The Senior Program Officer (SPO) will craft and lead advocacy efforts across family planning (FP), maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH), and Primary Health Care (PHC) priorities to help generate awareness, resources, partnerships and policy changes vital to achieving better health outcomes. The SPO will develop and execute advocacy and communications strategies to help achieve the foundation’s FP/MNCH/PHC programmatic and advocacy goals in Africa, focused on the Africa region broadly, and West Africa and Kenya specifically.
This will be done in close collaboration with the Africa Regional and Seattle offices, the country offices in Ethiopia and Nigeria, as well as the Seattle-based program teams. It will also involve collaboration with a range of external foundation grantees and partners, including government representatives at both federal and subnational levels.
The SPO will develop and lead a portfolio of grants and contracts requiring high-level grant management skills, monitoring and evaluation. The SPO will also provide foundation-wide leadership in advocacy localization, partnership development and shifting ownership and capacity to in-country entities.
The SPO will report to the Director, Program Advocacy and Communications, Africa Team, based in Johannesburg, with a dotted-line reporting relationship to the Deputy Director, Program Advocacy and Communications, FP/MNCH/PHC, based in Seattle.