The Program Officer (PO), Program Advocacy and Communications will work across specific MNCH, Vaccine Delivery, and Integrated Delivery advocacy portfolios and global priorities to help generate the awareness, resources, partnerships, and policy changes necessary to achieve results in the following ways: galvanizing civil society in donor and developing nations to increase political commitment to health and development issues; understanding and shaping international financing channels for health and development issues and supporting the evidence-base to encourage sound decision-making; and influencing policymaker decision-making through increased visibility and understanding of solutions to health and development inequities.
The Program Advocacy and Communications team works in partnership with program teams and other teams in Global Policy and Advocacy (GPA) to achieve their policy and finance goals by:
- Developing and coordinating the execution of advocacy and communications strategies.
- Leveraging leadership and foundation voice to implement advocacy strategies.
- Developing and managing a grant portfolio dedicated to achieving advocacy outcomes.
- Directly advocating with sector leaders, influencers, media and government officials in order to achieve advocacy outcomes.
- Leading issue-specific communications in service of advocacy goals.
- Developing policy recommendations or proposals in partnership with programmatic and regional offices.
Key responsibilities of the PO include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Contribute to the development and implementation of policy, advocacy, and communication strategies in partnership with the program strategy teams to generate the attention to their issues, resources, and policy changes necessary to best achieve their goals.
- Track and analyze key global policy developments and trends relevant to a specific set of programs, and responsible for a portfolio of grants.
- Assisting in developing and managing partnerships and alliances to advance and refine policy, advocacy, and communications strategies based on field and financial data.
- Contribute to the development of appropriate external engagement plans for listening to outside voices, sharing the foundation’s strategies, and thinking about how we communicate impact assessment.
- Represent the foundation to key program-related external constituencies.
- This role is responsible for high quality interactions and clear and consistent communications with grantees and partners in the field.
Leadership and Culture
We believe that energized people, working well together, fueled by great leadership in an inclusive environment in which they thrive, will do phenomenal things.
Core Knowledge and Skills
Experience working on maternal, newborn and child health policy, advocacy and communications issues. Familiar with the political, economic and societal challenges facing women and children in low income countries. Experience working in a low-income country is preferred.
Specifically, the effective candidate will have:
- Deep understanding, experience and expertise in global health policy issues and advocacy efforts, working with CSOs, coalitions, and governments in donor and high burden countries.
- Experience working with policymakers and advocates for global and/or country level policy & advocacy.
- Experience developing, managing and implementing projects, including partnering with grantees on the definition of goals and deliverables and monitoring and evaluation of results.
- Demonstrated understanding of the role of advocacy and communications efforts to increase awareness of development issues and build political/financial support for development goals in the developing and developed world with governmental and non-state organizations.
- Demonstrated results in leadership roles shaping and managing policy and advocacy efforts, programs or initiatives requiring a combination of excellent problem-solving, writing and project management skills.
- Ability to work with flexibility, entrepreneurship, and diplomacy both individually and as part of a complex team effort.
- A deep commitment to development issues.
- Ability to travel up to 25% domestically and internationally.
- High standards of personal integrity.
Education and Experience
At least 8 years of experience plus an advanced degree in public policy (or equivalent work experience) in international relations, development or a related field preferred, (preferably with a mix of service in either the public or non-profit sectors).
Reports to: Deputy Director, Program Advocacy and Communications
*Please note: The application deadline is November 26.
As part of our standard hiring process for new employees, employment with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will be contingent upon successful completion of a background check.