Open Positions

  • Associate Editor
  • Senior Policy Analyst
  • Policy Communication Specialists (Consultant)

Associate Editor

(February 28, 2017) The Population Reference Bureau (PRB) provides objective, reliable, data-driven information on population trends and their implications for society and policy. PRB seeks a creative, collaborative, and detail-oriented associate editor to join our award-winning Communications & Marketing Department in the Washington, D.C. office. 

Reporting to the editorial director, the associate editor will apply his or her skills to a wide variety of content, including reports, briefs, blog posts, web articles, newsletters, data sheets, and marketing collateral. The associate editor will also take part in planning and execution of content dissemination through multiple channels, including through social media platforms, as well as conduct general administrative functions within the department.

Responsibilities: 

Editorial (75%)

  • Perform both substantive editing and copyediting on PRB publications and digital content.
  • Write content summary texts such as web landing pages and key messages.
  • Assist in production planning and management for publications.
  • Manage the PRB Blog production schedule and work with staff on blog posts.
  • Ensure adherence to PRB style and quality standards in print and digital products.
  • Conduct quality checks on PRB products.
  • Manage content rights and use permission requests.

Marketing, Dissemination, and Administration (25%)

  • Support development of dissemination strategies, including development of key messages from content products.
  • Manage inventories of PRB promotional materials; explore new ideas for promotional materials.
  • Support preparations for events and conferences, such as at the Population Association of America annual meeting.
  • Assist with publications management for PRB’s publications room, PRB meeting spaces, production files, and PRB inventory. 

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree; English or Communications degree preferred.
  • Strong and demonstrated editorial and writing skills.
  • At least three years of related experience in an editorial or communications department, ideally in a mission-driven non-profit, think tank, or data/research organization.
  • Experience editing data and graphic-rich content.
  • Ability to communicate and collaborate well with project staff during the editing process.
  • A keen, careful editorial eye and the ability to spot minor errors and inconsistencies, as well as strong organizational, proofreading, writing, and editing skills.
  • The ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple tasks, while ensuring editorial quality.
  • A firm grasp of English grammar and punctuation rules and the ability to read, analyze, and interpret research reports is a must; Knowledge of AP style a plus.
  • Energetic and highly organized.
  • Must have: Demonstrated proficiency in MS Office suite and editing in Adobe Acrobat.
  • Pluses: Knowledge of web content management systems; Knowledge and experience with online marketing and social media; Knowledge of HTML.
  • Knowledge of French helpful.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. PRB has an excellent benefits package, including generous health, leave, and retirement plans.

Applications: 

Please send letter, resume, and one non-academic writing sample to: jobs@prb.org. 

This position is located in Washington, D.C.


Senior Policy Analyst

(November 30, 2016) PRB is seeking a Senior Policy Analyst to serve as a staff member of the Global Partnerships’ Department and as a member of the team for an anticipated regional project in West Africa. The project—expected to be awarded in early 2017 through a competitive process—will be supported under the Sahel Women’s Empowerment and Demographic Dividend (SWEDD) initiative, implemented by UNFPA and funded by the World Bank and beneficiary countries. The purpose of SWEDD is to empower women and adolescent girls, facilitating their access to quality reproductive health, infant, and maternal health services in six West African countries: Burkina Faso, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger. Specifically, the project aims to create multimedia presentations focused on achieving the demographic dividend: www.prb.org/Multimedia/Video/2013/ demographic-dividend-engage.aspx. Target audiences include high-level government leaders, policymakers, program officials, and journalists, among others, at national and subnational levels.

Under the SWEDD Project, the Senior Policy Analyst will serve as a PRB country lead in one or more countries, responsible for working closely with the host institution and managing all country activities. The country lead serves as the project’s primary point of contact with the UNFPA country office, facilitates working group meetings, leads workplan and materials production for the country, ensures the timely development of the advocacy tools, and assists local partners in designing and implementing a policy-communication strategy tailored to the specific needs of the country.

As a member of the Global Partnership team, the Senior Policy Analyst will be expected to provide technical leadership and management oversight on selected activities. Responsibilities could include researching and writing policy-relevant materials; facilitating policy communication training sessions; contributing to audience outreach; monitoring, documenting, and evaluating activities; and representing PRB at conferences and meetings. The Senior Policy Analyst must have a working proficiency or fluency in French. The position is full time and based in Washington, D.C. Travel to selected West Africa countries is expected to be about 35 percent over the course of a year.

