African Human Trypanosomiasis - HAT Advocacy Officer

PATH, Kinshasa, Congo

Skill Required:, Policy/ Advocacy and Campaign
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
4th April, 2016

Job Description


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

  • Developing an advocacy strategy and corresponding activities to advance specific policy change in support of efforts towards HAT elimination in DRC.
  • Informing national level policy efforts with lessons and information learned at the provincial level.
  • Developing strategic relationships with targeted policy makers, government and ministerial officials and staff, as well as key opinion leaders to promote increased political will towards HAT elimination.
  • Cultivating partnerships and networks with key actors, stakeholders, and partners working in the area of HAT, 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 enhanced coordination of efforts related to HAT activities.
  • Collaborating with advocacy and communication specialists, 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.
  • 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.  
  • Contributing to the development and dissemination of 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 health 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.
  • Programmatic understanding of HAT and related work in the NTD sector in DRC.
  • 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.

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.

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