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The Senior Policy Advisor for International Public Health serves as the leading advocate in Washington for the Open Society Foundations and the Open Society Policy Center on issues relating to U.S. policy on international public health issues. This includes United States foreign assistance funding for health issues, policy relating to the HIV/AIDS crisis and the Global Fund, policies and funding concerning reproductive freedom and sexual rights and international aspects of health policies and programming related to drugs. The position seeks to advance rights based, non-discriminatory health policies, with a special emphasis on stigmatized and underserved communities.
The successful candidate must have a sophisticated understanding of Congress and congressional procedure, including the appropriations process, and have a solid understanding of the United States Agency for International Development and other parts of the federal bureaucracy which play important roles on international public health policy. While this position focuses on influencing U.S. policy a solid understanding of relevant multilateral and foreign entities that play important roles on international public health policy is essential.
The position will work closely with other Open Society Foundations entities and partner organizations in helping to establish advocacy priorities and in carrying out advocacy activities. The Senior Policy Advisor will play the leading role within the Washington Office on Open Society Policy Center grant making relating to supporting lobbying activities on international public health.
Issues that would typically fall within the scope of this position’s advocacy activities might include appropriations for international public health activities, appropriations riders and restrictions on the use of U.S. international assistance, such as the global gag rule and the prostitution pledge, U.S. support for and policy toward the Global Fund to Fight AIDs, Tuberculosis and Malaria, PEPFAR, sex worker rights and U.S. policy on harm reduction strategies such as syringe exchange programs. Depending on circumstances the Senior Policy Advisor might also collaborate with others on international trade policy affecting public health (e.g., intellectual property issues affecting drug pricing and availability).
The Senior Policy Advisor for International Public Health reports to the Director of the OSF DC Advocacy Program and jointly supervises a shared Policy Associate with another Senior Policy Advisor. A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field of study or equivalent experience/education is required. A relevant graduate degree is a plus, but substantial relevant practical experience is a sufficient alternative. A successful candidate would be expected to have had 7-10 years of progressively responsible experience in a situation relevant to the duties of this role. Experience working with, or knowledge of, U.S. health advocacy organizations would be considered a plus for any candidate.
While the current focus of the role is described, the position of Senior Policy Advisor at OSF embraces a wide range of activities and areas of focus, and it is to be expected that the shape of the issues and related partnerships, as well as the strategies and approaches being used will evolve over time. The remainder of this announcement provides a more detailed explanation of the generic role, responsibilities and expectations for the Senior Policy Advisor position within the Open Society Foundations DC Advocacy Program.
The Senior Policy Advisor is a pivotal programmatic role in the OSF DC Advocacy Program. This role has responsibility for monitoring fields of interest to OSF, developing appropriate strategies and tools for fostering desired social change, managing relationships with other entities including potential and current grantees, OSF-affiliated foundations, other civil society and social change organizations, etc., making grant recommendations and managing grant relationships, participating in collaborative decision-making both within OSF and with external entities, and related key responsibilities.
The Senior Policy Advisor role requires comprehensive specialized knowledge in the field of specialization sufficient to include current policy debates, issues and leading figures and thinking, along with substantial knowledge of organizational and cross-cultural leadership, which frequently includes some sense of international impacts on the role.
This role is responsible for contributing to, communicating, executing and helping to revise one or more complex strategies. This role works with minimal supervision, solving problems independently and collaboratively. This role is responsible for contributing to the overall wellbeing of the program or other assigned area of responsibility.
The Senior Policy Advisor role includes project management, which requires effective use of time, money, and human resources, network-wide or similarly complex coordination, effective communication, and collaborative problem-solving. This role builds and maintains strong, trusting relationships internally and in the field of specialization across cultures and geographies. Competing interests, complex political and cultural factors, and tensions between long- and short-term goals must all be managed effectively.
Typical Duties and Responsibilities: The following illustrate duties that are typical of the role, but the range of activities that can appropriately fall within this generic job description is wide. This list does not include all possibilities. All positions will not perform all duties, nor will all duties be present in equal degree in a single position within the role.
PROFILE – Senior Policy Advisor
Skills and Abilities. Among other things, a Senior Policy Advisor should have the following skills and abilities:
Competencies. A Senior Policy Advisor would be expected to have the following general competencies:
Work Environment and Physical Demands:
Essential functions are typically performed in an office setting with a low level of noise. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.