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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Reproductive Health Expert, Hope Global Consulting, San Francisco, CA

Reproductive Health Expert

Posted on: August 12, 2013
Application deadline: September 5, 2013
Posted by: Hope Global Consulting


Hope Consulting is a strategy consulting firm with a social sector focus. We craft effective strategies for addressing major social sector issues. We're committed to addressing age-old social problems – and we refuse to believe that those problems can't be solved. Our work has attracted attention in the social sector as well as in the mainstream news media, with coverage in Time, the New York Times, the Economist, and other media outlets. To find out more about us, please go to


We have been engaged by a major US foundation to develop a strategy for how our client, two other major donors, and the Government of Niger can increase women's informed demand for contraceptives in Niger.

The impetus for this engagement is the recent increase in fertility rate in Niger. A preliminary 2012 Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) was recently released, finding that Niger's fertility rate is the highest in the world and has increased since 2006, from 7.1 to 7.6 children per woman.[1] Moreover, the 2006 DHS found that Nigerien men and women's ideal number of children was higher than this fertility rate, at 11.0 children for men and 8.8 children for women.[2]

These findings—and the increased fertility finding in particular—appear to have galvanized the MOH and non-governmental actors in Niger to take decisive action to increase contraceptive use in Niger. The engagement will involve two phases, a qualitative customer research phase to be run this fall, and a quantitative customer research and market analysis phase to be run in spring 2014.

This project is an exciting opportunity to contribute to markedly improved health outcomes in Niger. Aside from the Demographic and Health Survey results available every 5 years in Niger, there has been very little research published about why women do or do not use contraception. Consequently, there have been few large scale data-driven approaches to addressing family planning issues in Niger.


We are seeking a reproductive health expert with significant family planning experience in francophone West Africa to serve as an advisor to this project. The advisor will provide input to our general understanding of family planning dynamics in Niger, and West Africa more broadly and to our primary customer research instruments and methodology. He or she will also provide input to the development of our conclusions and strategic recommendations. Approximately 2 – 4 weeks' of the health expert's time will be required from October 2013 – May 2014.


The reproductive health expert will ideally be a global leader in that field, and will be able to contribute thoughtfully to this important project's research focus and conclusions. He or she will have significant expertise in the behavioral determinants of reproductive health and family planning choices. In addition to leadership in his or her field, the individual will have significant experience working on family planning in francophone Africa. Fluent or near fluent French is strongly preferred, but not required.


Please send your resume and a brief cover note to

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