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Policy Analyst/Metrics

Company: Highlight Technologies
Location: Washington
Posted on: November 22, 2021

Job Description:

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 programming.Responsibilities:

  • 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 applicable.
  • 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 supervision.
    • 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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