Senior Program Officer, Advocacy & Policy Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) Project Careers – PATH

Organization: PATH 
Funding Source:
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF)
Duty Station:
Kampala, Uganda
Reports to:
Country Director
About US:
PATH is an
international organization that drives transformative innovation to save lives
and improve health, especially among women and children. We accelerate
innovation across five platforms-vaccines, drugs, diagnostics, devices, and
system and service innovations-that harness our entrepreneurial insight,
scientific and public health expertise, and passion for health equity. By
mobilizing partners around the world, we take innovation to scale, working
alongside countries primarily in Africa and Asia to tackle their greatest
health needs. Together, we deliver measurable results that disrupt the cycle of
poor health.
About APP:
PATH’s Advocacy and
Public Policy (APP) department works to improve global health by increasing
awareness and support of global health priorities by working with policymakers,
coalitions, and other influential individuals and groups. APP is a department
of more than 40 staff, across multiple locations worldwide, responsible for
advocacy for policy change in the areas of maternal, newborn, and child health
Job Summary: The Senior Program Officer, Advocacy & Policy will work in
collaboration with advocacy and technical experts across PATH to support a
project to increase political will, conducive policy formulation and
implementation, and resourcing for Continuum of Care
(CoC),  including Reproductive, Maternal, and Newborn, Child and Adolescent
Health (RMNCAH), and immunization, primarily in Uganda and provide support to
Kenya and DRC teams as and when required. The policy and advocacy officer will
report to the Country Director in Uganda and will work closely with the
Regional Country Advocacy Director in DRC and Kenya and communication teams in
Washington, DC.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Provide day-to-day project management
    for Uganda-specific policy and resource mobilization objectives as part of
    a complex multi-country advocacy initiative funded by the Bill &
    Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF).
  • Conceive and implement a variety of
    advocacy activities to inform and influence policymakers, decision-makers,
    thought leaders, advocates and influencers, to elevate key RMNACH
    priorities in alignment with specific donor deliverables.
  • Develop annual project activity plans,
    updated quarterly in collaboration with key PATH departments and external
    stakeholders, and oversee implementation to high standards by scope and
  • Directly engage with government decision
    makers, influencers and partners to pursue changes in the adoption and
    implementation of health policies and related health financing.
  • With support from the communications
    team, develop high quality reports, policy updates, briefs, presentations,
    investment cases and other materials for varying audiences including the
    donor, policy makers and PATH leadership.
  • Document project progress, including
    collecting and reporting monitoring and evaluation data.
  • Lead efforts to gather and generate
    evidence for policy advocacy as per the advocacy goals and outcomes
    related to the CoC, including oxygen therapy and pulse oximetry,
    immunization, health financing, the Global Financing Facility (GFF), and
    other emerging areas of interest.
  • As a link of APP to advocacy
    stakeholders in Uganda, the Advocacy & Policy Officer will coordinate
    and represent PATH in meetings and forums relevant to the project policy
    objectives. These include Ministry of Health (MoH) Technical Working
    Groups, and policy discussion meetings.
  • Represent PATH on related Civil Society
    Organization (CSO) engagements in Uganda and at the regional level.
  • Liaise with and serve as the point of
    contact for technical advocacy expertise, both within PATH and to external
  • Build productive internal and external
    relationships with donors, health specialists and global advocates, and
    allied public and private partners to achieve advocacy goals within the
  • Collaborate and share learnings and
    technical expertise with PATH colleagues working in other countries and at
    the global level.
  • Travel within Uganda and to other
    countries for regional and global engagements aligned to project goals.
  • Contribute to business development
    efforts for policy advocacy work.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The applicant for PATH International
    Senior Program Officer, Advocacy & Policy job placement must hold a
    Master’s degree in public health, public policy, health economics,
    communications or related field
  • At least ten to 12 years of relevant
    experience in advocacy or communications, preferably global health or
    development related.
  • Previous experience in developing and
    implementing advocacy strategies and creating and producing versatile
    communications products for global health or development, or that target
    policymakers or decision-makers globally, in the East or Southern Africa
  • At least five years of professional
    experience in public health related work, ideally in a combination of
    technical and policy advocacy roles
  • Demonstrated experience preparing and
    carrying out effective advocacy and communication activities to achieve
    results in Uganda and other African countries.
  • Direct experience working on policy
    advocacy for public health policies in low-income countries.
  • Track record of developing advocacy
    strategies to achieve policy and health financing objectives.
  • Experience interfacing with and
    navigating Government entities and policy makers.
  • Knowledgeable about policy making
    processes in Uganda and Africa.
  • Experience in health financing policy
  • Demonstrated effective project
    management and organizational skills; event management skills desired.
  • Ability to work with a variety of work
    styles and personalities, both within PATH and externally.
  • Flexible and adaptable to changing
    priorities, and unpredictable stakeholder expectations.
  • Self-initiator, able to work in team
    environment with minimal supervision.
  • Knowledge of global health, ideally
    challenges facing RMNCAH and/or health systems, including health supplies,
    financing, and policy implementation.
  • Excellent written and oral communication
  • Demonstrated success working effectively
    while under deadlines.
How to Apply:
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates should apply online at the link below by
uploading an Updated C.V. and cover letter.
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