Advocacy and Impact Manager (Global Nutrition)

Details at a Glance
  • Salary: $62,000–$68,000
  • Full-time schedule
  • Master's degree preferred
  • Location: Washington, DC 20005

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Reporting to the ACTION Secretariat Director, the Advocacy and Impact Manager is responsible for leading the Secretariat’s work in support of the ACTION partnership strategy on giving children a healthy start in life with focus on nutrition, guiding accountability strategies and tactics across the ACTION partnership to achieve cross-cutting impact, and supervising staff. The Advocacy and Impact Manager supervises a Senior Associate and may supervise other staff as the ACTION Secretariat evolves. Together, the Advocacy and Impact Manager and his/her staff ensure that ACTION makes an impact on global nutrition and child health policy and resource mobilization, maintains a coherent and effective accountability advocacy portfolio, and acts as a leader and resource in global civil society coalitions, and helps attract and maintains funding for this work from foundation grants.

The Advocacy and Impact Manager is accountable for ensuring ACTION meets its strategic plan and grant-funded objectives in the “Healthy Start” pillar of nutrition and child health advocacy portfolios, driving a portfolio of accountability advocacy across ACTION’s strategic framework, including by maximizing the impact of scorecards or other accountability tools, and providing leadership on supporting advocacy champions and steering broader coalitions. The Advocacy and Impact Manager contributes significantly to ACTION strategy and works closely with the Program Development Team to provide the team with evidence of impact and best practices of interest to donors; through collaboration with colleagues overseeing multilateral bank work, the Advocacy and Impact Manager also helps link ACTION’s World Bank engagement, particularly on nutrition, with other ACTION and RESULTS advocacy towards the World Bank on ECD and human capital financing.


  1. Advocacy Portfolio Leadership
    • Facilitates strategy development for the ACTION partnership’s “healthy start” portfolio with focus on the nutrition advocacy portfolio
    • Provides oversight and guidance on ACTION’s child health and vaccines portfolio
    • Provides strategic and tactical guidance to ACTION partners’ nutrition advocacy activities
    • Coordinates, with the support of other staff, partnership-wide joint advocacy activities, including annual nutrition scorecard, as well as workshops and trainings
    • Works closely with ACTION Director on budget decisions within nutrition portfolio
    • Represents the ACTION Secretariat or Partnership on boards, technical working groups and steering committees, in external-facing events and meetings, and develops and maintains high-level relationships in the nutrition community
  2. Accountability Tool Oversight
    • Leads on accountability tools for nutrition and on strategy development for ACTION’s accountability work across issue areas and drives this ongoing work, working closely with the other ACTION issue leads, partners and ACTION communications staff
    • Conceptualizes or consults on scorecard products and other accountability tools, to ensure tools fit into a coherent and consistent advocacy agenda on accountability
    • Works with other ACTION Secretariat team members to link ACTION’s accountability advocacy to broader equity objectives
  3. Supervision of staff
    • Advises ACTION Senior Associate on coordination and day-to-day management of partner activities in the issue area(s) of leadership, including workplanning, reporting, and information-sharing
    • Manages a Senior Associate focused on child health; mentors and advises the Senior Associate and guides Senior Associate’s objectives and performance in coordination with ACTION Secretariat Director, other ACTION Leadership Group members, and RESULTS senior policy team.

The responsibilities listed here are not exhaustive and may be revised/revisited periodically.


The successful candidate will have a college degree in a related discipline as well as proven success in coordinating across multiple teams and with international partners. S/he will have a strong interest in supporting the development goals of the organization and will also have the following:

  • Demonstrated expertise on the global health landscape, particularly nutrition or child health
  • Commitment to multi-stakeholder advocacy strategy development and execution
  • Ability to work effectively in coalitions
  • Previous experience working internationally, particularly in a developing country, or within an international network or secretariat
  • Ability to work effectively across cultures, time zones, and work styles
  • Strong writing and verbal skills in English; Additional languages used in ACTION partner countries (especially French, Japanese) a strong plus
  • Presentation and meeting facilitation skills; Experience conducting training sessions preferred
  • Undergraduate or Master’s degree (Master’s degree preferred) in a relevant field such as health/science policy, international relations, political science, economics, sociology, social sciences, nonprofit management etc. and 5-7 years of experience driving advocacy and/or policy work; international advocacy experience strongly preferred
  • Ability to travel internationally periodically up to 4-8 weeks of the year
  • Detail-oriented to build structures and systems necessary to support delivering on ambitious goals and strategy .
  • Proficiency with basic software programs required.
  • The ideal candidate will be self-motivated, strategic, creative, and able to work comfortably both independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability and willingness to manage up and across teams to meet deadlines and drive priorities forward.

How to Apply

Applications will be reviewed as they arrive, and interviews with qualified candidates will be scheduled immediately. Please send cover letter, writing sample and resume to Please include “Advocacy and Impact Manger” in the subject line of your email.