1,000 Days
June 18, 2019
Washington, DC
Post Type
Experience (minimum)
10+ Years
Education (minimum)
Travel Required?
Base Salary
Not specified


1,000 Days is seeking a Senior Director of Global Policy & Advocacy to lead the organization’s work to increase action and investment in improving the nutrition and well-being of mothers and young children throughout the world. The Senior Director will be charged with operationalizing 1,000 Days’ strategic plan 2019-2021 and ensuring that 1,000 Days remains a respected, go-to resource for advocates and partners working on efforts to end malnutrition in all its forms.

She or he will serve as a leading voice on the issues that affect women and children globally during the first 1,000 days and be responsible for helping to raise the profile of the issue of nutrition within the global health and development community. The Senior Director will oversee efforts to mobilize donor and domestic resources and policy commitments designed to achieve the World Health Assembly global nutrition targets. The Senior Director will lead a small but mighty team of advocates to develop and implement strategies to educate and influence policymakers, opinion-leaders and key stakeholders on the need to increase action and investment in maternal and child nutrition. She or he will represent 1,000 Days at key international fora and within coalitions, multi-stakeholder platforms and working groups. The Senior Director will also serve as the main focal point for 1,000 Days’ UN agency, NGO and government partners and holds leadership and advisory positions within several global nutrition initiatives.

This is a leadership-level position—the Senior Director will report to and serve as a thought-partner to the Executive Director, manage the Global Policy & Advocacy team, and sit on 1,000 Days’ senior leadership team tasked with maintaining the organization’s culture of excellence and growing and diversifying its funding.

Success in this role requires a deep passion for and commitment to 1,000 Days’ mission as well as an entrepreneurial, can-do mindset. This role is ideal for a strategic thinker and hands-on leader who thrives in fast-paced environments and enjoys working as part of a high-performing team. This is a full-time, exempt position.


Strategy and Leadership

• In collaboration with the 1,000 Days team, develop and execute a policy leadership agenda to influence the global nutrition advocacy community’s narrative and approaches for the next 3-5 years.

• Lead the development of advocacy strategies across 1,000 Days-led coalitions, including the International Coalition on Advocacy for Nutrition (ICAN) focused on a global cohort of foreign assistance donors.

• Lead 1,000 Days’ advocacy for increased foreign assistance for nutrition from the U.S. Government. Work with a small group of partners to define and execute a comprehensive strategy for U.S. Government advocacy.

• Engage directly with policymakers – particularly from the U.S. Government – to make the case for nutrition funding, policies, and programs.

• Represent 1,000 Days at public events, private meetings, and in regular consultation with advocacy partners.

• Maintain strong and close working relationships with 1,000 Days’ diverse set of partners, including advocacy partners located around the globe, funders and policy-makers and thought leaders in the global nutrition field.

• Lead the Global Policy and Advocacy team around execution of the articulated advocacy strategies, leading the creation of original advocacy content and innovative approaches to influence diverse policy leaders.

Organizational Funding and Development

• Convey 1,000 Days’ unique value proposition and impact to funders, prospective donors and other supporters.

• Maintain close and collaborative working relationship with funders and develop new funding partnerships.

• Plan and execute against grant deliverables and maintain transparent and collaborative working relationships with funders.

• Contribute to 1,000 Days’ fundraising and organizational growth efforts, including developing and pitching grant proposals to existing and new funders.


• A minimum of 8-10 years of progressive experience in government and/or advocacy work focused on global health/global development. A minimum of three years of experience in managing teams is essential.

• A demonstrated ability to cultivate strong relationships with U.S. Government stakeholders; civil society organizations; and congressional staff.

• Familiarity with the U.S. budget and appropriations process; USAID and other relevant U.S. Government agencies.

• Familiarity with UN system and processes.

• Exceptional written skills and a proven ability to translate technical content into compelling communication materials for policy audiences.

• Excellent presentation silks.

• A strong network relevant to this position. Some experience engaging with philanthropic donors is a plus!

• Experience working with diverse, global coalitions.

• Bachelor’s Degree or higher in a relevant field of study.

• Must be legally authorized to work in the United States. Position is based in Washington, DC.

• Ability to travel up to 25% of time.

ABOUT 1,000 DAYS 1,000 Days leads the fight to give mothers and babies in the U.S. and around the world the nutrition they need to thrive. We work with global leaders and grassroots communities of parents to make the 1,000 days between a woman’s pregnancy and her child’s 2nd birthday a window of opportunity to build healthier, brighter futures.


• Email cover letter with salary requirements, resume and a writing sample to and please put “Senior Director of Global Policy & Advocacy” in the subject line.

• Due to the expected volume of interest, only candidates considered will be contacted – No phone calls please.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS 1,000 Days is an equal opportunity employer and offers competitive salaries and excellent benefits