PATH – Temporary Program Officer, Policy and Advocacy (Nairobi).

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Job Description

PATH is a global organization that works to accelerate health equity by bringing together public institutions, businesses, social enterprises, and investors to solve the world’s most pressing health challenges. With expertise in science, health, economics, technology, advocacy, and dozens of other specialties, PATH develops and scales solutions—including vaccines, drugs, devices, diagnostics, and innovative approaches to strengthening health systems worldwide.


PATH’s Advocacy and Public Policy (APP) department works to improve the health of women and children by strengthening policies and financing impacting their well-being, including support for research and development. We work with policymakers, coalitions, and other influential stakeholders to drive change at the global, national, and sub-national levels. APP is a department of more than 50 staff, across multiple locations worldwide.


PATH is recruiting a Program Officer to provide support for PATH’s advocacy and policy initiatives in maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) and immunization at national and sub-national level. This will include advocacy strategy development and implementation, documentation of advocacy efforts, small grants management with local CSOs and overall project management. The Program Officer will report to the Senior Policy and Advocacy Officer and work closely with colleagues in Africa and the United States.


General duties and responsibilities:

  • Support development and implementation of advocacy strategies and corresponding work plans to achieve policy change at the national and county levels. 
    • Provide technical input into PATH’s national level advocacy on budget advocacy, MNCH, Global Financing Facility (GFF), Primary Health Care (PHC), and Immunization (including COVID-19 vaccine roll-out)
  • Cultivate and strengthen relationships with target policymakers, government and ministerial officials and staff, strategic partners, and key opinion leaders to promote priority policy changes. 
    • Represent PATH in various technical working group (TWG) forums at national and subnational level
  • Provide technical assistance to civil society organizations on the development and implementation of effective advocacy strategies/initiatives or approaches at national and county level. 
    • Support civil society organizations through advocacy skills building and technical assistance to undertake budget advocacy including tracking and social accountability activities
    • Manage and provide technical assistance to civil society MNCH Alliance established by or partnering with PATH to undertake citizen-led budget and accountability advocacy. This entails organizing Alliance meetings and events, maintaining regular communication with members, and providing technical support to the Alliances to enable it execute its mandate. 
    • Support management of county level small grants on social accountability and budget advocacy through workplan development, implementation, advocacy TA, documentation and reporting
    • Support partnership building with county level policy makers and strategic partners to drive PATH’s advocacy agenda at the county level
  • Draft documentation of PATH’s advocacy successes and learning; working closely with PATH’s communications/media officers, develop/grow PATH’s media relationships to elevate PATH’s advocacy work
    • Gather evidence to support the development of advocacy material, documents and presentations
    • Collaborate with communications specialists across PATH to develop and produce innovative advocacy materials and dissemination approaches to effectively make the case and promote priority policy changes to key policymakers and other external audiences. Advocacy materials may include print, digital, and multi-media formats. 
  • Develop and ensure timely submission of project reports and other deliverables as specified in the grant. 

Required Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field. Master’s degree is an added advantage.
  • At least 3 to 5 years of relevant work experience, or equivalent combination of education and work experience. 
  • Prior work in direct advocacy required. 
  • Advocacy experience related to reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health strongly preferred.
  • Proven effectiveness working in a global team-based environment, but capable also of working independently and taking initiative.


Must have legal authorization to work in Kenya.

PATH is dedicated to building an inclusive workforce where diversity is valued.

PATH is an equal opportunity employer. Every qualified applicant will be considered for employment. PATH does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, age, national origin, marital status, disability status, political ideology, military or protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

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