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Associate II, International Programs

The Population Council, Inc
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JOB TITLE: Associate II, International Programs

REPORTING TO: Senior Associate, International Programs

LOCATION: Flexible; locations in which the Population Council has an office

JOBS SUPERVISED: 5 (Associate I, and/or Senior Program Officer positions)

ASSIGNMENT LENGTH: 2 years, renewable by mutual consent and the availability of funding

POSITION SUMMARY: The Associate II will provide technical leadership and management on selected sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) projects, including a 5-year research program that will address critical SRHR concerns among refugee populations in the East and Horn of Africa. The Associate II is responsible for overseeing the delivery of interventions, management and retention of staff and downstream partners, ensuring a strong working relationship between the Population Council and supply chain partners, and developing and supporting performance management to deliver programs. The Associate II will oversee the development of research proposals for both longitudinal studies and operational research, the analysis of primary and secondary data, program monitoring and evaluation, data management, individual and institutional capacity building and the uptake of the evidence generated in program and policy. They will convene and participate in international and country level stakeholder meetings, including with policy makers, research and program experts, and donors to share evidence, key findings, guidelines, and tools. The Associate II will have primary technical and fiscal responsibility for developing and implementing selected research programs. They will ensure the timely reporting of findings, lessons learned, opportunities, and challenges to the donor and key stakeholders. The Associate II will manage downstream partners in the selected African countries and supervise Population Council staff working on SRHR efforts.


1. Oversee program delivery, management and retention of staff and downstream partners, ensuring appropriate performance management and ongoing management to deliver programs, with support from the Senior Associate and other team members.

a. Provide leadership and vision to research programs to ensure quality delivery of all related outputs. A coherent body of high-quality evidence generated.

b. High-quality policy and programme-relevant evidence communicated and used.

c. Capacity of Southern researchers and humanitarian actors strengthened to generate and use evidence for improving the quality of programming; and

d. Partnerships and networks strengthened to enable the demand for and uptake of evidence.

2. Facilitate the use of improved monitoring, evaluation and learning approaches by programs and/or their integration into government data systems.

3. Supervise and provide technical support to senior program technical and operations staff to ensure program goals and objectives are achieved.

4. Ensure that program decision-making processes are inclusive, equitable and transparent and that there are established planning, project management, review and quality control systems in place.

5. Be fiscally responsible to the Population Council for programs. This includes:

a. Overseeing programs' spending, development of workplans and budgets and financial reports, and achievement of value for money.

b. Monitoring programs' expenditure against annual budget allocations and overall financial limit, and ensure accurate forecasting of expenditure and the submission of progress and financial reports to the donor

c. Ensure timely implementation of program activities according to budget timelines.

6. Oversee mechanisms for data archival, including procedures for long-term accessibility to data and procedures for public access to data and knowledge.

7. Implement mechanisms that will enable the effective input and guidance of Consortium Advisory Groups in strengthening research programs, including preparing, and obtaining Advisory Group endorsement of, annual work plans, budgets, and reports.

8. Design and implement cost-efficient program monitoring systems to monitor progress against identified outputs and milestones.

9. Contribute significantly to Population Council fundraising efforts and cross-office collaborations

10. Travel to other countries as needed to provide managerial and technical support to staff, counterparts, and government agencies, and to represent programs and the Population Council at meetings, events, and policy and program development fora.


We recognize that strong candidates may not have every qualification listed here, and encourage applications from individuals who bring passion, skills and experience in many or most of these areas.

1. At least 8 years of progressively responsible leadership and management experience in leading large, international, multi-partner, multi-year, high value research and evaluation programs in developing countries with demonstrated capacity to meet program goals, objectives, and donor requirements, and to manage complex activities involving coordination with multiple partner institutions.

2. Doctoral degree in social sciences, preferably in health, education, or related field, or comparable combination of education and experience with demonstrated expertise in social science research.

3. Proven research management skills are essential, as is experience of capacity development. An existing network of relevant research and policy actors and institutions is desirable.

4. Demonstrated thought leadership in the field of SRHR with a significant track record of writing and presenting.

5. Understanding of SRHR in LMICs with clear articulation of the skills and ability to apply the understanding to successfully deliver impact and improvements.

6. Evidence of being a well-respected and highly credible leader in the field of SRHR

7. Ability to represent the Population Council with high-level donors, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, civil sector society, and organizational counterparts, and to discuss program activities, lessons learned, opportunities, and challenges in a compelling and articulate way.

8. Excellent diplomatic, representational, problem solving, management, and interpersonal skills.

9. Experience conducting globally recognized, large-scale surveys (e.g., Abortion Incidence, Violence Against Children, etc.) preferred.

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Salary range between USD.110,000 USD.145,000, annually, depending on knowledge, skills and experience. Excellent benefits package includes medical, dental, vision and life insurance available immediately upon hire; 403(b) retirement plan with employer contribution equal to 12% of annual salary after one year of employment; generous annual and sick leave; and paid parental leave. Competitive packages provided for locations outside of the US. We strive to provide an environment of professional growth and development.

Application Deadline: April 30th, 2021

When applying through the web portal please attach your CV and Cover Letter in Word or PDF format.

The Population Council is an international, nonprofit, nongovernmental institution that seeks to improve the well-being and reproductive health of current and future generations around the world and to help achieve a humane, equitable, and sustainable balance between people and resources. The Council conducts biomedical, social science, and public health research and helps build research capacities in developing countries. Established in 1952, the Council is governed by an international board of trustees. Its New York headquarters supports a global network of country offices. We are seeking an individual to fill the position described. If you know of a qualified candidate or are interested in this position, please apply at: http://www.popcouncil.org/employment/index.asp.

The Population Council provides equal opportunity; it does not discriminate against any person with regard to age, color, creed, national origin, disability, political belief, veteran status, religion, marital status, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation. Decisions on employment are based on an individual's qualifications as related to the position for which they are being considered. The Council especially encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups including but not limited to Black people and people of African descent, Indigenous people, people of color, women, LGBTQ+ individuals, including people who identify as transgender, non-binary, or gender expansive, people with disabilities, first-generation college graduates, and those from communities with the most to gain from expanded access to sexual and reproductive health services and information and quality education. The Population Council is international in the composition of its board of trustees and its staff, as well as in the nature and deployment of its activities.


Posted: 2021-04-09 Expires: 2021-05-11

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