Program Officer, International Policy
International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC)

Accounts to: Director of Advocacy and Policy
Based in: New York, NY


The International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC) recognizes that women’s and girls’ human rights, health and equality are essential to social, environmental, and economic justice for all.

We envision a world in which all women and girls can exercise their human rights to:

  • access the information, resources, and services they need to enhance and protect their health and achieve their full potential;
  • make informed decisions about their sexuality, relationships, pregnancy, child-bearing, and marriage and all other matters related to their sexual and reproductive health and rights, free of discrimination, coercion, and violence; and
  • participate in and assume leadership of civil society movements to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights.


IWHC advances the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and young people, particularly adolescent girls, in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. IWHC furthers this agenda by supporting and strengthening leaders and organizations working at the community, national, regional, and global levels, and by advocating for international and U.S. policies, programs, and funding.

IWHC builds bridges between local realities and international policy by connecting women and young people in the Global South to key decision-makers. In doing so, IWHC brings local voices to global debates and in turn, makes global processes and policies more understandable and actionable at the local level.


IWHC is adding another Program Officer, International Policy to its Advocacy and Policy team. The Program Officer, International Policy works as part of the Advocacy and Policy Program team to influence global health policies and programs to prioritize sexual and reproductive rights and health and women’s rights, with a focus on UN processes and UN agencies, such as UN Women, the UN Population Fund and the World Health Organization. S/he follows major global policy initiatives and agencies, provides substantive input to them, and mobilizes alliances to support IWHC’s positions. S/he cultivates relationships with colleagues and other stakeholders, maintains substantive knowledge of issues, policies and networks, writes and presents on a variety of topics, collaborates closely with other IWHC program staff on policy work at the national and regional levels and in Washington DC.

With the Director of Advocacy and Policy and the President, s/he contributes to overall design, implementation and monitoring of IWHC’s international policy activities.  IWHC values teamwork and engages staff across functions. Therefore, the Program Officer, International Policy will contribute expertise, perspective and input to IWHC’s overall programs and organizational development.


  • Contribute to design and implementation of overall International Policy activities:
    • Provide conceptual and strategic input to and help to implement IWHC’s strategy to advance international and regional commitments to comprehensive sexual and reproductive rights;
    • Advocate with governments at the UN, UN agencies and the UN Secretariat;
    • Represent IWHC at international meetings;
    • Initiate, participate in and lead relevant alliances and coalitions;
    • Conceptualize, write, present, and publish papers on selected policy issues;
    • Design and convene seminars, meetings and issue-specific panels on selected topics;
    • Cultivate and maintain ongoing relationships with a range of international actors;
    • Serve as a resource on policy for IWHC staff, colleagues and international organizations;
    • Provide leadership for IWHC’s Advocacy in Practice program in collaboration with other staff;
    • Design and manage grants in support of the International Policy program, monitor progress, and assess impact, and participate in discussions of IWHC’s overall grant portfolio; and
    • Design tools and assist with the program team’s internal learning, monitoring and evaluation efforts.
  • Contribute to IWHC’s mission to promote and protect the sexual and reproductive rights and health of women and young people, particularly adolescent girls, and the overall development and strengthening of the organization:
    • As a member of the Advocacy and Policy Program Team, participate in IWHC’s strategic thinking and planning for development of program directions and initiatives.
    • Work with communications staff to ensure synergy of international policy and communications efforts, including identification of writing and media opportunities (e.g. blogs, letters to the editor and op-eds).
    • Work with development staff, engage with donors, contribute to proposals, and support fundraising efforts, including education and briefing events, as needed.
    • Serve on various cross-functional teams, ensuring harmonization of goals and priorities, and effective collaboration across regions and departments.
    • Contribute to the preparation of institutional documents and publications as needed.


  • BA required, Masters’ degree or equivalent preferred.
  • Seven years of work experience required, including four to five years of relevant advocacy/policy experience.
  • Exceptional ability to think strategically and translate ideas into programmatic plans and actions.
  • Demonstrated commitment to sexual and reproductive health and rights.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability, sound political judgment, tact and excellent interpersonal skills; proven ability to work cross-culturally.
  • Experience in advocacy, building and maintaining alliances in a collaborative and inclusive approach, and working with and influencing global policy actors and multilateral bodies including UN agencies, donor governments and global leaders, preferred but not required.
  • Sensitivity to gender and human rights concerns driving the mission of IWHC.
  • Comfort in taking initiative, collaborating and managing multiple projects against deadlines.
  • Ability to create and ensure effective communication in written and spoken format for various audiences.
  • Willingness and ability to travel internationally at least one-third of the time.
  • Fluency in English, and proficiency in another UN language preferred.
  • Excellent computer skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Office (particularly Word, Excel, and Outlook).

COMPENSATION: Highly competitive salary and excellent benefits, including generous vacation time, and no contribution for employee-only medical, dental, and vision coverage, among others.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  February 1, 2019 (applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis)

DESIRED START DATE:  As soon as possible

TO APPLY: Send cover letter (including ref. #POIP2019A) and resume to: Liisa Sweet-Korpivaara via fax, 212-979-9009, or email, [email protected]

Only complete applications will be reviewed and due to the large number of applications, only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews.

IWHC is an equal opportunity employer. IWHC values the dynamism and perspective that staff diversity brings to the work and culture of the office. We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to consider joining us. IWHC does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the individual’s race, ethnicity, religion, age, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, HIV status or disability. This policy applies to all of IWHC’s activities including, but not limited to, recruitment, hiring, compensation, assignment, training, promotion, discipline and discharge. We are committed to seeking qualified candidates who contribute to the diversity of the working environment.