Global Engagement Director
Job Category: Global Affairs and Advocacy
Requisition Number: GLOBA01104
- Niger NAIMEY
- Abuja, Nigeria
- Bujumbura, Burundi
- Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
- Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Nairobi, Kenya
- Maputo, Mozambique
- Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
- Kampala, Uganda
- Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
- Cairo, Egypt
- Lome, Togo
Pathfinder International is driven by the conviction that all people, regardless of where they live, have the right to decide whether and when to have children, to exist free from fear and stigma, and to lead the lives they choose. Since 1957, we have partnered with local governments, communities, and health systems in developing countries to remove barriers to critical sexual and reproductive health services. Together, we expand access to contraception, promote healthy pregnancies, save women’s lives, and stop the spread of new HIV infections, wherever the need is most urgent. Our work ensures millions of women, men, and young people are able to choose their own paths forward.
Global Engagement Director
Location: we are seeking a candidate based in the one of our offices in Africa: Burkina Faso, Burundi, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Tanzania, Togo, or Uganda.
Reporting to Pathfinder’s Executive Director Global Affairs, the Global Engagement Director is responsible for leading engagement with U.S. government, Congress and various international agencies.
This position strengthens Pathfinder’s influence in global health policy and oversees advocacy campaigns or initiatives and related staff across the organization. The director also serves as a spokesperson as well as a lead for advocacy donors and global or regional partners.
Lead on advocacy work with the U.S. government and various international agencies. The director manages Pathfinders advocacy work by convening stakeholders around key global health priorities and actively engages target decision makers on consensus recommendations. This position executes the strategic plan of the organization and amplifies our influence in global health policy. The director oversees advocacy campaigns or initiatives and related staff across the organization. The director also serves as a spokesperson as well as a lead for advocacy donors and global or regional partners.
Key Job Outcomes:
- Global Advocacy: Lead civil society participation with multilateral bodies including UN, WHO, and World Bank as well as G7/G20, WEF, and other dialogues. Manage global advocacy partnerships, particularly related to the organization’s formal status with ECOSOC and WHO but also with associate regional or national coalitions. Develop joint asks and activities for World Health Assembly, United Nations General Assembly, and other global policy forums such as high-level meetings on specific diseases
- Global Impact Strategy: Develop and carry out organization-wide strategies to advance our global impact goals through program, policy and legal advocacy; influencing decision-makers; and leveraging diverse assets and networks. Design and implement annual work plans that advance strategic objectives in external engagement.
- Strategic Networking: Build and nurture effective networks to bring visibility and enhance mission of organization to support Pathfinder’s broader stakeholder engagement strategy.
- Corporate Engagement & Partnerships: Organizational lead on corporate engagement and partnership, including development and execution of strategic plan across business units and country and regional operations
- Thought Leadership: Represent Pathfinder to a wide range of external constituencies, cultivating supportive relationships among them and with Pathfinder. Create cross-cutting opportunities and content (e.g. grant projects, event panels, etc.) that raise organizational profile, funding, and authority. Develop concept notes or investment cases for new initiatives with team members. Contribute to online and offline publications, presentations, and other organizational communications. Vet potential partnerships & speaking opportunities
- Government Relations: Develop productive internal and external relationships with donors, senior government representatives, health specialists and global advocates, and allied public and private partners to achieve cross-cutting advocacy goals. Manages advocacy work by convening stakeholders around key global health priorities and actively engages target decision makers on consensus recommendations
- Team Management: Monitor team metrics and spending across core activities, fostering collaboration between policy and communications initiatives. Hire and manage staff, consultants or fellows, as required.
- Internal Communications: Communicate internally about policy and legal trends affecting Pathfinder’s work and facilitate organizational responses to them. Document recommendations, key findings, progress and challenges and share to key internal stakeholders.
- Operational Excellence: Work closely with Executive Director to ensure alignment with organization-wide initiatives that aim to increase global impact.
- Advocacy and Diplomacy: Advanced skills navigating multi-lateral and bi-lateral institutions in the SRHR space.
- Leadership and Management: Proven ability to lead, supervise and coach members of staff in different locations. Strong business and financial acumen.
- Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Services: Deep knowledge of family planning and reproductive health principles, practices and services of programs, including program strategies and indicators, and the latest professional developments in SRHR.
- Change Leadership: Ability to lead change. Ability to demonstrate a high degree of flexibility in managing change across a broad group of stakeholders in an inclusive manner
- U.S. Legislation: Advanced skills in monitoring policy and mobilizing stakeholders; knowledge of and connections to the Washington, DC global health policy community and political landscape.
- Networking: Proven ability to network and manage multiple, complex pursuits.
- Research and Development: Proven ability to stay abreast of current issues, emerging funding trends, and research in SRHR.
- Presentation Skills: Proven ability to make presentations on results and products to small and large groups.
- Writing Skills: Ability to communicate effectively to colleagues, the media, partner organizations and others both orally and in writing.
- Software Applications: Advanced knowledge of MS PowerPoint, Excel, Access.
- Community Relations: Mastery of skills in facilitating working relationships with key constituents.
- Self-Management and Teamwork: Ability to work independently or as a member of the team, ability to thrive in a matrix organization, ability to be detailed-oriented, and ability to manage stress effectively in a fast-pace environment.
- PC Applications: Advanced knowledge of MS Outlook, MS Word.
- Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Services: Advanced knowledge of family planning and reproductive health principles, practices and services, including program strategies and indicators.
- Project Management Planning and Management: Proven ability to plan and manage cross-functional initiatives.
- Analysis and Sound Judgement: Advanced analytical and trouble shooting skills. Ability to make sound judgments. Ability to improve processes, promote excellence and demonstrate accuracy and thoroughness.
- Languages: Proven ability to write and speak in English
- Communication: Advanced oral and written communication skills using different forms of media. Ability to translate complex concepts to individuals at all levels. Ability to speak across a range of technical issues that may be outside the individual’s area of expertise.
- Passion for Sexual and Reproductive Health Services: Commitment to family planning, reproductive health services, gender, maternal, child health services, and eradication of harmful traditional practices
- Influencing and Customer Service Skills: Proven ability to influence using diplomacy skills with key stakeholders. In-depth demonstrated customer service skills.
- Organization, Planning and Multi-tasking: Advanced organizational and planning skills, project planning and management skills. Proven ability to set priorities, meet deadlines and multi-task with minimal supervision. Proven ability to coordinate activities.
- Confidentiality: Proven ability to maintain confidentiality on work-related issues.
- Bachelor’s degree in a related field, or a combination of education and experience that yields the required competencies
- Prefer: Master’s degree in a related field
- 10 years’ experience leading relationship building and stakeholder engagement with a demonstrated progression in leadership positions.
- Work experience with a multinational organization
- Experience leading global staff and vendors
- Travel Required (approximately 30%)
- Uses cellular and desk phone; laptop or desktop computer
- Will represent Pathfinder to donors and outside agencies at different venues, some in partnership with technical or executive leadership.
The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)