Writer/Editor, The WORLD Policy Analysis Center, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

Los Angeles, California
Sep 27, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The WORLD Policy Analysis Center (WORLD) at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health (FSPH) has built the first ever global population data center of comparative global data on public policies, equity, poverty, labor conditions, and health and well-being outcomes. This data center makes it possible to undertake rigorous, cross-country global comparative research on how public and social policies are affecting health, well-being, and life outcomes across the world.

The Writer/Editor will join this team and contribute to an exciting and unique effort to build and maintain the first global resource to understand what countries are doing to promote human rights and human development. The Writer/Editor will play a vital role within WORLD by enhancing global health and social policy research and policy capacity at UCLA's FSPH, as well as by translating our research findings into action at the global, national and local levels.

WORLD contains data from 193 United Nations member countries on public policies that have the potential to influence the health and well-being of populations. To date, the research team has gathered detailed information on labor conditions, poverty reduction policies, gender, disability, education, family, and constitutional rights globally. Currently, WORLD is focused on preparing this data for dissemination and use by a wide range of audiences, including, but not limited to, researchers/academics, policy advocates, civil society, the media, students and the public. The Writer/Editor will work closely with the Director of WORLD, and in collaboration with WORLD team members, to translate the data into different formats to reach these audiences by developing research briefs, journal articles, op-eds, book chapters, and web/social media content, and will also work to advance WORLD’s work more broadly by drafting grant proposals and contributing to WORLD priority research projects.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Write policy briefs, academic journal articles, book chapters, blog posts and op-eds, web/social media content, and grant proposals, with high degree of accuracy and nuance;
  • Produce presentations and reports related to various WORLD projects by researching, drafting, and editing text, data, and graphics from multiple sources,
  • Shape and compile work written by multiple researchers and edit for consistency;
  • Collaborate with WORLD team to develop reports and dissemination kits targeting multiple audiences (i.e. policymakers, global stakeholders, researchers, academics, general public, etc.);
  • Participate in dissemination and translation of findings to policymakers and civil society.

To learn more about the Center and the position, please visit worldpolicycenter.org.



  • Bachelors or Master's degree in related field (linguistics, English literature, journalism, communications, economics, health sciences, political science, public health, epidemiology, public policy, law or related field);
  • Demonstrated excellence in writing, editing, and communication required;
  • Experience conducting literature reviews, qualitative research, or writing academic journal articles an asset;
  • Demonstrated experience writing for different audiences required (e.g., academic, policymaker, public);
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to work independently to fulfill team goals and manage multiple deadlines required;
  • English language proficiency required and proficiency in another official UN language an asset;
  • Able to handle and address feedback well and can work with minimal guidance;
  • Demonstrated interest in issues relating to international development, global health and social policy, including poverty, labor conditions, education, gender, disability, or equity policy required.  Experience working in those areas an asset.


How to apply

To apply, please submit the following application materials through the UCLA Job Portal  https://hr.mycareer.ucla.edu  for Job Requisition No. 26713:

  • A cover letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • 3 writing samples
  • Contact information (telephone and email) for 3 references

Please send all academic transcripts to: WORLD@ph.ucla.edu.

Selected candidates will be invited to complete a writing test and an editing test, which will both be considered as part of your application package. Incomplete applications will not be considered for the final round of candidate selection. 

Application review will begin on 1 October, 2017 and continue until filled.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, only complete applications will be considered and only candidates selected for an interview or to gather additional information will be contacted.


The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.

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