Advocacy Technical Officer

Global Health Corps
Washington DC, United States
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The Global Handwashing Partnership (GHP) aims to develop and improve the enabling environment for hygiene by advocating for handwashing with soap in relevant policies, strategies, and programs; and by supporting others to be hygiene advocates. The Advocacy Technical Officer will develop and disseminate advocacy materials, identify advocacy opportunities, and manage advocacy campaigns for the GHP. One example of a major campaign is around Global Handwashing Day, which is celebrated by hundreds of millions of people each year on October 15th. The Technical Officer will be responsible for monitoring global fora, events, and discussions to identify advocacy opportunities. The Technical Officer will produce materials, such as briefing documents and social media toolkits, and support our partners and network to advocate for hygiene.

This position will work collaboratively with the GHP Secretariat Director, and will be a member of the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) team at FHI 360. The Advocacy Technical Officer will also work with the GHP’s Steering Committee partners and other members to deliver the GHP’s advocacy strategy.

The Global Handwashing Partnership is an international coalition of organizations dedicated to promoting handwashing with soap as critical to public health and global development. The GHP works collaboratively with its members and partners to strengthen the enabling environment for handwashing with soap through advocacy, and improve handwashing programming through knowledge management. We advocate for handwashing with soap to be prioritized in policies, strategies, and programs, with an emphasis on integration with other relevant areas.

The GHP has a small Secretariat within the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene team at FHI 360. The GHP was formed in 2001, and our Steering Committee members are: USAID, UNICEF, FHI 360, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the UN Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council, the World Bank, Colgate-Palmolive, Procter & Gamble, and Unilever.

This position is part of the Global Health Corps fellowship. Global Health Corps (GHC) is a leadership development organization focused on building the next generation of diverse, disruptive global health leaders. Founded in 2009, we competitively recruit talented professionals (ages 21-30) from a range of sectors and backgrounds and place them in high-impact roles within partner organizations — including Clinton Health Access Initiative, Partners in Health, Planned Parenthood Global, and Government Ministries in Zambia, Rwanda, and Uganda — working on the front lines of health equity in Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, the US, and Zambia.

Develop and disseminate advocacy tools, papers, and materials to promote handwashing in key audiences
Coordinate the GHP’s efforts to lead Global Handwashing Day, including developing social media content, supporting celebrants to plan events, and managing the GHP’s campaign
Working with the GHP Secretariat and partners, co-author reports or briefing documents to make the case for handwashing with soap to be prioritized
Identify advocacy opportunities for the GHP within global fora and strategies, as well as national or organizational policies and strategies
Support GHP members’ advocacy efforts, including providing tools and resources, attending or speaking at partner events, and co-developing events or campaigns
Engage GHP partners in advocacy efforts, and research potential advocacy partners for the GHP

Skills and Experience
Items indicated with an asterisk (*) are required:
Bachelor’s degree*
Preferred: Bachelor’s or master’s degree in public health, international development, or a related field
Two to three years of experience in relevant advocacy work*
At least two years of experience with the use of social media, blogging, and web content in a professional setting*
Excellent writing skills*
Understanding of global health policies, actors, and initiatives, such as the Sustainable Development Goals*
Experience with coalition or public-private partnership models
Ability to speak and write in another language other than English
Experience designing and hosting professional events
Understanding of the landscape of actors and decision-makers in global health (such as donors, implementers, policy makers, and the private sector)
Ability to meet deadlines and work in a collaborative team environment
Attention to detail
Creative thinker
Ability to be flexible and manage multiple priorities