Vice President, Global Programs and Advocacy

PAI Washington, D.C., United States

About PAI 

PAI is a global non-profit organization based in Washington, DC that provides grants, advocacy support and strategic guidance to 96 partners and grantees in 33 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Latin American and the Caribbean. PAI champions policies that put communities in charge of their sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). PAI’s 56-year journey with tens of thousands of partners makes it clear that the power of diverse voices and flexible partnerships working in synchronicity across global, regional and country levels has not only led to the greatest gains in SRHR but will also be required for accelerated action and impact. As the international development community discusses the implications of the dominant models of aid and development and institutional power dynamics, PAI has been, and continues to be, uniquely positioned to guide and influence the outcome of these discussions. PAI’s legacy of service and support of partners around the world stands as a testament to our greatest strengths: how they engage, who they reach and where they influence.
PAI’s Voice in U.S. and Global Advocacy
PAI recognizes that U.S. policy decisions and articulated global priorities have deep and lasting effects on communities around the world. The simple stroke of a presidential pen can signal what matters to those who retain the power to set agendas and where national governments and donors should focus their attention.
PAI’s core body of U.S. government work is in advocating for robust foreign assistance policies and increased funding to support SRHR worldwide. To achieve this, PAI cultivates a broad, knowledgeable and engaged base of champions in Congress. Together with these policymakers, PAI advocates for increasing U.S. bilateral and multilateral family planning and reproductive health funding.
Through our clear analysis, trusted research and convening power, PAI’s outreach to U.S. government stakeholders and bilateral and multilateral institutions is essential to partner organizations’ efforts to protect and advance SRHR in their own countries. PAI serves as a key policy and funding bridge between U.S. government stakeholders and foreign governments, particularly in communities in low- and middle- income countries.
The Network: Funded Partners
The funded partners PAI works with (currently 96 organizations across 33 countries) are resilient, connected, trusted and innovative, and represent a vibrant global voice for SRHR. They are the key drivers in achieving critical priorities for gender equality, climate change, poverty alleviation and more in their communities. These partners set their own SRHR advocacy agendas and track and alert stakeholders of current and emerging threats and opportunities. They are also implementing critical programs that support an enabling environment for universal SRHR in their countries and communities.
PAI works side by side with its partners, providing $4.7 million in funding, advocacy support and strategic guidance as they amplify calls to action and hold policy makers accountable. PAI will continue to promote knowledge sharing, disseminate data and insights across global and country levels and build a cohesive SRHR advocacy agenda that aligns global efforts with local needs.
Approach: Equity, Responsiveness and Power Shifting
Key to PAI’s mission of universal SRHR is achieving universal health coverage and gender equality, prioritizing equity in decision-making and funding and contributing to the progress and prosperity of communities that have faced disinvestment, marginalization and displacement due to systemic and institutionalized racism, discrimination and colonialism.
PAI has developed guiding principles for its partnership model which are rooted in unwavering belief that sustained progress for women, youth and vulnerable communities requires highly responsive, frontline efforts led by in-country, local organizations and advocates. While PAI drives its own SRHR advocacy at U.S. and global levels, they simultaneously invest in civil society partners who are driving SRHR advocacy in their home countries.
Grantees working with PAI identify what they need to achieve their goals, and PAI supports their efforts by providing flexible funding, advocacy support, technical insights and assistance and strategic guidance. PAI’s relationships with funded partners are defined by power sharing with a commitment to power shifting.
When power is shifted, organizations can receive direct funding from donors, do their own sub-granting to other civil society organizations through local mechanisms and fully sustain a domestic SRHR and health equity advocacy agenda. Its approach and commitment to equity help drive a global movement that is truly representative, inclusive and powered by and for communities around the world.
As PAI reflect upon it’s past, embrace the present and shape the future, the core values remain strong and relevant. The priorities for the next five years align to these values, long-standing advocacy philosophy and track record and principles of partnership. The next vice president of global programs and advocacy will help shepherd in a new era for PAI and the global SRHR movement.

