Program Officer, Public Health Program

Open Society Foundations
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Advanced
  • Posted
    Aug 20

Position description

Program Officer, Public Health Program. New York. Posting Date: 08/19/2019. Deadline: 09/13/2019

The Program Officer will focus primarily on improving access to medicines in the global south (Latin America, Africa, and Asia) through a social and economic justice lens that is simultaneously inter-sectional. This post will be based in New York. The Open Society Public Health Program (PHP) advances a human rights approach to health, with an emphasis on social inclusion and reclaiming the public good in health. We work to make justice systems more responsive to health, to shift power dynamics in health-related decision-making, to challenge the health establishment to advance human rights, and to influence the funding environment for health and rights. The PHP is unique in explicitly focusing on the political nature of health, not seeing it solely or primarily as a technical issue. Our aim is to support activists, social movements, academics and civil society groups in the global south and north to advocate for needed transformational change in how medicines are developed and priced. At the same time, we want to support these access to medicine groups-historically led by white men in the global north-in a way that facilitates conversations about power, geography, race, gender, sexual orientation, disability and other intersectional questions.

Job Profile

The Program Officer will work in collaboration with other PHP colleagues to develop and implement portfolios of grants, plan and oversee strategic convenings and manage consultancies. The position will primarily focus on access to medicines and innovation in the global south including Brazil, Colombia, South Africa and South Korea. The Program Officer will work alongside team members who focus more specifically on Europe and the United States. PHP's work on access to medicines and innovation centers on transforming the profit-centered medicine ecosystem to one that delivers drugs and innovation in the public interest. We believe that medicines are public goods, and that there is a public responsibility to ensure medical innovation responds to health needs and that medicines are affordable for those who need them. The ideal candidate is highly experienced and a flexible professional, who is familiar with the key trends, issues and tensions in the field of access to medicines, and the intersection of health and social and economic justice. This includes experience as an advocate or activist working on access to health from a racial and gender justice perspective, or a lawyer or economist researching the implications of the financialization of the pharmaceutical industry.

Essential duties and responsibilities include the following:
 

  • Contributes to crafting and executing strategy for allocated bodies of work, including developing new bodies of work in line with the overall PHP strategy and in collaboration with supervisor and colleagues;
  • Constructs and regularly reviews, portfolios of work that combine the use of multiple tools, chiefly grant making but also advocacy, strategic convening, communications, and others;
  • Leads the grant-making for allocated portfolios, exercising approval authority over grants in line with PHP thresholds, and managing the approval process for grants above Program Officer approval limit;
  • Assesses organizational capacities of key grantees and provides capacity building opportunities in order to strengthen the field;
  • Builds collaborative relationships within and outside OSF (e.g. with existing grantees, prospective grantees, experts in the community, policy makers, multilateral agencies) that advance portfolio goals. Identifies joint programming opportunities with external funders and partners;
  • Conducts regular on-site monitoring and technical assistance visits in collaboration with PHP staff and consultants, including preparation of written reports;


Candidate Profile:

  • 7-10 years of progressively responsible experience in a field related to health and social and economic justice, with significant experience in promoting access to medicines;
  • Strong analysis and knowledge of key trends, donors, decision making and accountability processes in relation to the field of health and rights;
  • Deep knowledge and experience of civil society and related actors working to advance health and human rights at both global and national levels, including understanding of tensions in the field;
  • Nuanced understanding of social and economic justice including its intersections with race, gender, and power among others;
  • Experience of living and working in low or middle income countries, in particular in Africa or Latin America;
  • Excellent written and oral English is required; knowledge of Spanish is a strong asset;

 

Please upload a cover letter and CV in one document.

Competitive rates of pay apply.

We are strengthened by the diversity of our colleagues across the Open Society Foundations. We welcome applications from people of all cultures, backgrounds, and experiences, and are committed to providing reasonable adjustments so that colleagues with disabilities are able to fulfill the essential functions of the job.

 

 

 

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