The Global Health Advocacy Incubator (GHAI) at the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK) 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.
The Associate Director coordinates GHAI efforts in providing advocacy assistance to countries pursuing policy change on public health issues, primarily including cardiovascular health but possibly extending to other program areas, such as preventing epidemics. The Associate Director works with the GHAI team to develop an overall strategy for achieving needed policy change, including through locally-led policy advocacy campaigns. The Associate Director is responsible for leading team efforts to ensure the strategy is appropriately designed and implemented effectively. This position reports to the Vice President, Incubator.
The Associate Director 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 be carrying out technical assistance and helping 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 support those efforts through policy advocacy and political support, as needed.
The Associate Director must be generally familiar with technical issues surrounding cardiovascular health; GHAI’s role will focus on advocacy support: mapping/understanding the political landscape; identifying allies/champions/adversaries; 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 to CSOs, and may also involve media campaigns and journalism training and related efforts. Identification of priority countries for this work is still underway; at this time, we anticipate that China, India and Thailand are likely candidates.
To apply for this position, please email a cover letter, including salary history, and attach your resume to: [email protected] Please reference the position code: AD CH/GHAI/14 in the subject line of your email. Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled.