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 Healthy Food Policy Advocacy Fund was recently created as part of the OPP to extend this advocacy assistance to other low and middle-income countries that require critical support to help promising legislative or regulatory efforts on healthy food policy priorities cross the finish line. 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.
The Pakistan Consultant will assist with direct oversight of Advocacy Fund grant execution on-the-ground in Pakistan and will support in-country partner(s) to carry out a coordinated advocacy campaign that leads to a surcharge and/or federal excise duty on sugar-sweetened beverages by June 2021. The Consultant will work closely with the current CTFK Pakistan-based staff, including the In-Country Coordinator for tobacco control efforts, and report directly to the Associate Director of Advocacy at GHAI in Washington, DC and will collaborate with other members of the GHAI OPP team-including research, legal, and communications staff.
The ideal candidate will have experience in advocacy campaigns for policy change and have in-depth knowledge of the policy-making process in Pakistan, proven ability to develop and work in partnership with multiple stakeholders, and experience in dealing with government officers and political leadership. Knowledge of/background in public health and, specifically, obesity prevention and nutrition is desirable. Knowledge of/background in communications and research for advocacy and policy change is desirable.
- This is a part-time (50%), 12-month contract consultant position based in Islamabad.
- The consultant will work approximately 20 hours/week.
- Projected start/end dates: September 1, 2020 – August 31, 2021.
- Support in-country funded partner(s) to advance a surcharge and/or federal excise duty on sugar-sweetened beverages in Pakistan.
- Assist partner(s) to implement work plan that integrates advocacy, communications, research, and legal strategies to achieve policy change within 12 months.
- Assist with contractual and administrative needs.
- Monitor partner performance to ensure deliverables are met and modify work plan as needed with support from the GHAI Team.
- Continuously appraise the policy landscape and ensure that partner(s) is/are taking advantage of opportunities.
- Facilitate regular in-person/Zoom meetings with partner(s) and monthly Zoom meetings between partners and GHAI.
- Provide and/or facilitate technical assistance to partners as needed, with support from the
- Act as the primary liaison between GHAI and implementing partners for needed technical, administrative, and financial information.
- Help build strategic relationships with government, non-government, and other organizations that are involved or interested in NCD prevention.
- Bachelor’s degree or higher in public health or public policy
- A minimum of 3-5 years of professional experience coordinating and managing projects, including advocacy for policy change, preferably with an added focus on communications and research for advocacy; proven ability to create and maintain effective working relationships with government stakeholders, NGO partners, and international organizations.
- Demonstrated success in planning and implementing advocacy strategies to achieve policy outcomes, ideally for health-related policies.
- Understanding of Pakistani government policy-making processes and key players.
- Ability to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment while juggling multiple projects and deadlines.
- Proven ability to translate organizational program strategies, priorities, plans and budgets into result-oriented activity plans at country-level.
- Oral and written proficiency in both Urdu and English languages, including communication of
complex issues in a concise and compelling manner.
- Experience managing grants and proposals, including budgets is a plus.
- Interest in public health, commitment to public interest work, and experience on obesity prevention/nutrition policy issues is a plus.
To apply for this position, please email a cover letter and resume and salary requirement to:
[email protected]. Please reference the position code: PTCP/13 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 Pakistan.