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Senior Associate, Polio Advocacy, Global Heath

Position Overview

The Senior Associate supports UNF’s polio and broader global health portfolio. Primarily, the position will provide operational support for UNF’s polio portfolio, with a focus on supporting implementation of UNF-led polio convenings, high-level events, workshops and meetings. This also includes support for implementation of UNF’s expanding work on polio transition.  1) UNF’s polio advocacy, communications, and resource mobilization activities in support of the Polio Advocacy and Communications Team (PACT), a working group of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), and 2) expanding UNF’s work on polio transition (the process of ensuring a smooth winddown of the GPEI once polio is eradicated). Additionally, the Senior Associate will provide project management and operational support for a portfolio of global health grants and other high-priority areas of UNF’s global health work, as needed.

The Senior Associate will work primarily with UNF’s global health team, and additionally the Shot@Life campaign, UNF advocacy team and other relevant teams to implement polio and broader immunization-related activities. The Senior Associate will report to the Senior Officer, Polio and Cross-Cutting Initiatives.

Essential Functions

  • Contribute strategic thinking to help expand UNF’s polio advocacy and communications portfolio with a focus on operationalizing UNF’s support for polio transition.
  • Assist with implementation of UNF-led polio convenings, including project management and logistical support for meetings, workshops, high-level events, webinars and/or high-level delegations.
  • Assist with research and/or proposal development to help expand UNF’s work on polio transition. 
  • Assist with launch of a new working group, including conducting research on polio transition in key focus countries, identification of critical issues, partners, targets, arranging working group calls and taking meeting minutes.
  • Write content on polio, immunization, and broader global health issues for UNF documents and communications, including blogs, case studies, policy reports, fact sheets and briefs, newsletters.
  • Manage a portfolio of global health grants, primarily related to immunization, including grant processing, tracking payments and reports.   
  • Provide project management support on high-priority efforts of the global health team, as needed.
  • Provide other team support to global health team, as needed.

Selection Criteria

  • Minimum of 3-5 years progressively responsible work experience public health or development.
  • Master’s in Public Health or related field a strong plus.
  • Exceptional communications, research, and professional writing skills.
  • Familiarity with immunization and polio, specifically, highly desirable.
  • Experience in advocacy, outreach, communications, or resource mobilization, especially on global public health and in a global context desirable.
  • Previous experience in grant management, highly desirable.
  • Demonstrated capacity to build rapport and develop trust with a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders across various staff levels and functional expertise.
  • A self-starter with the ability to balance multiple objectives and prioritize projects and tasks
  • Well-balanced blend of analytical skills, strategic thinking, planning and project management.
  • Ability to quickly iterate in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to travel internationally approximately twice per year.
  • Ability to work under pressure and handle stress.
  • Ability to meet regular attendance/tardiness policy.
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