Advocacy, Policy and Coalition Management Officer
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.
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 an Advocacy, Policy and Coalition Management Officer to manage the Coalition for Health Research and Development (CHReaD), and support the coalition members to develop and implement a joint advocacy strategy to advance policy and advocacy goals in the areas of global health research and development (R&D) and regulatory affairs in Kenya with limited foray into the East Africa region. This position is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which supports PATH’s advocacy projects in Kenya, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Africa, and Uganda, the United States, Europe and at the multilateral level. The Advocacy, Policy and Coalition Management Officer will report to the Research and Development (R&D) Advocacy and Policy Officer based in Nairobi, Kenya.
Key Duties and Responsibilities.
Managing 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, and representing the coalition externally as may be appropriate.
Together with CHReaD members, developing a joint advocacy strategy to advance policy and advocacy goals in the areas of global health research and development (R&D) and regulatory affairs in Kenya.
In consultation with the R&D Advocacy and Policy Officer, identifying capacity gaps among CHReaD members, developing and implementing strategies for strengthening their skills.
Identifying and coordinating opportunities for members to engage policymakers to influence policy decisions.
Supporting CHReaD thematic committees to implement their work plans, conduct scheduled meetings and feedback to the overall membership of the coalition.
Supporting the R&D Advocacy and Policy Officer to develop and implement 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).
Support the R&D advocacy officer to develop and maintain partnerships and networks with key R&D and regulatory stakeholders in Kenya including, key government policymakers, civil society organizations (CSOs), research institutions/researchers, private-sector institutions, professional associations, and academic institutions involved in health R&D.
Gather evidence and draft 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.
Support the development and implementation of PATH-led R&D and regulatory advocacy-related meetings, workshops and events.
Contribute to the development, documentation, and dissemination of lessons learned, best practices, and experience.
Represent PATH in external conferences, meetings and events as appropriate.
Draft and ensure timely submission of project reports and other deliverables as specified in the grant.
Bachelor’s degree with five to seven years of relevant work experience. Master’s degree will be an added advantage.
Prior work in direct advocacy required. Advocacy experience related to research and development and regulatory affairs strongly preferred. Experience working in Kenya required.
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 in Kenya or regionally.
Proven ability to create and maintain effective working relationships with government personnel, civil society/NGO partners, and international organizations at various levels.
Experience working with coalitions or networks in the health or related sectors.
Knowledge of the political, social, economic, and cultural context of Kenya.
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.
Candidates must have legal authorization to work in Kenya.
PATH is dedicated to building an inclusive workforce where diversity is valued.
PATH is an equal opportunity employer. Every qualified applicant will be considered for employment. PATH does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or orientation, 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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