Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Advocacy & Partnership Officer (CPS) - The Union (Apply by: 26th Jan'15)



JOB DESCRIPTION
Advocacy and Partnership Officer – Corporate and Private Sector
International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union), Delhi

1. POSITION VACANT: Advocacy and Partnership Officer – Corporate and Private Sector,International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union), Delhi

2. BACKGROUND:

The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) is an international scientific organization headquartered in Paris, France, since 1920. It has regional and country offices in Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, North America and South-East Asia regions.
Union South East Asia (USEA), one of the organization’s largest offices since 2009, has managedProject Axshya, a Global Fund Round 9 project designed to extend the reach of India’s Revised National TB Control Programme through advocacy, communication and social mobilization activities in 300 districts across 21 states. Other key projects are to support tobacco control efforts in India, Nepal and Bangladesh through the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use; Project LIGHT, which brought fluorescent LED microscopes to 200 Medical Colleges across India; and the Eli-Lilly supported project to expand sustainable TB control in India. USEA also coordinates trainings to build capacity in the management of TB and MDR-TB, operational research, programme management and other skills.

For more information about The Union visit www.theunion.org

About the Project

Challenge TB is a USAID funded global project led by KNCV with an objective to accelerate the global fight against TB, in partnership with the international consortium of partner organizations including The UnionAmerican Thoracic Society (ATS)FHI 360Interactive Research & Development (IRD)Japan Anti-Tuberculosis Association (JATA)Management Sciences for Health (MSH)PATH and the World Health Organization (WHO).

The Union has been identified as the lead partner for Challenge TB project in India slated to begin on 1 January 2015. TB still continues to be a major public health problem in India, and requires intensified and collaborative efforts from all stakeholders in the country to achieve the Country’s vision of “TB Free India”.Challenge TB will contribute to TB control efforts in India through a Call to Action to End TB in India. The goal is to create and sustain high-level domestic commitment through mobilization of a wide range of stakeholders to provide a momentum capable of demanding and sustaining high-level domestic commitment to end TB in India and tapping the energy and influence of key stakeholders to drive political, administrative and technical solutions to specific key barriers in TB control in India. The project will possibly be one of the most high profile public health campaigns in India in recent years, addressing an infectious disease that stills accounts for around 240,000 preventable deaths in the country each year.

3. JOB DESCRIPTION/ RESPONSIBILITIES:

Reporting to the Project Director, Challenge TB India, The Union South-East Asia OfficeAdvocacy and Partnership Officer–Corporate and Private Sector, will be responsible for leading and managing  efforts with corporate and private sectors to generate support and commitment towards the Call to Action to end TB in India. He/she will work towards developing a win-win strategy for partnership with corporate and private sector. He/she will work closely with government, private sector, corporations, relevant associations, and other stakeholders to mobilize private sector leadership and resources to address the remaining challenges to end TB in India.

Job Responsibilities:


1) Identifying and mapping corporate and private sector stakeholders who could be more actively mobilized to support the Call to Action to end TB in India. Potential stakeholders include those working in the pharmaceutical industry, medical diagnostics, hospital chains, extractive industries who have an impact on lung health, other big corporations committed to invest in social causes; and their relevant networks and associations;
2) Understanding the private sector landscape, including their perspectives and priorities, particularly towards corporate sector responsibility, and how this could be used to address the key gaps and challenges affecting TB control in India;
3) Conducting regular meetings with key stakeholders in the private sector and well public sector, to sensitize them about the burden of TB in India, cultivating and nurturing relationships with them to identify areas of partnership and support, and devising an effective strategy for engagement;
4) Engaging existing partnerships and platforms in the country, including associations of Indian businesses to mobilize private sector leadership for accelerated response to end TB in India;
5) Identifying individuals and organizations to champion the Call to Action and committing to act upon the outcomes of the Call through their leadership, commitment, time and financial resources;
6) Preparing briefs, reports and presentations summarizing advocacy and partnership related activities; developing advocacy toolkits and other communications materials for various audiences as well as the project website;
7) Documenting the progress and lessons learnt with regard to engagement with the private sector, including the outcome of the Call to Action, with emphasis on what worked and what didn’t work, in order to generate documented learning and defined outcomes;
8) Establishing performance metrics and monitor performance for the advocacy and partnership aspect of the project, in line with the engagement strategy and overall project objectives;
9) The support function of the Project Steering Committee, coordinating activities with other project staff, particularly those working with other stakeholders and media agencies, to leverage and synergize the project’s overall engagement strategy;
10) Contributing to development of Challenge TB project work plan and budget, M&E plan, project reporting and documentation, knowledge building and sharing, and in instituting improvements to increase program performances and results;
11) Performing other relevant duties as required by the Supervisor and/or Regional Director of The Union South-East Asia Office.

4. QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERIENCE AND COMPETENCIES:


Essential
1) Master degree in related field or its equivalent (e.g. Social sciences, social work, sustainable development, public health, development studies, international relations);
2) At least 7 years of professional experience, including 4 years relevant to this position - advocacy and partnership building to mobilise resources from the private sector, public-private partnership projects;
3) Sound knowledge of the working in the private sector and relevant regulations (e.g. Indian Companies Act), laws, and guidelines governing public private partnerships;
4) Excellent communications and public relations skills.

Desirable
1) Experience of working with corporate bodies, associations, partnerships etc.;
2) Understanding of health issues in India, including TB;
3) Experience of resource mobilization for health issues;
4)  Prior experience with international organizations on USAID or other donor funded projects.

Competencies and skills

1) Demonstrated ability to understand and work with the private sector
2) Excellent negotiation and advocacy skills and ability to build confidence and manage relationships with prominent stakeholders both in the private and public sector;
3) Background in developing and implementing advocacy and partnership strategies;
4) Excellent research skills, including the ability to find, analyse, synthesize, and present information;
5) Strong self-motivation and an ability to set and achieve goals;
6) Flexibility and willingness to work on a range of tasks;
7) Ability to plan, set priorities, handle multiple tasks under tight deadlines;
8) Excellent drafting and presentation skills, including the ability to draft clear and concise reports;
9) Willingness to travel within and outside the country as per project needs.


5. COMPENSATION OFFERED:

The gross remuneration budgeted for this position is attractive. Please note that offers shall be commensurate with the qualifications, experience and salary history of the selected candidate.

6. LOCATION: Delhi


7. CONTRACT:

The initial duration of the contract will be for two years with possibility of extension based on performance.

8. REFERENCE: APOCPS-UNION

9. CONTACT INFORMATION:

Senior Consultant
Strategic Alliance Management Services P Ltd.
1/1B, Choudhary Hetram House, Bharat Nagar
New Friends Colony, New Delhi 110 025 
Phones: 011-2684-2162; 011-4165-3612; 011-4101-1564 and 011-4101-1565


10. LAST DATE FOR APPLICATIONS:

Interested candidates must send their latest resume/CV along with the cover letter and remuneration expectations, latest by 26th January, 2015 to southeastasia@theunion.org indicating the position applied for in the subject line.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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