Open Positions

  • Policy Analyst
  • Web Communications Manager
  • Policy Communication Specialists (Consultant)
  • Senior Policy and Gender Analyst
  • West Africa Regional Policy Advisor

Policy Analyst

(September 12, 2016) PRB is seeking a Policy Analyst to serve as a staff member of the Global Partnerships’ department and a member of the team 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.

Under the SWEDD Project, the Policy Analyst will serve as support 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. Additional tasks under the auspices of the Global Partnership Department could include contributing to researching and writing policy-relevant materials, facilitating communication workshops, contributing to audience outreach, monitoring and evaluating activities, and responding to ad hoc requests. The 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% over the course of a year.

Primary Responsibilities

Under the SWEDD Project:

  • Assist PRB with establishing and facilitating 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, assist with collecting various demographic, health, social sector, and economic data from different sources if needed.
  • Assist with conceptualizing presentation story lines 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.
  • Assist with developing strategic, nationwide policy communication plans 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.
  • Assist local stakeholders with implementing in-country communicating strategies, which could include organizing events for high-level policymakers at national and subnational levels.

Global Partnership Department tasks include the following:

  • Provide technical and editorial input on PRB’s materials on international population, health, reproductive health, and gender topics. Tasks could include conducting background research on topics, drafting publications, and coordinating with various PRB staff involved in production and dissemination.
  • Work closely with country leads and consultants who implement field-based program activities to provide activity monitoring and tracking, and administrative and logistic assistance as needed.
  • Participate in developing innovative ways to communicate information about family planning and reproductive health to a range of policy audiences in developing countries.
  • Helping to organize and facilitate PRB’s policy communication workshops including preparing materials and training agendas, and assisting with participant logistics.

Qualifications

  • Master’s in public health or a related field (e.g., public policy, demography, health economics, sociology).
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience with developing country work preferred; experience in Francophone West Africa a plus.
  • Fluent in English; working proficiency or fluency in French.
  • 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/or design advocacy strategies.
  • 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 “Policy Analyst” at jobs@prb.org.

This position is located in Washington, DC but requires about 35% travel overseas.


Web Communications Manager

(September 9, 2016) The award-winning Communications team at Population Reference Bureau (www.prb.org) seeks a creative and collaborative Web Communications Manager to lead planning, publishing, curating, and updating content and features on our main website and several affiliated web properties, as well as through social media.  

The Web Communications Manager, reporting to the Vice President of Communications, will also help guide efforts to better understand PRB’s various digital audiences, engage key individuals and institutions, and expand our digital communities. The Manager will also play an important role in PRB’s plans for a website redesign.

The ideal candidate shares our passion about the potential for digital communication to engage audiences for social good. S/he is able to apply a broad array of web and social media skills and tools to support our mission. S/he is a proactive team player with solid personal communication skills and a genuine interest in PRB’s focus on supporting effective social policies.  

Responsibilities

  • In collaboration with the VP of Communications, designs and implements PRB’s web and social media engagement strategies.
  • Supports PRB staff, and trains them when necessary, on digital communications needs of programs and projects.
  • Manages PRB web properties; seeks ways to enhance audience experiences.
  • Contributes to social media activities via Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Storify, and other platforms.
  • Using web audience and social media mapping and analysis tools, strategically develops and maintains links with target individuals and organizations.
  • Liaises with a range of web and IT consultants on required maintenance, tweaks, and updates of digital properties.
  • Compiles and sends PRB email updates; analyzes PRB’s contact lists to better understand and target audiences, identifies PRB “champions” and “influencers.”
  • Manages and updates PRB’s future intranet site.
  • Maintains PRB-wide web and social media editorial calendars.
  • Tracks and analyzes web statistics for websites and social media; compiles statistics and metrics for PRB’s measurement, learning and evaluation program.

Experience and Education

  • Training or coursework in relevant web and social media techniques and software.
  • Degree in journalism, communications, public health, social sciences, or international development preferred. Familiarity with data and research desirable.
  • At least three years’ experience in digital communications, including web and social media management, ideally with a globally active organization.
  • Strong proficiency in web and social media platforms as well as social media analysis tools.
  • Familiarity with data-focused content, ideally population-related data, a strong plus.

Skills and Abilities

  • Good knowledge of html and commonly used content management systems. Previous experience with Sitecore systems would be very helpful.
  • Knowledge of CSS and/or programming languages a strong plus.
  • Knowledge of social media tools and trends/innovations in delivering content via digital dissemination platforms.
  • Strong writing skills  
  • Ability to set schedules, meet deadlines, manage multiple tasks, and work as part of a team.
  • Ability to meet changing demands and to adapt to frequently changing priorities.

How to Apply

Please send the following to jobs@prb.org:

  • Resume, including listings of relevant skills and training
  • Cover letter with salary requirements
  • If available, links to examples of relevant web or social media work.

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.


