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Associate Director, Advocacy, Obesity Prevention Program

July 7, 2020

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), funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, 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:

  • Restricting 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.

Position Overview

GHAI seeks an Associate Director (AD) for Advocacy to coordinate efforts to provide advocacy assistance to countries pursuing policy change as part of the OPP. The AD will work with the GHAI team, along with partner organizations, to develop and implement strategies for achieving policy change, through locally-led advocacy campaigns. The AD will have specific responsibility for country activities in Brazil and Colombia, will supervise staff coordinators in both countries, and will manage grant budgets for each country. The AD must be fluent in English and Spanish, verbally and orally, and ability to work in Portuguese would be a plus.

The Associate Director will work in partnership with civil society organizations to advance policy focused advocacy campaigns and regulatory change. The AD will help to build capacity among local partners, work closely with communications teams to develop media strategies to advance program goals, and integrate research and advocacy efforts as part of an evidence-based approach. S/he will provide strategic guidance to the Brazil and Colombia teams, and link their efforts to campaigns in other focus countries as well as to global efforts. The ideal candidate will bring a well-developed understanding of advocacy campaigns that lead to policy and regulatory change, and be a self-starter with strong project management skills and the ability to work within cross-functional teams. Ideally, s/he will bring in-depth knowledge of global health and the key issues in obesity prevention and healthy food policy.
This position reports to the GHAI Vice President directing the Obesity Prevention Program. This position is based in Washington, DC and is open to individuals currently authorized to work permanently in the United States. Fluency in English and Spanish required, and ability to work in Portuguese would be a plus.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide management and strategic direction for OPP activities in Brazil and Colombia, including oversight of grants to local partners
  • Build and sustain coalitions or partnerships for advocacy campaigns
  • Provide ongoing technical assistance to local partners in executing campaign plans, including drawing upon legal, communications, research and advocacy resources within GHAI and across the OPP partnership; proactively and aggressively solve problems within the partnership or across campaigns when needed
  • Develop networks with advocates in the region, and globally, to share experiences from working on healthy food policy issues, and to integrate those lessons into ongoing campaigns
  • Report on country-level activities, progress, and strategies to senior management and the donor, as needed
  • Supervise and mentor GHAI’s staff in Brazil and Colombia
  • Provide technical support to and collaborate on Advocacy Fund grants (outside of Brazil and Colombia) where needed and appropriate


  • Bachelor’s Degree in public policy, public health or other relevant field. Advanced degree preferred
  • A minimum of 5-7 years of relevant experience, working on policy issues in public health, preferably on non-communicable diseases; in particular, experience coordinating across multiple stakeholders, understanding political and policy dynamics, and knowledge of how to work with both civil society and government partners
  • Proven track record of conceptualizing and implementing strategic advocacy campaigns for policy change in public health
  • Strong background managing multi-faceted and complex projects, including ability to anticipate issues, develop proactive solutions, resolve conflicts, follow-up and meet deadlines and deliverables
  • Excellent communications skills, both oral and verbal; fluency in English and Spanish required, and ability to work in Portuguese would be a plus.
  • Experience working at the international level and in cross-cultural settings; prior work experience in Brazil and/or Colombia strongly preferred
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently with only minimal supervision
  • Ability to travel internationally up to 25%

To Apply

To apply for this position, please email a cover letter and resume and salary requirement to: Please reference the position code: AD/OP/13 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.