PATH is seeking a seasoned consultant to provide counsel and support to PATH’s DRC Country Director and Advocacy and Policy Manager as they engage with government officials at the highest level in pursuit of improved public health outcomes, with an initial focus on immunization and polio eradication. The consultant will manage and support the execution of a set of advocacy and communications activities, and contribute to capacity strengthening efforts within the program.
The consultant will serve for one year and will be based in Kinshasa, DRC, liaising regularly with colleagues based in the USA (headquarters) and Kenya (regional hub).
Interested applicants should submit an expression of interest in French and English describing their qualifications for the position, their ability to be based in Kinshasa, DRC, available start date, along with a C.V. to firstname.lastname@example.org. This position will remain open until filled.
Position contingent upon funding.
- 15+ years experience in advocacy, communications, and/or diplomatic relations
- Significant experience managing engagements with senior level political officials
- Strong verbal and written communications skills, with proven ability to produce high quality communication materials and design print and digital communications strategies
- Highly organized and professional with strong attention to detail
- Proven track-record of overseeing and executing highly effective and high-profile events with excellence
- Strong project management skills; working knowledge of Microsoft Office tools and experience using information technology to manage workflow and communication
- Experience working in the African continent, ideally DRC or another francophone country
- Experience working on public health and development issues
- Working knowledge of decentralized political settings desired
- Fluency in French and English required
- Advise and directly support PATH’s DRC Country Program to deliver high-quality, best in class advocacy activities and outcomes, including strong delivery of internal and external communications
- Support the growth of PATH’s external engagement efforts in DRC by implementing targeted strategies for training and mentorship to enhance the capacity of staff and partners
- Provide regular guidance to PATH leadership in DRC and the United States on strategic advocacy engagements with high level DRC officials, including appropriate protocol
Advocacy Management Support
- Work in close partnership with PATH’s DRC Advocacy & Policy Manager to develop advocacy strategies, support project management for their execution, and provide quality assurance
- Liaise with donors, partners, and PATH HQ staff to ensure the timely provision of information and deliverables
Communications & Event Planning
- Support the management of 2-3 national events and 2 subnational events with senior health and other government officials executed at a high professional standard
- Coordinate with US and Kenya-based communications colleagues to prioritize and assign resources
- Produce, and oversee the production of timely, high quality newsletters and project updates in digital and written form
- Conduct an assessment of PATH DRC’s advocacy assets and gaps and provide recommendations for capacity strengthening
- In collaboration with PATH DRC leadership and PATH’s Advocacy and Public Policy leadership, design a capacity strengthening plan, including the execution of 2-3 targeted trainings for existing staff
About the Organization
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 strengthens policies and financing to improve health outcomes. We work with policymakers, coalitions, and other influential stakeholders to drive change at the global, national and subnational levels. APP is a department of more than 40 staff, across multiple locations worldwide.