Position Title: Health Policy Officer – Human Resources for Health
Reports to: Director of Advocacy
Location: Boston, MA or Washington D.C.
Employment Type: Full Time, 12 months grant-funded position
The Health Policy Officer will perform a range of work required to influence and exercise power with U.S. government decision-makers to advance more equitable funding and programming for human resources for health (HRH), a key pillar of global health equity. The Health Policy Officer will first lead a political landscape assessment, then develop and lead an advocacy campaign strategy, and build coalition with an array of organizations in order to build Congressional support for new legislation for HRH. The successful candidate will have diverse, interdisciplinary experience and skills in community organizing, applied policy analysis, policy advocacy, and public health. They will understand the importance of strong evidence as the foundation of sound policies and will be able to create advocacy strategies that compellingly integrate evidence on complex concepts in accessible formats and messages. They will work closely with PIH cross-site policy and partnership teams as well as PIH leadership and with colleagues representing the broader Global Health Delivery Partnership (GHDP) based at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.
- Conduct a detailed assessment of the policy environment in U.S. Congress, including legislative history of HRH domestically and internationally, and identify Congressional champions and pathways for policy change;
- Develop a multi-year advocacy campaign strategy for advancing the policy goals of the project;
- Implement advocacy campaign strategy for HRH funding and programming, bringing to bear the influence and resources of the GHDP;
- Organize and chair a broad-based coalition of organizations and champions for addressing health workforce shortages globally;
- Prepare PIH senior leadership for, and accompany them to, meetings with policymakers in Congress, the White House and, federal agencies; and handle correspondence and relationship management with these policymakers;
- Personally represent PIH in meetings with policymakers in Congress, the White House, federal agencies, and state and local governments;
- Support drafting Congressional legislation, as well as rules, regulations, and guidance for its implementation;
- Lead the research, writing, editing, and publishing of policy papers, policy briefs, advocacy materials, reports and articles, and internal messaging through collaboration across the GHDP;
- Master’s degree in public health, political science or a related field (or Bachelor’s degree with equivalent experience);
- 5+ years of policy advocacy experience or specialized training;
- Track record of providing advice to and influencing senior policy makers;
- Experience with or strong understanding of the role of official development assistance and the donors in global health, and their inherent power dynamics;
- Outstanding attention to detail and proven ability to independently advance research projects;
- Experience working in complex multi-stakeholder environments, and ability to quickly gain and understand their political dynamics;
- Strong communications and writing skills including the ability to communicate complex messages to broad audiences;
- Commitment to social justice is essential.
Partners In Health (PIH) is an international health organization relentlessly committed to improving the health of the poor and marginalized. PIH partners with local governments to build local capacity and works closely with impoverished communities to deliver high-quality health care, address the root causes of illness, train providers, advance research, and advocate for global policy change.
PIH currently has implementation programs in Haiti, Rwanda, Lesotho, Liberia, Kazakhstan, Malawi, Peru, Mexico, Sierra Leone and Navajo Nation. Through our partnership with Harvard Medical School and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, we support a wide range of programs in dozens of other countries around the world.
Partners In Health (PIH) is committed to the fundamental principle of equal opportunity and equal treatment for every prospective and current employee. It is the policy of PIH not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, religion, creed, disability, sex and gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law. PIH works in and with a number of governments in and outside the U.S., and to the extent applicable, this statement is intended to incorporate the prohibition of any unlawful discrimination covered by applicable laws in such countries, states and municipalities.