The Global Health Advocacy Incubator (GHAI), a program of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK), provides strategic advocacy assistance on global public health issues to drive policy change campaigns around the globe to improve health. As part of the Obesity Prevention Program (OPP), GHAI works with partners to improve the nutrition policy environment, in countries including Barbados, Brazil, Colombia, Jamaica, Mexico and South Africa. The OPP focuses on the passage and implementation of four key policies:
- Banning advertising of junk food and sugary beverages to children;
- Implementing taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages;
- Regulating the supply of unhealthy foods and beverages in public sector institutions, particularly schools; and
- Improving front of package labelling on packaged or processed foods and beverages.
GHAI seeks an Associate Director for Advocacy to manage the Advocacy Fund, which will identify and support policy initiatives beyond the geographies where OPP has worked to date. The Advocacy Fund will provide critical support to get promising legislative or regulatory efforts on policy priorities over the finish line. The Associate Director will work closely with the GHAI headquarters team and with current partners and other stakeholders to identify appropriate opportunities and new partners.
The Associate Director will work in partnership with civil society organizations to advance policy focused advocacy campaigns and regulatory change. The ideal candidate will bring a well-developed understanding of advocacy campaigns that lead to policy and regulatory change, and be a self-starter with strong project management skills and the ability to work within cross-functional teams. Ideally, s/he will bring in-depth knowledge of global health and the key issues in obesity prevention and healthy food policy.
This position reports to the GHAI Vice President directing the Obesity Prevention Program. The role is based in Washington, DC and is open to U.S. citizens and other applicants who already possess U.S. work authorization.
Key areas of focus for the position include:
- Provide management and direction for the Advocacy Fund, working in conjunction with other GHAI staff and partners as part of the Obesity Prevention Program; develop an overall strategy for the Fund’s roll-out and implementation, and ensure that program deliverables and timelines are met.
- Establish criteria for selecting opportunities and new partners to be supported through the Advocacy Fund.
- Build upon the OPP’s current network of advocates and stakeholders, reach beyond the regions where OPP is currently working, to establish relationships with potential new partners and allies.
- Work with WHO regional or country offices and other networks to identify countries working on relevant policies and potential grantees/partners.
- Conduct reconnaissance visits to identify grantees, assess feasibility, and negotiate grants, as needed
- Identify needs for technical assistance among grantees; mobilize strategic support (legal, communications, research and advocacy) to partners, drawing on OPP and GHAI resources, expertise and experience from around the world.
- Oversee grant management and administration, and monitor overall operations of the Advocacy Fund.
- Evaluate results of the Advocacy Fund and recommend improvements, as needed.
- Bachelor’s Degree in public policy, public health or other relevant field. Advanced degree preferred.
- A minimum of 5-7 years of relevant experience, working on policy issues in public health, preferably on non-communicable diseases; in particular, experience coordinating across multiple stakeholders, understanding political and policy dynamics, and knowledge of working with both civil society and government partners.
- Experience with grants management and negotiation, financial management and compliance.
- Proven track record of managing projects, problem-solving and conflict resolution, and meeting deadlines.
- Excellent communications skills, both oral and verbal.
- Experience working at the international level and in cross-cultural settings.
- Experience working with NGOs and public interest groups on public policy initiatives.
- Ability to take initiative and work independently with only minimal supervision.
- Ability to travel internationally up to 25%.
To apply for this position, please email a cover letter, resume, and salary requirement to: [email protected]. Please reference the position code: PO/FCO/11 in the subject line of your email. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. No phone calls please. Candidates must have authorization to live and work in the United States.