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Seattle, WA Full Time Posted by: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Posted: 29/11/2020 22:16:23

The Senior Program Officer (SPO) for Program Advocacy and Communications will manage the foundation's communications efforts focused largely on Family Planning and Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (FP/MNCH). The role will work across FP/MNCH global, regional, and country priorities to develop targeted communications strategies to generate awareness, raise resources, form partnerships and spur policy changes to support women's ability to access a range of contraceptive options; galvanize civil society in donor and developing nations to increase political dedication to health and development issues, specifically FP/MNCH; shape international financing channels for health and development issues and support the evidence-base to encourage sound decision-making; and influence policymaker decision-making via external communications and media relations efforts.

The SPO will also strategically develop and lead a portfolio of communications grants and contracts requiring high-level grant management skills, monitoring and evaluation. As a key advisor on strategy initiatives, the SPO will contribute to the continued development of the team's advocacy and communications strategic vision, while partnering closely with team leadership to set the overall strategy and goals for the team.

Core Responsibilities

Develop and support the implementation of a communications strategy to complement advocacy goals to generate the attention, resources, and policy changes necessary to achieve the foundation's FP/MNCH programmatic strategy.

Develop, manage, resource, and implement a communications portfolio that aligns with foundation strategy and is operationally coordinated with other foundation programs. Contribute to the design of new strategies, collaborations and implementation plans to ensure long-term sustainability and impact.

Track and analyze key media and communications trends relevant to FP/MNCH.

Lead a portfolio of grants to advance the communications and advocacy outcomes in support of the FP and MNCH strategies, including reviewing letters of inquiry and grant proposals and provide clear, concise and insightful written analyses and recommendations for funding.

Lead all aspects of the communications coordination across FP/MNCH partnerships and assist in developing and managing partnerships and alliances to advance and refine policy, advocacy, and communications strategies.

Contribute to the development of appropriate stakeholder outreach plans to share the foundation's strategies and communicate impact.

Collaborate with grantees and other partners to improve impact of projects and ensure communications grants are meeting strategy goals. This may include: site visits, providing operational guidance and convening meetings of key partners.

Represent the foundation to key program-related external constituencies, as appropriate.

This role is responsible for high quality interactions and clear and consistent communications with grantees and partners in the field.

Position Reports to: Deputy Director of FP/MNCH PAC

Core Knowledge and Skills

We are looking for a team member who has knowledge of and experience working on FP/MNCH issues. They will bring a depth of experience in developing policy, advocacy and communications strategies, with an emphasis on strategic communications. Experience working on FP/MNCH issues and communications in a developing country context is a plus.

Specifically, the effective candidate will have:

Excellent writing skills and a demonstrated capacity to translate sophisticated health and development issues into compelling persuasive writing;

Experience in developing, leading and implementing creative external communications strategies and campaigns, with experience tailored to FP/MNCH communications and campaigns preferred;

Knowledge of global health and development issues as well as a deep dedication to the sector with a preference for knowledge of FP/MNCH;

Experience using communications tools and working with partners to achieve advocacy goals and policy change at the global and/or country level;

Understanding, experience and expertise in health policy issues and advocacy efforts in developing countries, working with civil society organizations, coalitions, governments, and the media;

Experience in leading the conception, design and management of communications strategies, campaigns, initiatives and programs in support of policy initiatives, advocacy programs and events;

Experience developing, running and implementing projects, including working with partners on the definition of objectives and deliverables and monitoring and evaluation of results;

Shown ability to lead and influence others in a constructive manner and to build and sustain collaborative relationships;

Ability to work with flexibility, entrepreneurship, and diplomacy both individually and as part of a complex team effort;

High standards of personal integrity; and,

Comfortable in a wide range of cultural, geographic and operational situations, demonstrating culturally sensitive behavior with a diverse range of people.

Education and Experience

Advanced degree with 7+ years of communications and advocacy experience, or equivalent experience.

Comprehensive experience working in either the public or non-profit sectors, and comprehensive experience linking communications with advocacy work, ideally in FP/MNCH or global health issues.

Seattle, WA, United States of America
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29/11/2020 22:16:23

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