Director of Policy and Advocacy


New York or Washington, DC, United States

Job Summary:

The Director of Policy and Advocacy provides leadership to expand the organization’s brand, as well as increase awareness and partnership opportunities among implementing organizations and policymakers. The Director will also provide policy and advocacy technical assistance to country programs in order to improve access to health services and expand EngenderHealth’s mission. This position reports to the President and CEO of EngenderHealth.


  • Develop and lead EngenderHealth’s policy and advocacy strategy, and work with country programs to implement;
  • Promote EngenderHealth by identifying thought leadership opportunities through U.S.-based, regional, and international events, meetings, and workshops;
  • Identify speaking and written opportunities for EngenderHealth HQ and country program staff to increase organizational awareness that promotes partnership and funding opportunities;
  • Develop and nurture effective multi-organizational coalitions and alliances on priority issues and campaigns;
  • Lead the development and management of effective working relationships with implementing organizations, policymakers, e.g. Congress, USAID, State Department, DFID/UKAID, Danida, Bloomberg, and country programs to further the aims of EngenderHealth’s mission and strategic goals;
  • Provide technical assistance and support adoption of evidence-based policies to increase access and partnership opportunities at the global and country level.
  • Strengthen the capacity of HQ and country staff to achieve policy and advocacy goals;
  • Support development and review of grant proposals, concept notes, and other fundraising efforts.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Build, supervise, and support an enthusiastic team of project staff, interns, and assistants;
  • Motivate and empower staff, supervisors, and external partners to achieve excellence as well as performance targets. This includes training, career support, recruitment, and performance management;
  • Take initiative to develop and advance policy and advocacy efforts through cross-disciplinary efforts both within and external to the organization with innovative ideas and activities;
  • Maintain a working knowledge of significant events and trends in the field, including staying up to date on research, literature, and teen pregnancy prevention interventions and strategies;
  • Work closely with relevant global and country teams to create syneregies and leverage results. Coordinate and collaborate with the programs team as well as the communication & marketing team.

Education, Experience & Certifications:

  • Master’s Degree in public policy, health, or related field;
  • Minimum of eight years successful program management/leadership experience;
  • Demonstrated experience leading policy, advocacy and communications work related to reproductive health;
  • Demonstrated professionalism and diplomacy working with stakeholders in the U.S. and abroad;
  • Willingness to engage in other tasks assigned by the CEO;
  • Able to travel internationally up to 25% time;
  • Able to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends as needed;
  • Field experience in Sub-Saharan Africa or Asia will be an advantage.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated organizational skills with attention to detail and the ability to manage multiple projects and meet or exceed long term objectives;
  • Demonstrated training and facilitation skills;
  • Demonstrated management and leadership skills;
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in the design and implementation of policy and advocacy initiatives;
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and meet deadlines;
  • Excellent professional and technical speaking and writing skills, including grant writing skills; strong analytical skills;
  • A make-it-happen attitude and collaborative style;
  • Proficient with online/electronic data reporting systems as well as Microsoft Office software;
  • Cultural competency and interpersonal skills required to serve diverse populations;
  • Collaborates with team members in a positive and productive manner;
  • Must be comfortable and respectful of EngenderHealth’s programming that promotes women’s rights, gender equality, sexual diversity and LGBTQ rights.

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