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Regional Advocacy Director, Latin America

January 23, 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 to drive policy change campaigns focused other public health issues around the globe to improve health. The Regional Advocacy Director (RAD), Latin America joins a dynamic and growing team advancing efforts to train and support non-governmental organization (NGO) partners working to improve critical road safety public health policies in specific low-and middle-income countries. The RAD will support the execution of key programmatic efforts and policy change initiatives in close collaboration with the road safety Program Director, other GHAI road safety staff, and global program partners.

The RAD will work in partnership with civil society organizations and multilateral organizations to advocate for policy change and engage in regulatory reforms that aim to improve road safety in low-and middle-income countries. The RAD must demonstrate a well-developed understanding of in-country advocacy campaigns that lead to policy and regulatory change globally, be a self-starter with strong project management skills and the ability to work within cross-functional teams, and have a demonstrated commitment to advocacy training and capacity building in a global context.

Key Responsibilities

The RAD will report to the Director, Road Safety and work closely with the GHAI staff in DC, GHAI staff in-country, and key global and in-country partners to advance policies that reduce road safety injury and death in key priority countries in Latin America. Primarily, the RAD will be responsible for providing ongoing technical assistance and strategic consultation to local civil society organizations to plan and execute strategic advocacy campaigns in their countries.  More specifically, working with other key staff, the RAD will lead efforts to:

  • Identify local partners and assess and build their capacity to conduct effective policy change campaigns.
  • Work local partners to develop and execute strategic advocacy campaigns, including mapping the political landscape; identifying allies, champions, and adversaries; mobilizing public support; building coalitions; leveraging media coverage; and other core strategies necessary for a successful policy change campaign.
  • Monitor progress of campaign execution and outcomes and report as necessary
  • Manage in-country staff


Professional and personal abilities, attributes, and experiences:

  • Ten or more years of demonstrated experience in working on policy issues in Latin America. Language skills strongly preferred; road safety or transportation policy experience a plus;
  • Proven track record of coordinating multi-faceted and complex projects related to policy change in global health, including ability to anticipate issues, develop pro-active solutions, and follow-up and meet deadlines and deliverables;
  • Understanding of the tools and practices needed to influence public health policy in middle- and low-income countries and experience working with in-country organizations to use these tools in effective policy change campaigns;
  • Proven ability to coordinate across a diverse set of stakeholders with sensitivity to the political and policy dynamics;
  • Experience working at the global level and in cross-cultural settings, and the ability to travel internationally;
  • Strong written and oral communications skills including the ability to contribute to donor reports;
  • Consultative and collaborative approach; comfort working across a large and complex international NGO on complex policy issues; and
  • Bachelor’s degree in public policy, political science, public health or other relevant field; Advanced degree preferred.
  • International travel is required.

To Apply

To apply for this position, please email a cover letter, writing sample, resume and salary requirement to: Please reference the position code: RADLA/GHAI/12 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.