Overall Purpose/Broad Function
The purpose of the role of Manager, Government Relations is to drive the development and implementation of Nutrition International’s overarching global government relations strategy. This strategy, which aligns with Nutrition International’s corporate strategy, seeks to influence donors, governments, agencies and partners to prioritize and fund nutrition interventions, and to position Nutrition International as a preferred partner in efforts to scale up nutrition.
As Manager, Government Relations you will focus on taking three primary objectives to the next level working across Head Office, Regional Offices, and Country Offices:
- Plan and execute Nutrition International’s government relations strategy, engaging Canada and other donors at the multi- and bi-lateral level to increase political commitment to and financing for nutrition;
- Strengthen and amplify Nutrition International’s ‘voice’ by increasing our capacity for policy advocacy, in countries as well as global fora, to increase knowledge of and support from both nutrition and Nutrition International;
- Build and strengthen partnerships with key allies and coalitions, increasing engagement with traditional and non-traditional organizations.
Core tactics of this team include strategic government relations, policy influence, GR campaign development, partnerships and coalitions.
The Manager, Government Relations works as part of a dedicated Ottawa-based advocacy and government relations team, while coordinating with regional and country offices. This position reports to the Director, Advocacy.
Key accountabilities / responsibilities
- Develop and implement government relations strategies designed to influence and inform the Government of Canada, engaging departmental staff, Members of Parliament and Ministerial Offices.
- Develop and implement government relations strategies for other traditional donor governments, including liaising with external consultants when required, to advance nutrition and Nutrition International.
- Support Regional and Country offices with government and donor relations strategies and tactics, increasing Nutrition International’s visibility and impact.
- Work closely with colleagues across the Strategy and Growth unit to support Nutrition International’s resource mobilization goals.
Policy Advocacy Planning and Implementation
- Create and implement a targeted advocacy strategy which uses evidence-based advocacy to support nutrition investments and bolsters Nutrition International’s reputation as a global center of technical excellence.
- Work closely with Nutrition International’s technical and operational teams to identify over-arching policy challenges and opportunities and create the advocacy tools required to address them.
- Develop and implement criteria for tracking and assessing emerging opportunities to optimally target advocacy initiatives and tactics.
- Oversee and guide the team’s efforts to monitor the evolving advocacy landscape, including actions by key partners, donors, coalitions, and other stakeholders.
Partnerships and Coalitions
- Build and/or maintain partnerships with key allies, establishing and/or leading new coalitions to further advocacy objectives and maximize use of political capital.
- Draft or review strategy documents, such as briefing notes and policy positions, to support Nutrition International’s advocacy objectives and positioning.
- May be responsible for the supervision of 1 staff member.
Education / Professional Designation
- Undergraduate degree in Public Affairs, Political Science, or another related discipline.
Skills and Experience
- 5 - 7 years’ experience working in government relations, advocacy, stakeholder relations or partnerships.
- Significant awareness of and experience working with the Government of Canada at the departmental and/or political level.
- Experience working with other donor and/or beneficiary governments or in an international setting a strong asset.
- Excellent written and oral communications skills, with advanced presentation, networking and mediating skills.
- Understanding of NGO environment and the global development space with a preference for experience in the nutrition or health sector.
- Strong personal and professional integrity with high EQ and self-awareness.
- Candidate may not be restricted from lobbying the Government of Canada’s or subject to Section 10.11 of the Lobbying Act.
- English – Essential
- French – Desirable
- Other – Asset
- Some domestic or international travel may be required.
This is a 10 month contract with a possibility of extension. Selected candidates must have current legal entitlement to work in Canada (Permanent Residency, Current Work Permit, Citizenship, NAFTA eligibility or other reciprocal trade agreement).
Competition closes on February 26, 12:00 AM. This position is located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Please click on Apply to submit your application. Telephone inquiries WILL NOT be accepted. We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those chosen to participate in the interview process will be contacted. Nutrition International is committed to an inclusive, barrier-free work environment and encourages applications from all qualified individuals. Workplace accommodations are available should you be contacted regarding this competition. Please advise Human Resources of any accommodation requirements at that time.