Company: Highlight Technologies
Posted on: November 22, 2021
Overview:The Policy Analyst is a core technical position on the
Analytics Team, located in the Policy Office (P) of USAID's Bureau
for Policy, Planning, and Learning (PPL). The PPL/P Analytics Team
manages the Country Roadmaps, USAID's flagship analytical tool for
assessing country development progress at the highest level, and
associated analytical tools and support services. The team also
manages USAID/PPL's emerging COVID analytics, People's Republic of
China analytics, and strategic foresight analytical workstreams.
The team supports the alignment of strategies and programs towards
better-supporting countries' development progress, including
development of key technical resources, targeted analytical support
to USAID Missions, and collaboration across the Agency-wide
analytical community's efforts to advance data-driven decision
making. The Policy Analyst plays a key role in the implementation
of the team's objectives, helping ensure that the team's
quantitative analyses are applied cohesively, consistently, and
clearly Agency-wide, with a specific focus on the USAID Policy and
Program Cycle decision-making processes.This position will report
to the Analytics Team Lead, with guidance and oversight from the
team's Senior Policy Analyst. You will be expected to work closely
with other PPL Analytics Team members, PPL/P colleagues, other
offices across PPL, other Agency bureaus, missions, senior
leadership, interagency counterparts, think tanks and other civil
society organizations, and other stakeholders to advance USAID and
USG development policy priorities. In the course of your work, you
will be expected to ensure a rigorous, objective, and transparent
approach to PPL analyses. You will seek inputs from relevant
leading experts, leverage existing expertise and data within the
Agency, and translate findings into implications for the practice
of development assistance planning and
- Provides targeted analytical support on key international
development trends across geographies and all USAID programmatic
areas in support of USAID Policy and Program Cycle processes. This
includes development of analytical reports, presentations, and
interactive webinars to inform USAID/Washington and Mission-based
strategic planning and learning efforts.
- Supports Agency-wide usage of the USAID Country Roadmaps, the
Country Roadmap Secondary Metric Compendium, and related analytical
resources. Will contribute substantially to the maintenance,
refinement, and/or adaptation of the Country Roadmap tool and
dataset to ensure continued alignment to development best
practices, leading social science research and analysis techniques,
and USAID policy priorities.
- Contributes to emerging policy issues and issues of
cross-cutting importance, such as reviewing and advising on Agency
policies and strategies, conducting exploratory research,
bolstering data literacy among Agency staff, and providing policy
analysis on key issues.
- Develops customized analytical frameworks, dashboards,
visualizations, and analytical briefers to support USAID-wide and
U.S. Government interagency foreign assistance planning processes,
including country and sectoral prioritization exercises as
- Produces and reviews manuals, technical guides, and other
supplemental guidance related to the PPL/P Analytics Team's
formalized analytical tools, customized analyses, and third-party
development data resources.
- Evaluates available quantitative and qualitative tools to
assess country development conditions. Coordinates and directs
guidance to USAID Bureaus and Missions on available data resources
and data analysis techniques.
- Serves as one of the Bureau's recognized experts on the
analysis, interpretation, and application of socioeconomic and
multi-sectoral development data. Collaborates with all levels of
management, other federal agencies, and third party indicator
institutions on the development data landscape and related policy
and strategic analysis findings and recommendations.
- Contributes to the team's medium- and long-term goals and
planning efforts, provides program and project management support,
and helps develop and implement learning, knowledge management, and
process improvement within the team.Qualifications:
- Secret clearance must be active.
- Master's degree in relevant field (eg. Data Analytics/Science,
Statistics, Economics, Political Science, International
Development, Public Administration) with five years of work
experience or Bachelor's degree with ten years of experience.
- Experience using a wide range of quantitative and qualitative
methods and data resources for measuring development progress at
the global, regional, national, and sub-national levels and/or for
improving complex programs, processes, and systems.
- Strong technical skills in the use of data management and
visualization software, as well as statistical packages.
- Minimum of 3 years of relevant work experience related to
global development, preferably in developing country contexts.
- Demonstrated ability to independently plan, organize, and
implement significant strategic initiatives with minimal
- Demonstrated ability to successfully work as a proactive and
resourceful team member.
- Familiarity with international development and macroeconomic
theory and empirical research techniques. Familiarity with U.S.
Government global development policies and other leading global
development policy research institutions preferred.About
Highlight:For over ten years, Highlight has provided Development
and Modernization, Secure IT, and Mission Solution services to our
federal government customers. Our team knows the technology; we
understand how our customers and their stakeholders work; and we
know how to implement industry best practices to deliver
high-quality, end-to-end solutions that minimize risk and maximize
results.Since our inception, Highlight has had an employee-first
mindset. Our mission is to provide employees with rewarding and
impactful career opportunities. In 2021, Highlight's founder and
CEO, Rebecca Andino, implemented an Employee Stock Ownership Plan
to embody and expand our culture of transparency, teamwork and
rewarding the work of our employees. By becoming an ESOP, our
employee-owners share in the success of the company through their
ownership stake. To learn more about ESOPS, check out:
www.esopinfo.org.We're an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) that
empowers our people to fearlessly drive change - regardless of
their race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual
orientation, national origin, disability, veteran status, or other
characteristics. Our team is dedicated to foster diversity within
our teams to promote creativity, innovation, and teamwork to
deliver the best solutions for our customers.-:#cwhp
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