Posted: February 2013
Policy & Advocacy Associate (Beijing)
About the Position:
The Associate candidate should have knowledge of current public health issues in China and globally. Experience working on health issues such as childhood immunization or infectious diseases, or knowledge of China’s international health and development policies, are considered a plus. At the outset, the Associate’s work will center on the intersections between Chinese institutions and global health policy, with a particular focus on childhood immunization. This includes interacting with public organizations and private companies in China working on new technologies for health. Some specific deliverables the Associate will work on might include landscape analyses of key stakeholders in China, preparing briefing documents for in-person stakeholder meetings, and other events in which GHS is a partner. As GHS builds its capacity in China, the associate will also be responsible for helping to coordinate and implement other advocacy and communications projects as needed.
GHS works with clients to secure financial and political support by leveraging its existing and new relationships with governments, policymakers, foundations, multilaterals, and NGOs to help its clients expand their global support base, build internal and external capacity, and identify and maximize new relationships and opportunities for GHS’s clients. In support of these efforts, the Associate is responsible for researching global health policies and funding opportunities, using strategic thinking to develop agendas and presentations for advocacy events (lunches, dinners etc.), managing logistics of advocacy and stakeholder events, and drafting proposals and documents to support these efforts. The Associate is also responsible for drafting research and policy analyses, reports and PowerPoint presentations.
Other responsibilities for the Associate will include:
· Researches health policies, key players and global health funding opportunities within China
· Supports the development of memos and reports on China’s engagement in global health and possible opportunities to build new partnerships
· Supports a team of senior staff in China and New York on GHS client deliverables
· Supports outreach to Chinese stakeholders, including influential individuals across the government, academic, civil society and media landscapes
· Develops agendas, presentations and materials for stakeholder meetings or other events
· Manages the logistics of events and staff trips
· Assists in drafting a wide range of communications and advocacy materials including press releases, FAQs, talking points, key messages, strategy memos and presentations
· Contributes to the development of social media materials to support policy and advocacy efforts
· Provides administrative support to GHS’ China team, including coordinating calls and various logistics among GHS offices
GHS is seeking a self-starter capable of quickly getting up to speed on GHS’s work and rapidly assuming increasing levels of responsibility. A passion for understanding global public health issues and trends is essential for this position. The individual must be well-organized and detail-oriented, capable of independently producing accurate documents quickly when required, and comfortable in a fast-paced international environment. Individuals with previous media relations experience will be prioritized.
In addition, the individual should possess the following traits:
· B.A. in international relations, public policy, public health or public administration
· 1-2 years of related work experience
· Fluency in Chinese (Mandarin) and English
· Strong writing and editing skills
· Knowledge of, or demonstrated interest in global health
· Strong research skills
· Project management experience
· Experience working in cross-cultural settings
· Strong attention to detail
· Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, demanding environment
· Strong initiative, and ability to work proactively with minimal supervision
· Availability to work nights and weekends when necessary
· Willingness to travel within China, and internationally
· Proficiency using Microsoft Office (including Word, Excel, Powerpoint) and social media platforms such as Weibo and Kaixin; Photoshop or other image processing software is a plus
· Knowledge of global health and/or the Chinese vaccine and pharmaceutical industry
· Experience in working with international NGOs or other civic society organizations.
· M.A. in related field
How to Apply:
Please send all applications to jobschina (at) globalhealthstrategies.com . Please write “Beijing Policy & Advocacy Associate” in the subject line and include a resume, cover letter and two writing samples (one in English, one in Chinese). Applications without a cover letter will not be considered. Due to the high volume of expected applicants, only those meeting GHS requirements will be contacted. Please note that no telephone or email inquiries will be entertained.
You may also choose to indicate scores from any Standardized English Test (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, or TOEIC).
GHS is an equal opportunity employer and encourages people of diverse backgrounds to apply.