28 Jul 2017

Full-Time Program Officer, U.S. Foreign Policy

International Women’s Health Coalition – Posted by liisaiwhcWashington, District of Columbia, United States

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Job Description

Position Summary:

In the US and abroad, the Trump Administration and Congress are poised to significantly undermine women’s and girls’ sexual and reproductive rights. In the first six months of 2017 alone, the Trump Administration has reinstated and expanded the “global gag rule;” cut off funding for UNFPA; and proposed drastic cuts to reproductive health and family planning funding, among other actions, which would restrict women’s access to comprehensive reproductive health care and threaten their health and lives. This two-year program officer position will work in Washington, DC as part of IWHC’s US Foreign Policy team to resist regressive laws and policies, build new alliances and strengthen champions for sexual and reproductive health and rights. In particular, the Program Officer will play a leading role in shaping and executing IWHC’s advocacy strategies, with a focus on developing highly strategic and impactful advocacy messages, campaigns, materials and events. The Program Officer will cultivate relationships and advocates with key decision-makers, mobilize alliances to support the health and human rights of women and girls and expand the visibility and voice of the IWHC and our partners in DC and globally.

IWHC’s Mission

The International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC) promotes and protects the sexual and reproductive rights and health of women and young people, particularly adolescent girls, in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. IWHC advances this agenda by supporting and strengthening local leaders and organizations working within their communities and at the national and regional levels; by advocating for international policies, programs, and funding; and by seeking to influence U.S. policy on these matters.

IWHC builds bridges between local realities and global policy-making by connecting women and youth leaders in the Global South to key decision-makers. In doing so, IWHC brings local voices to global debates and in turn, makes global processes and policies more understandable and actionable at the local level.

IWHC’s Vision

The International Women’s Health Coalition envisions the world in which women and girls:

  • have access to the information and services they need to enhance and protect their health and achieve their full potential;
  • can make informed choices about their sexuality, relationships, pregnancy, child-bearing and marriage, free from discrimination, coercion, and violence;
  • are equally and effectively engaged in decisions that affect their sexual and reproductive rights and health; and
  • lead movements working to advance sexual and reproductive rights and health.


Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Assist in the design and implementation of U.S. foreign policy and international policy activities:
  • Provide conceptual and strategic leadership on IWHC’s strategy in Washington, DC and at the UN;
  • Implement creative and effective advocacy strategies and campaigns to influence the policy and programs of U.S. government agencies, and Congressional actions including legislation, votes, statements, and funding.
  • Represent IWHC at meetings and initiate, lead and participate in alliances and coalitions, particularly those focused on advocacy messaging;
  • Develop messaging guidance on key USFP advocacy priorities for internal use, advocacy and public engagement.
  • Conceptualize, write, present, and publish papers, op-eds, articles, fact sheets, blog posts and other advocacy materials;
  • Collect stories on the impact of USFP on IWHC partners and create platforms to give voice to IWHC partners in USFP advocacy efforts;
  • Design and convene public-facing events, seminars and issue-specific panels in Washington, DC, including congressional briefings, and at the international level
  • Cultivate new and maintain ongoing relationships with a range of stakeholders, including legislators and staff in both the House of Representatives and the Senate.
  • Work with the Communications team to ensure synergy between USFP advocacy and communications efforts; contribute to the development of a DC media strategy, as well as press releases, media advisories, and social media toolkits, as needed.
  • Contribute to the overall development and strengthening of the organization, including through participation in strategic thinking and program planning processes and cross-team efforts.
  • Other duties as assigned.

 Candidate Profile:

  • Demonstrated commitment to and passion for gender equality, human rights and sexual and reproductive rights and justice.
  • Bachelors’ degree required; masters’ degree or equivalent preferred.
  • Five years of relevant advocacy and/or campaigning experience.
  • Experience working with Congress; Senate experience a plus.
  • A strong record of developing and implementing communications strategies for advocacy.
  • Exceptional ability to think strategically and tactically, to communicate clearly and to persuade.
  • A Clear and compelling writer with a demonstrated ability to convey complex policy ideas to lay audiences.
  • Proven ability to advance an agenda while building and maintaining alliances.
  • Sound political judgment, poise, tact and excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Dynamic self-starter, able to respond to short deadlines and adapt quickly to changing circumstances.
  • Willingness and ability to travel domestically (to NYC regularly) and internationally on occasion
  • Fluency in English; French or Spanish a plus.
  • Excellent computer skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Office.

COMPENSATION: Competitive salary and excellent benefits, including generous vacation time, and no employee contribution for employee-only medical, dental and vision coverage, among others.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: September 1, 2017 (applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis)

DESIRED START DATE: As soon as possible.


How to Apply

TO APPLY: Send cover letter (including ref. #USFP2017) and resume to: Liisa Sweet-Korpivaara @ fax 212-979-9009, or via email to: recruitment@iwhc.org IWHC is an equal opportunity employer. IWHC values the dynamism and perspective that staff diversity brings to the work and culture of the office. We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to consider joining us. IWHC does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the individual’s race, ethnicity, religion, age, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, HIV status or disability. This policy applies to all of IWHC’s activities including, but not limited to, recruitment, hiring, compensation, assignment, training, promotion, discipline and discharge. We are committed to seeking qualified candidates who contribute to the diversity of the working environment.

Job Categories: Advocacy
Job Types: Full-Time

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