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 Food Policy Program (FPP), 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 (FOPL) on packaged or processed foods and beverages.
The Brazil Coordinator will have direct oversight of the project on-the-ground in Brazil and will support in-country partners to carry out a coordinated advocacy campaign that ultimately leads to policy change. The Coordinator will report directly to the Associate Director of Advocacy at GHAI in Washington, DC and will work closely with the GHAI food policy team and partners on the ground. The Coordinator must be fluent in English and Portuguese, verbally and orally
The ideal candidate will be a passionate advocate committed to advancing public health policy with experience in advocacy campaigns for policy change and will have in-depth knowledge of policy-making process in Brazil, proven ability to work in partnership with multiple stakeholders, civil society coalitions, and experience in dealing with government officers and political leadership. The ideal candidate must have a background in public health and, specifically, obesity prevention and nutrition, with knowledge of advocacy on policies that discourage consumption of ultraprocessed foods such as FOPL, taxes on sweetened products, marketing restrictions, and school food environment policies (PNAE and local level regulations).
This is a full time contract coordinator position based in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro or Brasília. Fluency in English and Portuguese is a requirement.
- Assist in-country funded partners to coordinate a collaborative work to advance healthy food policies in Brazil.
- Assist partners to develop and implement work plans that feed into a coordinated overarching advocacy strategy that leverages each partner’s strengths and minimizes duplication.
- Organize and facilitate strategic planning meetings.
- Assist with contractual and administrative needs.
- Monitor partner performance to ensure deliverables are met and modify work plans as needed with support from the GHAI Team.
- Continuously appraise the policy landscape and ensure that partners are taking advantage of opportunities.
- Facilitate regular in-person and remote meetings with partners and monthly calls with global partners of the FPP.
- Continuously document funded partners work updates/progress, and provide updates to GHAI headquarters team.
- Provide and/or facilitate technical assistance to partners (in the areas of advocacy, legal, communications and research) as needed, with support from the GHAI Team.
- 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 is required; Master’s degree or higher in public policy, nutrition, public health, law or other relevant field is preferred;
- A minimum of 5 years of professional experience coordinating and managing projects, including advocacy for policy change in public health/nutrition area; proven ability to create and maintain effective working relationships with government stakeholders, NGO partners, and international organizations.
- Fluent in English and excellent communication skills with demonstrated ability to communicate (verbally and in writing) complex issues in a concise, compelling, and easily understandable manner.
- Demonstrated experience in planning and implementing advocacy strategies to achieve policy outcomes, ideally for nutrition and health-related policies.
- Ability to coordinate multiple organizations working toward a policy goal.
- Understanding of Brazilian government policy-making processes and key players.
- Ability to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment while juggling multiple projects and deadlines.
- Strong interpersonal and organizational skills.
- Proven ability to work effectively and collaboratively as a member of a dynamic and dispersed team.
- Ability to work and communicate effectively with supervisor and other relevant team members across geographies and time zones.
- A track record of working in an empowering and culturally sensitive environment with an array of global and local partners.
- Proven ability to translate organizational program strategies, priorities, plans and budgets into result-oriented activity plans at country-level.
- Self-starter with a desire to learn and provide innovative and thoughtful solutions.
- Ability to manage conflict and challenging situations effectively.
- Experience managing grants and proposals, including budgets is a plus.
- Experience training and mentoring others to successfully develop and implement advocacy campaigns is a plus.
To apply for this position, please email a cover letter and resume and salary requirement to: [email protected] and CC: [email protected]. Please reference the position BR/ICCin 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 Brazil.