Advocacy Coordinator, Philippines


The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK) is seeking nominations and applications for an Advocacy Coordinator to help design and implement CTFK's efforts to promote tobacco control policies and other health issues in the Philippines.  Initially, the Advocacy Coordinator will be responsible for providing advocacy support to in-country partners promoting tobacco control and road safety, including coordinating grantee activity, and gathering information from relevant meetings, and participating in relevant meetings and local events.   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.  It also seeks to build advocacy capacity to advance broader public health goals.  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 Manila, Philippines.

The Advocacy Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating advocacy efforts by CTFK’s grantees and partners to support the adoption and implementation of effective tobacco control policies consistent with the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in the Philippines. This includes staying on top of the social, political and economic environments that may affect tobacco control and public health policies, conducting and/or coordinating strategic planning meetings with stakeholder, grantees and partners regularly, providing timely technical support in the area of grant management, communications, research, and legislation and litigation, and ensuring the advocacy campaigns are effective and well-coordinated. The Advocacy Coordinator will serve as the primary liaison with Filipino non-governmental organizations and government actors to identify strategic political opportunities to advance tobacco control. S/he will report to the Director of Philippines Programs Washington, DC.

In addition to the tobacco control work, CTFK also provides advocacy support and training to other Bloomberg Philanthropy public health issues through the Bloomberg Advocacy Incubator (BAI). The BAI works with the Global Road Safety Partnership to help identify promising individuals and organizations to serve as advocates for public health, and provides technical assistance, training and strategic planning to help advocates conduct high-impact advocacy campaigns. The BAI is currently supporting road safety work in the Philippines, and a portion of this position’s time would be spent supporting and coordinating the road safety advocacy work in the Philippines.  For this work, the Coordinator will report to the Director of the BAI in Washington, DC.

For the road safety work, the Coordinator will also stay on top of the social, political and economic environment that will impact road safety policy objectives, ensure strategic coordination among road safety grantees and partners, share relevant information with the BAI and other road safety partners, and provide limited advocacy support and technical assistance to road safety grantees. Unlike tobacco control, this position will not serve as the primary liaison with the Filipino government, but should play a role in helping non-government organizations identity strategic political opportunities to advance road safety.

The Advocacy Coordinator will have five or more years’ experience in Philippines in policy advocacy, health promotion, international development or other related field. The Advocacy Coordinator will have deep knowledge of the Philippines and its political processes. S/he will be a strategic and analytical thinker who partners effectively with grantees and stakeholders on the ground. Fluency in English as well as Tagalog is required.


The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids works to prevent children from smoking, to help smokers quit, and to protect everyone from secondhand smoke by changing public attitudes and public policies on tobacco. 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, 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 Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids has been designated as one of five partner organizations to coordinate activities under the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use, working with governments and non-governmental organizations to implement effective measures to reduce tobacco use. CTFK has active initiatives among the world, including the United States.  The Bloomberg Advocacy Incubator draws on lessons learned from tobacco advocacy to provide training and assistance to other public health advocacy initiatives funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, as directed by Bloomberg. 


  • A minimum of five years’ work experience in Philippines in policy advocacy, health promotion, international development or other related field;
  • A track-record of designing and implementing projects or initiatives that have achieved policy change;
  • High level of familiarity with the political system in Philippines and understanding of the complex formal and informal relationships that go into policymaking;
  • Keen understanding of Filipino civil society, domestic and international charitable organizations, trade and business associations, etc.;
  • Strong strategic and analytical thinking skills and the ability to leverage creative partnerships;
  • Strong organizational skills and comfort working collaboratively in networks or coalitions to create shared vision and set complementary work objectives;
  • Experience executing advocacy campaigns on other issue areas in the region;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Master’s degree or higher in political science, public health, economics, or law is desirable;
  • Fluency in spoken and written English and Tagalog, and
  • Ability to travel within Philippines and internationally.


More information about the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids may be found at:

Nominations and applications are due by November 1, 2015.  Due to the pace of this search; candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible.  Applications including a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, your resume (in Word format), salary history, and where you learned of the position should be sent to: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  In order to expedite the internal sorting and reviewing process, please type your name (Last, First) as the only contents in the subject line of your e-mail.

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes applications from individuals who will contribute to its diversity. (9/28/2015)


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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