CARE is an international NGO with local staff and community partners in more than 90 countries. We create local solutions to poverty and inequality and we seek dignity for everyone every day and during times of crisis. These solutions have a broad range, from clean water to access to education; from microfinance to ensuring that everyone has nutritious food; from agriculture and climate change to disaster response. CARE puts women and girls at the center of everything we do because they have proven to be the best hope for creating lasting change in the world. Our staff live where they work, which makes us effective at understanding the challenges they face. We’ve been doing this for over 70 years, since World War II. It started with the world’s first CARE Package® of food for the post-war hungry in Europe. Our work today is as important as ever, we believe that poverty and inequality are historic injustices that we can end within a generation, for good. If you share our core beliefs: poverty is an injustice; poverty is solvable; and together, we have the power to end it, join us, and fight with CARE.
A part of CARE’s Government Relations team, the Policy Advocate (PA) serves as an externally facing team member dedicated to coalition building and engaging policy makers to impact global health policies. The PA analyzes USG policies, drafts CARE policy positions and develops appropriate advocacy implementation strategies related to global health, with a specific focus on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and COVID-19 response.
The PA represents CARE to Congress, the Administration, non-governmental organization (NGO) coalitions and others as required. In coordination with relevant internal stakeholders, the PA develops specific internal and external policy communications, drafts USG policy objectives and plays an active role in developing and implementing cross-departmental strategies (CDS), monitors and analyzes key legislation and regulations, and reports on progress to the organization.
The PA we are searching for will have Hill experience with strong coalition building skills and a demonstrated interest in advancing health policies with a focus on women and children.
- Provides political analysis and develops advocacy strategies regarding US government global health policies, legislation and initiatives with a special focus on SRHR
- Manages and implements CARE’s advocacy agenda on global health, with a focus on SRHR and COVID-19 response
- Represents CARE and its policy positions on global health and SRHR security issues in key coalitions and other groups with which CARE has a common agenda
- Updates colleagues in the advocacy department regarding policy analysis and the implementation of advocacy strategies
- Provides audience-appropriate updates, talking points, and briefing materials, as well as action opportunities, for CARE supporters, including CARE’s citizen advocacy network and Learning Tour alumni network
- Bachelor’s degree in political science, public policy, international development, public health law or equivalent combination of education and work experience
- Extensive background and knowledge of legislative environment on Capitol Hill and related Executive branch departments
- Knowledge and understanding of issues surrounding sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), global health and international development assistance policy and programs as we as its accompanying budget and appropriations processes
- Sound technical understanding of SRHR and global health policies and field-based approaches
- Advanced written and communication skills, particularly to convey information effectively and to write persuasively in a variety of styles for a variety of audiences
- Excellent data organization skills
- Ability to articulate and orally convey information persuasively
- Sound computer knowledge and skills
- Visioning and strategic development skills
- Experience in organizational learning and knowledge management
- Effective interpersonal communication skills
- Demonstrated ability to collaborate well with others and develop and maintain positive working relationships
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