Public Health Institute Vacancy: Medtronic Philanthropy Brazil Associate - Sao Paulo, Brazil

The Public Health Institute (PHI) is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting health, well-being and quality of life for people throughout California, across the nation and around the world. As one of the largest and most comprehensive public health organizations in the nation, we are at the forefront of research and innovations to improve the efficacy of public health statewide, nationally and internationally. PHI was distinguished as one of the top 50 “Best Non-profit Organizations to Work For” by the Non-Profit Times in a national search.

Medtronic Philanthropy Associates Program – a fellowship of the Public Health Institute (PHI) – is a five-year program implemented and managed by PHI and supported by funding from Medtronic Foundation. The primary goal of the program is to build local professional capacity to provide on-the-ground technical insight, alignment and representation as needed for Medtronic Philanthropy’s chronic, acute and neglected disease (ie, Rheumatic Heart Disease) programs in the field of NCDs.

PHI is seeking a full time Medtronic Philanthropy Brazil Associate to participate in the Medtronic Philanthropy Associates Program of PHI’s Global Health Leaders center. This position is located in São Paulo, Brazil at Medtronic’s business offices. Much of the public sector work will be in and around Brazil so travel will be required. While the Associate will be receiving technical oversight from and acting as an advisor for Medtronic Philanthropy, he or she will be an employee of PHI and will report to the Director of Global Health Leaders at PHI. The fellow will receive professional development coaching from PHI and opportunity to network with PHI’s public health programs in the US and throughout the globe. This position is anticipated to begin August/September 2016.

