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ACTION is a global partnership of advocacy organizations working to influence policy and mobilize resources to fight diseases of poverty and improve equitable access to health services. ACTION partners work across five continents in both donor and high burden countries.
Founded in 2004, ACTION began as a partnership of civil society organizations working to mobilize new resources against tuberculosis (TB), a disease of poverty that kills one person every 20 seconds. ACTION partners have helped influence leaders to contribute more than $1.4 billion for the global TB fight through bilateral and multilateral funding, including through the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria.
Building off successes in fighting TB globally, ACTION has expanded its advocacy efforts to include child survival, particularly in the areas of vaccines, and also child under-nutrition. Vaccines are one of the cheapest and most effective ways to prevent child deaths, yet 1.5 million children die because they don't have access to routine vaccinations against preventable diseases like measles and pneumonia.
And despite its status as the underlying cause of nearly half of all under-five deaths, programs to address under-nutrition receive just a fraction of overseas aid funding. ACTION works to ensure donor governments, multilateral mechanisms, and high burden countries invest in the institutions and policies that will ensure every child can grow up healthy and reach their full potential.
The ACTION approach:
Mobilize: Educate government leaders about the benefits of investing resources that provide life-saving care for millions of people.
Shape Policy: Influence the policies of governments and global institutions to ensure that resources reach those in greatest need.
Raise the Profile: Engage the media and cultivate advocacy champions who help spread the word: Global health is a priority worth investing in.
The ACTION Secretariat is housed at RESULTS Educational Fund (REF) in Washington, DC.
ABOUT RESULTS Educational Fund
Since the early 1980s, RESULTS and RESULTS Educational Fund (REF) have worked synergistically to create the public and political will to end poverty by empowering individuals to exercise their personal and political power for change.
RESULTS Educational Fund (REF), the tax-deductible 501(c)(3) arm, identifies and promotes the most effective solutions to poverty by:
Performing cutting-edge research on poverty issues and programs and oversight of U.S. spending related to poverty domestically and internationally.
Building support for proven poverty-fighting strategies by engaging and educating the public, policy makers, and opinion leaders, leading educational trips, working in coalitions, and encouraging the media to report on solutions to poverty.
Supporting powerful citizenship by training volunteers in public speaking, generating media, hosting community forums, and educating their communities and elected officials about issues related to our campaigns.
RESULTS, the nonprofit grassroots advocacy arm, supports specific anti-poverty legislation by:
Mobilizing around key legislative opportunities that will have the greatest impact on the lives of low-income people.
Empowering ordinary people to become powerful voices for the end of poverty with a unique training and support system. RESULTS has grassroots chapters in over 100 locations in the U.S., which form one of the most engaged and effective grassroots networks in the world.
Advocating for policies and legislation that create or safeguard effective solutions to poverty, make programs run more efficiently and effectively, and extend coverage to those who need it.
By combining the collective, powerful voices of citizen advocates with research and oversight, RESULTS and REF have been changing our government’s priorities as well as people’s lives. For more information on RESULTS and REF, please visit their website at www.results.org.
The ACTION Director will be responsible for communications and coordination across 10 international partners to achieve their growing portfolio of global health advocacy goals. The Director will manage a strong mission-driven Secretariat team of coordination, policy, campaign, and media staff. The Director will drive shared influencing and communications strategies, overall partnership and Secretariat management, and key areas of policy analysis and research as well as supporting donor engagement. The ACTION Director will be based in Washington, DC, report to the RESULTS Educational Fund Executive Director, and work closely with guidance from a steering committee of international partner directors.
The ability to think and operate strategically and creatively in a fast-changing, campaigning environment is critical to performing in this role. The ACTION Director should have, or be able to quickly build, high-level relationships within the development and global health sphere. S/he must be a confident decision maker with the humility necessary for complex collaboration and have a strong commitment to supporting the success of the ACTION partner organizations and ensuring consultation and multi-stakeholder decision-making.
Key responsibilities of the new Director include the following:
Partnership Coordination and Management
The Director, along with the Secretariat team, will support, coordinate, and manage ACTION partners in annual planning; annual work plan and budget development; monitoring and evaluation; and country-level capacity building to achieve advocacy deliverables. The Director will work with the REF grants administration team on overall budget planning and oversight. In addition, the Director will support joint strategy initiatives, including but not limited to, biannual partner meetings, regular coordination calls, and other mechanisms to increase partner collaboration and develop crosscutting strategies, specifically around key global mobilization opportunities. The Director will also lead the review and renewal of ACTION’s strategic plan and work with a core set of partner directors to lead new initiatives around partnership accountability, risk mitigation, and other governance structures.
Research and Communications
The ACTION Director will oversee and continue to build a research portfolio that includes policy research, tracking of governments' spending for global health and nutrition, and strategic intelligence-gathering necessary for designing and supporting high-level political advocacy strategies.
The Director will supervise the development of research products, such as messaging documents, fact sheets, policy briefs, and other research-related materials, including online content and multimedia tools.
Staff Management and Development
The Director will support the identification of knowledge and skills gaps within the Secretariat and support professional development of the Secretariat team. The ideal candidate will support ACTION's uptake of new tools, technologies, and platforms, and will build a cohesive team committed to monitoring and evaluation and executing best practices. The Director will be committed to innovation to improve efficiency of processes to support the partnership’s advocacy impact and will drive analysis to improve their strategic use of resources.
The Director will serve as one of ACTION's public faces, representing ACTION to decision-makers, advocacy allies, partners, and the media. Therefore, s/he should be a proficient public speaker. International travel will be required.
The ideal candidate will be an international development and advocacy professional with experience building and managing international partnerships or coalitions. S/he will have a strong commitment to multi-partner networked advocacy and will be an experienced and skilled project and staff manager. This new executive will have an understanding of how planning, multi-stakeholder consultation, and research all support policy change and impact resource mobilization. The ideal candidate will have strong facilitation, planning, and communications skills, with a commitment to supporting partners to get measurable results through advocacy.
Candidates should have the following experience and credentials:
An advanced degree.
A depth of experience in international advocacy, development, and project management.
Experience with multi-country coalitions or partnerships.
Experience with grassroots/citizen advocacy and social justice campaigning experience is ideal.
Experience with communications, digital activism, or other social marketing tools is desirable.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential, and the ability to work fluently in other languages (particularly French and/or Japanese) is a plus.
All candidates must be legally able to work in Washington, DC, (where REF’s main office is located, housing the ACTION Secretariat) and must be able to participate in meetings with international partners both virtually and through periodic travel.
IMPORTANT PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES
The ideal candidate will also possess the following personal characteristics:
An intelligent, balanced, and culturally-sensitive professional who excels in forging close and productive working relationships with a broad range of personality types, styles, and perspectives – someone whom others will quickly embrace as a leader.
Excellent judgment and critical thinking skills, including the sort of intellect that appreciates the balance between structure/process and creativity.
A strong sense of mission, emboldened by entrepreneurial zeal, and a willingness to take measured risk.
A confident but humble style and approach.
Unquestionable integrity and a personal/professional reputation for ethical behavior.
Please e-mail your statement of interest to Bill Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org
. Please include “ACTION Director” in the subject of your email. No phone calls please.
RESULTS Educational Fund is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based off of race, color, national origin, age, religion, handicap, gender, or sexual preference.
Check back soon for details on our Fall 2014 internships!
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