Organization: Global Health Council Reports to: Executive Director Location: Washington DC Status: Full-time/Exempt
So, you want to work in global health? Turns out it’s a popular, rewarding cause! And, lucky for you, Global Health Council is hiring someone to lead its strategic advocacy and engagement initiatives.
Who we are and what we do:
Global Health Council has been around almost 50 years and has taken many forms. Today we are a small, dedicated team working to support the efforts of nearly 100 organizations, universities, and corporations committed to advancing health and well-being in low- and middle-income countries.
How do we do that, you ask? Well, we try to ensure government leaders driving many of the world’s global health programs are putting in place policies and funding that demonstrate impact. This means holding policymakers in DC, Geneva, and beyond accountable for their commitments and investments.
Our objective comes at an important time for the organization and global health community, both currently learning how to work with a changing landscape and emerging opportunities for how we collectively do business differently. We must evolve, while sustaining progress toward critical goals.
Who we need:
You will thrive in this position if you’re dynamic dreamer AND doer who is impatient with the status quo and driven by an insatiable enthusiasm for community building and influence. Yep, that’s all. You have to know your stuff, too: ins and outs of both U.S. and UN policy, grassroots campaigns, program design or evaluation, public speaking, and overall leadership skills. Check out “The Specifics” for more details...
What this is not (i.e. Please read this section.):
This is not a role that will take you to parts unknown around the world. If you are a person who needs to “be in the field” and “see work on the ground,” you should look elsewhere. Of course, you could meet with decision makers for interesting discussions, but in not so exciting settings.
This is not a role that usually focuses on a single priority. The portfolio is broad and, rather than being in the weeds analyzing discrete issues, you often will need to see the forest for the trees.
This is not a role for “thinkers and tinkerers,” or those more interested in white papers and desk work. It’s about people who drive policy. While grasping content is essential, this position would fit you well if you thrive from human interaction and leading others to change hearts and minds.
Our Advocacy & Engagement Director is the lead staff person for Global Health Council’s (GHC) advocacy work with the U.S. government and various international agencies. The director manages GHC’s advocacy work by convening stakeholders around key global health priorities and actively engages target decision makers on consensus recommendations. This position executes the strategic plan of the organization and amplifies our influence in global health policy. The director oversees advocacy campaigns or initiatives and related staff across the organization. The director also serves as a spokesperson as well as a lead for advocacy donors and global or regional partners.
Design and implement annual work plans that advance strategic objectives in advocacy and engagement
Provide recommendations for organizational growth and sustainability
Collect and use data (e.g. dashboards, surveys) to inform either proposals and planning documents or progress and expense reports, meeting requirements for board or donors
Monitor team metrics and spending across core activities, fostering collaboration between policy and communications initiatives
Hire and manage staff, consultants or fellows, as required
Lead community advocacy around global health funding or budget appropriations and U.S. legislation or policies across multiple agencies
Manage organization’s relationships with Congress and the Executive Branch, including high-level stakeholder dialogues, policy briefings, staff delegations and other events
Oversee coordination and support of advocacy community members and roundtables in Washington, DC and beyond, including the development of campaigns, statements, or updates and related collateral
Lead civil society participation with multilateral bodies including UN, WHO, and World Bank as well as G7/G20, WEF, and other dialogues
Manage global advocacy partnerships, particularly related to the organization’s formal status with ECOSOC and WHO but also with associate regional or national coalitions
Develop joint asks and activities for World Health Assembly, United Nations General Assembly, and other global policy forums such as high-level meetings on specific diseases
Thought Leadership & Program Development
Create cross-cutting opportunities and content (e.g. grant projects, event panels, etc.) that raise organizational profile, funding, and authority
Develop concept notes or investment cases for new initiatives with team members
Contribute to online and offline publications, presentations, and other organizational communications
Vet potential partnerships & speaking opportunities
Represent the organization with donors, elected officials, media, and members
Experience & Skills
Essential to role:
A minimum of 10 years of prior relevant work experience in building consensus, monitoring policy, and mobilizing stakeholders; knowledge of and connections to the Washington, DC global health policy community and political landscape are essential
Demonstrated background in advocacy and global health
Outreach to congressional offices and federal agencies
Participation in UN or multilateral policy forums
Grassroots or campaign mobilization at country or state level
Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree desirable in relevant field (international public health or development)
Experienced change agent with evidence of taking a vision from idea to execution
Keen ability to anticipate and track policy or advocacy debates, needs, and trends
Expert relationship builder with a range of individuals, including high-ranking government or industry officials
Strong staff and project management experience, with a bird’s eye view and attention to detail
Excellent communication skills (written and verbal); fluency in UN language other than English
Go-getter mindset with capacity to leverage broad network and brand
Awareness of donor landscape and priorities
Up to 15% travel
Essential to organization:
Proven ability to work well under pressure in a deadline intensive environment
Excellent “think on your feet” judgment and decision-making skills
Understands individual role in relation to team members to drive success across organization
Individual contributor with high degree of independence and leadership
Healthy mix of confidence and compromise, facilitating or negotiating crucial conversations
Leans into challenges to solve problems with tangible results
Asks and answers critical questions of executives, partners, and staff
Wants to teach as much as learn something new in an evolving organization or environment
Welcomes diverse perspectives and input, allowing for an inclusive and collaborative process
Committed to self-awareness and personal development
MS Office suite and IT proficiency required
Internal Number: 082219-2
About Global Health Council
Established in 1972, Global Health Council (GHC) is the leading membership organization supporting and connecting advocates, implementers, and stakeholders around global health priorities. GHC represents the collaborative voice of the community on key issues; we convene stakeholders around key priorities and actively engage with decision makers to influence global health policy. Learn more at www.globalhealth.org.