Senior Program Officer, Policy & Advocacy (6-month contract, April – September 2023)

Senior Program Officer

Senior Program Officer, Policy & Advocacy (6-month contract, April - September 2023)

About Pandemic Action Network

Pandemic Action Network was founded with an urgent mission: Drive collective action to bring an end to COVID-19 and to ensure the world is better prepared for emerging pandemic threats. We believe that every effort we make in the fight against COVID-19 should leave a longer-term legacy that better prepares humanity to deal with outbreaks and help prevent another deadly and costly pandemic from happening again. Since launching in April 2020, Pandemic Action Network has grown to more than 350 global multi-sector partners who take action on pandemic preparedness and response from a policy, advocacy, and communications lens.

Position Summary & Key Responsibilities

Our dynamic organization seeks a limited-term Senior Program Officer, Policy & Advocacy to manage a U.S. and global policy portfolio covering pandemic governance and leadership, pandemic financing, and research & development. The ideal candidate will be a strategic and creative problem solver who has expertise in global health security and pandemic prevention, preparedness, and response (Pandemic PPR), together with broader experience in, and passion for, global health and development policy, advocacy, coalition building, and community engagement. 

This position is a 6-month contract with a targeted start date in April 2023 through September 2023. The role will cover an employee on family leave and is eligible for remote work in the U.S. and is optimized for those living and/or working in Eastern Standard Time (EST), preferably either in Washington, DC or New York, NY. This position will report to the Network Co-Founder based in Washington, DC.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Policy & Advocacy

  • Manage Pandemic Action Network policy and advocacy engagement on key political and  public health policy, scientific, and funding issues and developments related to Pandemic PPR in the U.S. and internationally. Specific issues of focus for the SPO will include, but not be limited to, pandemic R&D, global and U.S. pandemic financing mechanisms, and global governance reforms, including advocacy to shape the outcomes of the 2023 UN High-level Meeting on Pandemic Prevention, Preparedness, and Response  
  • Develop and/or contribute to developing Network policy and advocacy strategies and formulate positions   
  • Write, edit, produce, and disseminate strategic advocacy, policy, and communications content tailored for U.S. and international audiences
  • Direct engagement with target decision-makers and their staffs in the U.S. government and  United Nations system 
  • Cultivate partnerships and manage collaborations with Network partners across geographies, including joint policy and advocacy strategy development and execution
  • Advise and support Network leadership in high-level U.S. and global policy and advocacy engagements
  • Contribute to the Network’s thought leadership and communications, including developing, editing, and sharing compelling content, and speaking in public fora
  • Manage day-to-day U.S. partner advocacy efforts for the Network (in close consultation with Network co-founder based in Washington, DC), including but not limited to: relationship building and maintenance with Congress and key Executive Branch contacts; tracking and advancing Pandemic PPR priorities in legislative and executive branch processes; and leading engagement with relevant U.S.-based advocacy coalitions (Global Health Council Global Health Security Roundtable, etc.)
  • Design, execute, and/or manage engagements with Pandemic Action Network partners,  stakeholders, including selected working groups, task teams, workshops, events, and other engagements as necessary
  • Facilitate connections across partner activities and workstreams, as well as internal teams and activities, to maximize advocacy and communications impact and optimize Network resources

Team & Project Management 

  • Lead and manage development and execution of specific Network objectives, key results and work plans, including managing execution and reporting on specific grant deliverables 
  • Supervise team member(s) across time zones as relevant for delivery of Network priorities
  • Contribute to and participate in regular team and partner coordination meetings and other initiatives designed to make Pandemic Action Network a great place to work and partner
  • Contribute to business development efforts for the Network, including drafting and/or editing project proposals, budgets, and related materials, and identifying strategic funding and partnership opportunities


Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree (International Relations/Public Policy, Public Health, Political Science, Communications or other related field)
  • Minimum of 10 years of relevant work experience or a Bachelor’s degree with at least 15 years of relevant work experience
  • Proven track-record and demonstrated knowledge of global health policy and advocacy required, with direct experience working on issues related to pandemics, infectious disease outbreaks, and global health security strongly 
  • Proven track record of global health policy and advocacy work specifically in the U.S. context, including strong knowledge of U.S. government global health priorities, programs, and processes, along with established relationships with U.S. advocacy partners
  • Excellent written and oral English language skills and proficiency to write and edit policy products for purposeful structure, clarity of ideas, and logical, persuasive presentation; other language skills a plus
  • Demonstrated ability to nurture and maintain relationships and communications with critical internal and external constituencies and stakeholders, including coalition-building and management
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and rapidly analyze and translate diverse and complex information from varied sources into actionable strategies
  • Demonstrated ability and the necessary personal organization skills to take initiative, work independently and under pressure, personal ownership, and accountability to meet deadlines, and achieve agreed-upon results
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully work in a remote global team

Compensation and Benefits

Compensation will be discussed with final candidates alongside a comprehensive benefits package including:

  • 90-100% employer-paid monthly premiums for employee-only medical coverage depending on individual plan selection and 15% employer-paid contribution toward dependent coverage premiums
  • 99% employer-paid monthly premiums for employee-only dental and vision coverage (family members can be added at employee cost),
  • Flexible spending account options for health, dependent care, and transit
  • 100% employer-paid monthly premiums for life insurance, short-term disability, and accidental death and dismemberment insurance
  • 401(k) safe harbor plan with non-elective 3% employer contribution
  • Employer-paid Employee Assistance Program which includes employee + dependent access to counseling services of up to 6 sessions per issue
  • Flexible paid time off with pre-approval of manager
  • Flexibility to work from home anywhere in the U.S, with a preference for those within the Eastern Time Zone (we provide the technology)
  • Commitment to professional development and growth

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter here. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and those received by Feb. 17 will receive priority review. 

About Panorama

Panorama Global is the secretariat for the Pandemic Action Network, and the Senior Policy will be an employee of Panorama Global. Panorama is a platform for social change dedicated to solving the world’s most intractable problems. Panorama Global is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code.

Panorama is committed to creating a diverse team and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We know that representation matters in the workplace and with our partners; to that end we are committed to a hiring process grounded in equity and inclusion. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, citizenship or immigration status, national origin, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, political ideology, the presence of any physical, mental, or sensory disability, age, or any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.

Final offer will be contingent on a successful background and references check.


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