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Program Manager, Drowning Prevention

May 28, 2020

The Global Health Advocacy Incubator (GHAI), a program of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, draws on lessons from tobacco control and its growing experience on other public health issues to support policy change campaigns around the globe to improve health. Currently, that work includes cardiovascular health, drowning prevention, road safety, obesity prevention, preventing epidemics, and civil registration and vital statistics.

Program and Position Summary

As the advocacy partner in the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Childhood Drowning, GHAI works with local partners to raise awareness of drowning as a public health issue, increase public demand, and create a conducive media environment to build political support for policy change and public financing for program sustainability. In partnership with the World Health Organization, GHAI also supports governments as they design, implement and scale evidence based drowning prevention interventions.

The Program Manager will support Directors in achieving programmatic objectives that advance drowning prevention policy goals in Bangladesh and Vietnam. This position is based in Washington, DC, and reports to the Directors for South Asia and South East Asia. All applicants must to eligible to work in the United States.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Assist Regional Directors in the development of country strategies, work plans and budgets for Vietnam and Bangladesh and track its implementation.
  • Coordinate with and support in-country partners and consultants to implement country plans.
  • Coordinate with local and global partners to track and document progress.
  • Explore new partnerships and review work of current partners for continued progress towards goals.
  • Ensure cross learning and cross pollination between Bangladesh and Vietnam Programs.
  • Document the knowledge base, emerging research, impact analysis and best practices in Drowning Prevention and share with relevant parties.
  • Attend coordination meetings and calls with global partners to ensure synergy and collaboration.
  • Explore ways to highlight drowning prevention efforts in various NCD/Injury Prevention platforms.
  • Liaise with grants/contracts team to ensure timely issuance of grants, programmatic and financial compliance and donor reporting.
  • Through close collaboration and consultation with the grants team, monitor and assist grantees to achieve their project goals through appropriate program design modifications.
  • Coordinate with communications focal point to ensure tailored communications assistance to local partners.
  • Liaise with marketing focal point to highlight achievements of the drowning prevention work.
  • Perform additional duties as directed by the Regional Directors, South Asia and South East Asia Programs.
  • Travel internationally (approximately 30%) to further the goals of the program.


  • Master’s degree in public health, public policy, international development, law or related degree with international focus preferred.
  • Five (5) years related experience working on public interest or health advocacy campaigns.
  • 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 (up to 30%).

To Apply

To apply for this position, please email a cover letter, resume and salary requirement to Please reference the position code: PMDP/GHAI 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.