Policy Advisor

Population Reference Bureau of Washington, D.C.
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Mar 19

Position 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 Directors for Learning and 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 generation and 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.
  • Develop guidance and templates and/or generic protocols and data collection tools for the cross-Momentum learning agenda
  • Develop and implement mixed methods analytic plans
  • Develop and implement systems to monitor uptake of the learning agenda across the suite of awards

Meetings and events: 

  • Coordinate knowledge management and learning/evidence generation working groups across the full suite of awards.
  • Participate in meetings and events tied to the Momentum suite of awards, providing learning and evidence generation insight.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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


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