Policy Fellow

Lwala Community Alliance

 Policy Fellow – Job Description

Job Title: Policy Fellow

Department: Community Health

Reports to: Community Health Systems Director

Location: Migori County, Kenya

Compensation: Monthly stipend, airfare, and accommodation

Organization Background

Lwala Community Alliance (Lwala) is a community-led innovator proving that when communities lead, change is drastic and lasting.

A small community in rural western Kenya founded the organization as a response to extreme health challenges. The region experiences some of the highest HIV, maternal mortality, and infant mortality rates in East Africa. As such, community members built their region’s first health center.

From these humble beginnings, Lwala is now the largest provider of health services for a population of over 60,000 people. The work extends far beyond the original hospital, as we support communities in their homes, schools, and farms to advance their own comprehensive well-being. We address the complex causes of poor health through a multi-dimensional strategy, which engages community members in driving their own change. We have built a model for community-led health and are now working with the Ministry of Health to improve how millions of Kenyans access healthcare.

Position Description

The Policy Fellow is overseen by the Community Health Systems Director and works closely with the Managing Director. The fellow will also have remote support from the Impact Director. The Fellow will support Lwala and the Migori County government as they research and develop community health strategies for the county. This position will include supporting government partnerships, writing policy briefs, and conducting deep research.

The Policy Fellow position is a 12-month placement, with additional opportunities after this period. The Policy Fellow will be joined by two other international fellows – Lwala’s Monitoring and Evaluation Fellow and Technology Systems Fellow.

Key Responsibilities

Advocacy, Capacity Building, and Government Engagement

  • Work with the Community Health Systems Director to develop a strategy for supporting the Migori County government’s health policy priorities and act as a technical partner to the government in achieving these priorities
  • Act as a resource to the government, providing technical support and research to support the development of the County’s Community Health Services Act
  • Ensure good public relations and promote visibility of Lwala’s work on a local, regional, and national level
  • Build and maintain productive relationships with key stakeholders including government ministries, departments and agencies, NGOs, private sector organisations, and foundations
  • Build a pipeline of peer organizations that Lwala could support to replicate components of its program model
  • Represent Lwala in relevant forums at the county and national levels and actively seek avenues of influencing government and peer organizations to learn from Lwala’s model

Growth Strategy Development

  • Orient Lwala’s community health programming to a wider goal of systems change
  • Advise the Community Health Systems Director on positioning programs to be in line with global and national commitments as well as county government priorities
  • Keep abreast with changes and developments in the political and policy environment that relate to health and provide regular briefings to Lwala’s leadership
  • Spearhead the documentation and communication of Lwala’s model for the purpose of influencing government and peer organizations
  • Facilitate training and capacity building of staff in engagement with the county government and other public agencies

Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning

  • Develop program guides of Lwala’s work that codifies successful components of Lwala’s model for adoption by the county and peers
  • Ensure documentation and dissemination of appropriate case studies, experiences, best practices, and lessons
  • Encourage sharing of learning and research within the county and with like-minded/peer organizations.

Fundraising & Development

  • Scan for and advise the Managing Director and Development Manager on grant opportunities that are consistent with the organization’s mission and strategy
  • Provide technical input into the development of grant proposals
  • Maintain mutual relationships with the donors and partners and cultivate a culture of respect for donor funds

Undertake any other assignment as may be directed by the Community Health Systems Director, Managing Director, and Executive Director


  • Master’s degree in Public Health, Public Policy, or related field preferred
  • A Bachelor’s degree in relevant field required
  • Proven success in policy research with strong examples of work products
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills in English, with proven ability to write persuasively and with a high degree of professionalism
  • Experience working with government and/or in a capacity building role in a developing country setting, with experience in Kenya preferred
  • Understanding of government and health systems in developing country context
  • Domain experience in healthcare delivery and/or community health programming
  • Strong networking and relationship building skills
  • Strong analytical mindset and dynamic thinking skills
  • Must have initiative and be able to work with minimal supervision

To Apply

Please send the following to Nikki Philip at Nikki@lwalacommunityalliance.org

  • Current CV / Resume
  • Cover letter including how you heard about this position
  • Writing Sample
  • 3 professional references with name, title, email, phone contact, and relationship