Jacob Adetunji provides expert advice and technical guidance on family planning data and recommends optimal engagement strategies with external groups in family planning. His responsibilities include investing in innovative data platforms, improving metrics and indicators for family planning, promoting data use at the global, national, and subnational levels, and supporting global monitoring efforts for family planning. He also represents the foundation in meetings with external partners and at conferences and workshops related to data on family planning.
Jacob has more than 25 years of experience in monitoring and evaluation, research, and data analysis in family planning and reproductive health. Before joining the foundation, he was a senior demographer and deputy chief in the Policy, Evaluation and Communication Division at USAID’s Office of Population and Reproductive Health. Earlier at USAID, he served as a senior technical advisor and lead program officer for the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) program for 16 years and as a member of Family Planning 2020’s Performance Monitoring and Evidence Working Group for four years—two years as its co-lead and two years leading its Learning Agenda workstream.
Before joining USAID, Jacob was an assistant professor at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, where he taught courses in demography and health. He also worked as a research associate on the African Census Analysis Project at the University of Pennsylvania’s Population Studies Center; as a DHS Fellow at Macro International; and as a research fellow at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies.
Jacob has published widely and has served on numerous data-related technical advisory panels, including for the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the World Bank, and the United Nations Statistics Division and Population Division.
Jacob earned a doctorate and a master’s degree in demography from the Australian National University. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Calabar and a master’s degree from the University of Ibadan.
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