You can find further details on their website https://pai.org/.

Vice President, Global Programs and Advocacy Role Profile 

Under the supervision of the CEO, the Vice President leads PAI’s programmatic division which serves as a member of PAI’s executive team and ensures alignment with PAI’s mission, strategic plan and other departments. The programmatic division compromises approximately 25 full-time staff.
Additionally, the Vice President oversees the implementation of a U.S. SRHR advocacy campaign and global portfolio of programmatic work that furthers PAI’s mission of achieving universal access to SRHR; has operational responsibility for all program areas; and will work to ensure consistent quality and alignment of program strategy, objectives and milestones across bodies of work and SRHR thematic areas. The vice president of global programs and advocacy is responsible for program operations, annual planning, program leadership and management, external relationships and the management of the Programs department staff.
The role also provides strategic SRHR technical leadership for advocacy planning and to grow and amplify the evidence base in advancing the global SRHR advocacy agenda and PAI’s unique contributions. This includes identifying emerging priorities within the global SRHR community in alignment with PAI’s mission and mandate; identifying and nurturing opportunities for evidence and learning through PAI’s projects and initiatives; and elevating project and insights relevant for policy changes, SRH protocol updates, funding and program implementation and learnings.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • As a member of the executive team, work collaboratively with senior leadership to ensure that PAI’s programmatic work aligns with PAI’s strategic plan, sustains the organization’s culture and cohesiveness and advances the organization’s mission and goals.
  • Develop the systems, tools and processes to facilitate the collection and sharing of knowledge generated by our programs.
  • Supervise directors; provide direction, mentoring and technical guidance to directors; and support their professional and technical development.
  • Work collaboratively with senior leadership team to expand revenue and fundraising activities to support existing programs and PAI’s growth; create annual departmental budgets within approved guidelines and funding priorities to ensure targets are set, ongoing assessment of development impacts is achieved and compliance with grants is met; review monthly financial and activity reports.
  • Ability and appetite for ongoing, proactive substantive, subject-matter engagement with PAI board members, donors, media and sector coalitions, and through U.S. government and bilateral and multilateral institutional advocacy.
  • Exceptional oral and written communications skills.
  • Proactive, clear and consistent communicator with department staff and executive team leadership.
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging
  • Committed to developing a unified culture and the values of inclusion, compassion, accountability, truth and transparency.
  • A commitment to the importance of advancing the priorities and values of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging and building an equitable organization.
  • A demonstrated understanding of the impact of structural inequities and structural racism on the health and well-being of BIPOC communities.
  • A demonstrated desire to work with people from diverse backgrounds.
  • A track record of productive and meaningful engagement and collaboration with people of diverse lived experiences and points of view.
Staff Management and Mentoring
  • Provide mentorship and support to management teams and staff that help build and sustain a strong culture of inclusion, growth and performance.
  • Serve as the point of contact for all team members.
  • Act proactively to ensure efficient and effective team operations and collaboration.
  • Lead by setting professional examples and engaging the team to achieve goals.
  • For all staff supervised, set clear direction and performance expectations, build individual skills and assess progress.
  • Ensure completion of staff responsibilities and support in setting and executing annual performance and professional development goals.
Program Management
  • Monitor and ensure a cohesive department structure that supports effective program management and expansion of current bodies of work.
  • Ensure program strategies have clear objectives, outputs and outcomes, and those efforts are integrated and complementary across the department and in alignment with impact and outcome priorities for PAI and the sector.
  • Work with teams to develop program plans, proposals, marketing and communication materials to achieve our strategic goals, including impact stories, marketing materials, abstracts and reports.
  • Ensure that work of the programs department is implemented in an efficient, effective and timely manners.
  • Ensure project and/or programmatic milestones are achieved within a given timeframe.
  • Manage and monitor department’s budget, including any restricted project funding.
  • Participate as needed in the writing, review and editing of grant reports and proposals, PAI publications, communications materials and presentations.
  • Support cross-department needs: Provide guidance to design and structure multi-country programs, communications and thought leadership, fundraising/grant content, research opportunities and miscellaneous grant needs.
External Representation
  • Represent PAI externally to a diverse set of existing international partners as well as new partners unfamiliar with PAI and the importance/relevance of SRHR to the health and development agenda.
  • Represent PAI in key external working groups and advisory panels aligned with strategic priorities; strengthen and nurture relationships with relevant advocacy and research institutions, nongovernmental organizations, donors and other relevant stakeholders within the global community of practice; and engage strategic partners in collaborative advocacy, research and learning initiatives.
  • Collaborate with PAI executive team members and lead efforts to build PAI’s visibility among and engagement with international bilateral and multilateral institutions including U.N. agencies, the World Bank, regional multilateral banks and more.
  • Establish a strong network of peers across global, regional and national institutions in the health and development sectors.
  • With support from PAI’s Marketing and Communications Department, build a thought leadership platform (evidence, policy, SRHR sector development/calls to action, program impact).
  • In coordination with the vice president of institutional advancement and vice president of strategic positioning and alignment, provide oversight of organizational presence, abstract submission and presentations for international conferences and global moments (such as the International Conference of Family Planning).
Strategy and New Business Development
  • Works across PAI departments and programs to develop strategies, identify innovations and models to replicate and scale and ways to promote PAI’s capabilities and unique model.
  • Works collaboratively with other PAI departments to develop program plans, proposals,  marketing and communication materials to achieve our strategic goals, including impact stories, marketing materials, abstracts and reports.
  • Develop, oversee and manage growth strategies and partnerships for a portfolio of pilot projects, new programs and strategic partnerships.
  • Develop and execute business plans (with programmatic team leads) to move ideas from exploration, to demonstration, to growth.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Education, Qualifications & Experience

