Senior Advisor for Community Health and Civil Society Engagement

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Full Time
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Date Posted
Washington, DC
Company Information
CORE Group

OPEN POSITION: Senior Advisor for Community Health and Civil Society Engagement
REPORTS TO: Executive Director
LOCATION: Washington, DC
HIRING NEED: Immediate
SALARY: Commensurate with experience

CORE, Inc. (CORE Group) is a leader in global community health, working to end preventable maternal, newborn, and child deaths around the world. We have a comparative advantage through collaborative action to promote and safeguard health in communities and create new models for reaching the most marginalized populations. As a neutral, trusted platform for a coalition of more than 100 members, we work together with the broader global health community to foster collaboration and learning, strengthen technical capacity, develop innovative tools and resources, and scale evidence-based approaches to improving health.
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The Senior Advisor for Community Health and Civil Society Engagement will provide leadership and country support for increased civil society engagement and capacity as part of USAID’s flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP), the CORE Group Polio Project (CGPP), CORE Group’s Working Groups, and emerging CORE Group initiatives.

The advisor will be a member of MCSP’s Community Health and Civil Society Engagement team responsible for managing collaboration between MCSP, CORE Group, and the wider International Community Health Network. Working closely with CORE Group leadership and project leads, the advisor will strengthen the contribution and role of civil society and networks and leverage the related implementation science and knowledge management platforms.

The advisor will support the mobilization of global and local civil society networks, building strategic partnerships and civil society organization (CSO) capacity to advance key priorities globally and in country programs. The advisor will also provide technical assistance for civil society collaboration, including capacity building of local civil society (including NGOs) and Ministries of Health (MOH) as a part of systems strengthening, and advancing state of the art in community health policies, strategies, implementation, and measurement.

General responsibilities will include, but not be limited to the following:

As part of MCSP’s Community Health and Civil Society Engagement Team, manage and implement CORE Group’s contribution to reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health (RMNCH) community health and civil society related programs.

• Ensure close collaboration and integration of CORE Group contributions within MCSP.
• Contribute to MCSP work plans, report, outputs and products, and prepare CORE Group-specific annual work plans and reports.
• Participate in weekly or bi-weekly MCSP Community Health and Civil Society Engagement team meetings and help mobilize and collaborate with the expanded team.

As a senior member of the CORE Group team, lead efforts to strengthen coordination and capacity development of civil society engagement activities and projects, as well as support other ongoing CORE Group strategic objectives as specified in employee’s annual work plan.

• Work with CSOs, CORE Group Working Group co-chairs, and networks to harmonize innovative and evidence-based RMNCH interventions through capacity building and improved MOH relationships and shared accountability.
• Provide country support, as needed, to advance a community health and civil society engagement strategy.
• Contribute to annual conferences/meetings of the International Community Health Network to catalyze and improve global community health program impact and learning.
• Support CORE Group Working and Interest Groups as communities of practice to improve program learning and impact. Lead/facilitate Technical Advisory Groups on specific themes of social accountability, urban health, disability integration, youth engagement, and more.

Develop relationships and partnerships with members, donors, multi-laterals, and other stakeholders, and identify opportunities that will assist CORE Group in meeting its mandate.

• Represent CORE Group in international fora on matters of RMNCH important to CORE Group members, creating new linkages with donors and other agencies, and contribute to advocacy strategies for ensuring that quality health care is provided to mothers and children as close to their homes and communities as possible.
• Participate in and lead meetings and conferences, as requested.

Assist Executive Director to develop strategic plans, proposals, annual work plans and budgets, and reports for CORE Group community health activities that reflect the CORE Group culture and spirit.

• Perform other duties as requested by the Executive Director to ensure the integrity of CORE Group as a viable corporation.

• Master’s degree in Global Public Health or related degree. • At least 10 years’ experience (5 years overseas) in global public health; with emphasis on maternal, newborn and child health programming. • Community health programming experience in Africa and Asia preferred. • Experience with NGOs, UN, and USAID required. • Experience with global initiatives (SUN, GAVI, Global Fund, PMNCH, etc.) • Experience in strategic planning, program and contract management and organizational development. • Experience with social accountability concepts and active technical participation in global health platforms. • English language fluency required; French language skills desirable. • Ability to work under pressure with flexibility in a team setting. • Excellent writing, oral communications and presentation skills required. • Excellent cross-cultural skills required. • Willingness to travel internationally, primarily in Africa and Asia (approximately 25%). Only candidates who are eligible to work in the United States will be considered. Relocation package is not available.
Please email your resume, cover letter, and a writing sample to Use “Community Health Advisor_Last Name” as the subject line – no phone calls please. Only potential interviewees will be contacted. We are seeking to fill this position by February 15, 2018.