Public Policy and Advocacy Adviser

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Job Code: 1833
# of openings: 1


Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF)
Job Description

Title: Public Policy and Advocacy Adviser

Location: Geneva Switzerland

Reports To:  VP, Public Policy & Advocacy

Classification:  Full-time

"Sometimes in life there is that moment when it's possible to make a change for the better.

This is one of those moments."

-Elizabeth Glaser

The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation is a global leader in the fight against pediatric HIV and AIDS, working in 16 countries and at over 5,000 sites around the world to prevent the transmission of HIV to children, and to help those already infected. Today, because of the highly successful work of the Foundation and its partners, pediatric AIDS has been virtually eliminated in the United States. With a growing global staff of over 3,100 — nine of 10 who work in the field—the Foundation’s global mission is to implement prevention, care, and treatment; further advance innovative research; and to execute strategic and targeted global advocacy activities  to bring dramatic change to the lives of millions of women, children, and families worldwide. 

Job Summary

The Public Policy and Advocacy Advisor will lead the Foundation’s efforts to strengthen and expand its engagement with Geneva-based institutions and advocate with international actors in support of the Foundation’s mission to end HIV and AIDS in youth and children. Policy and advocacy efforts will focus on health-focused agencies and processes, international human rights mechanisms, and UN Permanent Missions, with the objective of improving and impacting global health outcomes in country.

The Public Policy and Advocacy Advisor will report to the Vice President, Public Policy and Advocacy and work closely with Public Policy and Advocacy colleagues in Washington DC and Africa; the Innovation team based in Geneva; key technical staff; and country programme officers and country-based staff, including Country Communications and Advocacy Officers (CCAOs).

Job Responsibilities

  • In collaboration with the Vice President, Public Policy and Advocacy, develop and implement a public policy and advocacy strategy to prioritize pediatric HIV and related issues among Geneva-based stakeholders in the fields of HIV/AIDS, global health, and human rights; 
  • Ensure effective networking, engagement and representation of EGPAF programs, research, and advocacy priorities with the UN system, Member States, Geneva-based NGOs and select foundations and bilateral funding agencies;
  • Actively and regularly engage with Geneva-based health institutions – including UNAIDS, Global Fund, and WHO – through their governance structures, policy-making forums, and day-to-day working relationships;
  • Influence and contribute to major global health-related partnerships and initiatives related to EGPAF’s mission to ensure that relevant advocacy themes and policy objectives are brought into global debates and agendas;
  • Collaborate with the Innovation team to assess, develop and work together on activities focused on expanding access to optimal pediatric products (e.g. medicines, diagnostics and vaccines) for HIV and tuberculosis;
  • Identify opportunities for engagement with UN mechanisms, including the Human Rights Council and relevant treaty bodies, and develop and execute strategies to ensure inclusion of EGPAF rights-based priorities in their work;
  • Develop and support strategies to promote the public policy and advocacy elements of EGPAF innovation projects and ensure effective linkage to national level advocacy in favor of those objectives;
  • Provide high-level updates, analysis, and strategic advice to the Vice President of Public Policy and Advocacy and other senior leadership team members on global HIV/AIDS activities, processes, agendas, and political developments; and
  • Work closely with External Affairs staff to help develop strong and effective advocacy messages, craft stories, and generate advocacy content for blogs, the website, and online communications, including e-advocacy.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required and relevant higher education strongly preferred
  • Minimum 12 years of relevant experience working in public policy, advocacy, communications and/or global health 
  • Specialized knowledge and understanding of UN global health structures and mechanisms to influence such structures
  • Proven success in designing, implementing, and measuring the impact of policy and advocacy strategies to inform and/or influence international and multilateral decision-making.
  • Experience with medical product access advocacy preferred
  • Excellent verbal and written skills in English
  • Proven ability to work effectively independently and as a member of a dynamic inter-departmental across time zones.
  • Extensive experience representing an organizational perspective in public meetings and/or deliberations
  • Citizen/Permanent Resident of the European Union/Switzerland/Norway. 
  • Ability to travel internationally


The Foundation expects all employees to possess the fundamental competencies of interpersonal skills, communication, accountability, continual learning, and driving results. The ideal candidate will either be proficient or advanced in the following set of competencies, specific to this position’s level of Manager:


  • Developing Others Developing others is a person’s ability to perform and contribute to the organization by providing ongoing feedback and by providing opportunities to learn through formal and informal methods.
  • Managing ConflictManaging conflict is a person’s ability to encourage creative tension and differences of opinions. He/she will anticipate and take steps to prevent counter-productive confrontations while resolving conflicts and disagreements in a constructive manner.
  • Managing People – Managing people is a person’s ability to build and manage workforce based on organization goals, budget, considerations, and staff needs. He/she will ensure that employees are appropriately recruited, selected, appraised, and rewarded. He/she will also manage a multi-cultural workforce and a variety of workforce situations.

The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, EGPAF complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the Foundation

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