Program Coordinator, Advocacy & Policy
San Francisco, CA
Job Description
The Program Coordinator, Advocacy & Policy, involves analytical studies on a variety of policies, projects, programs and issues in support of a function, research initiative, program and / or organizational unit, or in research of new or changing systems and programs. Assists in policy and program planning, development, administration, management and implementation; interprets, monitors and analyzes information regarding policies and procedures and provides consultative services to department administrators and other stakeholders.

The UCSF Global Health Group's Malaria Elimination Initiative (MEI) Program Coordinator for Advocacy & Policy is a member of the MEI Advocacy & Policy Team, which manages key advocacy engagements that advance malaria elimination efforts by creating an enabling policy and financing environment through strengthened political and financial commitment at global, regional, national, and sub-national levels.

Under the supervision of the MEI Program Manager for Advocacy & Policy, the MEI Program Coordinator for Advocacy & Policy will manage technical advocacy support being provided in the MEI's focus countries (currently Thailand, Namibia TBD, and Laos TBD) and focus regions (currently Asia-Pacific and southern Africa) under a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This involves the development and implementation of country-led advocacy strategies, and coordination of technical assistance for capacity building in health leadership at national and sub-national levels.

The Program Coordinator will focus on:
1. Project management
  • Coordinate the selection process and manage relationships with international and local consultants and partner organizations for advocacy strategy implementation (this also includes development, execution, and oversight of terms of reference and contracts)
  • Oversee implementation of national advocacy strategies targeting national / sub-national malaria elimination financing / policy changes with the support of international and local consultants
  • Monitor program impact and provide input to required reporting specific to the projects.
2. Country-level engagement
  • Reinforce MEI's capacity-building activities in the southern African and Asia-Pacific regions by providing guidance, mentorship, and technical support to in-country partners
  • Organize, and in some cases, lead periodic monitoring and support visits to the project's focus countries
  • Conceptualize and deliver the optimum mix of advocacy support activities that partners require to increase the impact of their advocacy campaigns on budgets or other advocacy objectives
  • Ensure coordination with other country and regional partners on advocacy and capacity-building activities, with consideration for program scale-up and sustainability.

3. Other
  • Coordinate the development of training modules and advocacy materials, in collaboration with in-country consultants and / or organizations
  • Organize sub-national / national / regional capacity-building workshops for health program officers, malaria civil society, elected officials, or other stakeholders as necessary
  • Provide support to MEI's Advocacy & Policy team in analytical support and writing.

The Program Coordinator will also conduct research and analytics to generate evidence relevant to advocacy strategies and leadership development. For example, the individual may be expected to lead stakeholder mapping exercises, develop robust policy briefs on domestic financing for selected countries, or create advocacy tools to influence resource allocation for malaria elimination through the government health budgeting process. The Program Coordinator will also take the lead in organizing and ensuring the success of key in-country and / or regional advocacy workshops and briefings targeting high-level government officials, parliamentarians, and / or malaria civil society. S/he may also attend regional meetings to represent the work.

The position includes approximately 30% travel domestically and internationally.

Please note: This is a full time, fully grant-funded contract position through December 31, 2020 with the possibility of extension based on performance and receipt of funding, reporting to the MEI Program Manager for Advocacy & Policy.

The Global Health Group (GHG) is an "action tank" dedicated to translating major new paradigms into large-scale action to positively impact the lives of millions of people. We work with researchers, policymakers and implementers to better understand and address health challenges and tackle neglected global health priorities. Through boldness, focus, collaboration, and innovation, we can reduce the burden of disease and enhance economic prosperity for people around the world. Founded in 2007, GHG works closely with a wide range of public and private partners, both in-country and internationally.

The Malaria Elimination Initiative (MEI) at UCSF Global Health Group believes global malaria eradication through regional elimination is possible within a generation. We develop innovative, strategic, and evidence-based solutions for countries and regions to eliminate malaria. As a forward-thinking partner on the frontline, we generate actionable evidence through operational research, develop new tools and approaches, document and disseminate elimination experiences, build consensus, assess the costs and benefits of elimination, and strengthen political and financial commitment to shrink the malaria map. More information is available at

The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. It is the only campus in the 10-campus UC system dedicated exclusively to the health sciences.
Job Type Full-time