Advocacy and Communications Associate

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PATH hiring an Advocacy and Communications Associate, Tools for Integrated Management of Childhood Illness.

Job Description

PATH is a global organization that works to accelerate health equity by bringing together public institutions, businesses, social enterprises, and investors to solve the world’s most pressing health challenges. With expertise in science, health, economics, technology, advocacy, and dozens of other specialties, PATH develops and scales solutions—including vaccines, drugs, devices, diagnostics, and innovative approaches to strengthening health systems worldwide.

Tools for Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (TIMCI) is a global effort led by PATH to accelerate availability, adoption and scale-up of tools to identify severe illness and decrease mortality in children under five years of age. PATH and its primary partner, the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH), will implement a four-year project funded by Unitaid. TIMCI has two major goals that both seek to improve detection of severe disease in children under five: 1) to improve healthcare workers’ ability to diagnose severe disease by equipping them with pulse oximeters (POX) and electronic decision support tools; and 2) to accelerate the development and market entry of non-invasive devices that augment the features of a standard POX with one or more additional vital sign measurements. This high profile and potentially high impact project began in July 2019 and will take place in five countries: Kenya, Myanmar, Senegal, Tanzania, and the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

PATH is seeking an Advocacy and Communications Associate to join the project team in Senegal. Working under the management and direction of the Senegal Country Lead, the Advocacy and Communications Associate will support the development and implementation of evidence-based advocacy and communications activities for the TIMCI project in Senegal.  The Associate will liaise with PATH’s Advocacy and Public Policy program for strategic support and ensuring coordinated PATH approach to advocacy and engagement with health decision makers and child health partners.

Responsibilities:

  • Working with the Country Lead, support advocacy to advance county decision-maker awareness of and political and financial commitment to the integrated strategies needed for successful introduction and scale-up of tools to improve management of childhood illnesses.
  • In collaboration with the global Research Utilization Lead, support the design, development and implementation of a Senegal advocacy plan, including identifying and realizing key activities, audiences, messages, strategic partnerships and channels, and supporting project management for that plan.
  • Develop and nurture relationships with key stakeholders essential to implementation of the project’s advocacy and communications strategies, including representatives from the Ministry of Health and other government bodies and civil society partners.
  • Working with project leadership (i.e., Country Lead, Communications Lead, and Research Utilization Lead), coordinate the dissemination of project evidence, translating technical content into easily understood language, developing targeted advocacy and communications materials, and serving as a hub for partner engagement.
  • In coordination with the project Communications and Resource Utilization leads, develop and manage needed communication and advocacy materials from concept to completion, including project documentation such as presentations and reports, policy briefings, letters, fact sheets, blog posts, web content, and other communications and advocacy products.
  • Working with the project leadership and administrative staff, plan and execute key events, meetings and training, such as project dissemination events, technical working group meetings or policy and strategy consultations.

Job requirements

  • Bachelor’s/Master’s degree in public health, public policy, communications, or related field.
  • Between 3 and 5 years of experience in advocacy, including communications. Experience in health technology or global health-related advocacy and communications preferred.
  • Demonstrated success in planning and conducting advocacy activities to achieve health- or development-related policy/health service-related outcomes.
  • Demonstrated ability to translate scientific content into compelling, approachable written materials in a range of formats and for a variety of audiences, including donor, government, and corporate audiences locally, regionally, and globally.
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to juggle multiple demands, manage shifting priorities, and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work in a highly collaborative environment and as part of a cross-disciplinary, global team.
  • Excellent oral and written English communication skills.

Must have legal authorization to work in Senegal.

PATH is dedicated to diversity and is an equal opportunity employer. Every qualified applicant will be considered for employment. PATH does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, age, national origin, marital status, disability status, political ideology, military or protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

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