Senior Director, Advocacy, Policy, and Research Preparedness

Nairobi, Kenya
Apply by 19 July 2018
Senior-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 19 June 2018

Job Description

Job Description:

Job Title: Senior Director, Advocacy, Policy, and Research Preparedness Location: Nairobi

Reports to: Regional Director – Africa

Position Summary: Reporting to the Regional Director –Africa, this position will be responsible for IAVI’s Africa advocacy, policy and research preparedness work in Africa to help accelerate research and development HIV vaccines and other HIV biomedical prevention technologies. IAVI works with local research institutions in five countries in Africa to implement HIV Biomedical Prevention Research including vaccine clinical trials and related epidemiology and formative research. Much of this work is conducted with at risk populations, such as men who have sex with men (MSM), female sex workers (FSW), fishing communities and adolescents.

The incumbent will have key responsibility in several areas, including the strategic design and implementation of advocacy activities across the organization’s overall portfolio. This will include the identification of partners and execution of sub-awards. He/she will lead key aspects of policy work, ranging from developing the concepts, defining scope of work for the team, undertaking discrete policy or analytical studies, and disseminating the results and advocating for policy change. Responsibilities will include oversight of contractors, consultants, and other staff; development and oversight of annual work-plans and budgets (both internal and donor-specific); donor reporting; and presenting IAVI’s advocacy and policy work both internally and externally. He/She will lead a team of highly motivated and competent individuals at IAVI and research partners working with communities most affected by the AIDS epidemic to ensure meaningful and informed community engagement that is essential for the conduct of safe and ethical HIV research. This incumbent will lead the research preparedness work in Africa to ensure gender balance, recruitment and retention in clinical research.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead IAVI’s Africa advocacy and policy strategies, and develop and implement key projects.
  • Lead project teams on key aspects of advocacy implementation, supervising both internal staff and external consultants/partners.
  • Lead project teams for defined areas of policy research, supervising both internal staff and external consultants.
  • Build relationships with key partner organizations from civil society, Government agencies, other organizations in the fields of HIV prevention research, product development partnerships, national and international governmental organizations including the Africa Union, New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), UN, WHO, academia and industry; expand the range of and deepen relationships with partners who share IAVI’s advocacy goals, with a focus on ensuring sustained political and financial support for the field
  • Advance IAVI’s advocacy and policy objectives at the regional and national levels, including through dissemination of policy research and analysis, as well as support for events and campaigns.
  • Support the Global Affairs and Global Communication teams in developing and implementing an overall strategy for advocacy/policy work; contribute to organization-wide strategic discussions, issues, and decision-making, and ensure the integration of the Africa advocacy program with other IAVI regional and country specific advocacy programs
  • In collaboration with IAVI research partners and investigators, develop strategic and detailed Research Preparedness programs that ensure effective community and stakeholders’ engagement and ethical implementation of research in line with international and national guidelines.
  • Develop and oversee annual budget, work-plan, and monitoring and evaluation systems (both internal and donor-specific).
  • Produce policy briefs, fact sheets, journal publications, position papers, and presentations to communicate IAVI’s advocacy and policy work.
  • Represent IAVI at external meetings with policy-makers and partners, including technical discussions of IAVI policy analysis work.
  • Supervise and mentor advocacy, policy and research preparedness staff.

We recognize each candidate brings a unique set of skills and expertise and therefore we prioritize the following core competencies:

Experience and Skills:

  • More than five years of professional experience in advocacy, public policy, science, health economics or global health and AIDS; experience in global health and AIDS preferred.
  • Advanced degree in public policy, global health, economics, or science.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze policy issues and to communicate policy findings and recommendations to a variety of audiences.
  • Proven experience in translating research findings into policies and practices.
  • Excellent judgment, proven ability and skills to present programs to all audiences ranging from high level political organizations to lay community groups.
  • Strong organizational skills with proven experience in building a strong, coherent program and operations in resource poor settings with limited infrastructure.
  • Established track record of managing teams, supervising staff, and ensuring that key activities are completed within deadlines and budgets.
  • Strong interpersonal and intercultural skills and experience, and ability to work collaboratively with colleagues from a wide range of disciplines, countries and cultures.
  • Ability to advocate strongly and convincingly with a variety of audiences on issues of public policy.
  • Track record as a strong strategic & conceptual thinker who can drive quickly to a clear and concise synthesis of even the most complex issues and concepts while counseling colleagues on issues.

IAVI operates as an intense mission-driven organization trying to solve one of the most difficult and important scientific challenges of our time, so we seek someone who feels passion for IAVI’s goal of ending AIDS.

About the Organization

The Organization:

The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) is a nonprofit scientific organization founded in 1996 whose mission is to ensure the development of safe, effective, accessible, preventive HIV vaccines for use throughout the world. IAVI believes that our capabilities, partnerships and commitment position us to make meaningful impact in the field. IAVI continues to focus on AIDS vaccine development as the most effective long-term approach to ending the HIV epidemic. Ending the epidemic will also require innovation and an integrated approach across prevention and treatment efforts in line with the shifting epidemic. IAVI will contribute to the field by:

  • Establishing an integrated approach to HIV vaccine and prevention research and development, linking an understanding of at risk communities with the most potentially relevant interventions.
  • Bringing new capabilities and innovation to the field through novel collaborations to accelerate product development.
  • Prioritizing approaches that have the greatest potential impact on HIV vaccine and prevention efforts towards diminishing and ultimately ending the epidemic
IAVI’s Strategic Initiatives

IAVI's strategic focus revolves around the following four pillars:

  1. Engage locally: Engaging the communities most at-risk of HIV infection;
  2. Accelerate Translation: Providing an integrated product development platform to accelerate the translation of promising concepts into HIV vaccine candidates for the field;
  3. Catalyze Innovative Science: Investing in high potential discovery programs that could transform HIV vaccine development and beyond;
  4. Secure Sustained Support and Action: Generating supportive data and messages to drive policies and investments that will end the epidemic.
Financial and Operational highlights
  • Approximately 180 employees (80 located at Headquarters in New York)
  • Offices in Amsterdam, New York, Johannesburg, Delhi, and Nairobi along with laboratories in La Jolla, London, Delhi, and Brooklyn.
  • Total revenue of $100 million

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