Location: This job is remote/virtual and open to all candidates globally (potential office co-location in Brussels, Reston VA (US), and Manila). Must be willing to coordinate with both U.S. East Coast and West Coast time zones on a regular basis and work in collaboration with people on all continents.
Reports To: International Director of Program and Strategy
FLSA Status: Exempt
FTE Status: 1 FTE
Posting Date: December 18, 2019
Closing Date: Open until filled, interviewing on a rolling basis
Health Care Without Harm seeks to transform health care worldwide so that it reduces its environmental footprint and becomes a leader in the global movement for environmental health and justice. Health Care Without Harm works with hospitals, health systems, health professionals, NGOs, ministries of health and United Nations organizations to achieve its mission. It has offices in the European Union, United States and South East Asia, a dynamic program in Latin America and partner organizations in Australia, Brazil, China, India, Nepal and South Africa. Its Global Green and Healthy Hospitals Network has more than 1,300 institutional members in 65 countries who represent the interests of more than 36,000 hospitals and health centers and are committed to an environmental sustainability agenda.
Health Care Without Harm’s International Climate Program works to align the health care sector with the ambition of the Paris Agreement while meeting global health goals through three core strategies: 1) mitigation: reducing the sector’s climate footprint and putting it on a trajectory toward zero emissions; 2) resilience: fostering climate resilient hospitals, health centers and communities; and 3) leadership: mobilizing health care’s ethical, economic, and political influence to advance the transition to zero emissions, healthy and equitable future.
The International Climate Policy Director will work with a variety of national and international teams, as well as Health Care Without Harm’s external partners and allies to support the development of subnational, national, and international policies and action plans to integrate health care into climate policy and climate into health policy.
Support the development of subnational, national, and international policies and action plans for climate and health policies.
1. National and Subnational Policy Engagement. Support the development of subnational and national policies and action plans to integrate health care into climate policy and climate into health policy.
- Support ongoing and developing efforts by HCWH offices and partners in, including but not limited to Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, European Union, India, Philippines, South Africa, and United States, to establish and implement subnational and national policies and action plans that align health care systems’ development trajectories with global climate goals.
- Lead the collaborative development, with HCWH partners and offices, of a common policy action framework based on existing experience and organizational objectives that can be used to scale in multiple regions of the world.
- Engage international climate networks of subnational governments to scale health care climate action by building health care action plans into their networks.
- Work in collaboration with WHO and UNDP to engage national ministries of health to establish national health care climate action plans.
- Work closely with the HCWH International Technical and Research Manager for Climate Change to assure alignment and integration of health care climate action plan strategies with climate measurement tools and strategies.
- Work in collaboration with governments, UN agencies, and international NGOs to mobilize health care contributions to countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions to the Paris Agreement.
2. International Policy Engagement. Support the development of international policy action, including by engaging with WHO, UNDP, the World Bank, the UNFCCC process, health sector leaders, HCWH partners, and others.
- Participate in the development of a global roadmap that identifies trajectories that align health care with the ambition of the Paris Agreement, including achieving zero emissions by 2050.
- Work with WHO and UNDP to integrate climate-smart health care into their approach to climate change.
- Participate in the UNFCCC process as appropriate and in collaboration with other climate team members.
- Represent HCWH on the WHO Civil Society Working Group on Health and Climate as required.
- In collaboration with the Technical and Research Manager, engage with the World Bank and other multilateral institutions to integrate climate-smart health care into their operations.
3. HCWH Climate Program Development. Work as an integral part of HCWH’s worldwide team of offices and partners taking action on climate, as part of the core international climate staff, and as a leader in HCWH’s network to:
- Facilitate the development of agreed on policy and protocols on key climate-related issues (eg. offsets, waste to energy, and more).
- Align policies with initiatives to promote, measure, and track health care decarbonization and resilience.
- Publicly represent HCWH at various forums and to the media.
- Take on additional tasks as needed.
- Support and help develop other key aspects of the climate program.
- Ability to think strategically and creatively while organizing time efficiently.
- Experience in health and/or climate policy.
- Strong familiarity with climate and/or health institutions in multiple countries and/or globally.
- Experience working in developing countries.
- Strong cross-cultural competency.
- Fluent in English; additional languages a plus.
- Strong writing skills.
- Strong public speaking skills.
- Ability to travel and work in multiple time zones and outside of regular business hours.
- Ability to remain attentive to details and identify resources for projects while maintaining deadlines.
- Strong interpersonal skills, ability to work successfully within a team (including members and partners), and ability to work independently.
- Ability to speak publicly and engage at a high level with government officials, policy makers and the media.
- Able to quickly adapt with minimal coaching to new situations and processes; ability to adapt style to meet the needs of individuals and/or the organization.
- Understanding of the health care and environmental sectors.
- Fluency in MS Office Suite.
- Strong social and networking skills.
- Minimum Education: Bachelor’s degree. Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education.
- Minimum Experience: 10 years of experience working on public health, health care and/or climate policy issues. Cross-cultural competencies.
- Minimum Field of Expertise: Familiarity with climate change issues and organizations, and understanding of/familiarity with the health sector required.
- Preferred Education: Master’s degree or higher.
- Preferred Experience: Multiple languages; professional experience in multiple countries, and/or world regions; experience engaging multiple levels of governance; experience working in a virtual organization.
- Preferred Field of Expertise: Climate and/or health policy advocacy.
What’s In It For You?
- Work for an organization where the mission is inspiring and your colleagues are passionate and motivated.
- Work with staff that care deeply for the mission and the network of people carrying out that mission.
- Play a key role in helping drive growth, influence impact, and advance efforts to create a more sustainable health care sector and community.
- Be part of an inspirational global network.
To Apply or Inquire
Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth are committed to seeking and sustaining culturally and ethnically diverse organizations, and to the principles that promote inclusive practices. We are dedicated to building a diverse staff with expertise and interest in serving the mission of the organizations in respectful ways. HCWH is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
To apply, upload a cover letter and resume to the International Director of Program and Strategy via this link . Questions can be addressed to email@example.com. Only competitive candidates will be invited to participate further in the recruitment process. Position open until filled. Interviewing on a rolling basis.