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Associate Director, Obesity Prevention & Associate Director, Cardiovascular Health

Company Name
Global Health Advocacy Incubator at The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
Location Washington , District of Columbia
Date Posted May 6, 2018
Category Advocacy & Partnership
Job Type Consultant
Closing date for applications 8/28/2016
Experience Required 5+ years


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 and its growing experience in other public health issues to drive policy change campaigns around the globe to improve health. The GHAI now seeks a new Associate Director, Obesity Prevention, and a new Associate Director, Cardiovascular Health to join a dynamic and growing team advancing efforts to support and train governmental and non-governmental organization (NGO) partners working to improve critical public health policies in specific low-and middle-income countries. The new Associate Directors will provide strategic direction to evidence-based policy campaigns focused on obesity prevention and cardiovascular health in target countries, identify key partners and stakeholders on the ground, and nurture and deepen relationships with GHAI’s primary funders and programmatic partners in the US and abroad. These are exciting opportunities to engage in important public health issues and partner with local NGOs to improve the lives of people around the world.
The new Associate Directors will have the unique opportunity to address emerging public health issues in low and middle-income countries through policy change and advocacy efforts on issues such as improving the nutrition policy environment (sugar-sweetened beverages, marketing to children, food labeling, and healthy foods in school environments), eliminating trans-fats, reducing sodium intake, increasing treatment of hypertension, all with the aim of improving health globally. The Associate Directors will work in partnership with civil society organizations and multilateral organizations to advance policy focused advocacy campaigns and regulatory change that aim to reduce obesity and improve the treatment of cardiovascular health in target countries. The ideal candidate for each of these roles will bring a well-developed understanding of advocacy campaigns that lead to policy and regulatory change internationally, be a self-starter with strong project management skills and the ability to work within cross-functional teams, and will have a demonstrated commitment to training and capacity building. Ideally, s/he will bring a depth of knowledge in public health globally and in the key contributors to obesity and cardiovascular health. S/he will have a flexible and creative approach and the personal dexterity to navigate cross cultural settings and diverse teams. A minimum of 5-7 years’ proven experience in advocacy and policy development internationally and familiarity with the relevant content areas are required.
The Global Health Advocacy Incubator is being assisted by Carolyn Ho and Mira Kline of NPAG. Please see application instructions at the end of this document.

The Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids is a proven leader and partner in advancing tobacco control policy change in the United States and around the world. The Campaign has made significant progress and developed a sophisticated approach to partnering, equipping, and empowering local NGOs to lead and attain lasting policy change that transforms lives and improves the health of low and middle-income countries around the world. Building on the successes and lessons learned in the global fight against tobacco, the Campaign launched the Global Health Advocacy Incubator four years ago to build capacity and expertise in other key public health advocacy areas globally.
The Global Health Advocacy Incubator is a groundbreaking model for providing effective advocacy support and training to help organizations drive important policy change. GHAI supports public health policy change by serving in a consulting and capacity building role, providing critical advice and technical assistance to NGOs around the globe. The GHAI has grown rapidly with active initiatives and capacity building in multiple public health issues, supported by the Bloomberg Foundation.
GHAI both provides strategic advice and essential training and capacity building on how to identify opportunities for policy change, conduct high-impact advocacy campaigns, develop and execute successful campaign strategies, and draft new legislation as well as partners directly with civil society groups to advance policy change on specific public health issues. The Incubator’s work includes obesity prevention and cardiovascular health, road safety, drowning prevention, maternal and reproductive health, and vital statistics. GHAI is poised for continued growth and impact and seeks to expand its team with two new Associate Directors who will bring leadership on key initiatives in cardiovascular health and obesity prevention.
The Associate Director, Obesity Prevention, and the Associate Director, Cardiovascular Health, will report to the Vice President of the Global Health Advocacy Incubator and work closely with the GHAI staff in DC and the field, and other partners to help civil society groups advance key advocacy goals in support of public health policy objectives in select countries. While closely connected in content areas, each position offers unique opportunities and challenges.
The Associate Director, Obesity Prevention coordinates GHAI efforts in providing advocacy assistance to countries pursuing policy change as part of the Obesity Prevention Program funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies. S/he will work with the GHAI team to develop and implement an overall strategy for achieving needed policy change, including through locally-led policy advocacy campaigns on issues such as sugar-sweetened beverages. S/he will do this by identifying local grantee partners to lead these efforts and by focusing on training, capacity building, and evaluation to ensure both the local partners’ and the program’s success. S/he will assess the policy landscape and political feasibility to advance policy change by identifying policy gaps and guiding the development of draft legislation. The Associate Director will work closely with the communications team to both build capacity through journalist trainings, as well as develop the communications and media strategy to advance the program’s policy goals. S/he will work to integrate research and ground-level advocacy efforts in an evidence-based approach as well as set the framework for evaluation and the integration of learnings from this work across the Incubator. The new Associate Director will have a country specific focus on South Africa, Jamaica, and Barbados and will supervise two in-country coordinators, one in Jamaica and one in South Africa as well as manage grants budgets for each country.
The Associate Director, Cardiovascular Health must have strong
familiarity with the goals and objectives of the Resolve to Save Lives Initiative, and in particular, the cardiovascular health program which focuses on eliminating artificial trans-fats, reducing sodium intake, and improving hypertension treatment in low- and middle-income countries. The Resolve Initiative, of which GHAI is a partner, seeks to save 100 million lives through several high-impact strategies. Other Resolve partner organizations will carry out technical assistance and help governments to pilot, test, and implement new hypertension treatment protocols, conduct surveillance on trans-fats in packaged foods and measure its presence in humans, and develop and implement sodium reduction programs. GHAI’s role will be to enhance those efforts through policy advocacy and political support, as needed, and coordinate the engagement of GHAI staff resources in communications, legal, research, grants and other advocacy to collectively advance the work in close partnership with the Resolve team.
The Associate Director will develop an overall strategy for achieving needed policy change, including through locally-led policy advocacy campaigns. S/he will serve as key liaison between the GHAI team and the Resolve team and partners (Vital Strategies, World Bank, World Health Organization, CDC Foundation, and others); keep abreast of progress in priority countries and be responsible for leading team efforts to ensure the development and implementation of an effective strategy. S/he must be familiar with technical issues surrounding cardiovascular health and will work closely to focus GHAI’s role on advocacy support by: mapping the political landscape; identifying allies, champions, and adversaries; and identifying local partners with whom the Resolve team can work to push for policy action. This support may include policy/advocacy training to technical staff in governments and with civil society organizations and may also involve media campaigns and journalism training and related efforts. Identification of priority countries for this work is still underway with an anticipated focus on China, India, and Thailand.
The new Associate Directors will be passionate advocates committed to advancing public health policy for the betterment of people in low-and middle-income countries and be drawn to the opportunity to impact change that improves lives. Ideal candidates will possess demonstrated experience leading policy/advocacy campaigns and exhibit familiarity with the required content areas related to obesity prevention and cardiovascular health. While no one individual will embody all the qualities below, ideal candidates will possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and experiences:
Associate Director, Obesity Prevention
• Demonstrated experience working on policy issues in public health, preferably in the area of non-communicable diseases coordinating across multiple stakeholders, understanding political and policy dynamics, and knowledge of working with both civil society and government partners
• Proven track record of successfully conceptualizing and implementing strategic advocacy campaigns for policy change in public health
• Strong background managing multi-faceted and complex projects related to policy change in global health, including ability to anticipate issues, develop pro-active solutions, follow-up and meet deadlines and deliverables
• Deep understanding of the elements of advocacy models (research, media, lobbying, coalition building, grasstops/grassroots activation, etc.) and internationally recognized best practices in advocacy and capacity building
• Demonstrated experience training and mentoring others to successfully develop and implement advocacy campaigns
• Strong written and oral communications skills
• Experience working at the international level and in cross-cultural settings; familiarity with South Africa or the Caribbean gained by having previously worked or lived in the regions is strongly preferred
• Bachelor’s degree in public policy, communications, public health, or other relevant field; Advanced degree preferred.
Associate Director, Cardiovascular Health
• Demonstrated experience in working on policy issues in cardiovascular health and non-communicable diseases; proven ability to coordinate across multiple stakeholders with sensitivity to the political and policy dynamics, and knowledge of working with multilateral and bilateral partners is key
• Experience with policy development and advocacy related to cardiovascular health or preventing epidemics
• Proven track record of coordinating/managing 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
• Experience working at the international level and in cross-cultural settings, and the ability to travel internationally
• Strong written and oral communications skills
• Consultative and collaborative approach; comfortable 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.
More information about the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids may be found at:
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The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Candidates who enhance our diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.
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