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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. By mobilizing partners around the world, we take innovation to scale, working alongside countries primarily in Africa and Asia to tackle their greatest health needs. Together, we deliver measurable results that disrupt the cycle of poor health. Learn more at www.path.org.
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 to hire a Senior Program Assistant to support advocacy and policy initiatives in the areas of the continuum of care for maternal, newborn, and child health and immunization; as well as global health research and development (R&D) in Kenya.
The position is funded through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which supports advocacy projects in Kenya, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Africa, and Uganda, the United States, Europe and at the multilateral level.
The Senior Program Assistant will be based in Nairobi, Kenya and will report to the Advocacy and Policy Manager based in Nairobi, Kenya.
- Providing meeting planning and logistics Activities may include scheduling internal and external meetings, workshops, and other events as necessary, as well as coordinating event-related logistics, maintaining database of project contacts, and drafting meeting notes and coordinating review, distribution, and filing.
- Drafting project reports and communications materials. In consultation with relevant staff, plan and coordinate the production and distribution of monthly activity reports and other communications materials as requested. Additional responsibilities will include liaising with Washington, DC based APP staff on PATH branding standards and coordinating review processes for publications developed by the APP Kenya team.
- Gathering research and evidence to support project activities. This will include assembling literature and publication resources into comprehensive evidence packages.
- Providing general administrative support to maintain coordinated and organized team logistics. This may include working closely with the APP program team and the project administrator to initiate the procurement process for project activities, the maintenance of a shared team calendar for APP staff in Kenya, helping program staff accurately communicate their travel and leave dates, assisting APP staff with travel planning arrangements and post-travel reimbursements, including cheque requests, meal conference forms, etc.
- Providing support to special events, workshops and conferences as may be needed.
- Maintaining the electronic and paper filing systems to ensure information is readily and easily accessible. This will include regular updates of assigned email distribution lists.
- Coordination with full APP Department staff to ensure smooth coordination of administrative tasks between the Washington, DC and other country offices as assigned.
- Liaise with other country teams to identify other areas where additional administrative support may be required.
- Bachelor’s degree,plus a minimum of three years of directly related administrative and program support experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Advanced Microsoft Office skills, especially Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
- Basic research skills
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
- Ability to work with multiple teams across diverse background
- Strong organizational skills.
- Adaptable to changing priorities.
- Effective time management.
- Experience working under deadlines.
- Proven ability to work in a team environment with minimal supervision.
- Fluency in English, including excellent written and oral communication skills.
Candidates must have legal authorization to work in Kenya.
PATH is dedicated to diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.
The Advocacy and Policy Officer, based in Nairobi, Kenya, will be responsible for the following key activities:
- Development and implementation of advocacy strategies and corresponding work plans to achieve CoC for MNCH policy change at the national and county levels.
- Cultivate and strengthen relationships with target policymakers, government and ministerial officials and staff, strategic partners, and key opinion leaders to promote priority policy changes.
- Provide technical assistance civil society organizations on the development and implementation of effective advocacy strategies/initiatives or approaches at national and county level.
- Support civil society organizations through advocacy skills building and technical assistance to undertake budget and accountability advocacy for the CoC for MNCH.
- Manage and provide technical assistance to civil society MNCH Alliance established by or partnering with PATH to undertake citizen-led budget and accountability advocacy. This entails organizing Alliance meetings and events, maintaining regular communication with members, and providing technical support to the Alliances to enable it execute its mandate.
- Gather evidence to support the development of advocacy material, documents and presentations, and collaborate with communications specialists across PATH to develop and produce innovative advocacy materials and dissemination approaches to effectively make the case and promote priority policy changes to key policymakers and other external audiences. Advocacy materials may include print, digital, and multi-media formats.
- Support the planning and implementation of PATH-led CoC for MNCH related meetings, workshops and events.
- Contribute to the development, documentation, and dissemination of cross-organizational lessons learned, best practices, and experience.
- Represent PATH at county, national and international conferences and events, as necessary.
- Develop and ensure timely submission of project reports and other deliverables as specified in the grant.
- Consult on and contribute to the development of proposals in support of policy advocacy activities.
- Bachelor’s degree with at least five years of relevant work experience, or equivalent combination of education and work experience. Master’s degree preferred. Prior work in direct advocacy required. Advocacy experience related to reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health strongly preferred.
- 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 reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health and/or immunization policies at national and county level.
- Demonstrated ability to work with county teams
- Proven ability to create and maintain effective working relationships with government personnel, NGO partners, and international organizations at various levels.
- 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 and county leaders).
- Expert computer skills in Microsoft Office Suite applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
- Fluency in English is required.
- Experience working in Kenya required.
- Candidates must have legal authorization to work in Kenya.
PATH is dedicated to diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.
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