As a global health advocate at Wemos you will gather relevant knowledge on Finance for Health, work with and strengthen coalitions to implement effective advocacy strategies towards (inter)national stakeholders. Your objective will be to advocate for sufficient public funding for health systems so they can be responsive to the needs of the population and be accessible to everyone – regardless of their income.
We are Wemos: nice to meet you!
At Wemos we consider health as a universal human right. As an independent civil society organisation we aim to improve health worldwide. In line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the ambition for Universal Health Coverage (UHC), we dive into questions such as: how do we ensure sufficient financial resources to provide everyone with access to good health? How do we achieve a fair and sustainable deployment of healthcare personnel worldwide? And what is needed to ensure that medicines are accessible and affordable? Based on our knowledge and experience in the field, we influence governments and international institutions and work together closely with local organisations in low- and lower-middle income countries (LMICs) who advocate towards their national governments, to realize synergies and connect advocacy targets and strategies.
In our Finance for Health (F4H) programme, we focus on the quantity and quality of public funding for health. Sufficient public funding is crucial to realize equal access to health, and many LMICs lack domestic resources to provide an essential package of health services of decent quality to their population. While there is a need and (at least some) room for these countries to expand domestic resource mobilization, Wemos also highlights the responsibility of high-income countries to contribute by living up to their commitments regarding Official Development Assistance (ODA), promoting equitable economic growth, removing harmful policy conditions tied to grants and loans, and speeding up action for global tax justice.
In the last decade, numerous private sector instruments and tools have been implemented to engage private actors and investors in the health sector through, for instance, public-private partnerships, blended finance, and development impact bonds. There is no evidence, though, that these respond to the health needs of the poorest, and some analyses indicate that private investments in health in fact drive health inequalities. As long as the impact is unknown, we advocate for caution, proper monitoring and transparency – allowing for civil society scrutiny.
Together with local and international partners, Wemos analyses health ODA, including the use of private sector instruments, and the role of Global Health Initiatives (GHIs) like the Global Financing Facility and the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and advocates for sufficient public funding for health.
We are currently hiring an experienced:
GLOBAL HEALTH ADVOCATE – FINANCE FOR HEALTH
As a global health advocate you will be part of the F4H team to build knowledge and – in collaboration with partners and networks – use these to advocate for stronger health systems, with a focus on the use of Private Sector Instruments and the role of Global Health Initiatives.
- Collect and analyse information and data (directly and via partners) on relevant developments in finance for health, GHIs and private sector investments in health in selected LMICs in Africa.
- Monitor and analyse relevant global policy developments and how these influence local issues.
- In collaboration with colleagues and partner organisations, develop lobby positions and policy solutions, for our global advocacy.
- In collaboration with communications colleagues, develop fact sheets, infographics and other lobby tools with clear policy asks, linking country-based data with international targets.
- Actively identify and engage with CSOs (both country-based and global), international and country-based networks working in the area of health finance.
- Work with partner organisations and networks in developing an evidence-based lobby strategy with clear policy recommendations/asks, targeting relevant global health institutions and bilateral governments, which can be translated to national contexts by the partners.
- Actively build or strengthen Wemos’ network of national and global stakeholders, such as Global Health Initiatives (like GFF, GFATM and GAVI), WHO, World Bank, OECD, universities, donors and staff from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
- Conduct regular country visits to engage with national CSO networks and other stakeholders.
- With and through our Dutch and international networks, implement the joint lobby strategy at different (inter)national fora and in meetings with relevant lobby targets.
- Actively participate in relevant Dutch, European and international fora, which includes presenting country analyses and experiences.
- With colleagues, organise and prepare webinars on key issues that CSOs can use to engage with at both national level and international level.
- Actively promote Wemos’ F4H messages, i.e. through Twitter, blogs, articles, opinions, editorials, etc.
Fundraising and donor relations
- Actively contribute to identification of funding opportunities for the F4H strategy, (co)develop proposals and conduct donor reporting.
- Actively contribute to identification of organisational funding opportunities for Wemos, (co)develop proposals and budgets, and conduct donor reporting.
- Strategy development: contribute to the development and monitoring and evaluation of the F4H strategy and the Wemos strategy.
Position in the organisation
You will be part of Wemos’ F4H team and supervised by the Manager of Programmes.
What we offer
- Working with a team of advocates, policy researchers, communications specialists and organizational support.
- An inspiring, internationally oriented organisation currently located in Amsterdam.
- A 36-hours/week in case of a full-time contract.
- A one-year contract with possible extension in case of satisfactory performance and depending on funding.
- A salary based on experience and academic background.
What we ask: knowledge and skills
- Academic working and thinking level, with 3-5 years of experience, an advanced university degree (masters or equivalent) in public health, health economics or a related field.
- In-depth knowledge of and vision on health and policy on themes on which Wemos is working, especially on finance for health, ODA and the use of private sector instruments.
- Prior demonstrated experience in finance for health policy, health economics or the right to health, is preferred.
- Strong knowledge of and experience with working in relevant developments in low- and middle-income countries, especially in Africa, is preferred.
- Excellent analytical and writing skills.
- Professional command of English, written and spoken. Knowledge of Dutch and French is an asset.
- Is prepared and able to travel to countries outside the European Union (mainly Africa) for a few weeks a year.
- A work permit (EU) is required.
Submit your letter of motivation and curriculum vitae to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 31, 2020 at the latest. The first interviews will be held between February 10 – 12, 2020.
For further information, please contact Mariska Meurs at email@example.com.
Offers from recruitment/employment agencies will not be considered