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In Country Coordinator, Road Safety, Vietnam

April 13, 2020

Road traffic crashes are the leading cause of death of people between the ages of 5 years and 29 years of age killing approximately 1.5 million people annually with 90% of the deaths occurring in low to middle income countries. The Global Health Advocacy Incubator (GHAI) advances policy change that saves lives on the road addressing all five of the leading behavioral risk factors: speed, drink driving, helmet usage, child restraints and seat belts. The in-country coordinator in Viet Nam will work in partnership with Government & civil society organizations and multilateral organizations to advocate for policy change and engage in regulatory reforms that aim to improve road safety.

GHAI, a program of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, provides strategic advocacy assistance on global public health issues that includes road safety. The GHAI works with the Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP) to help identify promising individuals and organizations to serve as advocates for road safety policy change and provides technical assistance, training and strategic planning to help advocates conduct high-impact advocacy campaigns.

Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety – Viet Nam:

A priority of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Initiative for Global Road Safety is strengthening national legislation and subnational policies to meet best practice guidelines outlined by the World Health Organization. In Viet Nam, GHAI and other BIGRS partners will provide technical and legal support to the government and road safety organizations as they work to draft, enact, and enforce this legislation.

Objective:

The Vietnam In – Country Coordinator’s (ICC) will be the focal point in Hanoi and coordinate the Global Health Advocacy Incubator’s (GНAI) road safety policy work in Viet Nam in close coordination with the Viet Nam Country Director and the team at headquarters and partners locally and globally. The ideal Coordinator will have had experience working with the government of Vietnam, and have a good sense of the political and media landscape in Vietnam. He/She will have knowledge of the policy-making process in Vietnam, and ideally a background in injury prevention, public health or public administration; proven ability to develop and work in partnership with multiple stakeholders and experience in working with government agencies and officials.

This is a full-time coordinator position (20 to 22 days each month) and will be based in GHAI’s Hanoi office (TNR Building, 54 Nguyen Chi Thanh, Dong Da District, Hanoi).

Primary Duties:

Coordinate work of Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP) grantees and contractors funded by GHAI to advance comprehensive road safety policies in Vietnam. Those duties include the following:

  • Apply a strong working knowledge of the Vietnam political and administrative systems, process and players to identify opportunities for change in policies specifically as it relates to ensuring road safety in Vietnam;
  • Track and monitor developments regarding road safety measures in Vietnam;
  • Proactive approach to engagement with grantees through the development of the political analysis and mapping, building relationships with key government officials and political leaders;
  • Provide hands-on insights in the Vietnam context on challenges, pitfalls and opportunities to GRSP and potential applicants;
  • Strong ability to translate concepts, cultural and social nuance; share and disseminate information to both grantees and GRSP and GHAI staff;
  • Suggest strategies (direct contact, media, public education) for providing evidence and best practices to support government officials and policy makers;
  • Facilitate meetings with grantees and partners for joint strategy formulation and execution;
  • Proactively and closely engage with grantees to help them capitalize on the new development in Vietnam and other countries and into implementable project activities to move the agenda on;
  • Identify new organizations for road safety efforts in Vietnam;
  • Work collaboratively with partners at GRSP;
  • Participate in regional cross-learning opportunities with advocates in existing GHAI road safety countries;
  • Participate in weekly meetings with GRSP/GHAI;
  • Help organize workshops, trainings and meetings, and take on other duties as needed;
  • Conduct translation and interpretation as required; and
  • Perform any other task that may be assigned by the GHAI Regional Advocacy Director.
  • Some international and local travel is required.

Reporting:

At the end of each month, In-Country Coordinator (ICC) will provide a monthly activity report to GHAI’s Vietnam Country Director and GHAI Regional Advocacy Director, detailing specific activities, meetings attended and other details in accordance with the position’s primary duties.

Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in public health or public policy, law degree or other related degree with international focus highly desirable.
  • A minimum of 10 years of professional experience coordinating and managing a wide variety of projects including advocacy or policy change.
  • Strong understanding of political and media environments.
  • Experience working on road safety policies highly desired.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment while juggling multiple projects and deadlines.
  • Interest in public health, commitment to public interest work and road safety experience preferred.
  • Ability to communicate complex issues in a concise, compelling, and easily understandable manner both verbally and in writing.
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Proven ability to work effectively and collaboratively as a member of a dynamic and dispersed team.
  • Ability to work effectively and to report and communicate regularly and promptly with supervisor in a long-distance management set-up.
  • A track record of working in an empowering and culturally sensitive style with an array of partners and stakeholders, and
  • Proven ability to translate organizational program strategies, priorities, plans and budgets into result-oriented action plans at country-level.

How to Apply:

To apply for this position, please email a CV to jobs@tobaccofreekids.org and CC Lexi Bullick (lbullick@advocacyincubator.org) and Huyen Doan (dhuyen@advocacyincubator.org). Please include your name and reference the position CODE: #12/IC/RSV in the subject line of your email. Applications will be accepted until 5:00pm (Viet Nam time) on 11 May 2020. No phone calls.

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids has a strict policy of not hiring or contracting with anyone with economic ties to the tobacco industry and requires that no economic ties to the tobacco industry exist.

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is a non-profit, public health advocacy organization that works to prevent kids from smoking, help smokers quit, and protect everyone from secondhand smoke by changing public attitudes and public policies on tobacco and actively countering the tobacco industry and its special interests. 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.

The Global Health Advocacy Incubator at the Campaign draws on lessons learned from tobacco advocacy to provide training and assistance to other public health advocacy initiatives funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies. Bloomberg Philanthropies’ public health programs concentrate on policy-focused responses to global health issues such as data for public health, road safety, and obesity.

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