PRB is seeking a Senior Program Advisor (Sr. Policy Advisor) to serve as a staff member of PRB’s International Programs (IP) department and work in a team-oriented environment. The position will support 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. The PRB-led consortium will synthesize and package key program data, information, and learning from across the suite of awards; promote and track the use of data and learning for improving MNCH/FP/RH programming; share best practices with key regional and global stakeholders through various live and digital platforms; and raise broad awareness about the project’s impact.
The candidate will understand the importance of data for the development of sound policies and will have excellent writing skills and the ability to translate complex information into clear and compelling language. The Senior Program Advisor will be responsible for working with the MOMENTUM suite of awards to develop guidance to accompany a common learning agenda and monitoring and evaluation framework. The position requires implementation research methods and analytics experience, strong understanding of global monitoring and evaluation guidelines for MNCH and/or FP, the ability to synthesize research findings coupled with excellent technical writing skills, and experienced partnership management. Collaboration is a central aspect of PRB’s approach, and the ideal candidate for this position will be someone with strong communication skills who thrives in highly-collaborative settings and will have experience successfully working in low- and middle-income countries and with people from diverse backgrounds; the successful candidate will have the ability to balance working independently and contribute to team efforts. S/he will have a keen desire to learn and develop new competencies.
- Provide technical inputs and support on implementation research guidance, including guidance on triangulation of data from different sources, the use of qualitative and quantitative data, and data use for decision-making, in alignment with USAID’s approaches for Collaboration, Learning and Adaption
- Work closely within a multi-agency project consortium to engage with partners across the MOMENTUM suite of awards to develop consensus of on priority areas of work within the learning agenda
- Develop and implement systems to track the implementation of the suite-wide learning agenda
- Develop templates and other tools for research and data collection for use across the suite of awards, as needed.
- Develop and implement mixed methods analytic plans
- Provide technical support and advice for data collection, analytics, visualization and use, including dissemination, to answer prioritized learning within the suite of awards
- Draft and/or provide technical and editorial input on M2C learning and measurement materials
- Participate in global measurement and implementation research working groups to ensure that lessons learned from M2C are influencing global thinking and to fast track new global guidance to MOMENTUM partners.
- 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.
PRB is seeking candidates who are highly organized, detail oriented, results focused, self-reliant, resourceful, and collegial. Applicants should have either an advanced degree (master’s) in public health, public policy, international development, demography, communications, or a related field; plus 6-8 years of progressive professional experience in global health. Other desirable qualifications include:
- Experience with the collection, analysis, interpretation, and use of quantitative and qualitative data, including development of data collection protocols and analytic plans
- Knowledge of technical content and professional networks in at least one of the following areas: maternal and/or newborn health (MNH), child health (CH); family planning (FP); and reproductive health (RH).
- Experience with analytic software required; experience with ArcGIS or similar geographic information system a plus.
- Ability to communicate quantitative and qualitative data in creative, concise, compelling technical and non-technical ways for diverse audiences.
- Ability to perform and prioritize multiple tasks simultaneously, adhering to deadlines.
- Excellent writing and verbal communication skills. Fluency in English required, professional proficiency in French, a valued asset
- Strong interpersonal skills to work respectfully and collegially in teams and with professionals of different levels and backgrounds, including funders and international partners, with the ability to lead and facilitate meetings, conduct interviews, and prepare high quality correspondence and documents.
- Management experience, including development of budgets, workplans and working with consultants a plus, but not required.
- Experience working in low- and middle-income countries, especially in Africa and Asia.
- Availability and interest to travel 10-15% of time to low- and middle-income countries.
Salary and Benefits: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. PRB has an excellent benefits package, including generous health, leave, and retirement programs.
- 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.
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.