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  • International Programs Fellowship at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • Zambia Communications and Advocacy Consultant

International Programs Fellowship at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

The Population Reference Bureau (PRB) is accepting applications for its International Programs Fellowship at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The Fellowship is a full-time position lasting for two years and will begin in summer 2018. The Fellowship is sponsored and managed by PRB and funded through PRB’s PACE Project (Policy, Advocacy, and Communication Enhanced for Population and Reproductive Health), a cooperative agreement between PRB and USAID. The Fellow will work within USAID’s Office of Population and Reproductive Health currently located in Crystal City, Virginia (outside Washington, D.C.), which works to advance and support voluntary family planning and reproductive health programs worldwide. The Fellowship is intended for recent graduates with a B.A. or B.S.; candidates with advanced degrees are ineligible and should not apply.

Responsibilities:

  •  Respond to external and internal requests for information on USAID family planning activities.
  •  Support efforts of USAID/Washington, its overseas Missions, and implementing partners to strengthen capacity to monitor for compliance with U.S. family planning and global health requirements within USAID programs through training facilitation, document review, and ongoing technical assistance.
  • Coordinate and liaise with colleagues in the Office of HIV/AIDS, Office of General Counsel, and regional bureaus.
  • Support the coordination of donor partnerships and USG interagency collaboration at headquarters level.
  • Support the Office of Population and Reproductive Health’s Senior Policy Advisor and members of office management with policy analysis and administrative duties.

Other duties and activities will be determined by the interests of the selected Fellow and the needs of the Office of Population and Reproductive Health.

Requirements:

  • B.A., B.S., or other undergraduate degree by June 2018.
  • Education and/or work experience related to international population/reproductive health policy or public health.
  • Strong writing, public speaking, and analytic skills; ability to effectively manage time and work with diverse personalities.
  • Dedication to advancing family planning and reproductive health issues and programs in developing countries.
  • Demonstrated ability to rapidly assume additional responsibilities and complete tasks with limited oversight.

In addition, experience living outside of the United States and foreign-language facility (especially French) is highly desirable. Candidates must be U.S. citizens or hold an appropriate work visa and will need to get a security clearance.

The PRB International Programs Fellowship pays a stipend of $40,000-$44,000 per year plus benefits. The position is subject to the availability of funds. The Fellowship may involve foreign travel.

Interested individuals should email a cover letter and resume directly to the address below. The cover letter should describe the candidate’s professional goals, her or his interest in the field of population/reproductive health, and why she or he is suited for the Fellowship. In addition, the candidate must arrange for two letters of recommendation from employers or professors to be sent by email to the same address.

All application materials, including letters of recommendation, must be emailed to PRB no later than 11:59PM EST on February 16, 2018.

Selection of the PRB International Programs Fellow will occur by spring 2018. All candidates will be notified of the selection decision by email. Applications should be emailed to: IPFellows@prb.org


Zambia Communications and Advocacy Consultant.

The Population Reference Bureau (PRB) seeks an expert in population and sexual and reproductive health (SRH), including HIV/AIDS and adolescent SRH, to support the PACE (Policy, Advocacy, and Communication Enhanced for Population and Reproductive Health) project activities in Zambia. The PACE project is implemented by PRB with support from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The project ensures that family planning (FP) and population issues are included in policies and programs as key to sustainable and equitable development and economic growth. To achieve these goals, PACE Zambia, in partnership with the National Population and Development Department (PDD) in the Ministry of National Development Planning (MoNDP), will facilitate a workshop to strengthen the capacity of stakeholders in policy communications, advocacy, and negotiations; train stakeholders to use modelling projection software and analyze data findings; develop FP, sexual and reproductive health (SRH), HIV/AIDS, and population communication materials; establish new relationships between PDD and PRB/PACE partners to promote knowledge-exchange and collaboration; and support policy groups and networks in population, SRH, youth, and HIV/AIDS.

Consultancy Objective The consultant will be required to provide technical input on policy and communication activities in Zambia, help facilitate meetings or capacity building activities, and represent PRB at meetings. S/he will be the PRB point of contact and liaison between the PACE project team in Washington, DC, United States and PDD in Lusaka, Zambia. S/he will work under the direction of the PRB East Africa Regional Advisor and PRB International Program Staff. Time commitment is expected to be part-time, ranging from approximately 5 to 10 days per month from January 2018 through December 2018, depending on program needs.

Consultant Responsibilities

Task 1: Support to develop and disseminate a multimedia presentation to engage national and subnational policymakers and leaders in issues related to population growth, sexual and reproductive health, family planning, and HIV/AIDS. The dissemination of the multimedia presentation will also complement efforts to build national and regional awareness of Zambia’s newly revised National Population Policy in 2018. Activities will include: supporting to PDD to convene task force meetings; contributing to the technical content of the presentation and supplemental materials; ensuring timelines are adhered to and activities are completed; and supporting PDD and stakeholders in disseminating the multimedia presentation in conjunction with efforts to roll-out the new National Population Policy.

