Provincial Advocacy Officer
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Position title: Provincial Advocacy Officer
Location: Tanganiyka, Kalémie
PATH’s Advocacy and Public Policy (APP) department works to improve global health by increasing awareness and support of global health priorities by policymakers, coalitions, and other influential individuals and groups. The APP Department is seeking a Provincial Advocacy Officer, based in Tanganyika, to support emerging advocacy and policy initiatives in the areas of immunization and child health in Democratic Republic of Congo. These positions will report to the Senior Policy and Advocacy Manager in PATH’s Kinshasa, office.
In collaboration with advocacy and technical experts across PATH, the Provincial Advocacy Officer will be responsible for:
- Developing and implementing provincial advocacy strategies and corresponding activities to advance specific policy change in support of immunization and child health, including resources and commitments for expanded vaccine coverage, equitable access, and sustainable financing for immunization programs.
- Building on PATH’s current programs to develop and strengthen relationships with targeted policy makers and government staff, as well as key opinion leaders to promote prioritized policy changes at the provincial level.
- Cultivating partnerships and networks with key actors, stakeholders, and partners working in the areas of child health, immunization, health financing, supply chain, procurement, and accountability mechanisms in Tanganyika, to maximize impact and resources to further child health and immunization policy priorities.
- Monitoring and reporting on financial and political commitments relative to child health and immunization at the provincial level throughout the project.
- Collaborating with advocacy and communication specialists, as well as technical experts across PATH, to develop and produce innovative advocacy materials and dissemination approaches to effectively promote priority policy changes to key policymakers and other external audiences. Advocacy materials may include print, online, and multi-media formats. This may include cultivating new immunization champions and ensuring they are equipped with appropriate messaging and information.
- Coordinating and planning events, including meetings, workshops, forums, trainings, and conferences as needed to make progress with prioritized policy changes.
- Supporting local organizations to engage with program implementers and decision makers to mobilize advocacy agendas.
- Representing PATH and the APP team at the provincial level.
- Contributing to report preparation as necessary.
- Demonstrated ability to communicate (orally and in writing) complex issues in a concise, compelling, and easily understandable manner, including the ability to analyze and draft policy.
- Demonstrated success in influencing child health and/or immunization related policies at the national or provincial levels.
- Demonstrated success planning and coordinating advocacy activities to support policy goals.
- Proven ability to create and maintain effective working relationships with government personnel, NGO partners, and international organizations.
- Extensive knowledge and understanding of the political, social, economic, and cultural context of Democratic Republic of Congo.
- Familiarity with global and national strategies that govern child health and immunization, including the Global Vaccine Action Plan.
- Expert computer skills in Microsoft Office Suite applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
- Willingness to travel, as necessary.
- Fluency in French and local dialects required; fluency in English is a plus.
- Existing, professional, high-level governmental and political contacts in the two provinces preferred.
- University degree in Public or Community Health, Communication, or a related discipline. Master’s Degree preferred.
- At least ten years of relevant work experience, or seven years of work experience and a master’s Degree.
- Demonstrated experience in direct advocacy, with advocacy experience related to vaccines and immunization strongly preferred.
- Demonstrated experience in facilitating groups from a variety of sectors or levels.
This position does not attract international terms and conditions. The post holder will be considered as a local staff and will not have international terms and conditions of employment.
Applicants considered for this position are to be DRC nationals. This position is based in Kalemie. Candidates outside of Kalemie will be responsible for their relocation expenses.
Early application is encouraged as we will review applications throughout the advertising period and reserve the right to close the advert early.
Please submit a cover letter with your curriculum vitae/resume describing your interest in this position, how you meet the requirements, and previous experience with the above-listed job duties. Women are encouraged to apply. To submit your resume, please click to the following link : https://bit.ly/2DzZtP9
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