Advocacy and Partnership Officer

PATH, Kinshasa, Congo

Skill Required:, Media and CommunicationPolicy/ Advocacy and Campaign
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
9th April, 2015

Job Description

In collaboration with advocacy and technical experts across PATH, the Advocacy and Partnership Officer is responsible for:

  • Developing and implementing 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 in Katanga province.
  • Informing national level policy efforts with lessons and information learned at the provincial level.
  • Building on PATH’s current programs to develop and strengthen relationships with targeted policy makers, government and ministerial officials and 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, including members of Parliament, religious leaders, multilateral and private sector entities, NGO and civil society representatives, taskforces, professional associations, and research organizations, 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 national and provincial level over the course of 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 provincial national, regional, and international conferences and events as necessary.
  • Contributing to the development and dissemination of cross-organizational advocacy lessons learned.
  • Tracking of reporting requirements and participating report preparation as necessary.

Required Skills

  • 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.
  • Demonstrated experience in facilitating groups from a variety of sectors or levels.
  • 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, both nationally and internationally.
  • Fluency in French and local dialects required as well as fluency in English.
  • Existing, professional, high-level governmental and political contacts in Katanga Province, as well as contacts within the GAVI Civil Society Organization alliance and EPI Communications Taskforce are preferred.

Required Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree and seven to ten years of relevant work experience, or equivalent combination of education and work experience. Master’s degree in Public/Community Health or in communication for health preferred. Prior work in direct advocacy required.   Advocacy experience related to vaccines and immunization strongly preferred.
  • Must have legal authorization to work in DRC.


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