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Policy and Knowledge Management Specialist

Concern Worldwide
Location: US
Last Date: August 22, 2011



Policy and Knowledge Management Specialist
July 2011

Concern Worldwide is a non-governmental international humanitarian organization dedicated to the reduction of suffering and working toward the ultimate elimination of extreme poverty in the world’s poorest countries. Concern’s  Innovations for maternal, newborn, & child health is an initiative that seeks to identify, support, and field test bold, innovative ways to overcome barriers to delivering proven solutions to women and children in Malawi, India and Sierra Leone. Concern Worldwide US, which manages this project, is seeking a Policy and Knowledge Management Specialist for the central project management team.  

Job Purpose

The Policy and Knowledge Management Specialist is responsible for ensuring that knowledge and evidence are effectively gathered and disseminated between Innovations, other teams within Concern, and the wider development community. More specifically, s/he will design and lead efforts to leverage evidence, approaches, and lessons learned from the Innovations initiative in three ways: 1) to influence maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) policies; 2) to draw from and contribute to the global knowledge base on effective ways to foster innovative solutions to development problems and 3) to support organizational learning within Concern Worldwide. 

The Policy and Knowledge Management Specialist will work closely with other technical staff on the Innovations central management team, namely the Innovations MNCH Specialist and the Innovations Research, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist. The position is based in New York and will require frequent travel (30-40%) to the countries of operation. ( 

In an effort to facilitate research translation and policy influence at multiple levels, the Policy and Learning Specialist will be seconded to the Knowledge Management Unit, Health Section within UNICEF Headquarters in New York. The Innovations Deputy Project Director is the direct supervisor of the Policy and Knowledge Management Specialist; however, the Specialist’s strategic focus will also be guided by the Chief of UNICEF’S Knowledge Management Unit.  


Policy Responsibilities

  • Through his/her secondment to UNICEF, actively liaise with international policy, advocacy and knowledge management experts to keep abreast of key policy debates and trends in the area of MNCH
  • Facilitate involvement of UNICEF country staff in local efforts to contribute to and promote the use of Innovations’ research and evidence by health policy makers and decision makers
  • Author and/or co-author research, policy and advocacy publications for national and international audiences
  • Contribute to efforts to determine scalability/scale readiness of each of the field tested innovations, and the policy requirements for bringing effective innovations to scale

Knowledge Management Responsibilities

  • Identify internal learning needs within the Innovations initiative
  • Develop a comprehensive learning strategy for the Innovations initiative
  • Determine key MNCH policy debates to which Innovations can contribute
  • Determine knowledge and evidence that can emerge from the initiative on unearthing, nurturing and implementing innovations
  • Design streamlined, user-friendly processes and tools to support timely and efficient collection, review and use of knowledge and evidence within and across initiative countries
  • Work closely with members of Concern’s Strategy, Advocacy and Learning (SAL) Division to ensure consistency and coherence in learning across the organization
  • Contribute to efforts to mainstream innovation processes into existing strategy and program development processes within the organization, as needed

Other Responsibilities

  • Work in collaboration with other Innovations team members to represent Innovations at conferences, meetings and other fora
  • Provide other project support as requested


·         At least a Masters-level degree (PhD, Dr.PH or ScD preferred) in Public Health, or a relevant discipline

·         At least 6-8 years of specialist work in the area of organizational learning and knowledge management

·         Prior national-level advocacy experience in at least one less-developed country (familiarity with at least one of the countries where the initiative is being implemented is preferred)

·         Past experience working for (or closely with) UN agencies

·         Solid understanding of the current global MNCH policy landscape

·         Experience supporting complex, multi-country initiatives

·         Ability to use information and communication technology to facilitate internal and external learning

·         Strong track record in fostering effective working relationships with health stakeholders at various levels

·         Strong professional networks within global knowledge management community

·         Demonstrated track record in synthesizing, distilling and packaging data for action

·         Very strong interpersonal and communications skills

·         Excellent writing skills, with a proven ability to write with clarity and succinctness

·         Commitment to the core values and vision of Concern Worldwide


Interested candidates must send the following two documents to

  • Resume
  • Cover letter outlining your suitability for the role along with your current salary and salary expectations

Reference your application with the subject line: Policy and Knowledge Management Specialist. 

Concern Worldwide US is an equal opportunities employer. No phone calls please.

About Concern

Concern Worldwide US, Inc. is an affiliate of Concern Worldwide and supports the Concern network by recruiting staff, supporting program development, creating public awareness of humanitarian issues and financially supporting programs. Concern Worldwide is a non-governmental, international, humanitarian organization dedicated to the reduction of suffering and working towards the ultimate elimination of extreme poverty in the world’s poorest countries. Since its foundation in 1968, Concern Worldwide—through its work in emergencies and long-term development—has saved countless lives, relieved suffering and provided opportunities for a better standard of living for millions of people. We work primarily in the countries ranked in the bottom 40 of the United Nations Human Development Report. Concern implements emergency response programs as well as long-term development programs in the areas of livelihoods, health, HIV&AIDS, and education. 

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