India State Policy Director


The India State Policy Director will provide strategic direction and coordinate the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids’ (CTFK) advocacy efforts at the state level in support of tobacco control policy change.  S/he will also serve as a direct contact for CTFK with the state governments as appropriate.  S/he will help facilitate development and implementation of a comprehensive tobacco control strategy at the state level by working closely with local partners involved in tobacco control.

The ideal candidate will have a record of strong leadership skills and have experience in conceptualizing and implementing a policy change campaign.  S/he will have knowledge of the Indian government processes and ideally a background in public health; proven ability to work in partnership with others; strong project/program management skills and demonstrated ability in managing multi-locational teams.  S/he should have experience in dealing with senior government and political leadership. This is a full time position and will be based in Delhi.  The Director will report to the Director South Asia Programs at CTFK.

Primary Duties

The Director will coordinate the following, working closely members of the India based TFK team. 

  • Coordinate state partner activities to fulfill their program deliverables.  
  • Provide technical assistance and guidance to state partners for advocacy activities for raising taxes, implementation of COTPA and smokeless tobacco ban in the focus states.  
  • Coordinate and support concerted action for tobacco control at the state level by means of research and advocacy and sharing best practices from other states.
  • Undertaking regular field visits to the focus states for guiding them in carrying out their project activities.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with new and existing partners and stakeholders in states
  • Identify and map and build relationship with senior bureaucrats, politicians and other stakeholders relevant to tobacco control program in the focus states, as needed. 
  • Coordinate with central MOHFW for state tobacco control priorities.
  • Prepare detailed monthly and other reports on progress in the states based on state partners’ inputs.
  • Identify and work with potential grantees to develop state level grant proposals.
  • Work with CTFK legal team on litigation related to state implementation efforts.
  • Work collaboratively with partners in the Bloomberg Initiative and their state partners.
  • Work in close coordination and collaboration with members of the CTFK India team and Washington D.C. based India team for developing and execution of state level work. 
  • Any other task that may be assigned by the TFK Director South Asia Programs.

Required Skills:

  • Minimum 15 years related policy advocacy and management experience
  • Strong understanding of government processes especially at the state level
  • Master’s degree in public health, management, law or related field
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and at least one or more Indian language.
  • 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 international experience a plus


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 ISPD 08 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 (CTFK) has a strict policy of not hiring or contracting with anyone with economic ties to the tobacco industry and requires that the Legal Consultant warrants that no economic ties to the tobacco industry exist.

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

  • 443,000: Annual tobacco-related deaths in U.S.
  • $96 billion: Annual tobacco-related health care costs in U.S.
  • Six million: U.S. kids alive today who will ultimately die from smoking
  • Five 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