Associate Legal Director

Global Health Advocacy Incubator / Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States
Apply by 11 April 2018
Senior-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 12 March 2018

Job Description

The Global Health Advocacy Incubator (GHAI) at the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids draws on lessons from tobacco control and its growing experience on other public health issues to support policy change campaigns around the globe to improve health. To date, that work includes obesity prevention and cardiovascular health, road safety, drowning prevention, maternal and reproductive health, and vital statistics. This position is based in Washington, DC and is open to U.S. citizens and other applicants who already possess U.S. work authorization.

Position Overview

The Associate Legal Director oversees all GHAI legal work and leads efforts to support and train in-country partners, including Non-Governmental Organization(NGO), government, and other lawyers, working on public health policy. A key focus is providing legal support to GHAI partners working to pass and implement public health policies in low and middle income countries. The Associate Legal Director and staff work with the GHAI team to support in-country advocacy campaigns by helping in the review of the legal context for policy reform, as well as in the drafting and review of pending legislation or regulations. They also provide technical assistance in defending legislative language and supporting litigation to defend or advance policy reform. This work includes identifying in-country lawyers and coordinating with partners to achieve in-country policy goals. The Associate Legal Director will also design and provide training and technical assistance to build the legal capacity of in-country lawyers and partners.

The position requires knowledge and prior experience working on public health legal issues Experience working on advocacy campaigns and in low and middle income countries is also highly preferred.

The Associate Legal Director supervises a Legal Advisor in conducting this work and reports to the Vice President, GHAI. The position is based in Washington, DC.


  • Work collaboratively with GHAI team working to pass public health policies in low and middle income countries on a variety of public health issues.
  • Provide legal analyses of legislation, regulations, and other initiatives at the national and/or subnational level on an ongoing basis.
  • Develop frameworks for legal analysis of public health policies and collect and analyze relevant laws.
  • Identify and support the work of in-country lawyers with legal and subject matter expertise.
  • Identify gaps in legislation and opportunities for improvement to inform the setting of policy change priorities on public health issues.
  • Working closely with partners, assist with the drafting of legislation or regulations, and provide ongoing assistance as drafts are modified.
  • Analyze and respond to opposition drafts, identifying weaknesses, loopholes etc. and offering solutions. .
  • Develop legal strategies as an integrated part of overall country advocacy strategies for policy change.
  • Provide analysis and support of in-country litigation involving public health issues.
  • Develop and maintain sample legislation and regulations for use as a tool for those considering legislation for the first time or for comparing weaknesses in specific provisions.
  • Oversee maintenance of an inventory and analysis of countries’ public health policies and global best practice.
  • Develop resource materials and tools relevant to advancing policy.
  • Plan and conduct legal trainings and policy workshops for lawyers on key public health issues.
  • Serve as the legal advisor to GHAI team.
  • Travel internationally, as necessary.


  • Juris Doctor Degree (or the equivalent first level legal degree awarded by a law school accredited by the national authority responsible for accreditation).
  • 7-10 years of relevant legal, legislative and international experience working on public health or broader development issues.
  • Knowledge of and experience in using legal analysis to advance policy change objectives in global settings.
  • Experience with developing training seminars and programs for government lawyers and in-country advocates on public health legal issues.
  • Excellent analytical skills and legal writing and research ability.
  • Experience in legal analysis of obesity and cardiovascular health issues, vital statistics, and/or road safety strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated excellence in communication and in working with peoples from diverse cultures and countries.
  • Work experience outside the United States preferred.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment while juggling and coordinating multiple projects and deadlines.
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently with only general supervision.
  • Foreign language proficiency highly desirable.


To apply for this position, please email a cover letter and resume and salary requirement. Please reference the position code: ALD/GHAI/14 in the subject line of your email. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. No phone calls please

About the Organization

  • The Global Health Advocacy Incubator, a program of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, advances public health policies to build a healthier and safer world. Drawing on our extensive global experience, we offer strategic support to develop and execute advocacy campaigns to pass laws and policies that save lives. The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is a leader in the fight to reduce tobacco use in the United States and around the world. A non-profit organization established in 1996, the Campaign works with more than 130 organizational partners, including public health, medical, education, civic, corporate, youth and religious organizations. The Campaign does not accept any government or tobacco industry funding.