Senior Manager, Advocacy and Communications

Village Reach works with governments to solve health care delivery challenges in low-resource communities. Their programs focus on increasing access to quality health care at the last mile, or the point at which services are delivered. They develop and implement new ideas and approaches to ensure vaccines and medicines are available, increase the capacity of health workers and ensure they have access to data to improve health. Their work improves the lives of more than 20 million people in sub-Saharan Africa. VillageReach is headquartered in Seattle, WA with offices located in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi and Mozambique.



Health supply chains in sub-Saharan Africa are evolving quickly to ensure vaccines, medicines, contraceptives and other products are available when and where people need them. Governments are increasing the use of data, integrating previously siloed supply chains, and testing ways to incorporate the private sector.

VillageReach seeks an experienced professional to help advance advocacy and communications for its growing set of supply chain programs. This is a dynamic role requiring a candidate who can conduct analyses, develop strategies, write compelling policy and advocacy materials, and work with stakeholders at the global, regional and country level. This position reports to the Director of Advocacy and Communications.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties, responsibilities, and activities may change or be assigned at any time.

  • Develop and implement strategic advocacy and communications plans to support VillageReach’s supply chain programs across core and partner countries.
  • Synthesize data and build VillageReach’s evidence base to influence stakeholders and drive supply chain improvements globally, regionally and in key countries
  • Conduct policy and financing analyses and produce policy briefs and other materials to help overcome barriers that prevent the uptake of supply chain improvements globally, regionally and in key countries., including, and other policy and informational documents for both internal and external purposes, in collaboration with others.
  • Develop and promote champions who can demonstrate how supply chain transformations can improve equity, coverage and/or uptake of vaccines and other health products.
  • Conduct global and country stakeholder analyses and design outreach strategies to ensure country expertise makers in global policymaking, including organizing regional and/or national consultations.
  • Build partnerships and participate in networks and coalitions with key stakeholders working in supply chain and related areas, including policymakers, multilateral, and private sector institutions; NGOs and civil society organizations; and academic and research institutions.
  • Advise advocacy staff and partners within focus countries on the development and implementation of advocacy strategies and corresponding activities to achieve supply chain-related policy change at the national or subnational levels.
  • Identify and strengthen platforms for meaningful engagement of VillageReach and partners in decision-making and policy processes.
  • Contribute to presentations, whitepapers, grants proposals, strategy documents, and other written deliverables.
  • Represent VillageReach at meetings and conferences that are aligned with VillageReach programmatic objectives.
  • Competencies: The following competencies reflect what is expected of all VillageReach employees; including examples of how one might demonstrate each of these competencies in one’s role.
  • Personal Motivation and Drive: Is self-directed in one’s approach to work, but asks for help when needed; holds oneself accountable; undertakes self-development activities; seeks to build and master new skills; looks for and takes advantage of opportunities within the organization
  • Collaboration & Effective Communication: Establishes and maintains effective relations with coworkers, partners & stakeholders and external parties; works collaboratively with others to accomplish organizational and team goals and objectives; works actively to resolve conflicts; expresses ideas and thoughts effectively; selects and uses appropriate communication methods and maintains meaningful communication with virtual coworkers and other parties to keep them informed
  • Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion: Takes personal responsibility for and supports others across the organization in creating and sustaining a diverse work environment where individuals are welcomed, valued, respected and supported; personally committed to attaining cultural competency including self-awareness of one’s own attitudes about culture and cross-cultural interactions; exhibits the willingness and ability to engage openly and respectfully around issues of race, colonialism, identity and culture; upholds equity in access to sharing of information, ideas, and opportunities throughout VillageReach
  • Commitment to Excellence: Produces a high output of work, both in terms of quality and quantity; looks for ways to improve and promote quality; monitors work to ensure quality; has a personal commitment to the mission of VillageReach
  • Solution Orientation & Innovation: Focuses on results and desired outcomes and how to best achieve them; gets the job done; sees opportunities for creative problem-solving while staying within the parameters of good practice; sees old problems in new ways and has novel approaches to solving those problems; contributes original and/or resourceful ideas to their area of responsibility; is able to consider and articulate risks and consequences of proposed innovations and factor these into decision-making


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

Education & Experience:

Advocacy and programmatic communications experience:

  •  A minimum of 7 years of experience working in a global health or international development organization in a public policy or advocacy role.
  • Experience in the design and management of initiatives to change policy and political will addressing issues of international concern.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the role of advocacy and communications efforts to increase awareness of health and development issues.
  • Experience working at or with multilateral organizations such as Gavi, The Global Fund, WHO, UNICEF, World Bank, as well as bilateral aid organizations.
  • Experience in understanding of challenges with working in rural, underserved and low-income context
  • Strong knowledge of international stakeholders in either supply chain or immunization.
  • Ability to build political and financial support for health and development goals in low-resource environments with governmental and non-state organizations.
  •  Experience working with CSOs, government, the media and other stakeholders to influence change.

Communications, presentation and writing skills:

  • Excellent communication skills. Open-mindedness to accommodate the non-traditional mix of disciplines within VillageReach and interpersonal skills to work effectively in partnership with others in the organization and externally.
  • Superb writing skills and the ability to assemble, distill and analyze information for decision-making and presentations. Experience writing articles for major journals.
  • Experience working with high-level executives and/or political officials.
  • Expertise in the use of imagery, storytelling and data visualization. Personal qualities:
  • Skilled in successfully working collaboratively and collegially in a geographically dispersed team.
  • Established cultural competency in partnering with racial, cultural and linguistically diverse groups.
  • Ability to be self-directed, prioritize and perform multiple tasks, problem-solve, and work under pressure. Comfortable in a fast-paced technical environment.
  • Ability to travel 20% to 30% of the time.

Other Qualifications:

  • Established cultural competency in partnering with racial, cultural and linguistically diverse groups.
  • Demonstrated understanding of challenges with working in rural, underserved and low-income context; experience living in and/or working in a low-income country a plus.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel) and comfortable in a fast-paced technical environment.
  • A graduate degree in public policy, public affairs, international development, public health, or related field.
  • Knowledge of various global and national actors and systems used to finance, procure, and deliver vaccines, essential medicines, diagnostics, and other health commodities.
  • Demonstrated success in grants management, project management and donor reporting.
  • French or Portuguese language experience.

Environment and Physical Demands

VillageReach has no private offices, employees work in a shared, open environment with task and conference rooms accessible to employees for privacy and meetings. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.

APPLICATION INFORMATION: This is an immediate hire and therefore resumes will be reviewed on a rolling basis until November 26, 2018 at 4 pm.

To apply, please submit your resume and a cover letter [plus any other desired materials] to their online portal.

COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY & INCLUSION: VillageReach is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer committed to workforce diversity. They believe that diverse, equitably weighted perspectives foster an organizational capacity to create novel solutions that improve health in the most underserved and hard-to-reach areas. To align their values, innovations and impact, VillageReach is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse global workforce.