At PAI, we are motivated by one powerful truth: a woman who is in charge of her reproductive health can change her life and transform her community. PAI is a global organization that champions policies that put women in charge of their reproductive health, including access to contraception, and safe and legal abortion. PAI achieves this through a 50+ year presence in Washington, DC, advocating with those who drive policy change and defend against policies that harm women and girls. We also make it possible for local civil society organizations throughout Africa, Asia and Latin America, to access the funding, training and partnership they need to achieve policy change in their own local context. We are simultaneously on the front lines and in the background, focused first and foremost on the impact our work has on the lives of women and girls around the world.

The contribution of our 40 experts and staff is multiplied by an exemplary board of directors, and further leveraged by the work of partners in more than 17 countries. We pride ourselves on a strong set of institutional values that prizes excellence, teamwork, integrity and mutual respect. We hold firm our commitment to people, and as such we offer a generous benefits package, great work/life perks, and a flexible environment in which each individual is supported to be their best selves.

We are seeking a dynamic, strategic, motivated individual to join our International Advocacy team as an Associate with the Primary Health Care Initiative. Under the supervision of Director, Primary Health Care Initiative the Advocacy Associate, Primary Health Care will support civil society advocacy efforts at the global and country level to improve primary health care towards achieving universal health coverage.


  • Undergraduate degree and 5+ years of relevant experience. Master’s degree a plus.
  • Oral and written fluency in English; French a plus.
  • Ability to travel internationally approximately 15-25% time.
  • Strong knowledge of health financing and policy context in low and middle-income countries and at the global level.
  • Demonstrated ability to understand and explain complex contexts and processes using simple language.
  • Well-organized, detail-oriented, capable of working with minimal supervision.
  • A motivated learner who errs on the side of taking action.
  • At ease working in collaborative environments with multiple stakeholders.
  • Able to organize and communicate information effectively and in a timely manner.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Technical Assistance & Advocacy Support: The Advocacy Associate will help foster an enabling environment to fuel the advocacy capacity of civil society advocates. Such efforts include: 1) Enhancing knowledge among civil society advocates of policy-making processes, structures, and environments; 2) Tracking developments in the health policy and fiscal space; 3) Supporting effective multi-sectoral advocacy alliances, coalitions, and networks; 4) Implementing, monitoring, and evaluating advocacy efforts.

Grants Management: Manage small grants process including building relationships with civil society advocates and networks at the global and country level, providing feedback to potential partners, coordinating the award of funding, and monitoring and communicating with grantees during project implementation.

Analysis, Writing & Communications: Lead or oversee the development of strategic resources such as case studies, policy briefs, and advocacy and communications toolkits to support the project activities; or oversee the development of resources by external partners. Produce content for written communications on specific issues as needed. Collaborate with the Communications Department in targeted outreach on products produced or supported by this project, as well as in the development of project materials for microsite and social media platforms.

External Representation: Represent PAI and build strong collaborative partnerships with colleagues in other organizations and coalitions. Provide subject matter expertise externally at domestic and international conferences, meetings, events, and coalitions as needed.

Project Support: Support project work planning and tracking of milestones. Contribute to monitoring the project budgets. Liaise with the Policy and Advocacy Department Coordinator to ensure timely and efficient execution of financial operations. Contribute to the strategic direction of the project.

Events: Plan, execute and facilitate events and meetings with external and international partners as needed in order to achieve project success.

Salary:  60-65K

Other duties that may emerge in the course of the project. The position is funded through June 2021 with the possibility of follow-on funding. 

Please submit a cover letter and resume to with “Advocacy Associate, Primary Health Care” in the subject line. This announcement will remain posted on PAI’s website until the position is filled. PAI is an equal opportunity employer and offers a flexible workplace and a competitive benefits package.