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Legal Advisor, International Legal Consortium

Introduction

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK) is one of five coordinating partners for the Bloomberg Initiative for Tobacco Control. The aim of the initiative is to reduce tobacco use in low and middle-income countries, where more than two-thirds of the world’s smokers live. As part of this initiative, CTFK has established a global advocacy resource center to provide accurate public information about tobacco use and effective tobacco control interventions and to assist advocates with resources and technical assistance to achieve policy change. These resources include policy, research, communications, legal and grassroots expertise and support.

Job Summary:                                                         

The Legal Advisor, as a member of CTFK’s International Legal Consortium (ILC), will provide legal analysis of legislation, regulations, and litigation at the country, regional and international level. The Legal Advisor will be involved in analyzing existing measures, drafting legislation and/or regulatory measures, engaging in negotiations regarding tobacco control law or policy, and working with representatives from national governments and NGOs to prepare specific legislation. S/he will work directly with CTFK’s regional coordinators and partners to assure the effectiveness of national legislative and litigation strategies.

Responsibilities:

Working with other CTFK legal staff:

  • Provide, upon request from governments or advocates, legal analyses of legislation, regulations, negotiations and other initiatives at the country level on an ongoing basis.
  • Assist, upon request from governments or advocates, with the drafting oflegislation or regulations and provide continuing assistance as the draft is modified or changed by the government.
  • Provide analysis and support on in-country litigation involving tobacco control.
  • When possible, review industry drafts and provide analysis and responses to weak provisions or loopholes created by the industry.
  • Develop and maintain sample legislation for use as a tool for those considering legislation for the first time or for comparing weaknesses in specific provisions.
  • Ensure maintenance on CTFK’s website of an inventory and analysis of countries’ tobacco control related legislation.
  • Develop resource materials and tools relevant to advancing tobacco control policy and legislation globally.
  • Serve as the legal advisor to one or more of CTFK’s multi-disciplinary country teams.
  • Participate fully in workshops, seminars and trainings to enhance in-country legal capacity for tobacco control.
  • Provide other proactive and reactive legal services related to tobacco control as needed by CTFK.
  • Contract and supervise the work of consultant in-country lawyers, as needed.
  • Provide legal technical support to CTFK in-country grantees, as necessary.
  • Provide input to CTFK reports to the grantor and other administrative tasks.

Requirements:

  • A minimum of a Juris Doctor degree (or the equivalent first level legal degree awarded by a law school accredited by the national authority responsible for accreditation).
  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant legal, legislative and international experience in tobacco control, public health, environmental, consumer, human rights, or similar legal fields.
  • Excellent analytical skills and legal writing and research ability.
  • Demonstrated excellence in communication and in working with peoples from diverse cultures and countries
  • Excellent organizational skills; ability to balance and prioritize multiple assignments in a fast-paced, changing environment.
  • Proficiency in a second or third language is a plus, with a preference for Russian language fluency.
  • Advocacy skills are a plus.
  • Experience with building capacity/training of government staff and advocates on public health, environmental, human rights, or consumer legal issues in a sustainable way is a plus.
  • Availability to travel internationally is essential, and
  • The position is located in Washington DC.

To Apply:

To apply for this position, please email a cover letter, including salary history, and attach your resume to: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) . Please reference the position code: LAILC-10 in the subject line of your email. Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled.

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

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is a leader in the fight to reduce tobacco use in the United States and around the world. By changing public attitudes and public policies on tobacco, the Campaign works to prevent kids from smoking, help smokers quit and protect everyone from secondhand smoke. A nonprofit 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.

 

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Tobacco by the Numbers


  • 480,000: Annual tobacco-related deaths in U.S.
  • $170 billion: Annual tobacco-related health care costs in U.S.
  • 5.6 million: U.S. kids under 18 alive today who will ultimately die from smoking (unless smoking rates decline)
  • Six 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