Associate Director, Preventing Epidemics

Global Health Advocacy Incubator / Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jan 30

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 preventing epidemics but possibly extending to other program areas. 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 multilateral Global Health Security Agenda, as well as the organizations seeking to implement it, including but not limited to: the World Health Organization, the World Bank, the US Centers for Disease Control, the GHSA Private Sector Roundtable and related NGO partners. In particular, the Associate Director should have significant knowledge of the Joint External Evaluations (JEE) process, the International Health Regulations (IHRs), the resources available to countries seeking to comply with the IHRs, and multilateral and bilateral efforts to improve global health security.


The RESOLVE Initiative, of which GHAI is one partner, seeks to enhance public health infrastructure to prevent and respond to epidemics; while many of the other partner organizations will be carrying out technical assistance and helping governments to develop national action plans.  GHAI’s role will be to support those efforts through policy advocacy and political support, as needed.


The Associate Director must be familiar with the technical components of JEEs and the GHSA initiative.  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.

Specific Responsibilities:


  • Serve as key liaison between the GHAI team and the RESOLVE team and partners (Vital Strategies, World Bank, World Health Organization, CDC, 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 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, 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 global health security and epidemic issues; 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 advocacy related to epidemics and/or cardiovascular health,
  • 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,
  • Strong communications skills, including both writing and speaking,
  • Experience working at the international level and in cross-cultural settings,
  • Ability to travel internationally,
  • Consultative and collaborative approach; comfort 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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