Associate Director, Cardiovascular Health

Global Health Advocacy Incubator / Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jan 25

Position description

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.


Position Overview


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.


Specific Responsibilities:


  • 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, challenges, and strategies,
  • As appropriate, participate in country missions with Resolve team to develop overall advocacy strategy, engage with local TFK/GHAI staff, and identify CSOs and other potential partners,
  • Direct overall efforts to assess local context, policy gaps and opportunities; develop strategic approach for each priority country in which GHAI works; manage implementation of the advocacy approach, including evaluation of impact,
  • Provide technical, political and advocacy guidance on policy proposals at local, national and multilateral levels (in particular, provide expert advice on addressing these issues at the World Health Organization and as part of the Global Framework on NCDs), and
  • Coordinate broad engagement between GHAI and Resolve team, including but not limited to communications, legal, research, grants and other advocacy staff.


Key Qualifications:


  • Demonstrated experience in working on policy issues on cardiovascular health and non-communicable diseases; in particular, experience in coordinating across multiple stakeholders, understanding political and policy dynamics, and knowledge of working with multilateral and bilateral partners is key,
  • 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, follow-up and meet deadlines,
  • Experience with policy development and advocacy related to cardiovascular health or preventing epidemics,
  • Understanding of the tools and practices needed to influence public health policy in middle-and low-income countries,
  • Strong communications skills, including both writing and oral,
  • Experience working at the international level and in cross-cultural settings,
  • Ability to travel internationally,
  • Consultative and collaborative approach; comfortable working across a large and complex international NGO on complex policy issues, and
  • Bachelor’s degree in policy, communications, public health or other relevant field; Advanced degree preferred.

Application instructions


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.

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