Interested and qualified consultants should submit their application by 5:00 PM EST on Friday, December 14, 2018

Position Description

PRB is a mission-driven organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. PRB’s staff includes researchers, data analysts, policy analysts, and communications experts who help others understand and leverage data and research from the population, health, and demographic fields. In doing so, we help policy decisionmakers and program implementers improve the well-being of people through evidence-based policies and practices.

Under the USAID-funded PACE Project—Policy, Advocacy, and Communication Enhanced for Population and Reproductive Health— PRB works closely with global actors, national and local governments, USAID missions, and civil society to build champions, empower communities, and communicate effectively through data-driven, innovative products.  In 2018-2019, PACE will support the development of a data visualization of contraceptive use dynamics in 15 countries.  The analysis will use the Demographic and Health Survey Contraceptive Calendar to examine trends in contraceptive discontinuation, method switching, and unintended pregnancy related to discontinuation.  It will also assess the determinants of contraceptive use dynamics, including background characteristics of the population and reasons for discontinuation. PRB is seeking an experienced consultant to conduct the analysis.

Scope of Work & Qualifications

Tasks and Deliverables

  • Clean and interpret DHS calendar data with descriptive statistics, identifying and interpreting trends or patterns;
  • Conduct survival analysis (event history modeling) of contraceptive discontinuation and switching patterns;
  • Conduct descriptive analysis of background characteristics of the relevant population(s);
  • Address data idiosyncrasies to ensure the data match outputs from DHS reports;
  • Draft summary analysis highlighting key findings;
  • Contribute to production and presentation of interim and final products, including infographics and journal articles;
  • Respond to recommendations from review committee;
  • Maintain organized and detailed do-files, notes, data files, and other records related to the analysis.

Required Qualifications

  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with conducting statistical data analysis using DHS calendar data;
  • Advanced experience cleaning, managing and analyzing complex quantitative data using STATA, preferably with a record of published research studies;
  • Experience with generalized linear models, logistical regression, survival analysis and proportional hazards (event history modeling), and other multivariate statistical models;
  • Bachelor’s Degree, or Master’s Degree in Statistics, Demography, or Public Health related fields required.  PhD preferred;
  • Knowledge of the subject matter: family planning and reproductive health, contraceptive use dynamics, contraceptive discontinuation and switching.
  • Strong analytical skills;
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines and strong attention to detail;
  • Flexibility, adaptability, and resourcefulness.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience analyzing contraceptive use dynamics through secondary data analysis of survey data, preferably with a record of published research.

Application Instructions

Interested and qualified consultants should submit the following in attachments to kpatierno@prb.org by 5:00 PM EST on Friday, December 14, 2018.  The subject line should be: PRB Data Analyst Consultancy.

  1. An up-to-date CV.
  2. A brief summary of qualifications for the activity (no more than 300 words), including any experience analyzing DHS calendar data and/or contraceptive use dynamics.
  3. Contact information for at least 2 professional references for work relevant to the scope of this activity.
  4. Proposed budget with the consultant’s daily rate. PRB estimates a maximum of 30 days.