Associate Director, Advocacy

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 18 June 2020
  • Washington, DC, District of Columbia, United States
  • Closing on 18 July 2020
  • Current

Job Description

The Global Health Advocacy Incubator (GHAI), an initiative of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, draws on lessons from tobacco control campaigns in more than 50 countries to drive policy change campaigns focused other public health issues around the globe to improve health. The Associate Director Advocacy (AD) joins a dynamic and growing team advancing efforts to train and support non-governmental organization (NGO) partners working to improve critical public health policies in specific low-and middle-income countries. The Associate Director will support the execution of key programmatic efforts and policy change initiatives in close partnership with the Director, Resolve to Save Lives and key contacts in Washington, D.C. and oversees.

The Associate Director will also work in partnership with civil society organizations and multilateral organizations to advance policy-focused advocacy campaigns and regulatory change to support the public health infrastructure and improve cardiovascular health. The AD must demonstrate a well-developed understanding of advocacy campaigns that lead to policy and regulatory change internationally. He/she must be a self-starter with strong project management skills and a demonstrated ability to work within cross-functional teams with a proven commitment to training and capacity building for in-country partners. The position is located is Washington, D.C. and reports to the Director, Resolve to Save Lives and is open to applicants who are authorized to work in the United States.


To successfully work on cardiovascular health issues, the Associate Director should have a strong familiarity with non-communicable diseases (NCDs) – a key area of GHAI’s partnership with Resolve To Save Lives (RTSL). The Cardiovascular Health effort focuses on policy and regulatory change in key areas including eliminating artificial trans-fats, reducing sodium intake, and improving hypertension treatment in low and middle-income countries.

The AD will work closely with the Director and GHAI team to provide advocacy support by: mapping the political landscape; identifying allies, champions, and adversaries; and identifying local partners with whom the GHAI team can work to push for policy action. This support may include policy/advocacy training, media campaigns, journalism training, and related efforts.


Professional and personal abilities, attributes, and experiences:

· Five-seven years of demonstrated experience in working on policy issues in global health, preferably in non-communicable diseases;

· Proven track record of coordinating multi-faceted and complex projects related to policy change in global health, including ability to anticipate issues, develop pro-active solutions, and follow-up and meet deadlines and deliverables;

· Understanding of the tools and practices needed to influence public health policy in middle- and low-income countries, and experience working with in-country organizations to use these tools in effective policy change campaigns;

· Proven ability to coordinate across multiple stakeholders with sensitivity to the political and policy dynamics, and familiarity with multilateral and bilateral partners in global health;

· Experience working at the international level and in cross-cultural settings, and the ability to travel internationally;

· Supervisory experience of teams located remotely is an asset;

· Strong written and oral communications skills, including the ability to write donor reports;

· Fluency or working knowledge of a language other than English is preferred;

· Consultative and collaborative approach; comfort working across a large and complex international NGO on complex policy issues; and

· Bachelor’s degree in public policy, communications, public health or other relevant field. Advanced degree preferred.


To apply for this position, please email a cover letter, including salary history, and resume to: Please reference the position code: ADA/GHAI -14 in the subject line of your email. No Phone calls please. Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled.

About the Organization

The Global Health Advocacy Incubator at the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids draws on lessons learned from tobacco and other public health policy advocacy to provide training and assistance public health advocacy initiatives funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies and others. GHAI initiatives include efforts on road safety, obesity, cardiovascular health, and data for public health, among others.

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