Call for Applications from Youth Researchers

Consultant Scope of Work

Population Reference Bureau seeks two consultants, one Anglophone and one Francophone, to provide research and analysis assistance to upcoming editions of the Youth Family Planning Policy Scorecard (“Scorecard”). Reporting to Christine Power, policy advisor in the International Programs Department, the consultants will assist PRB in researching and interpreting laws and policy documents relating to youth family planning. The consultancy is expected to last from November-March 2021, with an opportunity to extend to November 2021 based on performance quality. The estimated average number of days per month is 5.

To apply to this consultancy, please submit your CV and a brief cover letter outlining your qualifications and interest via email to Christine Power  by October 9, 2020. In the cover letter document, please address the following question, “What is the greatest policy challenge to youth family planning in your country?”

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Please also include your daily rate in your cover letter. Applications that do not include a daily rate will not be considered. If selected as a finalist, you will be contacted for an interview and may be asked to provide references.

Position Summary:
Responsible for collecting, analyzing, and writing about youth family planning policies and programs in 22 countries in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Assist in the collection and identification of laws, policy, and program documents relevant to youth family planning and reproductive health in 22 countries in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean.
  • Support PRB staff in reaching out to country stakeholders to confirm policy document list and interpretations.
  • Using previous editions of the Scorecard as a template, identify and interpret policy language along eight indicators of youth family planning.
  • Submit written analyses to the Scorecard manager and respond to required changes in multiple rounds of review.
  • Contribute to online and in-person outreach efforts to broaden policymakers and advocates exposure to the Scorecard as an important resource.

Required Experience and Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in public health, economics, politics, or related social science field.
  • 2-4 years of web research experience working with data on topics such as reproductive health, family planning, and youth and adolescents.
  • 2-4 years of qualitative analysis experience.

Skills & Abilities

  • Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Word required.
  • Excellent writing, grammatical, and proofreading skills.
  • Strong qualitative analysis skills, attention to detail, and the ability to prioritize according to staff needs and deadlines.
  • Excellent verbal communication and interpersonal skills.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Youth researchers ages 18 to 30 from low- or lower-middle-income countries, with preference to those based in one of our 22 Scorecard countries.
  • Fluency in English (Anglophone consultancy) or French (Francophone consultancy) required. Basic understanding of English preferred for Francophone consultant.