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Senior Associate, Global Health
at ACTION Secretariat


Washington, DC 


Reporting to the ACTION Secretariat Director, the Senior Associate, Global Health is responsible for supporting ACTION partnership advocacy, policy research, and policy analysis. Relevant issues under this portfolio of work include health financing, health systems, World Bank, multilateral development banks (MDBs), Maternal, Newborn Child Health (MNCH), COVID-19, and primary health care (PHC).


The Senior Associate, Global Health is accountable for supporting ACTION partners and coordinating their implementation of advocacy on relevant issues. They will help ACTION partners achieve partnership strategic goals, work planning, grant reporting and donor engagement related to the issue areas in this portfolio. The Senior Associate, Global Health will work directly with the ACTION Secretariat Director and ACTION’s Manager of Development Finance and play a crucial role in integrating the workstreams across the various issues to coordinate partnership efforts and meet grant objectives.


Key responsibilities
  • Support ACTION’s Manager of Development Finance with the implementation of the MNCH, health systems, and health financing advocacy portfolio (50%)

    • Coordinate and develop ACTION partner advocacy under the relevant issues.

    • Coordinate ACTION relationships with World Bank and MDBs, track resources, and measure accountability across issues to support advocacy strategies that increase the World Bank’s leadership.  

    • Drive the planning, coordination, and implementation of logistics supporting the annual World Bank Advocacy Week during the RESULTS International Conference, ACTION engagement during yearly World Bank Meetings, and other related World Bank moments.

    • Coordinate and facilitate the ACTION partnership-wide strategy and engagement on the Global Financing Facility (GFF), including development of position papers, policy briefs, analysis, and accountability tools on the GFF and ACTION partner activities tied MNCH.

  • Lead ACTION partnership strategy and support ACTION partners in COVID-related work to achieve related partnership and grant objectives (25%)

    • Lead integration of COVID-19 work across all portfolios and support ACTION partners in achieving COVID-19 partnership and grant objectives.

    • Coordinate ACTION’s COVAX resource mobilization work, facilitate development of the ACTION partner strategy on this issue, streamline work that overlaps with the child health/vaccines portfolio, and support ACTION partners in implementing the strategy. 

    • Facilitate calls and meetings for collaborative work and strategic planning on COVID-19 across the ACTION Partnership.

  • Support enhanced integration of various ACTION partner work streams through programmatic and communications work (25%)

    • Facilitate sharing, capture learning, enhance MLE, and support integration of all workstreams.

    • Support internal and external communications materials including talking points, briefing materials, social media, thought leadership, research reports, and factsheets.

    • Facilitate ongoing reporting process for ACTION partner work and prepare reports.

    • Coordinate with the grants and development teams on grant compliance and donor engagement.


Key measures of success


Successful fulfillment of responsibilities will result in:

  • Deadlines met and operations run smoothly (i.e., donor reporting, annual work planning, partner reporting, background materials, meetings, calls, administrative tasks)

  • Quality advocacy and policy materials (policy briefs, advocacy messaging and other communications materials) for the ACTION partnership related to this portfolio are developed.

  • ACTION’s position in the global health community is improved (i.e., through ACTION partner and donor relationship management, attendance at global meetings, and thought leadership)

  • ACTION advocacy objectives and partnership coordination needs for the related portfolio areas (i.e., World Bank, GFF, and COVID-19) are met.



A successful candidate will have:

  • 4-5 years’ experience in global health, international advocacy and/or policy, or relevant field.

  • Detail-oriented to uphold structures and systems necessary to delivering on ambitious goals and strategy.

  • Strong presentation and meeting facilitation skills, communications skills (both written and verbal in English) and knowledge of social media.

  • Self-motivated, strategic, creative, and able to work comfortably both independently and as part of a team with a positive demeanor.

  • Undergraduate degree preferred (a Bachelors in a related discipline such as health/science policy, international relations/development, political science, economics, sociology, social sciences, etc.).

  • Able and willing to manage up and across teams to meet deadlines and drive priorities forward.

  • Familiarity in global development including issues such as women and girl’s health, health systems, health financing, COVID-19, and its linkages to all pillars of ACT-A and the Global Fund.

  • Understanding of advocacy to sustain and expand financing, donor commitments, and political support for critical MNCH+ nutrition programs, TB, HIV, malaria, and broader PHC.

  • Experience working internationally, in a developing country, or within an international network or secretariat.

  • Ability to work effectively across cultures, time zones, and work styles.

  • Ability to travel internationally if needed.

  • Fluency in French or Japanese is helpful.

This position is located in Washington DC and employees are expected to participate in a hybrid work model. Prior authorization to work in the United States is required.

TO APPLY: Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter highlighting fit for the position and resume to with the subject line "Action - Senior Associate, Global Health”

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