Medtronic Plc and Medtronic Philanthropy: 
  • Medtronic Philanthropy is comprised of the Medtronic Fund, the corporate avenue through which Medtronic coordinates its company-aligned social investment and contributions; and The Medtronic Foundation, which is the non-profit organization that is wholly funded through the charitable contributions of Medtronic Plc. 
  • The position will maintain close connection with the Senior Director of Global Access at Medtronic Philanthropy, located in Minneapolis, MN. The Brazil Associate will collaborate with other members of the Global Access team, and liaise with other key leaders across Medtronic Philanthropy.  Everyday relationships for this position will be maintained with the Medtronic Corporation team in Brazil, with opportunities to interface with key local Medtronic Plc leadership in country. 
  • The Brazil Associate’s primary goal is to provide technical insight and assistance, local program management support, and representation for Medtronic Philanthropy’s Global Access portfolio in Brazil with local and global stakeholders functioning in various locations where the Philanthropy has strategic investments. A second goal is to develop a pool of local public health and corporate health professionals in each country with both business and public health acumen so they are able to improve corporate public health initiatives and public-sector health-related activities. This public-private competency building (PPCB) strategy is designed to build the competencies local individuals need to enable them to work within and across the public, nonprofit, and private sectors to expand access to care.
  • The Brazil Associate will not directly approve funding or staffing, but will represent Medtronic Philanthropy to Philanthropy Grantees in Brazil and offer them technical assistance. 
Roles & Responsibilities: 
The primary responsibilities of the Brazil Associate include contributing to Medtronic Philanthropy’s portfolio in Brazil through: 
  • Technical assistance and program management support of all Global Access Team (GAT) programs in Brazil, including local efforts for the chronic care (HealthRise), acute care (stroke, STEMI), and Rheumatic Heart Disease portfolios. In doing so, the Associate will engage key local stakeholders and nongovernmental organizations, including health systems partners, community-based organizations, academia and private sector businesses and people living with the diseases of interest, to leverage front line health workers across the continuum of care.
  • Providing technical insights, collaboration, and representation, as needed, for other grants driven by Medtronic Corporation staff in Brazil.
  • Providing updates about Medtronic Philanthropy projects to Medtronic Corporation on a regular basis.
  • Support gathering local input on product donations and building a local understanding of the product donation strategy including knowledge of the strategic medical mission partners operating in Brazil and Latin America markets.
  • Representing the Philanthropy with local stakeholders, particularly governmental, at state and national levels.
  • Contributing technical expertise to and representing Medtronic Philanthropy at local advisory councils and in execution of programs led by local partners.
  • Collaborating with peer Medtronic Philanthropy Associates in other countries (India & South Africa) and the GAT to ensure global best practices are adapted for use in Brazil and to transfer knowledge and lessons across contexts.
  • Providing technical assistance and advice, including on program design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of Medtronic Philanthropy Brazil  Projects, as requested by Medtronic Philanthropy GAT Portfolio Leads.
  • Support a Brazil Philanthropy strategy and recommend future Philanthropy programs or initiatives in Brazil in alignment with current GAT programmatic direction.
  • Support business as points of contact with Medtronic Philanthropy and connections to public health in the region.
  • Work closely with PHI and Medtronic Philanthropy on the design and execution of a country-specific Public Private Competency Building strategy to create a pool of public, non-profit and corporate professionals in Brazil who can work within and across each other’s sectors to advance health access. 
Training and Professional Development: 
As an Associate, the candidate will receive the following growth opportunities: 
Remain/become informed about: 
  • Evolving global best practice in the prevention, care and treatment of NCDs, with special emphasis on diabetes and cardiovascular disease, including hypertension and Rheumatic Heart Disease.
  • Treatment for NCDs globally and within Brazil, including by the Government of Brazil, the private sector, and nonprofits.
  • Develop a working knowledge of (1) Medtronic’s corporate structure, products, and services and (2) Medtronic Philanthropy’s goals and processes, both globally and within Brazil.
  • Learn about corporate philanthropy and how businesses are contributing to global heath.
  • Learn about and contribute to the knowledge and skills needed for health-related public private partnerships and other collaborations.
  • Create opportunities to leverage existing health platforms for integrating NCDs and other health care areas such as, addressing social determinant of health, and creating health equity.
  • Participate in global forums and disseminate best practices to public and private health professionals through PHI’s Dialogue4Health platform and other mechanisms.
  • Participate in domestic and international conferences and forums, professional continuing education, and skills training. 
Required and Preferred Skills, Knowledge & Experience: 
Basic Qualifications: 
  • This position is open to Brazilian nationals and others legally authorized to work in Brazil.
  • Master’s Degree in Public Health, Public Policy or related fields required.
  • Fluent written (including business writing) and spoken skills in English and Portuguese with some working knowledge of Spanish is preferred. Excellent oral and written communication skills, including public speaking and group facilitation.
  • Seven years of working experience in public or global health, three of which are with a large nonprofit or for profit health organization and/or with a small organization engaged with global partners.
  • Ability and willingness to travel domestically within Brazil, in Latin America, and internationally up to 40 percent of the time.
  • Experience working with the private sector and with public private partnerships (preferred).
  • One year work experience with a donor organization (preferred).
  • Some familiarity with Medtronic products and therapies (preferred).
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to be independently mobile. The employee is also required to interact with a computer for extended period and to communicate with peers and co-workers.
  • The physical demands described above are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 
Business Acumen/Competencies: 
  • Aptitude for or strong desire to work in a corporate environment.
  • Appreciation of social determinants of health, community health, patient empowerment, frontline health workers, and policy/advocacy.
  • Keen sense of and experience with program planning and project management, especially in complex technical programs across multiple stakeholders.
  • Thorough understanding of community interventions in a variety of health areas and local health policies.
  • Experience in developing and maintaining cross-cultural relationships at all levels.
  • Ability to work in a team environment, especially global and/or virtual.
  •  Experience interfacing with policy makers at local and national levels, high level of diplomacy skills, political astuteness and relevant contacts.
  • Familiarity with local representatives in Brazil of UN agencies, other policy organizations, businesses and international nonprofit organizations engaged in global health.
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise independent judgment, work independently and think creatively. 
Program Management Qualifications: 
  • Technical and managerial expertise managing government affairs and grantees.
  • Interest in and experience (preferred) providing input to Requests for Proposals and grant making.
  • Experience managing and engaging diverse external partners, including community organizations as well as local and national governments. 
Technical Advisory Qualifications: 
  • Interest in and experience (preferred) acting as an advisor to health projects.
  • Interest in NCD prevention treatment and care, particularly diabetes and cardiovascular disease. 
How to apply: 
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Closing Date: 02 Jun 2016

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