Key SWEDD Responsibilities:

  • Establish and facilitate in-country task forces of key stakeholders to provide guidance and oversight on project activities, develop multimedia presentations and advocacy materials, and mobilize interest in using the advocacy tools.
  • In preparation for developing multimedia presentations, work with PRB policy analysts and program assistants to collect demographic, health, social sector, and economic data from different sources as needed.
  • Lead in the conceptualization of presentation story lines, key messages, and graphics for the multimedia presentations that explore family planning, reproductive health, maternal and child health, youth, education, labor, and economic development—all themes/sectors implicated in achieving the demographic dividend.
  • Facilitate discussions with local stakeholders to develop strategic, nationwide policy communication plans for delivering the presentation(s) and advocacy materials with the purpose of advancing selected policies and programs. 
  • Assist local stakeholders with implementing in-country communication strategies, which could include conducting a rapid policy environment assessment and arranging policy dialogue opportunities for high-level policymakers at national and subnational levels.
  • Ensure activities are technically and financially on track including development and oversight of workplans and budgets.
  • Design and implement monitoring and evaluation strategies that successfully capture outcomes and impacts. 

Global Partnerships Department tasks include the following:

  • Provide technical and editorial input on PRB’s materials on international population, health, and reproductive health topics. Tasks could include conducting background research on topics, drafting publications, and coordinating with various PRB staff involved in production and dissemination.
  • Participate in developing innovative ways to communicate information about family planning and reproductive health to a range of global and national policy audiences.
  • Help to organize and facilitate PRB’s policy communication workshops including preparing materials and training agendas.
  • Prepare or contribute to technical and program-related reports, including presentations, policy briefs, and annual reports.
  • Participate in PRB new business development.
  • Represent PRB in professional conferences, seminars, and possibly on selected technical committees.

Qualifications:

  • Master’s or Ph.D. degree in public health or a related field (for example, public policy, demography, health economics, sociology).
  • A minimum of 10 years of experience with developing country work; experience in francophone West Africa a plus.
  • Fluent in English; working proficiency or fluency in French with the ability to conduct meetings and prepare correspondence and documents.
  • Demonstrated technical experience in two or more of the following content areas: family planning, maternal and child health, population dynamics, adolescent reproductive health, women’s education.
  • Experience using data and evidence to advocate for policy change, conduct policy analyses, and/or design advocacy strategies for policy audiences.
  • Demonstrated activity management experience including negotiating work plans, ensuring quality and timeliness of technical deliverables, managing subawards, and financial management.
  • Excellent organizational, writing, and oral presentation skills.
  • Ability to work effectively in teams and with professionals at different levels (such as in-country partners, international technical organizations, and donors).
  • Availability to travel up to 35 percent time, including to high-risk countries.

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 send resume and cover letter with salary requirements to “Senior Policy Analyst” at jobs@prb.org.

This position is located in Washington, D.C. but requires about 35 percent travel overseas.


Policy Communication Specialists

Consultant Summary

(September 6, 2016) PRB is searching for Policy Communication Specialists to serve as consultants for an anticipated regional project in West Africa. The project— expected to be awarded in late 2016 through a competitive process—will be supported under the Sahel Women’s Empowerment and Demographic Dividend (SWEDD) initiative, implemented by UNFPA and funded by the World Bank and beneficiary countries. The purpose of SWEDD is to empower women and adolescent girls, facilitating their access to quality reproductive health, infant, and maternal health services in six West African countries: Burkina Faso, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger. Specifically, the project aims to create multimedia presentations focused on achieving the demographic dividend: http://www.prb.org/Multimedia/Video/2013/demographic-dividend-engage.aspx. Target audiences include high-level government leaders, policymakers, program officials, and journalists, among others, at national and subnational levels.

Consultants will serve as technical leads or support staff to PRB country leads, helping to design communication strategies, facilitate working group meetings, collect relevant data and evidence to support key messages, and tailor multimedia presentations for the specific indicators and needs of the country. Consultants must have a working proficiency or fluency in French. While the work will be implemented in West Africa, the consultant will work closely with and be accountable to the PRB project management and graphic design team at the PRB office located in Washington D.C. Travel to selected West Africa countries is expected to be about 35% over the course of a year

Primary Responsibilities

PRB has the digital and graphic skills to produce the multimedia presentations, and will be responsible for the actual presentation production. The roles and responsibilities of the consultant could include, but not necessarily be limited to, the following activities:

