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Director, Public Policy Engagement

Geneva (Switzerland)

  • Organization: Gavi, Vaccine Alliance
  • Location: Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Grade: CS6 - Career Step 6 - Professional - Both internationally and locally recruited position - Senior Executive level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
    • Public Policy and Administration
    • Managerial positions
    • Legal - International Law
  • Closing Date: 2021-11-03

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He/ She will:
  • Increase impact of Gavi and immunisation in global development fora and in Gavi supported countries.
  • Empower network of CSOs and advocates in support of immunisation; ensure Gavi is actively engaged in mobilising key policy makers and other influencers at global, regional and country level.
  • Leverage relevant global health and development trends and health landscape evolutions in line with Vaccine Alliance’s mission.
  • Develop and operationalize global health advocacy engagement strategy with key stakeholders of the Vaccine Alliance.
  • Strengthen linkages and coordination between global and regional policy initiatives supporting and promoting country implementation.
  • Civil Society Organisations (CSOs): oversees strategic relationship between the Gavi Secretariat/COVAX and the Gavi CSO Steering Committee/Constituency; manages the Gavi CSO hosting arrangement; oversees strategic advocacy partnerships with CSO partners at regional and global levels; oversees public sessions to CSO partners disseminating key areas of work (COVAX, zero dose etc.); together with Country Programmes, oversees and guide the implementation of the Gavi Civil Society and Community Engagement approach, especially as it relates to advocacy and accountability functions;
  • Partnerships: develops vision for public policy engagement partnerships aligned with Secretariat and Alliance approach; Crafts partnerships with selected stakeholders on advocacy; oversees implementation of existing advocacy partnerships and disseminates outcomes from partnerships with Gavi stakeholders;
  • Public Policy: oversees strategic approach to public policy direction and engagement on “must have” mission-relevant agendas and topics supporting Gavi’s 2021-2025 strategic period. Generate public immunisation policy analysis and coordinate Gavi positioning and approaches with other relevant secretariat departments and Executive Office to produce proactive and consistent approaches, position papers, messaging and briefs, provide insight into the international development and health landscape; and advise on evolving global health architecture space, including pandemic preparedness, health security;
  • As part of senior management, serves as a thought partner with the Executive Office and Executive Team and as a strategic resource throughout the organisation, demonstrating leadership and collaboration internally and externally to Alliance partners including CSOs and other relevant contacts;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with global and regional bodies across members of the Vaccine Alliance and other development partners, and strategically rally new allies and partners;
  • Represent Gavi at external events, liaise with high-level officials and partners and negotiate efforts towards common goals;
  • Manage and lead the PPE team: recruit, mentor, develop and monitor the performance of the team; actively contribute to the organisation’s business planning processes; develop and monitor budget.
Note: The essential functions listed in this section are not exhaustive of the job responsibilities; other duties may be assigned consistently with the department needs.
  • Minimum of 15 years of work experience in Advocacy, Public Policy, and campaign strategy development and implementation, with a proven track record in leading a team to successfully and engage the support of multiple stakeholder groups;
  • Excellent knowledge of the international development and global health landscape and current issues;
  • Field experience in countries is an advantage to foster the linkages between PPE’s work, Gavi programmes at country level and CSO work;
  • Proven experience galvanising stakeholders around advocacy issues with measurable results;
  • Vaccine and immunisation experience considered favourable.
  • Exceptional representational and communication skills, verbal and written;
  • Highly developed public presentation skills;
  • Demonstrated ability for leadership, negotiation, advocacy, social mobilisation, ability to support “diversity and inclusion agenda”;
  • Highly tuned political sensitivity and strategic thinker;
  • Advanced leadership and management skills to set a vision, plan, prioritise, resource, report, negotiate and align in matrix management, nurture team’s comparative advantages and diversity;
  • Experience in grant oversight and managemen;
  • Demonstrated experience in leading, agenda setting, convening and managing complex partnerships, CSO arrangements and consortia. Ability to navigate between the different areas and models of engagement including CSOs, partnerships and policy;
  • Excellent interpersonal and networking skills in international environments;
  • Excellent understanding of Gavi’s core business and its place in the global governance/global health architecture with global/regional experience to advance advocacy and across levels and fit in with the orientation of Gavi 5.0 and COVAX;
  • Fully conversant with current health development debates with ability to strategically engage in high-level international policy dialogue as well as with “grassroots” global development advocates and Civil Society Organizations;
  • Demonstrated ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment while keeping teams motivated;
  • Full understanding of global health architecture across public and private sectors;
  • Must have a track record of establishing successful partnerships;
  • Ability to stay positive and collaborative when faced with differing viewpoints of stakeholders;
  • Must show experience of showing innovative solutions to challenges;
  • Must be a high-energy leader who has proven they can lead well remotely;
  • Must show experience using evidence-based information to share essential facts and gather public policy support;
  • Must have examples of well-crafted message development, carrying campaigns and encouraging stakeholder support of them.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English;
  • Knowledge of French is highly desirable.
  • Advanced University Degree with a focus on Advocacy, Public Policy, Health or International Relations.
  • Gavi Secretariat;
  • WHO;
  • UNICEF;
  • Gavi-eligible countries;
  • The Global Fund;
  • The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation;
  • The World Bank;
  • Government policy makers, International development agencies;
  • Civil Society;
  • Researchers, advocates, and other stakeholders.
If you wish to be considered for this position, please forward a copy of your CV in Microsoft Word format, along with any relevant documentation to Apoorva Tyagi, at Gavi-DPPE@sri-executive.com on or before 31st October 2021. We will revert to you as soon as feasible when we have reviewed your application. Learn more by visiting https://www.sri-executive.com/offer/?id=9197

Gavi brings together the public and private sectors to save lives and protect people’s health by increasing equitable and sustainable use of vaccines against 18 infectious diseases. You will be joining an organisation at the centre of the international COVID-19 response, at the most critical time in global health in a lifetime. You will work in a culturally diverse environment with over 70 nationalities. You will collaborate with partners such as WHO, UNICEF, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Bank – and f rom business, civil society and government. And you will work in the first global health organisation to receive equal gender salary certification. Your unique experience, skills and talents can help us achieve our vision of leaving no one behind without the life-saving power of vaccines.

In support of Gavi’s commitment to diversity, equality and inclusion, we hire globally and welcome applications regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, national origin, family status, sex, gender identity or expression, physical characteristics, race, religion, spirituality or sexual orientation.

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