Research Associate

The Population Institute
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Jan 22

Position description

The Population Institute (PI) is an international non-profit, based in Washington, D.C., that educates policymakers, the media, and the public about population trends, and seeks to promote universal access to family planning information, education, and services. Through our support for voluntary family planning and gender equality, we strive to achieve a world population in balance with a healthy global environment and resource base.                                          

Since its founding in 1969, PI has been a leading advocate for family planning programs, both at home and abroad. PI strongly supports sexual and reproductive rights and has worked, through various programs, to reduce the cultural and informational barriers that prevent women from accessing contraception. At that present time, we are researching, writing, and advocating on both domestic and international issues, and producing a wide range of reports, opinion pieces, and other products.

Domestically, PI’s work in recent years has focused on monitoring and exposing the escalating assault on reproductive health and rights that is occurring at the federal and state levels. In January of every year, the Institute releases its annual “50-State Report Card on Reproductive Health and Rights. The Institute also has a popular podcast series, “rePROs Fight Back,” that features interviews with leading advocates in the fights for reproductive health and rights.

On the international side, the Institute is educating policymakers and media about global population trends and their implications and the corresponding benefits of boosting international support for programs in developing countries that educate girls, empower women, and improve access to family planning services. At present, the Institute is focused on educating the foreign policy community about the demographic-related challenges facing Niger and other countries in the Sahel region of Africa. The Institute is also promoting population, health, and environment (PHE) programs that promote sustainability and improve lives in the developing world.


PI is currently seeking a Research Associate to provide support in writing briefing papers, reports, opinion pieces, and the publication of a forthcoming book. The position is a versatile one, involving a variety of projects and reports relating to our work on domestic and international issues. Specific responsibilities will include: 1) conducting research on demographic and other trends, such as food insecurity and climate change, that are affecting development prospects in the Sahel region of Africa; 2) doing background research and documentation for a book on how population trends, resource scarcity, technological breakthroughs, and gender equality are shaping our world; and 3) monitoring state and federal policy developments affecting reproductive health and rights.


  • Demonstrated qualitative and quantitative research skills; 
  • Knowledge and understanding of public policy issues relating to our work; 
  • Interest in economic and human development, environmental sustainability, and reproductive health and rights;
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, particularly in writing;
  • At least 1 to 3 years of experience conducting statistical and policy research for a nonprofit organization; and preferably, a master’s degree in a relevant discipline.  

Application instructions

Review of applications will begin on February 1, and continue until the search process concludes. So that we can assess what you might contribute to the Population Institute, please submit the following, using the subject header line Research Associate 2019.

  • Resume or CV with complete employment history and educational background
  • Cover letter explaining your interest and how your experience relates to the position’s key responsibilities
  • Up to three examples or descriptions of prior research

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