UHC2030 is a multi-stakeholder partnership co-hosted by the World Bank and the World Health Organization (WHO), with the overall aim of supporting a movement for accelerated, equitable and sustainable progress towards UHC as well as the other health targets in the SDGs, including global security and equity. The UHC2030 Steering Committee agreed to establish a Civil Society Engagement Mechanism (CSEM) to become the civil society arm of the UHC movement and a critical contributor to UHC2030, with systematic attention to the needs of the most marginalized and vulnerable populations so that no one is left behind. The CSEM seeks to strengthen an inclusive and broad civil society movement on UHC, influence policy design and implementation, strengthen citizen-led and social accountability mechanisms, and promote coordination and harmonization between civil society organization (CSO) platforms and networks working on health related issues.
Management Sciences for Health will host the Secretariat for the Civil Society Engagement Mechanism (CSEM). The Coordinator, as a member of the UHC2030 Civil Society Engagement Mechanism Secretariat, is responsible for leading, coordinating and promoting the activities of the Civil Society Engagement Mechanism and CSEM Secretariat Team.
Working closely with the CSEM Communications Officer and the Advisory Group, the Coordinator will be responsible for facilitating the work plan and activities of the CSO representatives on the UHC2030 Steering Committee, the CSEM Advisory Group and the civil society focal points at national and regional level. The Coordinator will serve as the external face of the Secretariat and will work to build up the international profile of the CSEM and to expand the membership of the CSEM.
The post will report to the Senior Director of the FCI Program who serves as Technical Focal Point for the CSEM Secretariat’s work, with a dotted line to the UHC2030 CSEM Advisory Group.
*This is a 12 month position with opportunity for renewal*
Lead, coordinate and promote the activities of the Civil Society Engagement Mechanism and CSEM Secretariat Team, (50%)
Facilitate and track work plan and activities of the official CSO representatives on the UHC2030 Steering Committee, the CSEM Advisory Group and the CSO focal points at national and regional level
Organize and lead facilitation of pre-meetings for the civil society delegation prior to each biannual UHC2030 Steering Committee meeting. Participate in all UHC2030 Steering Committee meetings and teleconferences.
Ensure that civil society priorities are well reflected in Steering Committee (the governance mechanism for UHC2030) meetings. Collaborate with civil society representatives and prepare talking points, presentations or other materials for use at each meeting to ensure the views of civil society are well represented in the Steering Committee discussions.
Conduct preparatory meetings with the official civil society representatives on the Steering Committee to ensure they are well briefed and prepared for the meetings. Following the meetings, work with the Communications Officer to ensure a report out on key decisions and follow up needed are shared with the CSEM.
Seek input from and report back to the civil society delegations’ broader constituencies (UHC, global public health communities) on key issues related to UHC2030 Steering Committee decisions, predominantly through the delegations’ advisory and reference contact groups.
Increase engagement of CSOs in the UHC2030 thematic Working Groups.
Provide coordination support to the Advisory Group, including for regular virtual meetings; development of advocacy messages, tools, and position papers; and collaborating with the CSEM Communications Officer on organizing side events and identifying speaking opportunities for Advisory Group members or other CSEM representatives at key global and national events/conferences;
Serve as a liaison between the CSEM, CSO representatives on the Steering Committee, Advisory Group and country focal points and the UHC2030 Core Team in Geneva. Manage potential conflicts of interest.
Collaborate with the UHC2030 core team on resource mobilization for support of CSEM activities
Support the implementation of targeted advocacy, communications, and mobilization efforts for CSEM activities at global, national and sub-national levels, (50%)
Together with the Communications Officer, provide technical assistance to advocates working at the national level in developing ambitious and achievable advocacy and communication strategies on UHC.
Utilize opportunities to raise awareness of the civil society delegation to UHC2030, and issues relating to UHC2030’s work, within broader civil society.
Utilize opportunities for advocacy around issues of importance to the civil society delegation, both within UHC2030 circles, and also more broadly in the global health community.
Advocate for the participation of civil society representatives in the design, implementation and evaluation of UHC2030 policies and programs.
Inspire, encourage and motivate civil society actors to get involved in the CSEM.
Build up the international profile of the CSEM including through outreach and engagement with the UHC2030 Steering Committee and other UHC2030 members.
Enable cross-learning and knowledge exchange between the CSO constituencies of other global health initiatives (such as the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, GAVI, PMNCH, etc.)
Qualifications and Experience
Required Education: Master’s Degree in a field of study relevant to this technical area.
Required Experience: 7 years of relevant and related experience with at least 3 years’ experience in leading advocacy efforts, providing technical assistance to civil society organizations and/or working on global health issues.
Preferred Experience: 4 years of progressively responsible experience is preferred. Experience in international public health is strongly preferred.
Knowledge and Skills
Strong knowledge of global health issues. Previous experience working on universal health coverage strongly desired.
Experience coordinating coalitions or supporting civil society movements preferred.
Demonstrated experience working in/with low and middle income countries, either in a programmatic or advocacy capacity.
Some experience engaging with the World Health Organization, the World Bank Group, and multilateral global health initiatives preferred
Team player with resourcefulness and the ability to work independently.
Experience with event and meeting planning and facilitation.
Excellent writing and presentation skills in English.
Written and oral proficiency in French, Spanish or another United Nations language helpful.
Strong computer skills including Microsoft Office; familiarity with social media, and experience with web based meetings.
Ability to travel internationally and domestically as required.
Superb organizational skills and attention to detail.
Ability to work in a fluid, fast-paced environment with multiple priorities.
Excellent written and oral communication.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including an ability to work and interact with country-based, home office-based project staff, senior leadership, project partners’ representatives, and donor staff.
Up to 20% local and international travel , keyboard use, pulling drawers, lifting papers <10lbs.
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About Management Sciences for Health (MSH)
Management Sciences for Health (MSH) is a nonprofit international health organization with nearly 2,500 people from over 74 nationalities working in over 40 countries. Our mission: Saving lives and improving the health of the world's poorest and most vulnerable people by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health. Together with our partners, we are helping managers and leaders in developing countries to create stronger management systems that improve health services for the greatest health impact.
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