Policy Analyst/Policy Advisor (People, Health & Planet)

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Job Description

PRB is seeking a policy analyst / policy advisor to provide technical support to activities in the International Programs (IP) department, particularly on the Policy, Advocacy, and Communication Enhanced for Population and Reproductive Health (PACE) project. For more than 25 years, PRB has worked in partnership with country governments, civil society, and local organizations to build champions, empower communities, and communicate effectively through data-driven, innovative products. Under the PACE project, we ensure that family planning, reproductive health, and population issues are at the heart of policies and programs and are recognized as key to sustainable and equitable economic growth and development.

This position is an ideal opportunity for a candidate with knowledge of and interest in the connections between population, health, and the environment and strong skills in communicating evidence (written and orally) to decisionmakers. In particular, we are seeking candidates who are able to make the case for family planning as a critical investment for sectors outside of health, such as environmental conservation, resilience, food security, and nutrition. The successful candidate will understand the importance of data as the foundation of sound policies and will be able to create advocacy materials that compellingly integrate evidence on complex population, health, and environment concepts in accessible formats and messages.

The ideal candidate will thrive in highly collaborative settings and have experience successfully working in low- and middle-income country contexts. The successful applicant will have working fluency in both English and French, including excellent writing skills and the ability to present and lead discussions in both languages. The designation of this position as a policy analyst or policy advisor will depend on the selected candidate’s level of experience.

Primary Responsibilities:

Under a program director’s supervision and with the PRB team, the successful candidate will:

  • Provide technical support to country-level activities promoting the use of evidence in policy advocacy on a range of issues, with a focus on population, environment, and development (PED). Tasks may include identifying and compiling data, contributing to the development of text and visuals for compelling print and digital materials, communicating with local partners, and developing and implementing dissemination plans.
  • Draft and/or provide technical and editorial input on diverse PRB materials related to population, FP/RH, environment, resilience, youth, gender, and other topics. Tasks may include conducting background research, gathering literature, analyzing data, interpreting and writing findings and implications, and revising content based on internal and external review in close collaboration with PRB’s Communications team.
  • Participate in developing innovative ways for PRB to communicate news and information to diverse audiences, such as blog posts, web articles, and content for multimedia formats.
  • Provide capacity development to country-based research and advocacy partners through a variety of approaches, including the facilitation of workshops, trainings, and webinars. Topics may include policy communication; effective media coverage of population, health, and environment issues; and advocacy and communications strategies and tools.
  • Manage the planning and successful execution of activities in one or more projects. Tasks include: providing support and oversight of partners, consultants, and contractors; developing activity goals, plans, and timelines; monitoring activity timelines, deliverables, and results; and overseeing workplans and budgets.
  • Contribute to new business pursuits, particularly for PRB’s People, Health, Planet focus area, including drafting concept notes and proposals.
  • Represent PRB at professional conferences and meetings.


  • Master’s degree in public health, international development, international affairs, demography, or a related field; plus three or more years of professional experience in international FP/RH, global health, development, and/or environmental conservation.
  • Fluency in English required with full professional proficiency in French highly preferred. Professional fluency includes the ability to lead and facilitate meetings with native speakers, conduct interviews, and prepare and interpret correspondence and documents.
  • Demonstrated technical experience in some of the following areas: planetary health; population and development linkages; resilience; international FP/RH policy analysis and advocacy; maternal and child health; gender; monitoring, learning, and evaluation; and research utilization. Experience working on USAID-supported projects strongly preferred.
  • Experience working in developing countries, especially in African countries and with African institutions, preferably on FP/RH or development policy and advocacy technical assistance.
  • Demonstrated activity management experience including developing workplans, ensuring quality and timeliness of technical deliverables, and managing budgets; experience in monitoring and evaluation a plus.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to work respectfully and collegially in teams, including with international partners and project funders, and to adapt to shifting priorities and timelines.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills with attention to detail.
  • Ability to perform and prioritize multiple tasks simultaneously, adhering to deadlines.
  • Ability to travel overseas up to 35% of time to developing countries. Successful candidate should have a demonstrated record of traveling internationally at least twice per year over the past three years, or a recent long-term posting in a developing country.

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 remember to upload resume and cover letter in the “resume” section. Only finalists will be contacted. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

This position is located in Washington, D.C., and requires up to 35% international travel.

Equal Opportunity Employer – M/F/Disabled/Veteran

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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