Overview

Advocacy and Policy Officer

Responsibilities:

Contribute to the development and implementation of advocacy strategies and corresponding work plans to achieve policy change at the national and county levels for budget advocacy, RMNCH, including Global Financing Facility (GFF) related programs, Primary Health Care (PHC), and Immunization (including COVID-19 vaccine roll-out and introduction of oral cholera vaccine).
Cultivate and strengthen relationships with national and county level target policymakers, government and ministerial officials and staff, strategic partners, and key opinion leaders to promote priority policy changes and policy implementation including investments. Represent PATH in key technical working groups (TWG) and strategic forums at national and subnational level to contribute thought partnerships to policy making processes.
Provide technical and policy advisory support and thought partnerships to decision makers at national and county levels for reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health, immunization, and primary health care.
Provide technical assistance to civil society organizations on the development and implementation of effective advocacy strategies/initiatives or approaches at national and county level.
Undertake advocacy skills building and provide technical assistance to civil society organizations and coalitions (coalitions established by or partnering with PATH) to undertake budget advocacy and tracking, and social accountability activities.
Maintain regular and strategic communication with coalitions and provide technical support to execute their advocacy mandates.
Manage small grants for civil society organizations undertaking social accountability and budget advocacy supporting workplan development, implementation, documentation, and reporting.
Build and nurture partnership with county and national level policy makers, regional economic blocs’ leadership, and strategic partners to drive PATH’s advocacy agenda.
Document PATH’s advocacy successes and learning working closely with other advocacy experts and communications/media officers.
Gather evidence to support the development of advocacy material, documents, and presentations.
Collaborate with communications specialists across PATH to develop and disseminate innovative advocacy materials targeting policymakers, fellow advocates, and other strategic audiences. Advocacy materials may include print, digital, and multi-media formats.
Develop and ensure timely submission of project reports and other in compliance with PATH priorities and policies, and donor requirements.

Required Experience

Bachelor’s degree and at least 5 years of relevant work experience, or equivalent combination of education and work experience.
Master’s degree an added advantage.
Prior work in direct advocacy required.  Advocacy experience related to reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health including immunization strongly preferred.
Demonstrated success in developing advocacy strategies, supporting implementation and reporting.
Demonstrated success in planning and conducting advocacy activities to influence policies for the health of women, children and newborns regionally, globally, or in Kenya.
Proven ability to create and maintain effective working relationships with government officers, NGO partners, and international organizations at various levels.
Knowledge of the political, social, economic, and cultural context of Kenya including counties
Demonstrated ability to communicate (orally and in writing) complex issues in a concise, compelling, and easily understandable manner.
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.
20% travel time expected
Experience working in Kenya required.

 

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About PATH

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.