Program Officer, International Policy

  • January 24, 2019
  • NEW YORK, NEW YORK

Background

IWHC'S VISION

The International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC) recognizes that women’s and girls’ human rights, health and equality are essential to social, environmental, and economic justice for all.

We envision a world in which all women and girls can exercise their human rights to:

access the information, resources, and services they need to enhance and protect their health and achieve their full potential;

make informed decisions about their sexuality, relationships, pregnancy, child-bearing, and marriage and all other matters related to their sexual and reproductive health and rights, free of discrimination, coercion, and violence; and

participate in and assume leadership of civil society movements to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights.

IWHC'S MISSION

IWHC advances the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and young people, particularly adolescent girls, in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. IWHC furthers this agenda by supporting and strengthening leaders and organizations working at the community, national, regional, and global levels, and by advocating for international and U.S. policies, programs, and funding.

IWHC builds bridges between local realities and international policy by connecting women and young people in the Global South to key decision-makers. In doing so, IWHC brings local voices to global debates and in turn, makes global processes and policies more understandable and actionable at the local level.

Job Summary

IWHC is adding another Program Officer, International Policy to its Advocacy and Policy team. The Program Officer, International Policy works as part of the Advocacy and Policy Program team to influence global health policies and programs to prioritize sexual and reproductive rights and health and women’s rights, with a focus on UN processes and UN agencies, such as UN Women, the UN Population Fund and the World Health Organization. S/he follows major global policy initiatives and agencies, provides substantive input to them, and mobilizes alliances to support IWHC’s positions. S/he cultivates relationships with colleagues and other stakeholders, maintains substantive knowledge of issues, policies and networks, writes and presents on a variety of topics, collaborates closely with other IWHC program staff on policy work at the national and regional levels and in Washington DC.

With the Director of Advocacy and Policy and the President, s/he contributes to overall design, implementation and monitoring of IWHC’s international policy activities. IWHC values teamwork and engages staff across functions. Therefore, the Program Officer, International Policy will contribute expertise, perspective and input to IWHC’s overall programs and organizational development.

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