  • Assist PRB with establishing a task force of key stakeholders in country to provide guidance and oversight on project activities, develop the presentations, and mobilize interest in using the presentation(s) as an advocacy tool. The Task Force will comprise an estimated 10-15 individuals.
  • Facilitate up to four task force meetings in collaboration with the PRB team and/or other selected stakeholders.
  • In preparation for developing the multimedia presentations, assist with collecting various demographic, health, social sector, and economic data from different sources if needed. The type of data collected will depend on presentation storylines and information needs.
  • In collaboration with task force members and PRB, conceptualize presentation story lines and graphics for the multimedia presentations that explore family planning, reproductive health, maternal and child health, education, labor, and economic development—all themes/sectors implicated in achieving the demographic dividend.
  • In collaboration with task force members and PRB, develop a strategic, nationwide policy communication plan for delivering the presentation(s) that includes communication objectives and anticipated results, key messages for different audiences, best channels and timeframes for reaching those audiences, and an implementation plan.
  • Organize presentation launch and policy dialogue events (as time and funds permit), including one for high-level officials (Ministers) and one for members of parliament. Responsibilities could include: organizing the events and developing the agenda in collaboration with task force members/PRB.
  • In close collaboration with local stakeholders, produce a set of materials to accompany the presentation(s) using multimedia presentation graphics to illustrate salient points.
  • Assist with organizing an event for local journalists to strengthen reporting skills of selected journalists on the demographic dividend.
  • Support and facilitate a training of trainers on how to present and use the multimedia presentation(s) and materials as advocacy tools. 

Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in public health or a related field (e.g., public policy, demography, health economics, sociology).
  • Fluent in English; working proficiency or fluency in French with the ability to conduct meetings and prepare correspondence and documents.
  • Minimum 8 years of experience in successfully designing, implementing, and managing policy advocacy projects in Africa (West Africa preferred).
  • Demonstrated technical experience in two or more of the following content areas: family planning, maternal and child health, population dynamics, adolescent RH, women’s education.
  • Experience using data and evidence to advocate for policy change, conduct policy analyses, and design advocacy strategies.
  • Excellent organizational, writing, oral presentation, and negotiation skills.
  • Solid skills in interpreting data, synthesis, and reporting.
    • Demonstrated ability to work constructively through local partners, host country governments, and international donor agencies.
    • Ability to work effectively in teams and with professionals at different levels (such as in-country partners, international technical organizations, and donors).
    • Demonstrated activity management experience including negotiating work plans, ensuring quality and timeliness of technical deliverables, managing subawards, and financial management.
    • Excellent written and verbal communications skills with attention to detail.
    • Availability to travel up to 35% percent time, including to high-risk countries.

Salary

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applications

Please send resume and cover letter with salary requirements to “Policy Communication Specialist” at jobs@prb.org.


The Population Reference Bureau is an equal opportunity employer.


Research Associate

(January 13, 2017) The main function of the Research Associate is to provide support to the development of the annual World Population Data Sheet (WPDS). As a key member of the WPDS team, the Research Associate will collect and analyze population and health data for countries around the world, and develop tables, graphics, and reports that communicate that information to non-technical audiences. The Research Associate will also contribute to other projects in International and U.S. Programs, which will include data analysis, research, and writing on population, health, and environment issues.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Compile and evaluate the quality of population and health data from a broad range of data sources, including national statistical offices and other country-specific data sources around the world, Demographic and Health Surveys, various UN agencies, the U.S. Census Bureau, and the World Bank.
  • Contribute technical assistance to population projection analysis.
  • Maintain detailed documentation of the data compilation and analysis process.
  • Create graphics and write narratives on key global demographic trends and issues.
  • Communicate with data providers, including national statistical offices, UN agencies, and the World Bank to acquire data.
  • Contribute to other projects in International and U.S. Programs as needed, including conducting data analysis and research for the Population, Health, and the Environment program.
  • Availability to travel internationally, up to 20% of the time

Qualifications:

  • Master’s or Ph.D. degree in sociology, demography, economics, or related field.
  • 3 to 5 years of experience working with population and health data, preferably from less developed countries. Additional experience working with data on population and environment a plus.
  • Good understanding of demographic concepts and methods.
  • Demonstrated advanced proficiency and work experience using Excel software to maintain large data files and work with formulas.  Proficiency with statistical program (STATA, SAS, R) a plus.
  • Excellent organizational skills; very detailed oriented.
  • Excellent writing skills; ability to distill complex information and data and write about what the data says in a clear, compelling manner.
  • Ability to work independently and with minimal supervision and direction, while adhering to established protocols.
  • Ability to work under tight deadlines.
  • Excellent oral communications skills with the ability to communicate to nontechnical audiences and work effectively with a broad range of individuals, both in the US and abroad.
  • Interpersonal and professional skills necessary to work collaboratively in a team setting and with PRB partners and project stakeholders. 

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 send resume and cover letter with salary requirements to “Research Associate” at jobs@prb.org. We would like to fill this position as soon as possible. Resumes will be considered immediately upon submission.

