Policy Advisor

Liberia Monrovia, Liberia


Description

Position Overview: The Policy Advisor will advance priorities identified by the Ministry of Health.  The scope of work will include two major areas: (1) technical writing, such as policy briefs, letters and correspondence, proposals, and talking points, and (2) partner coordination and meeting support, such as meeting preparation and logistics, agenda setting, minute taking and issue tracking.  PIH will “second” this role to the Ministry of Health. The Policy Advisor will reinforce the model of public sector accompaniment co-developed by the Ministry of Health and PIH and will champion Universal Health Care. 

Responsibilities:

Policy and Technical Writing (50%):

  • Assist Minister in policy analysis and writing to update critical strategy documents that will expire this year. The Advisor may be asked to assist with the 10-year national strategy, EPHS, malaria national strategic plan, RMNCAH investment case, and others.
  • Conduct background research, literature reviews, and manage references for internal and external writing projects.
  • Draft letters of support and other official correspondence for the Minister to review and sign.
  • Draft talking points, slide decks, and other materials that advance the Minister’s policy priorities for the Minister’s use in internal and external meetings.
  • Review and summarize documents for the Minister.
  • Stay abreast of priority policy issue areas by monitoring external sources of information and brief Minister on key developments.

Meeting and Administrative Activities: (50%):

  • Support the Minister on partnership mapping efforts, encouraging alignment with Ministry budgetary and programmatic priorities.
  • Assist Minister in preparing for meetings by preparing agendas and providing verbal or written briefings on issues and, as needed, on individuals with whom the Minister will meet
  • Attend meetings to capture minutes, track commitments and outline next steps; join meetings as requested to listen on behalf of the Minister, in order to update the Minister on developments.
  • Assist in scheduling and arranging logistics for meetings as requested.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred.
  • At least 5 years of global health policy and program experience, with considerable time spent living and working in low resource settings.
  • Humility and flexibility. Capacity to each conversation as a learner and a teacher.
  • Strong writing skills. Proven ability to write clearly and concisely about policy issues for both a technical and lay audience.
  • Strong project and time management skills; ability to manage complex projects from creation to completion, prioritize and work on multiple tasks simultaneously, and meet deadlines. Take initiative to implement assigned tasks with minimal supervision
  • Exemplary interpersonal communication skills required to interact effectively with senior Ministry leadership, implementing partners, and donors on sensitive political and confidential issues.
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with culturally diverse staff across Ministry units, donors and implementing partners.
  • Excellent ability to manage communication flow and ensure the right people have the right information at the right time.
  • Commitment to health as a human right and social justice required.

Application Instructions: Please upload a Cover Letter and Resume or CV. Please note that we are not able to sponsor U.S. work authorization for this role.

Organizational Profile 

Partners In Health (PIH) is an international health organization relentlessly committed to improving the health of the poor and marginalized. PIH partners with local governments to build local capacity and works closely with impoverished communities to deliver high-quality health care, address the root causes of illness, train providers, advance research, and advocate for global policy change.   

PIH currently has implementation programs in Haiti, Rwanda, Lesotho, Liberia, Kazakhstan, Malawi, Peru, Mexico, Sierra Leone and Navajo Nation. Through our partnership with Harvard Medical School and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, we support a wide range of programs in dozens of other countries around the world. 

 Partners In Health (PIH) is committed to the fundamental principle of equal opportunity and equal treatment for every prospective and current employee. It is the policy of PIH not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, religion, creed, disability, sex and gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law.  PIH works in and with a number of governments in and outside the U.S., and to the extent applicable, this statement is intended to incorporate the prohibition of any unlawful discrimination covered by applicable laws in such countries, states and municipalities.