10 Nov 2017

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

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

Job Description

Accounts to:       Senior Program Officer, U.S. Foreign Policy and Director of Advocacy and Policy

Period:                 Two years


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 a 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 of 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.

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 new, two-year program officer position will work in Washington, DC as part of IWHC’s US Foreign Policy team to mount strategic and coordinated resistance to laws and policies that would threaten sexual and reproductive rights globally. 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 with key decision-makers, expand the visibility and voice of the IWHC and our partners in DC and globally, and mobilize alliances to support the health and human rights of women and girls. 

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement high impact advocacy campaigns to prevent and respond to attacks on sexual and reproductive rights;
  • Mobilize, lead and engage in alliances and coalitions to advance sexual and reproductive rights, human rights and justice;
  • Raise awareness of Congressional offices and key government decision makers about IWHC issues and priorities;
  • Organize public events, seminars and briefings in DC and at the United Nations;
  • Develop and publish cutting-edge analysis on US foreign policy on sexual and reproductive rights;
  • Collect stories about how US foreign policy impacts the health and rights of women and girls globally and create platforms to give voice to IWHC partners;
  • Develop clear and compelling messages for the media, decision-makers, and IWHC supporters;
  • Contribute to the development of strategies and work plans for both the Advocacy and Policy Program and IWHC.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.

Please note: this position will NOT conduct any direct lobbying, as defined by federal tax laws.

Candidate Profile:

  • Passion for and demonstrated commitment to sexual and reproductive rights and justice.
  • Five years of experience developing and implementing advocacy strategies and campaigns.
  • A nuanced understanding of how to drive change within Congress and with US Government Offices.
  • Exceptional ability to think strategically and tactically, to communicate clearly and to persuade.
  • Bachelors’ degree required; masters’ degree or equivalent preferred.
  • Willingness and ability to travel domestically (to NYC regularly) and internationally on occasion.

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: 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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