Policy Advisor

  • Posted on 8 March 2020

Job Description

Are you a savvy global health communicator with a passion for ensuring data informs decision-making? Can you stay highly organized and results-driven within a complex and changing environment? Do you have creative, cutting-edge ideas for knowledge translation and data use? Do you want to play a role in improving maternal, newborn, child health, family planning, and reproductive health (MNCH/FP/RH) programming across the globe?

PRB has an exciting opportunity supporting knowledge management, knowledge translation, and learning activities on the 5-year USAID-funded MOMENTUM 2C project (M2C). This global health project focuses on monitoring and evaluation, innovation and adaptive learning, knowledge management, and strategic communication for a suite of USAID awards under the MOMENTUM umbrella. A PRB-led consortium will synthesize and package key program data, information, and learning from across the suite of awards; share game changing practices with key regional and global stakeholders through various live and digital platforms; promote and track the use of data and learning for improving MNCH/FP/RH programming; and raise broad awareness about the project’s impact.

Primary Responsibilities

This position primarily supports the M2C Senior Director for Knowledge Management (KM)/Knowledge Translation (KT). The selected candidate will play a key role in conceptualizing and implementing activities throughout the life of the project. Illustrative responsibilities might include:

Management and coordination:

  • Manage and monitor M2C-specific activities, including: developing activity goals, plans, and timelines; and monitoring timelines and completion of deliverables.
  • Manage and oversee the work of consultants and contractors.
  • Liaise regularly with key counterparts within MOMENTUM 2C and across the suite of awards to ensure transparent coordination and gather needed information, data, and learning.
  • Gather comparable, high quality data and learning using various mechanisms across the suite of awards.
  • Provide guidance to program assistants for logistic and administrative tasks on specific activities.

Knowledge management infrastructure:

  • Conduct interviews with key stakeholders to determine M2C’s priority audiences, objectives, and knowledge management channels.
  • Create audience profiles and a knowledge exchange landscape map to guide the project’s KM and KT work throughout the life of the project.
  • Develop and maintain a repository of segmented MNCH/FP/RH knowledge sharing platforms and a distribution list of segmented MNCH/FP/RH audiences.
  • Develop and track knowledge capture and sharing templates for use across all MOMENTUM awards.
  • Develop and maintain editorial calendars for key knowledge translation products.
  • Actively promote and monitor cross-award engagement on the internal knowledge management platform (intranet).

Knowledge translation and sharing:

  • Conceptualize topics and product formats for knowledge translation based on emerging findings, global information gaps, and decision-maker priorities.
  • Synthesize data and learning in clear, concise, and visually compelling formats such as briefs, memos, fact sheets, blogs, infographics, newsletters, or social media posts. Specific tasks could include: writing content, giving technical direction to graphic designers, videographers, and others; and overseeing production.
  • Create and implement systematic knowledge sharing plans to ensure that knowledge translation products reach the intended audiences. Specific tasks could include: submitting products to external sites and newsletters; creating content for M2C driven channels; crafting tailored, graphically designed emails and newsletters for specific target audiences; organizing webinars; and identifying meetings and other opportunities for knowledge sharing.

Monitoring, evaluation, and evidence uptake:

  • Develop and implement systems to track the uptake and effectiveness of various knowledge translation and sharing techniques.
  • Create written summaries or case studies to highlight the effective use of data and learning to improve MNCH/FP/RH programming.

Meetings and events:

  • Coordinate knowledge management working groups across the full suite of awards.
  • Organize large regional and DC-based knowledge exchange events, and co-lead sessions.
  • Prepare sharp, concise, and visually compelling power point presentations.
  • Organize and prepare materials for other high-level meetings as needed.

Secondary responsibilities beyond the MOMENTUM 2C Project:

  • Contribute to new business pursuits, including drafting concept notes and proposals.
  • Represent PRB at professional conferences and meetings.
  • Provide writing and other technical support as needed to other core programs.
  • Provide assistance in planning and facilitating trainings, as needed.


PRB is seeking candidates who are highly organized, detail oriented, results focused, self-reliant, resourceful, and collegial. Applicants should have either a bachelors or advanced degree (master’s) in public health, public policy, international development, demography, communications, or a related field; plus 4-8 years of progressive professional experience in global health. Other desirable qualifications include:

  • Experience translating, packaging, systematically sharing, and promoting the use of technical data and learning with key programmatic audiences.
  • Knowledge of technical content and networks in at least one of the following areas: maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH); family planning (FP); and reproductive health (RH).
  • Ability to communicate quantitative and qualitative data in creative, concise, compelling and non-technical ways for programmatic audiences.
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience working in low- and middle-income countries, especially in Africa and Asia.
  • Ability to perform and prioritize multiple tasks simultaneously, adhering to deadlines.
  • Fluency in English (in French, a valued asset), with the ability to lead and facilitate meetings, conduct interviews, and prepare high quality correspondence and documents.
  • Availability and interest to travel 10-15% of time to low- and middle-income countries.

Not required but a plus:

  • Project management experience including developing work plans, ensuring quality and timeliness of technical deliverables, and managing budgets.
  • Experience working with USAID or USAID-funded projects.
  • Conversant with the use of social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and What’s App.
  • Experience with the collection, interpretation, and use of quantitative and qualitative data.

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 upload your resume and cover letter in the “resume” section. Only finalists will be contacted. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered. We would like to fill this position as soon as possible.

This position is located in Washington, D.C., but may require occasional international travel for conferences or meetings.

The Population Reference Bureau is an equal opportunity employer.

About the Organization

The Population Reference Bureau informs people around the world about population, health, and the environment, and empowers them to use that information to advance the well-being of current and future generations. Inform. PRB analyzes complex demographic data and research to provide the most objective, accurate, and up-to-date population information in a format that is easily understood by advocates, journalists, and decision makers alike. Empower. Our commitment to putting information into action sets us apart. PRB builds coalitions and conducts workshops around the world to give our key audiences the tools they need to understand and communicate effectively about population issues. Advance. PRB works to ensure that policymakers in developing countries and in the United States rely on sound evidence, rather than anecdotal or outdated information, when creating population, health, and environmental policies.

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