Associate Director, Budget Advocacy, Data for Health Project

Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Sep 23

Position description


The Global Health Advocacy Incubator (GHAI), an initiative of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK), draws on decades of work on tobacco control campaigns and its growing experience on other public health issues to drive policy change campaigns around the globe to improve health. To date, these issues have included road safety, food policy, cardiovascular health, drowning prevention, civil registration & vital statistics, preventing epidemics, and maternal and reproductive health, among others.

GHAI’s Data for Health (D4H) project supports efforts in low- and middle-income countries to improve civil registration, vital statistics, and identity management systems (CRVSID). Working with global partners, GHAI’s specific role within the D4H Initiative is to is to assess the legal frameworks in place that support a country’s CRVSID systems and offer recommendations for legislative or regulatory changes needed to facilitate CRVSID reform. GHAI also provides assistance (e.g., legislative drafting) to local partners and governments to implement these legal changes.


Because the CRVSID reforms often require ongoing government resources for implementation, GHAI seeks an Associate Director of Budget Advocacy to lead efforts to develop, test, and implement an approach that can be used by in-country partners to build awareness of the need for these resources and generate support among decision makers to provide them. The Budget Advocacy Director will work with the team to create a framework for conducting budget sustainability efforts in the countries where D4H CRVSID reform is underway and use that framework develop a training curriculum that can ultimately be used by and with local partners to implement CRVSID budget sustainability efforts. The Budget Advocacy Associate Director will also pilot the new framework and training module in a D4H priority country to assess whether refinements are needed before potentially implementing it more widely.

Experience working on budget advocacy or budget sustainability efforts globally at the national level pertaining to health policies or programs, especially those pertaining to CRVSID systems, is highly desirable. This position reports to the Associate Director of the D4H Program, is based in Washington, DC, and is a temporary 18-month full-time assignment, with potential for longer term employment, contingent on outcomes and funding. Currently, all employees are working remotely with reentry to the Washington D.C. office expected in January, 2022. Full vaccination requirement except for medical or religious exemption.


The primary responsibility of the Budget Advocacy Associate Director is to develop and test an approach to budget sustainability that will prepare the D4H project for future efforts to secure sustainable funding for the CRVSID reforms emerging from the CRVSID legal review process. As part of this work, the Budget Sustainability Director will:

  • Develop a Framework for Budget Sustainability in the context of CRVS D4H, which will involve conducting research and scoping with global and local partners, as well as stakeholders, to understand government budgets for the varying elements and actors involved in CRVSID. It will also involve identifying the sustainability needs, mapping the budget processes and players, and developing a strategic plan for budget sustainability.
  • Develop a Budget Sustainability Training Module based on the Framework for Budget Sustainability, which can ultimately be used with local partners to plan and implement CRVS budget sustainability efforts. This will involve operationalizing the Framework for Budget Sustainability in ways that lead to the development of strategic budget sustainability plans.
  • Pilot the new Budget Advocacy Framework and Training Module for CRVSID reform in order to determine whether refinements, alterations, or additions to the Framework and Training Module are needed. This will involve identifying a priority D4H country where the new Framework and Training Module can be applied, tested, and reviewed.


The Budget Sustainability Director will closely coordinate with the Associate Director of D4H, as well as other partners, stakeholders, and consultants. As part of this work, the Budget Sustainability Director will:

  • Coordinate with the Associate Director for D4H at GHAI, as well as consultants, partner organizations, funders, and stakeholders to ensure the success of the shared goals of the D4H Initiative.
  • Conduct research and develop materials, resources and presentations for work related to the D4H Initiative, and the Budget Sustainability project specifically.
  • Assist with communications and highlighting our program’s successes and milestones through blog posts, tweets, and messaging on other media outlets.
  • Manage work flow with consultants, including in-country consultants and those who assist with the creation of the new framework and training module.
  • Coordinate with partners in the D4H initiative on shared projects and goals.
  • Oversee the work of consultants and ensure that their contracts, invoices and other payments are submitted and processed in a timely manner.



  • Graduate degree in public health, public policy, international development, or related degree with international focus preferred.
  • Seven (7) years related experience working on public interest or public health advocacy campaigns in a global context.
  • Experience with budget advocacy or budget sustainability, ideally on an issue related to public health.
  • Demonstrated experience developing frameworks and training modules for advocacy, preferably related to public health.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment while juggling and coordinating multiple projects and deadlines.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail.
  • Cultural sensitivity and competence.
  • Ability to operate independently with moderate supervision, and
  • Ability to travel internationally.

Application instructions



To apply for this position, please email a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to: [email protected]. Please reference the position code: ADBAD4H/GHAI/12 in the subject line of your email. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. No phone calls please.

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes applications from individuals who will contribute to its diversity.

The Global Health Advocacy Incubator, a program of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, advances public health policies to build a healthier and safer world. Drawing on our extensive global experience, we offer strategic support to develop and execute advocacy campaigns to pass laws and policies that save lives. The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is a leader in the fight to reduce tobacco use in the United States and around the world. A non-profit organization established in 1996, the Campaign works with more than 130 organizational partners, including public health, medical, education, civic, corporate, youth and religious organizations. The Campaign does not accept any government or tobacco industry funding.