Advocacy Coordinator China

Summary: The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids’ (CTFK) Global Health Advocacy Incubator (GHAI) provides strategic advocacy assistance on global public health issues. The GHAI works with the Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP) to help identify promising individuals and organizations to serve as advocates for public health. The GHAI is currently supporting GRSP in conducting road safety work in China. The Advocacy Coordinator will support this work and will report to the Director of the GHAI in Washington, DC.

Objective: The ideal Advocacy Coordinator will have had experience working with the government of China, and have a good sense of the political and media landscape in China.  S/he will have knowledge of the policy-making process in China, and ideally a background in 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 for 12 months) and will be based in Beijing.

Position Description: We are seeking an individual to provide assistance in understanding opportunities in the policy making process, as well as key players and detractors around key road safety policy initiatives in China. We expect the individual will ensure strategic coordination of work done by grantees and contractors funded through GRSP. The coordinator will report to the Director of the GHAI based in Washington, D.C, and will work closely with CTFK China staff and the GRSP’s senior officer.

Primary Duties: Coordinate work of grantees and contractors funded by GRSP to advance comprehensive road safety policies in China. Those duties include the following:

  • Apply a strong working knowledge of the Chinese political and administrative systems, process and players to identify opportunities for change in policies specifically as it relates to ensuring road safety in China.
  • Track and monitor developments regarding road safety measures in China;
  • Help grantees build and maintain relations with key governmental officials and political leaders.
  • 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.
  • Identify new organizations for road safety efforts in China.
  • Work collaboratively with partners at GRSP.
  • Participate in weekly meetings with GRSP/GHAI.
  • Help organize workshops, trainings and meetings, and take on other duties as needed, and
  • Perform any other task that may be assigned by the GHAI Director.


  • Bachelor (at minimum) or Master’s degree (preferred) in public health or public policy, law degree or other related degree with international focus highly desirable.
  • A minimum of 7 years of professional experience coordinating and managing a wide variety of projects including advocacy or policy change.
  • Strong understanding of political and media environments.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and Chinese (Mandarin).  
  • 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.


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)Reference code: ACCBJ-12 in your application Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled. Target hire date: on or before July 1, 2016. 

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.


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Tobacco by the Numbers

  • 480,000: Annual tobacco-related deaths in U.S.
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  • Six million: Annual tobacco-related deaths worldwide
  • 600,000: Annual deaths worldwide caused by secondhand smoke
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