislative affairs, communications, journalism, etc.
  • 5 years of relevant professional experience in communications, preferably in international development, working with a U.S. Government agency, an international organization, or non- governmental organization.
  • Proven experience in developing and advising on communications strategies, including messaging to specific audiences.
  • Excellent professional writing and editing skills.
  • Proven experience in managing and designing publications, reports, and promotional materials, including infographics.
  • Experience managing meetings and events, including webinars, from planning to implementation phase, especially in the DC area. Experience with large events involving various stakeholders and high level meetings.
  • Experience in working with the media.
  • Knowledge of and experience with the think tank, development partners, and academic communities.
  • Ability to work effectively both individually and as a member of a team.
  • Willingness to work on all aspects of team priorities.
  • Must be able to plan, organize, and use time effectively.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and work within tight deadlines.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills including copy editing experience.
  • Ability to design and produce high-quality products and documents.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Google Suite applications.

Desired Skills and Qualifications:

  • Experience developing and posting website content and posting social media content.
  • Knowledge of graphics design software, including PhotoShop.
  • Knowledge of international development issues; knowledge of the organization and operations of USAID is a plus.




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