Senior Policy and Gender Analyst

Position Summary

(August 30, 2016) The Senior Policy Analyst serves as a staff member of the International Programs department and a member of the team seconded to the Health Policy Plus (HP+) project.  The Senior Policy Analyst serves as technical lead for gender and provides policy analysis and related services for the project on topics related to family planning and other global health concerns.  The position is full-time and based in the HP Plus project office in Washington, DC.

Primary Responsibilities

  • As HP Plus gender technical lead provide leadership and oversight to the project in implementing the HP Plus gender strategy, which defines approaches and measurement indicators for integrating gender into all aspects of the project’s work.
  • Participate in the development and implementation of new tools and analytic approaches that assist stakeholders in creating an enabling environment for FP/RH/HIV policy development and implementation in developing countries. 
  • Contribute to HP Plus training initiatives, audience outreach, USAID or other donor working groups, monitoring and evaluating activities, and ad hoc requests for information and presentations.
  • Prepare or contribute to technical and program-related reports, including presentations, policy briefs and semi-annual reports.
  • Ensure activities are technically and financially on track, and manage sub-awardees, including development and oversight of work plans and budgets.
  • Identify opportunities to integrate PRB core competencies into new and ongoing HP Plus activities.
  • Participate in PRB new business development.
  • Represent PRB in professional conferences and meetings.

Qualifications

  • Master’s or Ph.D. degree in public health or a related field (e.g., public policy, demography, health economics, sociology) plus, for Master’s, eight years and for PhD, five years, of professional global health experience or PhD.
  • A record of accomplishment integrating gender into programs and projects through gender analysis, gender assessments, gender training and monitoring and evaluation.
  • Demonstrated experience conducting policy analysis, monitoring policy implementation and communicating to policy makers; experience with analysis focused on program financing and/or in incorporating gender considerations is especially helpful.
  • Demonstrated technical experience in two or more of the following content areas: family planning and population; maternal, neonatal and child health; HIV/AIDS.
  • Working proficiency in French with the ability to conduct meetings and prepare correspondence and documents.
  • Experience working in developing countries.
  • 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 30 percent time, including to high-risk countries.
  • USAID experience strongly preferred.

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, DC but requires about 30% travel overseas.


West Africa Regional Policy Advisor

(May 8, 2015) The Population Reference Bureau (PRB) seeks a West Africa Regional Policy Advisor to serve as the regional representative for PRB.  The Advisor will assist PRB with expanding its country programs in West Africa and its regional initiatives, raising the visibility of PRB-produced materials and products, forming lasting productive relationships with key stakeholders, and helping to identify new areas of opportunity.  The Advisor will also provide regional technical oversight for PRB activities in West Africa, including field support-funded activities under the USAID-funded Policy, Advocacy, and Communication Enhanced for Population and Reproductive Health (PACE) project and technical assistance activities in support of an advocacy hub funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Bridging High-Impact Family Planning Communications and Advocacy project. The position will be located in West Africa with the exact location to be determined.

The West Africa Regional Policy Advisor will be responsible for liaising with key partners and donors in the field. The Advisor may also be asked to provide technical oversight of policy and communication activities in selected countries, help facilitate meetings or capacity building activities, and represent PRB at regional conferences or meetings. S/he will work in conjunction with the PRB East Africa Regional Policy Advisor in advising the Vice Presidents for International Programs and Global Partnerships.

Responsibilities

Specific tasks for the West Africa Regional Policy Advisor include the following:

  • Provide strategic direction and oversight and support for all projects in the West Africa region;
  • Provide technical oversight and support for all projects (liaising with team leads from PRB home office);
  • Identify new business opportunities for PRB to partner and/or bid for new projects;
  • Develop a monitoring (and implementing) framework for regional programs;
  • Provide leadership in and represent PRB in relevant regional and international meetings.

Qualifications

  • Graduate degree in public health, demography, social sciences, or other related field.
  • Minimum 10 years of experience designing, implementing, and managing complex policy communications, advocacy, and capacity building programs in Africa (West Africa preferred);
  • Holds established relationships with regional reproductive health and demographic institutions and stakeholders in countries throughout the region. Has firsthand knowledge of the capabilities, strengths, and weaknesses of these institution.
  • Significant experience in FP/RH;
  • Experience conducting policy analyses, using data and evidence to advocate for policy change, and designing advocacy strategies;
  • Solid skills in translating data, synthesizing, and writing for non-technical policy audiences;
  • Excellent organizational, writing, and oral presentation skills; proficiency in Skype, GoToMeeting and other web-based communication platforms;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to build relationships with stakeholders,  local partners, host country governments, and international donor agencies—especially USAID;
  • Must write and speak French fluently; proficient English speaking and writing skills preferred;  
  • Residence in West Africa

The Regional Advisor will be expected to travel up to 35 percent of her/his time.

Salary and Benefits

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applications

Please send resume and cover letter with salary requirements to “West Africa Policy Advisor” at jobs@prb.org.


The Population Reference Bureau is an equal opportunity employer.