Associate Director of International Communications


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 and its growing experience in other public health issues to support policy change campaigns around the globe to improve health. The GHAI now seeks a new Associate Director of International Communications to join a dynamic and growing team advancing efforts to support and train non-governmental organization (NGO) partners working on critical public health policy change in specific low-and middle-income countries. The new Associate Director will work to improve the effectiveness of strategic advocacy communications work in target countries, as well as improve the capacity of the media to report on public health issues. This is an exciting opportunity to engage in important public health issues and partner with local NGOs to improve the lives of people around the world.
The new Associate Director will serve as a resource for GHAI staff, international NGOs, and the media in developing and implementing communications strategies that support country-specific, public health advocacy campaigns. The Associate Director will assist organizations and networks in the selected countries to develop and implement advocacy communication and media strategies and construct programs such as journalism fellowships and workshops that provide technical assistance and build capacity at the local and country level. Given this central emphasis on consulting, training, and capacity building, the new Associate Director will bring demonstrated experience in communications strategic planning and in utilizing communications as a critical component of policy advocacy campaigns. S/he will be a strong partner with key allies, civil society groups, and media to advance policy change in line with GHAI goals. The ideal candidate will be a self-starter with strong project management skills and a demonstrated commitment to training and capacity building. S/he will have a flexible and creative approach and the personal dexterity to navigate cross cultural settings and diverse teams. Minimum 5-7 years’ experience leading communications strategy is essential paired with proven experience in advocacy and policy development internationally.  

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Organizational Overview
The Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids is a proven leader and partner in advancing tobacco control policy change in the United States and around the world. The Campaign has made significant progress and developed a sophisticated approach to partnering, equipping, and empowering local NGOs to lead and attain lasting policy change that transforms lives and improves the health of low and middle-income countries around the world. Building on the successes and lessons learned in the global fight against tobacco, the Campaign launched the Global Health Advocacy Incubator three years ago to build capacity and expertise in other key public health advocacy areas globally.

The Global Health Advocacy Incubator is a groundbreaking model for providing effective advocacy support and training to help organizations drive important policy change. GHAI supports public health policy change by serving in a consulting and capacity building role, providing critical advice and technical assistance to NGOs around the globe. The GHAI has grown rapidly with active initiatives and capacity building in multiple public health issues, supported by the Bloomberg Foundation.
GHAI provides essential training on how to identify opportunities for policy change, conduct high-impact advocacy campaigns, develop and execute successful campaign strategies, and draft new legislation. In addition to technical assistance and training, the Global Health Advocacy Incubator expands the new advocates’ reach to compile and share lessons learned, and train journalists to improve reporting on key issues.

Key Responsibilities

The Associate Director of International Communications will report to and work closely with the Director of the GHAI, GHAI staff in DC and the field, and other partners to help civil society groups develop communications programs in support of public health policy objectives in select countries.
Key areas of focus for the position include:

  • Develop, implement, and support advocacy communication and media strategies in partnership with NGOs and NGO networks in selected low- and middle-income countries of focus;
  • Enhance the capacity of NGOs in portfolio countries to conduct effective communications and media advocacy, in part by providing training and capacity building programs;
  • In partnership with in-country NGOs, develop and implement methods to increase the capacity of the media to report on public health issues, including journalism workshops, fellowships, and other programs;
  • Collaborate with GHAI and other relevant partners to efficiently and creatively craft and implement media strategies in support of GHAI’s and local NGO’s objectives;
  • Work in partnership with country-focused communications staff from other organizations;
  • Oversee production of communication materials and manage relationships with and output of communications agencies and consultants, including PR agencies and media monitoring vendors in countries; and,
  • Evaluate the country-specific communications and media advocacy programs and identify opportunities to refine and improve GHAI’s approach and resources.


The Associate Director will work to advance public health policy for the betterment of people in low-and middle-income countries and will be drawn to the opportunity to impact change that improves lives. S/he will possess demonstrated experience training and supporting others to successfully utilize the media as a component of policy advocacy campaigns. While no one individual will embody all the qualities below, ideal candidates will possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and experiences:

  • Proven communications professional; bachelor’s degree and minimum five years’ relevant experience in media relations, public relations, consulting, and/or advocacy campaigns;
  • Demonstrated experience using the media as a tool for policy change internationally with a deep understanding of the elements of both campaign development and implementation paired with the ability to leverage the power of civil society to achieve policy change goals;
  • Broad client-services experience in the field of public relations, and/or particular experience serving NGO clients in the public health arena; Impeccable project management skills and the ability to work collaboratively in dispersed teams;
  • Sophisticated writing, speaking, and editing skills in English; fluency in a language other than English is highly desirable but not required; Experience writing and editing a wide variety of communications materials including press releases, pitch memos, and social media content such as blogs and tweets;
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement media and communications plans and strategies with measurable results;
  • Passion, respect, and curiosity that lend themselves to successfully navigating an internationally oriented professional environment; Experience working or living overseas and comfort working in cross cultural settings; Ability and desire to travel overseas periodically;
  • Flexibility, focused organizational skill, and good humor required to handle multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment; Ability to balance larger strategy with fine attention to details and delivery of project goals in a timely fashion.


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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, 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 and the Global Health Advocacy Incubator are an Equal Opportunity Employer. Candidates who enhance our diversity are strong encouraged to apply.


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