Senior Strategic Officer

PATH, Kinshasa, Congo

Skill Required:, Media and CommunicationPolicy/ Advocacy and Campaign
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
19th October, 2015

Job Description

The Senior Strategic Officer will report directly to the Country Program Leader based in Kinshasa, DRC, with an administrative reporting line to the Senior Policy Officer in Geneva, Switzerland.  The Strategic Officer will work in close collaboration with the APP Senior Policy Officer based in DRC.  The Senior Strategic Officer, based in Kinshasa, DRC, will be responsible for the following key activities:

  • Provide technical assistance to Expanded Programme for Immunization (EPI) staff in building partnerships, advocacy, and communications capacity.
  • Strengthen PATH’s role as a Gavi partner and work in close collaboration with WHO, UNICEF and the Ministry of Health as well as other key in-country stakeholders.
  • Oversee and monitor the implementation of an advocacy and communication strategy for the EPI in DRC (at national and provincial level – Province Orientale and one additional Province) to help engender demand and support for vaccines.
  • Identify opportunities, priority events and platforms to reach target audiences and influencers.
  • Coordinate partnerships and networks with key stakeholders, including policymakers, multilateral and private sector institutions, NGOs, civil society, professional associations, academic, educational and research organizations, and others.
  • Provide regular updates for reporting to the Gavi Secretariat and to PATH.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of PATH advocacy strategies and corresponding activities to achieve vaccine and child health-related policy change at the national and subnational levels in DRC in collaboration with the Senior Policy Officer based in Kinshasa.
  • Develop and maintain partnerships and networks with key stakeholders working in immunization and child health, including the Ministry of Health, Expanded Programme on Immunization, policymakers, multi-lateral organizations, and private-sector institutions, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), civil society organizations (CSOs), women’s and professional associations, and educational and research institutions.
  • Support the production of advocacy documents and presentations, including policy memos, briefs, and other policy and informational documents for both internal and external purposes.
  • Oversee and implement all aspects of advocacy-related meetings and events.
  • 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 as necessary.
  • Support the advancement of additional advocacy work areas as they arise.
  • Consult on and contribute to the development of proposals in support of policy advocacy activities.

Required Skills

  • Demonstrated success in planning and conducting advocacy activities to achieve health- or development-related policy outcomes.
  • Established history in leadership positions, leading and overseeing projects and staff, and completing deliverables as required.
  • 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 DRC.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate (orally and in writing) complex issues in a concise, compelling, and easily understandable manner in both English and French.
  • Skilled in successfully working with geographically dispersed teams and working in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Proven ability to manage challenging situations in a difficult political environment.
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Experience supervising staff and contractors, managing advocacy budgets and grants, and communicating with donors.
  • Experience in facilitating meetings and moderating complex discussions with a variety of stakeholders (including national leaders) preferred.
  • Knowledge of devolution process and new provincial level structure preferred.
  • Expert computer skills in Microsoft Office Suite applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
  • Fluency in English is required.

Required Experience

  • Master’s or other advanced degree in public health, social sciences, international development, or related field.  
  • A minimum of seven years of professional experience coordinating and managing a wide variety of projects including advocacy or policy change; DRC experience required.
  • Must have legal authorization to work in the United States.

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