Senior Policy Analyst

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 3 January 2019

Job Description

Population Reference Bureau

Position Announcement

Senior Policy Analyst

Position Summary PRB is seeking a Senior Policy Analyst to serve as a staff member of PRB’s International Programs (IP) department and work in a team-oriented environment with both technical and management (team leader) responsibilities. S/he will lead the development of advocacy and communications materials, conduct qualitative and quantitative analysis, and provide technical assistance across the organization on a variety of projects related to family planning/reproductive health (FP/RH) and population dynamics. This position requires strong technical writing skills, attention to detail, the ability to balance working independently and on a team, and a keen desire to learn and develop new competencies. The successful candidate will be a key technical contributor on projects funded by the U.S. government and private foundations that aim to affirm and renew family planning policy and financial commitments in several countries, mostly in francophone West Africa, including by linking family planning and population to broader economic and social development.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Provides technical leadership and management oversight on selected activities.
  • Leads global and country-based activities and provides technical support to build the capacity of country-based advocacy partners through the collaborative development of policy advocacy strategies, and innovative, evidence-driven communications and advocacy tools. Tools could include producing policy briefs and other written advocacy materials, and creating evidence-based multimedia presentations on selected topics. Contributes to the development and implementation of new tools and analytic approaches that assist stakeholders in creating an enabling environment for FP/RH policy development and implementation in developing countries, with particular focus on the Sahel region.
  • Contributes to analyses and programming focused in the Sahel region including examining the effects of delayed marriage and postponed fertility on women’s labor force participation, and co-designing communications products on family planning with religious leaders in the region.
  • Analyzes family planning investment priorities and policies critical to helping countries transition from low to high rates of modern contraceptive use and advances the dialogue related to the demographic dividend.
  • Takes a lead role in the development of a communications product supporting the reproductive rights of people with disabilities.
  • Drafts and/or provides technical and editorial input on diverse PRB materials related to population, family planning, youth reproductive health, the demographic dividend, and other topics. Tasks include conducting research, gathering literature, analyzing data, drafting findings and implications, and coordinating with various PRB staff and consultants involved in production and dissemination.
  • Manages in-country activities, including communication with partners, donors, consultants and contractors; oversee work plans, timelines, and budgets; monitor and document project outcomes and impacts.
  • Prepare or contribute to technical and program-related reports, including presentations, policy briefs and semi-annual reports.
  • Leads and co-facilitates workshops and training sessions on policy communication for in-country stakeholders. Designs training agendas and prepares materials to build participants’ capacity to elevate FP/RH issues on policy agendas.
  • Contribute to various aspects of the IP Department’s work, including business development, participation in USAID or other donor working groups, monitoring and evaluating activities, responding to ad hoc requests for information and presentations, and representing PRB at professional conferences and meetings.


  • Master’s or Ph.D. degree in public health or a related field (for example, public policy, demography, health economics, sociology).
  • A minimum of 10 years of experience with developing country work including in experience in francophone West Africa. Experience working in developing countries, especially in Africa and with African institutions, is required, preferably including FP/RH policy and advocacy technical assistance.
  • Fluent in English. Fluency or full professional proficiency in French preferred, with the ability to lead and facilitate meetings, conduct interviews, and prepare correspondence and documents.
  • Demonstrated technical experience in two or more of the following content areas: family planning, maternal and child health, population dynamics, adolescent reproductive health, women’s education.
  • Experience using data and evidence to advocate for policy change, conduct policy analyses, and/or design advocacy strategies for policy audiences. Experience creating indexes a plus.
  • Demonstrated activity management experience including negotiating work plans, ensuring quality and timeliness of technical deliverables, managing subawards, and financial management.
  • Excellent organizational, writing, and oral presentation skills.
  • Ability to work effectively in teams and with professionals at different levels (such as in-country partners, international technical organizations, and donors). Ability to perform and prioritize multiple tasks simultaneously, adhering to deadlines.
  • Availability to travel up to 35 percent time.

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 apply at

Please remember to upload resume and cover letter in the “resume” section. Only finalists will be contacted.

We would like to fill this position as soon as possible. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

This position is located in Washington, D.C. but requires about 35 percent travel overseas.

Equal Opportunity Employer – M/F/Disabled/Veteran

About the Organization

About PRB:

The Population Reference Bureau (PRB) 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. 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. PRB also 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. 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. All of our content is available at

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