NEW OPPORTUNITY: Results for Development is Seeking a Senior Program Associate to Support the Linked Immunisation Action Network

Results for Development seeks a Senior Program Associate to join our Global Health Team and provide support in communication and knowledge management, network coordination, and technical and operational support to the Linked Immunisation Action Network.
This position is based in Washington DC and will report to the Associate Director.

About the Project

The Linked Immunisation Action Network brings together immunisation practitioners, policymakers, and partners from middle-income countries to identify common immunisation programme challenges and the transformative solutions that will lead to greater resilience, equity, and sustainability. Through collaborative peer-to-peer learning, the network engages member countries to:
  • Understand top immunisation programme challenges, including barriers and threats to maintaining high and equitable immunisation coverage and sustainably introducing new vaccines.
  • Facilitate peer-to-peer knowledge sharing to elevate tested solutions and best practices for strengthening immunisation programming
  • Support the implementation of solutions and best practices—working with and through local partners—to address immunisation programme challenges.
  • Strengthen skills and capacities within immunisation programmes.
  • Capture and disseminate implementation experiences to ensure learning is shared and sustainable.
The network employs cross-country, peer-to-peer learning to complement technical assistance, research, and other support from partners. Collaborative learning among peers:
  • Creates space to analyze root causes of implementation challenges.
  • Generates practical solutions and best practices that can be shared and applied.
  • Increases ownership of implemented solutions and best practices.
  • Facilitates opportunities for partners to be responsive to country priorities.
Funded by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the Linked Immunisation Action Network represents an integral component of Gavi’s new strategic approach to engaging with middle-income countries with the goal of preventing reductions in vaccine coverage and driving the sustainable introduction of key missing vaccines. The network is led by Curatio International Foundation (CIF), the Institute for Health Policy (IHP), and Results for Development (R4D).

Responsibilities

Communications and Knowledge Management:
  • Support the maintenance and optimization of knowledge management tools including the internal information database and resource library by curating, synthesizing and disseminating learning materials from partners.
  • Track global events and conferences relevant to the network and support its positioning at those events.
  • Support the communications and knowledge management strategy through tracking and analyzing website and social media analytics and facilitating the online discussion board.
  • Draft and contribute to original content including website content (e.g. blog entries, interviews), newsletters, meeting summaries, annual reports, progress reports, and impact stories.
  • Review network resources and messaging ensuring consistency, accuracy and appropriate framing for key audiences, including government policymakers, practitioners, and development partners.
  • Support online engagements by coordinating with partners, developing materials and managing logistics.
Network Coordination:
  • Conduct member engagement analysis and use results to support a multi-pronged, targeted approach for increasing engagement across the network.
  • Prepare briefing materials, memos and other relevant documents for meetings and provide report outs.
  • Provide support on the development of network resources and the dissemination of key technical products and publications (i.e.: toolkits, manuals, policy briefs, and reports).
  • Draft key inputs for grant reporting purposes.
  • Proofread and copyedit program reports and publications.
  • Prepare various professional correspondence, talking points, reports, and other project activity related materials.
  • Assist with the development of project work plans and deliverables, budgeting, and funder progress reports.
Operational and Technical Support:
  • Lead procurement and financial requisition processes for vendors and independent consultants, including: developing contracts, drafting Scopes of Work, soliciting bids, and negotiating rates in coordination with Procurement and in compliance with R4D procedures.
  • Work with internal and external partners, including foreign entities, to support the processing of sub-awards, subcontracts and Memorandum of Understanding (MOUs).
  • Ensure sound financial management of projects including, but not limited to timely processing of invoices, investigating and troubleshooting with finance.
  • Lead logistical planning, organization, implementation, and close-out of international and domestic program workshops, events and conferences i.e.: developing work plans and timelines; securing participant visas; arranging high volumes of complex travel and schedules; site selection; vendor management; and organization of transport, lodging etc.
  • Prepare necessary briefing materials and serving as the main logistical point-of-contact for event participants.
  • Draft, schedule, send meeting invitations, tracking RSVPs, arrange event spaces, lodging, coordinating catering services and other logistical requirements as needed.
  • Draft and send visa support letters
  • Process travel expense reimbursements, per diem payments, honoraria, and other necessary documents to recruit, contract, and manage consultants, subcontractors, and participants in workshops/activities.
  • Support programmatic staff and relevant internal/external partners with travel schedules and security arrangements, as required.
  • Participates fully as a member of R4D by contributing, assisting and participating in projects, activities, and initiatives as requested by management.

Qualifications

  • BA with minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience in network building, operations, and/or communications at a research institution, government, bilateral or multilateral development agency, consulting firm, NGO, or think tank OR a MA with 3+ years of experience in network building, operations, and/or communications.
  • Exceptional writing and editing skills with an ability to convey complex ideas in a creative, clear, direct, and lively style. Experience leading the production and timely delivery of high-quality work products and deliverables
  • Strategic planning and execution: Can conceptualize strategic plans and assist, consult, or coach others in the planning, development, and execution of project strategies
  • Knowledge of global development (global health) and networking models: Demonstrated understanding of global development issues, with interest in global health, immunization, knowledge management, learning, and networking
  • Software capabilities: High level of proficiency in Microsoft Office, particularly PowerPoint, Excel, and Word
  • Teamwork: Contributes to strong team environment, stays organized, focused, and actively seeks and considers diverse ideas and approaches
  • Client & relationship management: Outstanding ability to work collaboratively with staff, government leaders, funders, and various stakeholders at all levels. Strong problem-solving skills and relationship-building in multinational and multi-cultural environment
  • Project management: Prior project management experience, with strong track record of achieving results
  • Highly organized, attention to detail, adherence to deadlines, comfortable with some ambiguity, and works under pressure with multiple and shifting priorities. We seek people who can multitask in a very fast-paced, often rapidly changing environment. The candidate should also have grace under pressure.
Additional skills:
  • Spanish, Russian, or Portuguese conversational and written skills highly valuable.
  • Willingness to travel internationally approximately 2-4 weeks per year.
Interested candidates should submit their resume/CV (max. two pages) and cover letter, along with 2-3 relevant examples of their previous work.

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