Associate Director of Capacity Building and Training

Position Overview

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is a non-profit, public health advocacy organization that works to reduce the toll of tobacco use on global health by promoting policies that prevent kids from smoking, help smokers quit, and protect everyone from secondhand smoke. The Campaign’s Global Health Advocacy Incubator (GHAI) 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.  The Associate Director’s duties include working with the GHAI team to support public health advocacy efforts in low and middle income countries.  The GHAI’s focus in the coming year is on global road safety issues, with work on other public health issues expected in subsequent years.

The GHAI seeks applications for an Associate Director of Capacity Building and Training to provide training and capacity building in public health advocacy to groups around the world committed to implementing policy change strategies to address various global public health issues.  The Associate Director will work closely with the GHAI team to support advocacy campaigns to achieve defined policy objectives, with a focus on planning and delivering advocacy capacity building and training programs.

This position requires a high level of expertise and comfort with advocacy, and a collaborative approach to capacity building that integrates best practices into ongoing policy advocacy campaigns. Applicants should have experience in all aspects of capacity building

This position is based in Washington, DC and is open to US citizens and other applicants possessing work visas permitting long-term, permanent employment in the US.  The position reports to the GHAI Director.


  • Develop and execute an advocacy capacity building program, based on assessment of needs, for public health advocates in low and middle income countries.
  • Support in country advocacy campaigns by working with local organizations to build their advocacy capacity based on their needs assessment
  • Working with the rest of the GHAI staff, design and implement advocacy campaigns that integrate capacity building activities
  • Adapt existing and/or conceptualize and write training materials (manuals, workbooks, facilitator guides) in collaboration with content experts to develop high-quality advocacy training curricula and capacity strengthening approaches to new areas of public health;
  • Coordinate training programs with in-country groups to identify participants and assess training needs;
  • Design and deliver participatory learner-centered advocacy training;
  • Identify potential in-country trainers and design and carry out trainings to transfer training and capacity building skills and tools;
  • Provide technical assistance to GHAI partners to enhance their training agendas and materials as requested;
  • Provide input into the development of an evaluation model for the GHAI program, including benchmarks and outcome measures;
  • Write project reports, document results achieved, and share best practices for training and capacity building;
  • Provide ongoing advocacy support to GHAI priority countries and topics
  • Hire and supervise consultants as needed; and
  • Other duties as assigned by GHAI Director.


  • Experience planning and designing, and conducting training programs and other capacity building activities;
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in a wide array of capacity building activities, including  conducting institutional capacity needs assessments, curricula design, participatory training and facilitation, and training evaluation, and follow-up action planning;
  • Knowledge and experience in policy advocacy on public health issues;
  • Proven track record in developing and implementing comprehensive campaign plans to achieve policy goals;
  • Demonstrated commitment to and substantial experience in designing and using participatory, learner-centered methodologies for both training and capacity building;
  • Strong communications skills including writing and speaking;
  • Fluency in English required and the ability to speak additional languages is a plus;
  • Experience working at the international level and in cross-cultural settings;
  • Available for extensive international travel; and
  • Master’s degree in training and education, international development or public health, or a related advanced degree preferred.

How 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: ADCBT-12 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.  No phone calls please.

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 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.


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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