Senior Advocacy Manager – Global Commitments

Job title: Senior Advocacy Manager – Global Commitments
Reports to: Deputy CEO, Advocacy and Networks Director
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Availability: As soon as possible

About UICC Advocacy work

Over the last seven years, the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) has united the cancer community to position cancer on the global health and development agenda, with the inclusion of cancer and non-communicable diseases in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015 and culminating in the successful adoption of a cancer resolution at the World Health Assembly in 2017.

“Treatment for All” is the name of a new, bold and inspiring advocacy initiative run by UICC. It calls on the international cancer community to address the global equity gap in access to cancer services by getting behind four essential pillars of cancer treatment and care:

  • Improving the quality of cancer data for public health use
  • Increasing the number of people with access to early detection and accurate cancer diagnosis
  • Providing timely and quality treatment for early and metastatic disease for all
  • Providing a basic supportive and palliative care service for all

Summary of the position

The UICC advocacy team will focus the next 3 year period on successfully designing and driving the implementation of the “Treatment for All” initiative. The UICC is seeking strengthening its advocacy team and is looking for a Senior Advocacy Manager – Global Commitments who will lead the stream of work ensuring that the cancer obligations set out in the cancer resolution and other key documents are fulfilled.

Main responsibilities

  • Support the design and delivery of UICC’s “Treatment for All” Advocacy initiative
  • To lead and take full accountability for the global commitments work stream of “Treatment for All” initiative
  • To ensure that the global commitments team work plan is developed, well managed and funded and translates into useful guidance and tools to support policy making and national implementation of cancer plans
  • To work in partnership with the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Geneva as well as its regional and national offices to ensure the delivery of the WHO-UICC work plan
  • To work with UN agencies, networks and other organisations to accelerate their programmes in support of the 2017 cancer resolution
  • To work with selected UICC members to bring expertise and global perspectives to the WHO and other UN agency-led deliverables
  • Develop messaging, tools and products that support national implementation of cancer specific interventions outlined in globally adopted resolutions and reports such as in Appendix 3 of the Global Action Plan on NCDs and the 2017 cancer resolution
  • To work with UICC member organisations in their advocacy efforts to ensure that the Treatment for All initiative is strengthened
  • To design and run regional workshops for the cancer community to support their national efforts when implementing global commitments at national level
  • To work in collaboration with other organisations, networks and alliances in the NCD space to encourage uptake of Treatment for All messaging and ensure consistency with UICC’s work plan
  • To ensure that UICC convening platforms are used accordingly to showcase and strengthen  the Treatment for All initiative global commitments portfolio of work

Skills and competencies

  • Advanced university degree with a minimum of 7 years proven track record in leading advocacy projects for non-profit, UN, policy development or governmental organisations
  • Fluency in spoken English and at ease in writing reports and short communications
  • Robust knowledge of cancer control and understanding of health systems and global health policy
  • Understanding of key issues surrounding access and availability of essential medicines and technologies is an asset
  • Line management experience and track record in working in small teams to deliver against timelines
  • At ease working and collaborating at high-level decision makers
  • Good presentation skills
  • Ability to influence decision makers to make, defend and strengthen the cancer control case
  • Ability to synthesize complex material accurately
  • Superior oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work in a small, multicultural, dynamic team


Applicants should hold or be eligible for a Swiss work permit

Send a motivation letter explaining how you think your skills and experience make you a strong candidate for this position and a CV to careers@uicc.org

Deadline for applications: 10 November 2017

Only short listed candidates will be contacted

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