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Policy Director, China (Beijing, China)

Summary Description

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK) is seeking applications for a strategic, seasoned, and politically astute Policy Director to help design and implement CTFK's efforts to promote strong tobacco control policy in the People’s Republic of China. CTFK is a leading civil society organization dedicated to the fight to reduce tobacco use and its deadly toll in the United States and around the world. Qualified candidates will understand and have proven experience with policy development or policy promotion and will be a strategic partner to grantees, partners, and funders in preventing the devastating health impacts of tobacco use. This position is based in Beijing, China and is supervised by the Director of China Programs in Washington.

The Policy Director will be responsible for developing a strategy to support the adoption and implementation of effective tobacco control policies consistent with the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in China. This includes conducting and/or coordinating necessary decision- maker/stakeholder mapping and identifying opportunities to promote and influence tobacco control policies. The Policy Director will serve as the primary liaison with Chinese nongovernmental organizations and government actors to identify strategic political opportunities to advance tobacco control. S/he will work closely with the Director of China Programs in Washington, DC to develop targeted policy campaigns and strategies as well as ensure implementation of work plans with in-country staff and provide technical support to partners and grantees.

About the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

By changing public attitudes and public policies on tobacco, the Campaign works to prevent children from smoking, to help smokers quit, and to protect everyone from secondhand smoke. Established in 1996, the Campaign envisions a world free from the death and disease caused by tobacco. The Campaign promotes public policies that have been proven to reduce tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke, including higher tobacco taxes, comprehensive smoke-free laws, strict bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship, and graphic warning labels on tobacco products. Internationally, as a partner in the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use, CTFK supports governments and non- governmental organizations in promoting and implementing these policies in low- and middle-income countries where more than 80 percent of tobacco-related deaths will occur in the coming decades.

By changing public attitudes and public policies on tobacco, the Campaign works to prevent children from smoking, to help smokers quit, and to protect everyone from secondhand smoke. Established in 1996, the Campaign envisions a world free from the death and disease caused by tobacco. The Campaign promotes public policies that have been proven to reduce tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke, including higher tobacco taxes, comprehensive smoke-free laws, strict bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship, and graphic warning labels on tobacco products. Internationally, as a partner in the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use, CTFK supports governments and non- governmental organizations in promoting and implementing these policies in low- and middle-income countries where more than 80 percent of tobacco-related deaths will occur in the coming decades.

The Ideal Candidate

The Policy Director will have a track-record of designing and implementing effective policy initiatives; eight or more years’ experience in public policy development, promotion, and implementation in government or through private sector government relations. The Policy Director will have deep knowledge of China and its political processes. S/he will be a strategic and analytical thinker who partners effectively with grantees and stakeholders on the ground and has the gravitas and personal agility to navigate a complex policy making process. Fluency in English as well as Mandarin is required.

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Tobacco by the Numbers


  • 443,000: Annual tobacco-related deaths in U.S.
  • $96 billion: Annual tobacco-related health care costs in U.S.
  • Six million: U.S. kids alive today who will ultimately die from smoking
  • Five million+: Annual tobacco-related deaths worldwide
  • 600,000: Annual deaths worldwide caused by secondhand smoke
  • One billion: Worldwide deaths from tobacco this century unless urgent action is taken