Family Planning/Reproductive Health Associate

Plan International USA
Washington, DC, District of Columbia, United States
Apply by 31 October 2018
Entry-level , Short-term contract assignment
Posted on 3 August 2018

Job Description

Family Planning/Reproductive Health Associate //

Plan International USA is seeking a Family Planning/Reproductive Health (FP/RH) Associate to be based in Washington, DC. The successful candidate will provide technical support for a range of activities that support the USAID-funded Health Policy Plus Project (HP+). This is a secondment position that would reside at Palladium’s offices at 1331 Penn Ave NW.

HP+ has a mandate across global, country, and sub-national levels to strengthen and advance health policy priorities in family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH); HIV; and maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH). It aims to improve the enabling environment for equitable and sustainable health services, supplies, and delivery systems through policy development and implementation, with an emphasis on voluntary, rights-based health programs, and by strengthening in-country partners’ capacity to navigate complex environments for effective policy design, implementation, and financing aligned to their priorities.

Plan provides the technical leadership to meet advocacy and global leadership-related results and will lead an activity called the Women’s Leadership in Advocacy and Accountability for FP/RH.

The project’s primary objectives are to:

  • Advance Equitable Health Policies

    Health policies are developed, adopted, implemented, and monitored that improve equity, access, availability, affordability, and acceptability of quality health services, supplies, and information.

  • Maximize Resources

    Sustainable, predictable, and adequate financing for programs and health policy implementation is increased.

  • Promote an Enabling Policy Environment

    Policy environment for public stewardship, accountability, and transparency is improved.

  • Strengthen Country Leadership and Ownership

    Sustainable development goals (SDGs) are advanced through global leadership and advocacy.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide subject matter expertise/technical assistance to program, technical, and management staff across a global USAID portfolio.
  • Work with U.S.-based project staff and country counterparts on research, including policy analysis, application of policy-oriented models, facilitating aspects of developing and executing strategic/action plans, and statistical and qualitative studies, related to population/family planning and other domains.
  • Participate in and/or prepare written materials, including technical reports, research articles, and policy briefs.
  • Provide trainings on various technical products and tools in order to build capacity of project staff and partners, including those based in developing countries.
  • Contribute to activity and project reporting, monitoring, and evaluation.
  • Assist in the development and updating of workplans, budgets, concept notes, and other planning documents.
  • Organize, as needed, project/program trainings, conferences, workshops, and meetings.
  • Participate in outside associations, conferences, and symposia, including presentations of technical work.
  • May provide functional guidance to consultants to ensure deliverables are met within quality standards, timelines and budgets.
  • Ensure quality of services and compliance per project/program requirements.


  • MPH, MA in demography, international relations or development, public policy, or equivalent.
  • 3+ years of full-time professional experience in public health, demography, health economics, policy formulation, or other related field.
  • Familiarity with technical and programmatic issues in family planning/reproductive health, demography, or global health
  • Strong quantitative skills, including data analysis and statistics.
  • Experience with qualitative research and policy analysis.
  • Understanding of basic costing methodologies and financial analysis.
  • Clear and effective writing and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to translate and present complex information to diverse audiences both in writing and verbally.
  • Ability to develop technical data into presentations and/or other multimedia formats.
  • Experience working in developing countries, including in collaboration/partnership with local organizations.
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and conducting web-based research.
  • Demonstrated problem-solving, analytic, financial, and evaluative skills.
  • Attention to detail and ability to independently complete assigned tasks to a high standard of quality.
  • Ability to effectively and efficiently perform multiple tasks and balance competing priorities while meeting deadlines.
  • Professional, collegial and mature demeanor and conduct.
  • Ability to respond and adapt quickly to changing requirements and competing demands.
  • Ability to take initiative and be self-directed when appropriate.
  • Willingness to travel on a national and international basis up to 30% time.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English. Preference will be given to candidates with working proficiency in additional languages, particularly French, Arabic, and Spanish.

About the Organization

Plan International USA (Plan) is part of a global organization that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. We strive for a just world, working together with children, young people, our supporters, and partners to:

  • Empower children, young people, and communities to make vital changes that tackle the root causes of discrimination against girls, exclusion and vulnerability.
  • Drive change in practice and policy at local, national, and global levels through our reach, experience, and knowledge of the realities children face.
  • Work with children and communities to prepare for and respond to crises and to overcome adversity.
  • Support the safe and successful progression of children from birth to adulthood.

We see clear links between fulfilling children’s rights, achieving gender equality, and ending child poverty. Every girl and boy has the right to be healthy, educated, protected, valued, and respected in their own community and beyond. We support these rights from birth to adulthood, working to ensure that girls and boys know their rights and have the skills, knowledge, and confidence to fulfil them. This approach inspires and empowers children and communities to create long-lasting change.

In 2016, Plan was active in 71 countries, and our programs reached more than 32 million children, directly impacting almost 70 million people in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Program activities ranged from training health care workers and constructing health care facilities, to setting up water systems and building latrines, to working with children and families to improve early childhood care and development practices and outcomes. For more information visit,

Plan International USA has two offices, located in Washington, DC and Warwick, Rhode Island. It is part of the global federation, Plan International, which is comprised of collaborative partnerships between 21 national offices and 51 country offices. Plan International USA is registered 501(c)(3) and has an independent Board of Directors. Members of the Board of Directors of Plan International USA also participate in global federation governance through membership on the federation’s Members’ Assembly and International Board.

The Plan USA Program Team works in direct partnership with the Regional and Country Office staff contributing expertise in business development, program design and implementation. The Program Team helps to manage, monitor and evaluate all US-funded programs, as well as reporting back to donors on the progress of program initiatives.

We aspire to five core values that help us define our culture and to inform our business decisions: Accountability, Passion, Integrity, Respect, and Excellence - AsPIRE. Plan expects all staff to exhibit and embrace these values in every part of their work lives.

We are committed to adhering to Plan’s Child Protection Standards and protecting the wellbeing of children in any situation that may arise. The protection of children is everyone’s responsibility.

Plan offers opportunities for growth and development through internal and external training opportunities. We value the ideas and opinions of staff at any level and provide forums in which those can be shared with others.

Plan is an equal opportunity employer and follows all laws associated with the EEOC.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

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