Associate Policy Director

Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Aug 06

Position description

Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (“Friends”) works to educate and engage U.S. decision makers on the lifesaving work of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (“Global Fund”) and its effort to end these three epidemics.  We mobilize U.S. political leaders, influencers, and the advocacy community to support the Global Fund as the world’s largest public health financier, which has supported treatment, prevention and care programs for the three diseases in more than 140 low- and middle-income countries. The Associate Policy Director serves as part of the Policy team and will play a key role within the organization, and reports to the Chief Policy Officer.

The Associate Policy Director works with the President and Chief Policy Officer shaping strategies to engage Capitol Hill, the Administration, and the global health community to enhance the visibility of, funding for, and thought leadership about the Global Fund and U.S. efforts to end the three epidemics. The Associate Policy Director is primarily responsible for establishing and maintaining robust partnerships with Members and staff on Capitol Hill and with coalition partners in the global health community more broadly to maintain the U.S. investment in the Global Fund and the U.S. bilateral programs for the three diseases. With the Advocacy and Partnerships Manager he/she supervises, the Associate Policy Director is responsible for monitoring Global Fund policy issues, global responses to the three diseases, external reports, and developments on Capitol Hill and the Executive Branch to inform Friends, Global Fund, U.S. Government, and coalition partners. 


  • Government Affairs Management
  • Supervise the Advocacy and Partnerships Manager.
  • Work with the Chief Policy Officer to form education strategies to maintain U.S. government funding to the Global Fund and U.S. bilateral programs for HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria; advancing policy related to the three diseases; and raising the Global Fund’s profile.
  • Play the coordinating role for Friends in developing, forging and maintaining key relationships with Members of Congress and staff of importance to the Global Fund, while additionally supporting the Chief Policy Officer’s role as lead on executive branch liaison.
  • Plan for, and guide the Advocacy and Partnerships Manager in executing Capitol Hill education and letter-writing campaigns on the Global Fund and global health, with peer groups and coalitions. 
  • Support the Chief Policy Officer’s lead role in planning and executing “grass tops” approaches to U.S. legislators along with faith-based, business, public health, youth and other voices, as well as in an intensive, long-run effort to cultivate new champions in Congress for the Global Fund.
  • Manage logistics, briefing materials, and accompaniment to meetings for visits to Washington, D.C. by Global Fund officials, guiding the Advocacy and Partnerships Manager on execution.


  • Serve as lead point of contact and proactively build professional relationships with partner organizations to Friends, and actively participate in disease-specific roundtables’ meetings.
  • Coordinate Friends efforts to shape effective advocacy coalitions which advance the HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria community's legislative efforts.
  • Support the President and Chief Policy Officer in advancing the policy community’s conversation on ending the three epidemics, and the Global Fund’s role in pursuing that goal.
  • Supervise the Advocacy and Partnerships Manager in planning and executing thought-leadership events (e.g., on Capitol Hill), coordinating with partners in the global health community, as well as in providing those partners with briefing materials and talking points on Global Fund and U.S. bilateral programs (e.g., PEPFAR, PMI, and USAID’s TB program), such as in advance of trips and congressional delegations to field sites. 
  • Supervise, and as needed conduct, research and analysis for briefing papers, fact sheets, one-pagers, talking points, and other documents related to the Global Fund, global health policy, and broader, complex issues (e.g., overall financing of disease responses or health security).
  • Conceive and write publications and blogs for Friends under his/her name on an occasional basis. 
  • Supervise the Advocacy and Partnerships Manager’s implementation of education campaigns to legislators and decision-makers on U.S. investment in the Global Fund and global health by the private sector (led by the President) and faith-based sector (lead by the Chief Policy Officer). 
  • Play the leading role in Friends efforts to train youth and organize advocacy days for them.
  • Organize meetings and prepare agendas for Friends consultations with the Global Fund Secretariat and the Gates Foundation, and as needed prepare initial drafts of Policy activity reports for funders and the Friends Board.


  • At least four to five years of professional experience working on related issues. Bachelor's degree is required. Advanced degree in global health, international relations and/or public policy strongly preferred. 
  • At least two year’s experience working on Capitol Hill or in a role devoted to congressional liaison.
  • Experience with national and/or international public interest education campaigns, international affairs, or demonstrated equivalent experience, preferably with a global health focus.
  • Ability to conduct research and analysis on a range of issues, and articulate orally and in writing how these interact with the Global Fund and U.S. policies at a sophisticated but accessible level. 
  • Strong analytical, written, oral, and interpersonal communications skills. 
  • Knowledge and understanding of global health issues, preferably with a particular understanding of the Global Fund and its mechanics and processes. 
  • Ability to represent the organization and interact effectively with leaders in public policy and global health, as well as funders and high-level stakeholders, and be responsive to these entities. 
  • Decisive and diplomatic, with strong and demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities and projects while working as part of a team. 
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with at times heavy workloads and shifting priorities.
  • Ability to effectively manage workload and complete projects in a timely fashion.


Compensation: Salary is competitive and depends on qualifications, plus a competitive benefits package. Equal opportunity employer.

Application instructions

Please send a cover letter, resume and writing sample with subject heading Associate Policy Director. No phone calls please. Please note that due to the volume of applications we receive, we are only able to respond to those applicants whose qualifications closely matches the job description.

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