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Director of Advocacy, Global Road Safety (Based in Washington, D.C.)

January 21, 2020

The Global Health Advocacy Incubator (GHAI), an initiative of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, draws on lessons from tobacco control campaigns in more than 50 countries and its growing experience in other public health issues to drive policy change campaigns around the globe to improve health. GHAI now seeks a new Director of Advocacy, Global Road Safety, to join a dynamic and growing team advancing efforts to improve critical public health policies in specific low-and middle-income countries. The Director will provide leadership and strategic oversight to GHAI’s road safety program and lead a team supporting civil society organizations advocating for policy change and engaging in regulatory reforms that aim to improve road safety and prevent road crash deaths and injury by addressing five key behavioral risk factors: speeding, seatbelts, child restraints, helmets, and drunk driving.

The ideal candidate will bring experience designing and implementing policy advocacy campaigns that lead to policy and regulatory change in-country, be a self-starter with strong project and team management skills, and have a demonstrated commitment to training and capacity building for in-country partners. Ideally, the Director will bring both prior work in advocacy and experience leading multi-country projects related to policy change. Familiarity with global public health and road safety is helpful but not required. S/he will have a flexible and creative approach and the personal dexterity to navigate cross cultural settings and diverse teams. A minimum of 10 years of proven experience in advocacy and policy development internationally and at least 5 years supervisory and management experience is strongly preferred. This is an exciting opportunity for a seasoned global advocacy campaign leader with strong team development and program management skills to lead the next expansion of this important and live saving initiative.

This search is being led by Carolyn Ho and Catherine Seneviratne of NPAG. Application instructions are found at the end of this document.

Program Overview

Every year an estimated 1.25 million people around the world die because of road traffic crashes, and millions more are injured. Established in 2013, the Road Safety program is the longest standing program at GHAI. The program works with civil society organizations, local and international experts, and governments to advocate for and pass road safety policies and legislation around the globe. GHAI provides advocacy leadership to the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety program and partners with the Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP) at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies who oversees grant administration to in-country partners.
The Opportunity

The Director of Advocacy, Global Road Safety will report to the Managing Director of the Global Health Advocacy Incubator and will work closely with the GHAI staff in DC, GHAI staff in-country, and key global and in-country partners to help governments and civil society groups advance key policy change and advocacy goals that reduce road safety injury and death in select countries. This includes:

Strategic Leadership: The Director of Advocacy will oversee the road safety strategy and ensure it effectively advances policy change efforts in priority countries and will develop and manage the full road safety team, which consists of advocacy country leads as well as communications, legal, and support staff. S/he will keep abreast of progress in priority countries and be responsible for leading team efforts to ensure the development and implementation of effective advocacy strategies, as well as reporting on progress.

Campaign Development and Execution: The Director of Advocacy, Global Road Safety, will work with the GHAI team to refine and implement an overall strategy and work plan, and identify key partners and opportunities for locally-led policy advocacy campaigns and actions. S/he will guide the team in identifying local grantee partners to lead these efforts and by focusing on training, capacity building, and evaluation to ensure both the local partners’ and the program’s success. S/he will assess the policy landscape and political feasibility to advance policy change by identifying policy gaps and guiding the development of draft legislation or regulations, where needed. The Director will work closely with the communications team to both build capacity and advance media strategies to support the program’s policy goals. S/he will work to integrate research and ground-level advocacy efforts in an evidence-based approach as well as set the framework for evaluation and the integration of learnings from this work across the Incubator.

Program Management: The Director of Advocacy, Global Road Safety, will oversee the management of the Global Road Safety Program and will work with the GHAI Road Safety team to ensure the effective operation of the program. The Director will be responsible for the GHAI Road Safety Program work plan that will outline the roles and responsibilities that GHAI will play within the larger Bloomberg Philanthropies road safety initiative, as well as corresponding indicators to allow for monitoring and evaluation of the program. The Director will oversee the road safety budget, as well as be responsible for identifying, recruiting and managing the road safety program staff.

Donor and Partner Relations: The Director of Advocacy, Global Road Safety will serve as GHAI’s primary liaison with Bloomberg Philanthropies and global road safety partners, providing strategic direction to coordinated policy change efforts. S/he will ensure productive working relationships with the donor, Bloomberg Philanthropies, and key partners including the Global Road Safety Partnership, Vital Strategies, World Bank, World Health Organization, and others.

Qualifications of the Ideal Candidate

The new Director of Advocacy will be a passionate advocate committed to advancing public health policy in low-and middle-income countries and be drawn to the opportunity to impact change that reduces road safety injuries and saves lives. Ideal candidates will possess demonstrated experience leading in-country policy/advocacy campaigns and exhibit familiarity with the required content areas related to road safety. While no one individual will embody all the qualities below, ideal candidates will possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and experiences:

  • Ten years demonstrated experience working on policy advocacy globally, preferably some knowledge and experience in public health and road safety;
  • Strong ability to coordinate across multiple stakeholders, including a deep understanding of the political and policy dynamics, and knowledge of working with both civil society and government partners;
  • Proven track record of successfully conceptualizing and implementing effective advocacy campaigns for policy change in public health;
  • Strong background managing policy change projects in global health, including the ability to anticipate issues, develop pro-active solutions, ensure follow-up, and meet deadlines and deliverables;
  • Deep understanding of the elements of advocacy models (research, media, lobbying, coalition building, grasstops/grassroots activation, etc.) and internationally recognized best practices in advocacy and capacity building;
  • Demonstrated experience training and mentoring others to successfully develop and implement advocacy campaigns;
  • Minimum of at least 5 years supervisory and management experience;
  • Master’s degree or higher in public policy, public health, law or other relevant field is preferred;
  • Additional language skills are a plus (Spanish, French, Mandarin, Arabic, Hindi); and,
  • International travel required.

Must have legal authority to work in the United States.

To Apply

Due to the pace of this search, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications including a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, your resume (in Word format), and where you learned of the position should be sent to: In order to expedite the internal sorting and reviewing process, please type your name (Last, First) as the only contents in the subject line of your e-mail.

CTFK/GHAI is an equal opportunity employer and proudly values diversity.

Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.