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Manager, Global Advocacy

Do you want your work to matter? Do you want to use your advocacy skills to make a difference, not just a living? Do you want to improve millions of lives, including your own? 

Living Goods works to reinvent how we improve the lives of the under-served. We think big but operate lean and nimble. We train community health workers to bring life saving products and health services to people’s doorsteps. 

We also transform community health through mobile phones.  Using the disruptive power of mobile technology, we’ve equipped and deployed 7,500 community health workers across Africa.  These community health workers treat common illnesses like pneumonia, diarrhea, and malaria.  They also provide ongoing care to 6 million people at a fraction of the cost of doctors and nurses.  In the places we work, Living Goods has reduced child mortality by 27 percent.

The secret to our success is having a winning team.  One that enables people to bring their ideas and creativity to work every day.  If you work well in a dynamic collaborative culture, set high standards, meet challenges with determination and a have a sense of humor, come work for Living Goods.

Your charge

The Advocacy Team raises Living Goods’ visibility and voice. We get Living Goods noticed, shape policy, and advocate for community health worldwide.  But getting on stage requires a lot of work behind the scenes. That’s why we’ve created the new role of Manager for Global Advocacy.  In this role, we need you to:

  • Assist and advise.  Help the Advocacy Director and Government Relations teams in East Africa identify opportunities to showcase Living Goods work and prepare for events.
  • Draft great documents.  Develop talking points, fact sheets, Power Point presentations, and position papers for policy-making bodies, such as the United Nations General Assembly, the World Health Organization, and other associations.
  • Build coalitions.  Identify and build relationships with key allies – NGO partners, Ministry of Health officials, foundation and corporate leaders, multilateral and bilateral funders, and elected officials.
  • Engage through events· Attend global health coalition meetings and other forums and events to promote community health.  Help plan Living Goods events and policy forums. Track and maintain a calendar of external engagement opportunities and contacts and assist in meeting and conference planning and preparation.

Your background

  • Advocacy’s chops.  You have 5+ years experience in government relations or advocacy, particularly in an international NGO.  Master’s degree in communications, public health or international development preferred.
  • Understanding of influence.  You have a sophisticated understanding of public affairs.  You know how decisions get made and who wields disproportionate sway in our field.
  • Coalition building skills.  You have been part of coalitions working to advocate for policy change or funding.  You know intuitively how to.
  • Research and writing skills.  You can find answers to questions and write simply about complex topics.
  • Excellent organizational skills.  People can rely on you because you are good at keeping calendars and timelines.  You keep a tight ship and up to date to-do lists.
  • Event planning experience.  You have a record planning meetings and events.  You like to get the details right.
  • Team player.  You play well with others enjoy seeing the impact of our work as a team.
  • Multitasks.  You’re able to juggle multiple tasks at once while ‘staying calm and carrying on.’  You think strategically, handle ambiguity and work well in a multicultural environment.

Compensation

A competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with experience including health insurance and bonus opportunity.  The opportunity to be your best while making lives better for those in need.

Living Goods is an equal opportunity employer and will consider every qualified applicant for employment. Living Goods does not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, religion, gender, sexual orientation or disability.

Our current job openings are displayed on our website, where you can search for open positions and apply directly.  Living Goods does not offer any positions without an interview and never asks candidates for money.  If you are asked for money, we strongly recommend that you do not respond and do not send money or personal information.

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