Senior Policy Advisor for Global Health and Social Services
Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need. The Senior Policy Advisor for Global Health and Social Services will be a strategic member of the Global Health, Social Services and Education team. The position will focus on influencing US and international partners, and in raising the profile and input of CRS at key health and social services fora. In addition to PIQA, the position will also coordinate closely with the Legislative Affairs and Advocacy Department on all health and social services related advocacy and policy efforts. The position will also work more broadly on advocating for increased US Government funding and support for global health, social services, education and foreign assistance., The Senior Policy Advisor is responsible for developing and coordinating agency strategies and advocacy efforts on issues related to global health and social services, in conjunction with technical staff, executive leadership, and the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, as appropriate. S/he helps represent CRS to the global health and social services communities, the Administration, Congress, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), faith-based organizations (FBOs), key multilateral organizations such as the World Health Organization, key donors such as USAID, USDA, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, and Centers for Disease Control, advocacy groups and networks such as Interaction and 1000 Days, and other stakeholders as relevant. S/he helps ensure coordination with Regional Directors and Country Programs, Program Quality, Media, Advocacy and Legislative Affairs, grass roots and grass tops engagement, and other departments in support of overall advocacy efforts. Global health technical areas include health systems strengthening, nutrition, malaria, HIV/AIDS, TB, polio, and child health. Social services technical areas include social service system strengthening, vulnerable children's issues, including but not limited to President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) orphans and vulnerable children programming, early childhood development (ECD), de-institutionalization and quality alternative care. Cross-cutting areas include disability inclusive programming, institutional capacity strengthening, impact investing, innovation and appropriate technology, corporate engagement, and faith-based partnerships. Specific Responsibilities: 1. Provide content to CRS advocacy and legislative affairs and PIQA staff on matters related to US foreign assistance in global health and social services, ensuring connectedness of CRS programs to international and US level advocacy and policy positions. 2. Develop talking points and appropriate background materials for executives and others to work successfully with key stakeholders, the Administration and Congress on global health and social services advocacy issues, in line both with sector-specific technical areas as well as cross-cutting areas such as disability and ECD. 3. Coordinate the development and implementation of an advocacy strategy including planning of key meetings and appointments, approaches to the media, to CRS' US constituency, the USCCB where appropriate, and other stakeholders where relevant. 4. Represent CRS to the US Administration, Congress, external agencies such as the UN, international development institutions, donors, PVOs and others on key advocacy issues in close coordination with other technical staff and the Advocacy and Legislative Affairs unit. 5. Represent CRS health and social services programming at key fora in Washington DC, New York City, Geneva, and other locations to develop and maintain institutional relationships and help lead advocacy positioning. 6. Engage with think tanks and other key influencers, and support technical staff to demonstrate thought leadership by increasing CRS visibility among these stakeholders. 7. Assist technical staff to highlight successes and best practices which resonate with key US and international stakeholders, such as USAID, USDA, CDC, OGAC, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the World Bank, GAVI, and the G8 and G20 meetings. 8. Serve as a key contact for media on global health and social services advocacy issues, including work with CRS media staff to develop strategy and tactics supporting major advocacy efforts, and provide support for messaging related to funding, policy, and appropriations. 9. Support CRS Country Programs to advocate for policies and programming in their local and national fora, and represent their perspective and experience to global influencers. 10. Participate in the development of CRS strategies for health and social services, ensuring strong outreach, engagement and influence of key actors., Internal: Executives; OverOps public resource and strategic issues staff; PIQA staff; Policy & Advocacy legislative affairs and constituency engagement staff; Regional Directors and appropriate deputies; Country Programs; Finance; Communications and Media. External: Representatives of the Administration, including but not limited to OMB, the White House, State Department, USAID, CDC, OGAC, HHS, USDA, other USG agencies; Congress, in close coordination with Advocacy and Legislative Affairs; organizations within the UN system, including WHO, UNICEF, UNAIDS; PVOs; international organizations such as the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, GAVI, , Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children; advocacy, academic and think tank groups working on global health, social services and education issues; other donors. Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff) These are rooted in the mission, values, and principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and to achieve the desired results. * Serves with Integrity * Models Stewardship * Cultivates Constructive Relationships * Promotes Learning1. Master's degree in health, communications or related field required. PhD preferred. 2. Minimum 8-15 years international development experience, including work in developing countries. 3. Demonstrated mastery of global health and/or social services issues, the USG legislative process and key policy issues; and a strong advocacy approach. Strong representation skills and demonstrated interpersonal relations skills. 4. Excellent analytical, oral and written communication skills. 5. Working fluency with Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, Outlook, Internet) required. Required/Desired Foreign Language: Fluency in English required. Travel Required: Ability to travel overseas up to 20%.