This position is located in Washington, D.C., but may require up to 20% international travel.


Research Associate

(January 13, 2017) The main function of the Research Associate is to provide support to the development of the annual World Population Data Sheet (WPDS). As a key member of the WPDS team, the Research Associate will collect and analyze population and health data for countries around the world, and develop tables, graphics, and reports that communicate that information to non-technical audiences. The Research Associate will also contribute to other projects in International and U.S. Programs, which will include data analysis, research, and writing on population, health, and environment issues.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Compile and evaluate the quality of population and health data from a broad range of data sources, including national statistical offices and other country-specific data sources around the world, Demographic and Health Surveys, various UN agencies, the U.S. Census Bureau, and the World Bank.
  • Contribute technical assistance to population projection analysis.
  • Maintain detailed documentation of the data compilation and analysis process.
  • Create graphics and write narratives on key global demographic trends and issues.
  • Communicate with data providers, including national statistical offices, UN agencies, and the World Bank to acquire data.
  • Contribute to other projects in International and U.S. Programs as needed, including conducting data analysis and research for the Population, Health, and the Environment program.
  • Availability to travel internationally, up to 20% of the time

Qualifications:

  • Master’s or Ph.D. degree in sociology, demography, economics, or related field.
  • 3 to 5 years of experience working with population and health data, preferably from less developed countries. Additional experience working with data on population and environment a plus.
  • Good understanding of demographic concepts and methods.
  • Demonstrated advanced proficiency and work experience using Excel software to maintain large data files and work with formulas.  Proficiency with statistical program (STATA, SAS, R) a plus.
  • Excellent organizational skills; very detailed oriented.
  • Excellent writing skills; ability to distill complex information and data and write about what the data says in a clear, compelling manner.
  • Ability to work independently and with minimal supervision and direction, while adhering to established protocols.
  • Ability to work under tight deadlines.
  • Excellent oral communications skills with the ability to communicate to nontechnical audiences and work effectively with a broad range of individuals, both in the US and abroad.
  • Interpersonal and professional skills necessary to work collaboratively in a team setting and with PRB partners and project stakeholders. 

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 send resume and cover letter with salary requirements to “Research Associate” at jobs@prb.org. We would like to fill this position as soon as possible. Resumes will be considered immediately upon submission.

This position is located in Washington, D.C., but may require up to 20% international travel.

Research Associate

(January 13, 2017) The main function of the Research Associate is to provide support to the development of the annual World Population Data Sheet (WPDS). As a key member of the WPDS team, the Research Associate will collect and analyze population and health data for countries around the world, and develop tables, graphics, and reports that communicate that information to non-technical audiences. The Research Associate will also contribute to other projects in International and U.S. Programs, which will include data analysis, research, and writing on population, health, and environment issues.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Compile and evaluate the quality of population and health data from a broad range of data sources, including national statistical offices and other country-specific data sources around the world, Demographic and Health Surveys, various UN agencies, the U.S. Census Bureau, and the World Bank.
  • Contribute technical assistance to population projection analysis.
  • Maintain detailed documentation of the data compilation and analysis process.
  • Create graphics and write narratives on key global demographic trends and issues.
  • Communicate with data providers, including national statistical offices, UN agencies, and the World Bank to acquire data.
  • Contribute to other projects in International and U.S. Programs as needed, including conducting data analysis and research for the Population, Health, and the Environment program.
  • Availability to travel internationally, up to 20% of the time

Qualifications:

  • Master’s or Ph.D. degree in sociology, demography, economics, or related field.
  • 3 to 5 years of experience working with population and health data, preferably from less developed countries. Additional experience working with data on population and environment a plus.
  • Good understanding of demographic concepts and methods.
  • Demonstrated advanced proficiency and work experience using Excel software to maintain large data files and work with formulas.  Proficiency with statistical program (STATA, SAS, R) a plus.
  • Excellent organizational skills; very detailed oriented.
  • Excellent writing skills; ability to distill complex information and data and write about what the data says in a clear, compelling manner.
  • Ability to work independently and with minimal supervision and direction, while adhering to established protocols.
  • Ability to work under tight deadlines.
  • Excellent oral communications skills with the ability to communicate to nontechnical audiences and work effectively with a broad range of individuals, both in the US and abroad.
  • Interpersonal and professional skills necessary to work collaboratively in a team setting and with PRB partners and project stakeholders. 

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 send resume and cover letter with salary requirements to “Research Associate” at jobs@prb.org. We would like to fill this position as soon as possible. Resumes will be considered immediately upon submission.

This position is located in Washington, D.C., but may require up to 20% international travel.