PATH is an international organization that drives transformative innovation to save lives and improve health, especially among women and children. We accelerate innovation across five platforms-vaccines, drugs, diagnostics, devices, and system and service innovations-that harness our entrepreneurial insight, scientific and public health expertise, and passion for health equity. By mobilizing partners around the world, we take innovation to scale, working alongside countries primarily in Africa and Asia to tackle their greatest health needs. Together, we deliver measurable results that disrupt the cycle of poor health.
PATH’s Advocacy and Public Policy (APP) department works to improve global health by increasing awareness and support of global health priorities and evidence-based policies among policymakers, coalitions and other influential individuals and groups. PATH’s APP department is seeking a Program Officer,Policy and Advocacy to develop and implement advocacy strategies to advance policy and advocacy goals in the areas of global health research and development (R&D) and regulatory affairs in Kenya and East Africa region. The position is funded through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which supports advocacy projects in Kenya, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Africa, and Uganda, the United States, Europe and at the multilateral level. The Policy and Advocacy Officer will report directly to the Advocacy and Policy Manager based in Nairobi, Kenya.The Program Officer, Policy and Advocacy, based in Nairobi, Kenya.
Specific Duties and responsibilities:
- Development and implementation of advocacy strategies and corresponding work plans to achieve R&D-related policy change at the national level in Kenya and the East African Community (EAC).
- Develop and maintain partnerships and networks with key R&D and regulatory stakeholders in Kenya and within the region, including key government ministries, EAC Health Secretariat, the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), African Union, policymakers, multi-lateral organizations, private-sector institutions, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), civil society organizations (CSOs), professional associations, and educational and research institutions.
- Manage the Coalition for Health Research and Development (CHReaD), an advocacy coalition established by PATH and partners and housed at PATH office in Nairobi. This entails organizing coalition meetings and events, maintaining regular communication with members, representing the coalition externally as may be appropriate.
- Gather evidence to support the development of advocacy documents and presentations, including policy memos, briefs, and fact sheets for both internal and external purposes.
- Work in consultation with APP colleagues working in other geographies to document and translate PATH’s product development experiences for policymakers and advocacy partners.
- Work with PATH’s R&D advocacy strategic partners including but not limited to NEPAD, Strathmore Business School and EASA and in conducting meetings with high-level officials in Kenya, EAC and the region to advance PATH’s advocacy goals.
- Support the development and implementation of PATH-led R&D and regulatory advocacy-related meetings, workshops and events.
- Provide technical assistance CSO partners, and other organizations on the development and implementation of effective advocacy strategies/initiatives or approaches on key R&D and regulatory policies and programmatic issues in Kenya and the EAC.
- Contribute to the development, documentation, and dissemination of cross-country lessons learned, best practices, and experience.
- Represent PATH at national, regional, and international conferences and events, and on relevant R&D and regulatory forums, coalitions and working groups, as necessary.
- Develop and ensure timely submission of project reports and other deliverables as specified in the grant.
- Consult on and contribute to the development of proposals in support of policy advocacy activities.
- Bachelor’s degree and seven to ten years of relevant work experience, or equivalent combination of education and work experience. Master’s degree preferred. Prior work in direct advocacy required.
- Advocacy experience related to research and development and regulatory affairs strongly preferred.
- Experience working in Kenya required and any other East African Country preferred.
- Demonstrated success in planning and conducting advocacy activities to achieve health- or development-related policy outcomes.
- Demonstrated success in planning and conducting advocacy activities to influence product development, access to health technologies and/or regulatory policies regionally, globally, or in Kenya.
- Proven ability to create and maintain effective working relationships with government personnel, NGO partners, and international organizations at various levels.
- Knowledge of the political, social, economic, and cultural context of Kenya and the EAC.
- Demonstrated ability to communicate (orally and in writing) complex issues in a concise, compelling, and easily understandable manner.
- Skilled in successfully working with geographically dispersed teams and working in a multi-cultural environment.
- Strong interpersonal and organizational skills.
- Experience in facilitating meetings and moderating complex discussions with a variety of stakeholders (including national leaders).
- Expert computer skills in Microsoft Office Suite applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
- Fluency in English is required.