Associate Director of International Communications, Africa

Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Oct 05

Position description



The Associate Director of International Communications for Africa develops, implements, and supports media advocacy campaigns aimed at tobacco control policy progress in low- and middle-income countries in Africa.  The Associate Director serves as a resource for CTFK staff, NGOs in African countries, and the media.  S/he develops and implements communications strategies in collaboration with NGOs and partners in selected countries with the goal of passing and implementing policies to reduce tobacco use.


Primary Duties:

  • Serve as member of CTFK’s Africa team, participating in program development, team meetings, etc. to ensure that media strategy supports CTFK’s goals and objectives in Africa.
  • Develop and maintain a high-level communications strategy to support Africa team goals and define priorities, including developing and overseeing the Africa communications budget.
  • Develop, implement, and support media advocacy strategies in partnership with NGOs and partners in selected low- and middle-income countries of focus in Africa.
  • Implement strategies to increase the capacity of the media to report on tobacco control, including journalism workshops and other programs.
  • Develop and maintain a network of responsive journalists throughout Africa.
  • Implement strategies to enhance ability of NGOs in selected countries to conduct effective media advocacy, including media advocacy workshops.
  • Collaborate with CTFK’s social media team to optimize the use of social media in advocacy campaigns, and participate in social media training for African partners.
  • Conduct research on the media landscape in new focus countries to help guide development of media programs.
  • Contribute to efforts to implement systems for gathering data and analyzing the results of CTFK’s media programs, and translate this data into clear progress reports.
  • Draft, edit and oversee production of press releases, reports, brochures and other communications materials when necessary. Work in conjunction with the CTFK web team on an ongoing basis to write and produce content for the organizational website.
  • Collaborate with communications staff from other organizations and alliances working on tobacco control in Africa.
  • Provide support to CTFK’s grants program and grantees in the grant review, negotiation, and implementation phases, with an emphasis on the communications elements of the grants.
  • Oversee relationships with and output of communications agencies and consultants.


Desired Skills:

  • Client-service experience in the field of advocacy communications and public relations.
  • Experience in utilizing earned, paid media and social media in a policy advocacy context.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement media and communications strategies in support of policy change and implementation in African countries.
  • Hands-on experience designing and conducting training programs.
  • Strong experience working with the media across African countries and regions, with existing contacts in the media.
  • Minimum seven years relevant experience.
  • Excellent writing, speaking and editing skills (English).
  • Fluency in French strongly preferred.
  • Experience working at the international level and in cross-cultural settings.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks in fast-paced environment. Comfort in a setting in which demonstrated results are required.
  • Availability and desire to travel to Africa up to 5-6 times each year.

Application instructions

To apply for this position, email a cover letter, resume and salary history to [email protected]. Please reference code: ADICA-08 Africa Communications in the subject line of your email. Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled.

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