Advocacy and Policy Officer

Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are a group of 20 communicable diseases that are estimated to affect more than 1 billion people worldwide. NTDs can cause debilitation, disability, malnutrition, disfigurement, social discrimination, and even death. These diseases—also known as diseases of poverty—are endemic to nations, regions and communities where access to health services is minimal, malnutrition is high, and inadequate housing and access to clean water and sanitation exist. NTDs are barriers to both reaching the Sustainable Development Goals and to sustainable poverty reduction, and they are a significant global health concern.

The Canadian Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases (CNNTD), led by effect:hope and the Bruyère Research Institute, seeks to bring together NGOs, researchers, private sector, academia, and public sector representatives to garner support amongst Canadian stakeholders, in order for Canada to increase its contribution towards the control and elimination of NTDs. The Advocacy and Policy Officer will be based in Ottawa at Bruyère Research Institute (Bruyère RI) and work in collaboration with the chair of CNNTD. The primary role of this individual will be to build support for increased Canadian involvement in the global effort to control NTDs.

Main duties and responsibilities:
– Coordinate and carry out advocacy strategies and serve as the primary liaison in Canada with partners and a wide range of stakeholders.
– Build and maintain relationships with partners and stakeholders within Canada and globally.
– Advocate for increased awareness and attention on neglected tropical diseases at meetings, conferences and forums virtually and in-person (when health restrictions allow) across Canada and other locations.
– Develop and manage the CNNTD communication strategy.
– Manage the CNNTD website and social media including Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, and any other appropriate social media platforms.
– Prepare briefs, policy materials and educational material for diverse audiences.
– Financial management of CNNTD, including preparing budgets, monitoring expenses, maintaining a record of expenses and income, and completion of expenditure reports.
– Facilitate effective functioning of the CNNTD Steering Committee including organization of regular in-person and virtual meetings.
– Complete narrative reports documenting the activities, outputs and outcomes of CNNTD activities and strategies.
– Write funding proposals for CNNTD.
– Manage the tracking and analysis of current NTD data and policy progress. Supervise volunteers, students and vendors.

This job description is not exhaustive. Additional duties may be added as CNNTD’s goals progress.

Required competencies. The successful candidate must have: 
– Master’s degree in International Development, Public Policy, Global Health or related field.
– Three to five years’ experience in advocacy and/or non-profit management, with specific prior experience in international development, health or another related field preferred.
– Demonstrated ability to work in a dynamic, deadline-driven environment that requires relationship building with partners and policy makers. The ideal candidate would have demonstrated experience building a network or coalition for advocacy purposes.
– Strong verbal, written, listening and presentation skills.
– Demonstrated ability to coordinate multiple projects with limited supervision.
– Knowledge and interest in global health issues.
– Ability to travel occasionally across Canada and internationally to present and / or represent CNNTD at events (when in-person events resume).

Preferred competencies:
– Bilingual (French/English).
– Strong network of government, development or private sector contacts.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit your cover letter and resume to: [email protected]. Attention Human Resources, no later than March 14th, 2021

Bruyère Research Institute is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity in its workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment based on skills and experience as outlined in your CV and cover letter.

Bruyère Research Institute is committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments. If contacted regarding this competition, please advise of the accommodation measures which may be required to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner.

We thank you for your interest in this position, however; only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.


mars 9, 2021

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