Director, Resolve Projects

Aug 15, 2018

Executive Summary

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 drive policy change campaigns around the globe to improve health. The GHAI now seeks a new Director, Resolve Projects, Global Health Advocacy Incubator to join a dynamic and growing team advancing efforts to improve critical public health policies in specific low-and middle-income countries. The Director will provide leadership and strategic oversight of GHAI’s partnership with Resolve to Save Lives, strengthening Resolve’s nutrition policy goals to achieve cardiovascular health outcomes.

The Director will have the unique opportunity to support civil society organizations in low and middle income countries to advocate for policy change and engage in regulatory reform that aim to improve cardiovascular health. A second body of work will focus on promoting country-level investments in preventing epidemics. The ideal candidate will bring a well-developed understanding of advocacy campaigns that lead to policy and regulatory change internationally, be a self-starter with strong project management skills and the ability to work within cross-functional teams, and will have a demonstrated commitment to training and capacity building for in-country partners. Ideally, the Director will bring a depth of knowledge in public health globally and experience leading complex projects related to policy change in global health. S/he will have a flexible and creative approach and the personal dexterity to navigate cross cultural settings and diverse teams. For the Director, a minimum of 10 years of proven experience in advocacy and policy development internationally and familiarity with the relevant content areas is preferred.

The Director Resolve Projects, Global Health Advocacy Incubator search is being assisted by Carolyn Ho and Mira Kline of Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group LLC (NPAG). Please see application instructions at the end of this document.

Organization 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 proven 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 four 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, and providing critical advice and technical assistance to NGOs around the globe. The GHAI has grown rapidly with active policy change initiatives and capacity building on multiple public health issues, supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

The GHAI identifies and partners with civil society organizations to advance policy change on specific public health issues. It provides both ongoing strategic advice and essential training and capacity building to partners on how to identify opportunities for policy change, map the political landscape, develop strategic campaign plans to achieve policy objectives, and successfully execute high impact campaigns. The Incubator’s work includes obesity prevention and cardiovascular health, road safety, drowning prevention, maternal and reproductive health, and vital statistics and has recently expanded to work in partnership with Resolve to Save Lives (RTSL). To support this growing partnership, GHAI now seeks a new Director, Resolve Projects, to lead policy change efforts in key public health and non-communicable disease areas with RTSL.

Requirements

The Director, Resolve Projects will report to the Executive Vice President of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and will work closely with the GHAI staff in DC, RTSL team based in New York, and key partners in the field to help governments and civil society groups advance key policy change and advocacy goals that improve public health in select countries. The RTSL Initiative, of which GHAI is a partner, seeks to save 100 million lives through several high-impact strategies. Other RTSL partner organizations will carry help governments to pilot, test, and implement new hypertension treatment protocols, conduct surveillance on trans-fats in packaged foods and measure its presence in humans, and develop and implement sodium reduction programs. GHAI’s role will be to enhance those efforts through policy advocacy and political support, by coordinating GHAI communications, legal, research, grants and other advocacy resources and expertise.

The Director, Resolve Projects will serve as GHAI’s primary liaison with RTSL, providing strategic direction to coordinated policy change efforts including political mapping and relationship building with government and civil society partners in the key content areas and geographic regions of focus to the partnership.

S/he will nurture relationships with key partners including Vital Strategies, World Bank, World Health Organization, CDC and others, keep abreast of progress in priority countries, and be responsible for leading team efforts to ensure the development and implementation of an effective advocacy strategy. S/he will work with the GHAI team to develop and implement an overall strategy and work plan, and identify key partners and opportunities for locally-led policy advocacy campaigns and actions. S/he will do this by identifying local grantee partners to lead these efforts and by focusing on training, capacity building, and evaluation to ensure both the local partners’ and the program’s success.

S/he will assess the policy landscape and political feasibility to advance policy change by identifying policy gaps and guiding the development of draft legislation or regulations, where needed. The Director will work closely with the communications team to both build capacity through journalist trainings, as well as develop the communications and media strategy to advance the program’s policy goals.

S/he will work to integrate research and ground-level advocacy efforts in an evidence-based approach as well as set the framework for evaluation and the integration of learnings from this work across the Incubator. S/he will manage a core team of up to four staff members in Washington, DC.

Qualifications of the Ideal Candidate

The new Director will be passionate advocates committed to advancing public health policy in low-and middle-income countries and be drawn to the opportunity to impact change that improves lives. Ideal candidates will possess demonstrated experience leading in-country policy/advocacy campaigns and exhibit familiarity with the required content areas related to preventing epidemics and cardiovascular health. 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:

  • Ten years demonstrated experience working on policy issues in public health globally, preferably in the areas of cardiovascular health and preventing epidemics; Strong ability to coordinate across multiple stakeholders, deep understanding of the political and policy dynamics, and knowledge of working with both civil society and government partners
  • Proven track record of successfully conceptualizing and implementing strategic advocacy campaigns for policy change in public health and of building the necessary strategic relationships at all levels
  • Familiarity and experience working with key global health actors and multilateral initiatives such as the Global Health Security Agenda, the World Health Organization, the World Bank, the US Centers for Disease Control, and related NGO partners.
  • Strong background managing multi-faceted and complex projects related to policy change in global health, including ability to anticipate issues, develop pro-active solutions, follow-up and meet deadlines and deliverables
  • Deep understanding of the elements of advocacy models (research, media, lobbying, coalition building, grasstops/grassroots activation, etc.) and internationally recognized best practices in advocacy and capacity building
  • Demonstrated experience training and mentoring others to successfully develop and implement advocacy campaigns
  • Strong written and oral communications skills and the clarity to convey key strategic objectives paired with the sensitivity to navigate culturally different communication styles; Fluency in a language other than English is preferred
  • Experience working at the international level and in cross-cultural settings with dispersed teams; Flexibility and gravitas to navigate competing demands with multiple partners; Management experience leveraging cross-functional teams in pursuit of a shared set of goals and objectives
  • Bachelor’s degree in public policy, communications, public health, or other relevant field; Advanced degree preferred; Significant travel internationally is required.

To Apply

More information about the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids may be found at: http://www.tobaccofreekids.org.

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 expectations, and where you learned of the position should be sent to: GHAI-AD@nonprofitprofessionals.com. 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. Candidates who enhance our diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.