United Nations Foundation

Director, Malaria, Global Health Advocacy, Better World Campaign

Employment Opportunity - Washington, DC - Full Time

Position Overview

The Global Health Advocacy Director will be responsible for creating and advancing the UNF advocacy agenda related to global health issues on Capitol Hill and with the Executive Branch and non-governmental organizations with a major focus on malaria prevention efforts. The Director will work closely with the global health team, including staff focused on promoting women and children’s health issues, to develop a core set of policy positions to promote with key policymakers in Washington. 

The Director will lead the programmatic and public affairs team to develop appropriate written and web-based materials to promote the advocacy agenda for thought leaders in Washington and grassroots activists. The Director is responsible for creating and executing strategy, monitoring performance against established goals, and ensuring day-to-day functions are in line with strategic planning. With the technical understanding needed to address most emergent issues, the Director will require little or occasional direction and retains responsibility for managing advocacy efforts for the related campaign.

The Director will be responsible for outreach to Members of Congress and their staffs, as well as Administration officials, and for helping to orchestrate committee-related legislative work on global health issues. The Director will also be responsible for planning and executing Congressional staff delegation trips, both internationally and domestically, to showcase the work of USAID, CDC, DOD, and the State Department.

The Director, Malaria, Global Health Advocacy is a member of the Better World Campaign and reports to the Executive Director, UN Foundation Advocacy & Global Health Director, Better World Campaign.

This position is based in Washington, DC (hybrid schedule).

Essential Functions

  • Formulates advocacy strategy, provides strategic leadership and oversight to ensure annual goals are met.
  • Formulates legislative, Executive Branch, NGO, and internal strategy and messages on malaria prevention, global immunization, health system strengthening/global health security, and other global health issues.
  • Executes legislative outreach for the Better World Campaign to Members of Congress and their staffs on malaria prevention and other global health issues.
  • Conducts meetings with Congressional members and staff to discuss relevant legislative and policy issues and works with Committee staff to increase the visibility of UNF efforts related to global health.
  • Plans, coordinates, and executes all international and domestic Staff Delegation trips pertaining to global health with the Director of Global Health Advocacy for Global Immunizations.
  • Works with Congressional Committee staff to prepare for hearings, drafting talking points and potential hearing questions; locating and securing witnesses; and preparing witnesses for Congressional hearings.
  • Drafts legislation and statements for Congressional staff: “Sense of Congress” resolutions; language for authorizing bills; “Dear Colleague” letters; talking points and floor statements; prepares appropriations programmatic requests.
  • Creates web- and paper-based briefing materials and correspondence relating to malaria prevention, health system strengthening/global health security, and other global health issues; drafts letters, talking points, fact sheets, blogs, and policy analyses for United Nations Foundation/Better World Campaign.
  • Leads the malaria community as part of the Malaria Roundtable, executing monthly meetings and quarterly events both on and off Capitol Hill.
  • Participates in all relevant global health advocacy working groups, roundtables, alliances, and conferences.
  • Works closely with the entire BWC team to assist on other UNF advocacy projects unrelated to global health.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Selection Criteria

  • Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s Degree or the equivalent advanced degree preferred, in the fields of political science, international affairs, or global health.
  • At least 10 years of experience on Capitol Hill, and/or in a DC-based legislative affairs office.
  • Experience representing the organization to outside audiences required.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills.
  • Previous experience developing written materials (analysis, reports, talking points, etc.).
  • Ability to develop, maintain, and enjoy effective working relationships with people from a wide variety of organizations and with a wide variety of functional expertise.
  • Ability to drive projects from inception to implementation.
  • Proven ability to work across departments to accomplish mission.
  • Flexibility and a team player.
  • Self-starter.
  • Ability to work under pressure and handle stress; and
  • Ability to meet regular attendance/tardiness policy.

Benefits & Compensation 

For full-time, benefit eligible employees, UNF offers an excellent range of benefits, including:

  • a choice between two health plans through UnitedHealthcare (PPO or HDHP with HSA)
  • dental insurance
  • vision insurance
  • flexible spending accounts
  • 403b retirement savings plan with a generous matching contribution
  • group term and supplemental life insurance
  • short-term disability
  • long-term disability
  • health club discounts
  • commuter subsidy
  • back-up care
  • employee assistance program

Additionally, all benefit eligible employees have 12 paid holidays, 20 vacation days, 10 sick days, 3 personal days, and 8 weeks of family leave care. 

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