Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.
The Senior Policy Advisor for Global Health and Social Services will be a strategic member of the Global Health, Social Services and Education team. The position will focus on influencing US and international partners, and in raising the profile and input of CRS at key health and social services fora. In addition to PIQA, the position will also coordinate closely with the Legislative Affairs and Advocacy Department on all health and social services related advocacy and policy efforts. The position will also work more broadly on advocating for increased US Government funding and support for global health, social services, education and foreign assistance.
The Senior Policy Advisor is responsible for developing and coordinating agency strategies and advocacy efforts on issues related to global health and social services, in conjunction with technical staff, executive leadership, and the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, as appropriate. S/he helps represent CRS to the global health and social services communities, the Administration, Congress, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), faith-based organizations (FBOs), key multilateral organizations such as the World Health Organization, key donors such as USAID, USDA, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, and Centers for Disease Control, advocacy groups and networks such as Interaction and 1000 Days, and other stakeholders as relevant. S/he helps ensure coordination with Regional Directors and Country Programs, Program Quality, Media, Advocacy and Legislative Affairs, grass roots and grass tops engagement, and other departments in support of overall advocacy efforts.
Global health technical areas include health systems strengthening, nutrition, malaria, HIV/AIDS, TB, polio, and child health. Social services technical areas include social service system strengthening, vulnerable children’s issues, including but not limited to President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) orphans and vulnerable children programming, early childhood development (ECD), de-institutionalization and quality alternative care. Cross-cutting areas include disability inclusive programming, institutional capacity strengthening, impact investing, innovation and appropriate technology, corporate engagement, and faith-based partnerships.
1 Provide content to CRS advocacy and legislative affairs and PIQA staff on matters related to US foreign assistance in global health and social services, ensuring connectedness of CRS programs to international and US level advocacy and policy positions.
2 Develop talking points and appropriate background materials for executives and others to work successfully with key stakeholders, the Administration and Congress on global health and social services advocacy issues, in line both with sector-specific technical areas as well as cross-cutting areas such as disability and ECD.
3 Coordinate the development and implementation of an advocacy strategy including planning of key meetings and appointments, approaches to the media, to CRS’ US constituency, the USCCB where appropriate, and other stakeholders where relevant.
4 Represent CRS to the US Administration, Congress, external agencies such as the UN, international development institutions, donors, PVOs and others on key advocacy issues in close coordination with other technical staff and the Advocacy and Legislative Affairs unit.
5 Represent CRS health and social services programming at key fora in Washington DC, New York City, Geneva, and other locations to develop and maintain institutional relationships and help lead advocacy positioning.
Typical Background, Experience & Requirements
1 Master’s degree in health, communications or related field required. PhD preferred.
2 Minimum 8-15 years international development experience, including work in developing countries.
3 Demonstrated mastery of global health and/or social services issues, the USG legislative process and key policy issues; and a strong advocacy approach. Strong representation skills and demonstrated interpersonal relations skills.
4 Excellent analytical, oral and written communication skills.
5 Working fluency with Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, Outlook, Internet) required.
Ability to travel overseas up to 20%.
NOTE: All interested applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S. at the time of application.
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