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Advocacy Coordinator, Caribbean (Based in Jamaica or Barbados)

March 11, 2022

Background

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 select countries in the Caribbean, Latin America, sub Saharah Africa, and Asia. The FPP 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.

Position Overview

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 Barbados and Jamaica and at the CARICOM level, 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 ultra-processed foods such as FOPL, taxes on sweetened products, marketing restrictions, and school food environment policies. The Coordinator will report directly to the Caribbean Senior Advisor and will work closely with the GHAI HQ food policy team and partners on the ground.

This is a full-time contract coordinator position based in Jamaica or Barbados.

Responsibilities

  • Assist in-country funded partners to coordinate a collaborative work to advance healthy food policies in Barbados and Jamaica, and other Caribbean territories being supported by grantees.
  • 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.
  • Support the organization and facilitation of 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 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.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree is required; Master’s degree or higher in public policy, nutrition, public health, law or another 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.
  • 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 regional 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

To apply for this position, please email a cover letter and resume and salary requirement to: jobs@tobaccofreekids.org. Please reference the position CARIB/ICC 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 Jamaica or Barbados.

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 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