United Nations Foundation

Policy Advisor, Global Health

Employment Opportunity - New York, NY - Full Time

Position Overview

The Policy Advisor, Global Health will join the UN Foundation’s global health team to lead its engagement with the New York-based UN community and key partners, around a growing portfolio of work on global health issues of importance to New York, including Universal Health Coverage, antimicrobial resistance, health security and the nexus of global health and other global priorities, including climate change and the SDGs. S/he will be responsible for leading the Foundation’s global health engagement with New York-based diplomatic missions and the UN System as well as building and maintaining related relationships in the research, business, NGO, and wider policy communities. S/he will have a track record in engagement with the diplomatic community, critical thinking and policy entrepreneurship. S/he will combine a sophisticated appreciation of the institutional landscape in global health with a proven capacity to navigate both policy substance and key relationships. S/he will bring fresh perspective and ideas to support the UN cultivating, diversifying, and supporting coalitions committed to global health leadership and solutions among diplomatic and other partners.

The Policy Advisor, Global Health will be expected to nurture relationships and collaborate with staff of diplomatic missions that are leading health-focused groupings in New York as well as with health leads in the UN System based in New York, and other key partners.  S/he will also contribute to generating ideas and opportunities to link action on global health in New York to wider arenas for global health action, including Geneva and regional and other global fora (ex. G7, G20).

The Policy Advisor, Global Health will report to the Vice President for Global Health Strategy, with a dotted line to the Senior Vice President / Head of the NY Office. S/he will work closely with staff across the Foundation, especially issue teams (climate change, SDGs, and gender), policy planning, and advocacy.

This position is based in New York.

Essential Functions

  • Manage UNF’s global health engagement with the New York-based UN community, including UN System health leads, diplomatic missions, and other partners to deepen support for, and generate fresh ideas and coalitions to advance, global health priorities in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Lead the conceptualization and execution of convenings and other tools to engage diplomatic missions in New York to build knowledge, shared understanding, and relationships to address global health priorities such as global health security, Universal Health Coverage, primary healthcare and health systems strengthening, and antimicrobial resistance (AMR)
  • Help shape strategies for engaging wider constituencies among business, civil society, and other stakeholders to amplify and reinforce that work
  • Track policy debate and developments related to global health and health security taking place in the UN and New York communities to shape the Foundation’s programmatic, advocacy, and related work
  • Work across the Foundation to advise and help shape UNF’s portfolio of work to strengthen global health security and improve collective response to future global health challenges
  • Provide thought leadership and work with UNF's communications and executive leadership to identify communications opportunities and develop best-in-class content to advance global health and health-related goals

Selection Criteria

  • Master's degree in Social Sciences, Public Health, International Relations, International Development, or other relevant qualification
  • With 8-10+ years previous years’ work experience related to global health or health security policy or advocacy, especially in a multilateral context. Track record of analytic skill and policy savvy in global health
  • Demonstrated political and diplomatic skills and experience in diplomatic context
  • Proven ability to build strategic relationships and partnerships with and across diverse actors, including diplomatic community, multilateral actors, and policy influencers
  • Superb communication skills, including excellent writing, editing, and presentation abilities
  • Practical experience with the United Nations and other multilateral cooperation efforts and/or deep knowledge of international policy development and delivery
  • Detail-oriented with strong project and time management skills, including ability to manage multiple and fast-paced projects and tasks simultaneously
  • Ability to work under pressure and handle stress
  • 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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