  1. Master’s degree and a minimum of 15 years of development sector experience, with a minimum of eight years in the SRHR space.
  2. Exceptional communication and teamwork skills with a proven ability to help the Programs department reach the next level of objectives.
  3. Ability to work well in a fast-paced work environment within a growing and changing nonprofit organization.
  4. Background in global health, international development, women’s rights or related field.
  5. Demonstrated experience in the development and management of a department budget of minimally $8 million annually.
  6. Demonstrated experience in the management of restricted grant funds and private foundation donor requirements.
  7. Proven ability to work collaboratively with executive leadership, board of directors, colleagues, and teammates to create a results-driven, team-oriented environment.
  8. Deep commitment to the impact of the programs they oversee, including possessing the ability to overcome obstacles individually or as a team, make hard decisions and move everyone forward productively.
  9. Ability to foster an inclusive workplace, where all staff feel respected, heard, engaged and valued.
  10. Compelling and thoughtful communication style that meets the needs of internal and external audiences and engenders trust and collaboration.
  11. Strong management and organizational skills with a capacity to marshal the talents of a diverse, competent and creative team and build a culture of belonging and inclusion.
  12. Team player with a sense of humor, collaboration and creativity, ability to think strategically and engage new partners.
  13. Ability to travel (when public health guidelines permit).
  14. Foreign language expertise (preferred, but not mandatory — French, Spanish, Hindi and/or Urdu).

Terms of Appointment

PAI offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health, dental and vision care, direct contribution 403(b) retirement plan, flexible spending account, tuition reimbursement and personal professional development funds. Candidates must be authorized to work in the United States.

Location: Washington, D.C.

This role is based in Washington DC. Candidates must be willing to live or relocate to the Washington DC area. Relocation assistance may be provided on a case-by-case basis.

How to Apply 

If you wish to be considered for this position, please complete the Application Form below on or before 29 October 2021In addition, we encourage you to please attach a copy of the most recent version of your CV.

All information will be treated in the strictest confidence as we pride ourselves on our professional service. If you have an initial query rather than an application, kindly email us at [email protected].

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