  • Deliverable: Support PDD to convene four multimedia task force meetings between February 2018 and October 2018.
  • Deliverable: Participate in developing the multimedia presentation and supplemental materials.
  • Deliverable: Support PDD to launch and disseminate the multimedia presentation and revised National Population Policy.
  • Expected LOE: 20 days total

Task 2: Provide support to PACE/PRB and PDD to organize and implement a five-day Policy Communication Workshop for PDD staff and stakeholders. Activities include liaising between PRB/PACE, workshop facilitators, and PDD on workshop planning needs and managing the logistics and preparation of materials (invitations, travel logistics, venue, supplies, etc.).

  • Deliverable: Organize a five-day Policy Communication Workshop for PDD staff and stakeholders in February 2018.
  • Expected LOE: 15 days total

Task 3: Provide support to PRB/PACE and PDD to organize and implement a two-day SPECTRUM (Projection Modelling Suite) DemProj Workshop for PDD staff and stakeholders. Activities include liaising between PRB/PACE, workshop facilitators, and PDD on workshop planning needs and managing the logistics and preparation of materials (invitations, supplies, etc.) and contribute to developing an accompanying publication (e.g. policy brief) highlighting key results and projections.

  • Deliverable: Organize a two-day SPECTRUM DemProj Workshop for PDD staff and stakeholders in April 2018.
  • Deliverable: Provide support to PRB/PACE and PDD to develop and publish a policy brief or similar publication that highlights the key results and projections from the SPECTRUM DemProj Workshop.
  • Expected LOE: 6 days total

Task 4: Provide support to organize a three-day knowledge-exchange study tour in Kenya between PDD and the National Council of Population and Development. Activities include liaising between PRB/PACE, PDD, and NCPD on planning needs and logistics.

  • Deliverable: Support PRB/PACE and PDD to plan and organize logistics for the multi-day study tour in July 2018.
  • Expected LOE: 2 days total.

Task 5: Support PDD to revive and reconstitute the Inter-Agency Technical Committee on Population (ITCP). Activities include helping to identify and solicit individuals and organizations as members of the committee, convening three ITCP meetings between February 2018 and December 2018, and ensuring that the ITCP is fully functional and actively engaged in PACE and PDD activities by December 2018.

  • Deliverable: Help identify and solicit key individuals and organizations for membership to the ITCP
  • Deliverable: Provide support to convene three ITCP meetings between February 2018 and December 2018.
  • Deliverable: Engage members of the ITCP in PACE and PDD activities.
  • Expected LOE: 6 days total

In addition to these tasks, the consultant will work in conjunction with the PRB East Africa Regional Advisor and PRB International Program Staff to support PACE activities. Additional responsibilities may be requested of the consultant and could include:

  • Briefing donors/partners on project activities and participating in partner-supported conferences or meetings;
  • Contributing to activity implementation in select districts;
  • Working with partner organizations to monitor progress towards completing PACE activities, evaluating impact, and planning for ongoing engagement;
  • Coordinating with government and civil society partners to plan high-level multisectoral policy dialogues; and
  • Reporting project results to PRB staff and fulfilling monitoring, evaluation, and learning tasks and requirements.
  • Participating in project meetings and maintaining regular communication with PRB/PACE staff.
  • Potential LOE for additional tasks: up to 12 days.

Qualifications: 

  • Graduate degree in public health, demography, social sciences, or other related field;
  • Experience designing, implementing, and managing complex policy communications, advocacy, and capacity building activities in Zambia;
  • Established relationships with Zambian reproductive health and demographic institutions and stakeholders, especially groups working on family planning, youth SRH, and HIV/AIDS activities;
  • Significant experience in population, family planning, HIV/AIDS, and reproductive health issues in Zambia;
  • Solid skills in translating data, synthesizing, and writing for non-technical policy audiences;
  • Experience working with Zambian government institutions and parastatal organizations;
  • Excellent organizational, writing, and oral presentation skills;
  • Proficiency in Skype, GoToMeeting and other web-based communication platforms;
  • Familiarity with USAID reporting mechanisms and databases;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to build relationships with stakeholders, local partners, host country governments, and international donor agencies—especially USAID; and

Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to build relationships with stakeholders, local partners, host country governments, and international donor agencies—especially USAID; and

Consultancy: Time commitment is expected to be part-time, ranging from approximately 5-10 days per month, depending on program needs Regular access to a strong internet connection and an ability to use a personal phone and computer to fulfill the responsibilities of the contract will be required. The term of contract will be for 12 months (January 2018-December 2018). A candidate with a flexible schedule desired, including availability in evenings for phone calls and communication with staff based in the US.

Applications: Please send a cover letter, resume or CV, and a completed USAID biodata form with the subject line “Zambia Communications and Advocacy Consultant” to jobs@prb.org by February 7, 2018.