In-Country Advocacy Coordinator, Global Health Advocacy Incubator/Resolve to Save Lives Initiative (Based in Manila, Philippines)

Mar 14, 2019

Background

With a deep commitment to improving public health globally, the Global Health Advocacy Incubator (GHAI) works toward sustainable and lasting change through targeted policy change campaigns and capacity building in low and middle income countries. GHAI is an initiative of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and draws on lessons from tobacco control campaigns in more than 50 countries to drive policy change campaigns around the globe to improve health.

The Resolve to Save Lives Initiative (RTSL), of which GHAI is a partner, seeks to save 100 million lives through several high-impact strategies focusing on the elimination of trans fat, reduction of sodium, and improved treatment of high blood pressure. GHAI’s mandate under RTSL is to stimulate policy change that will improve cardiovascular health outcomes in specified low-and middle-income countries by supporting, and to assist in-country partners advocating for the passage and implementation of these policies.

General Position Description

The Advocacy Coordinator for the Philippines will have direct oversight of the project on-the-ground and will support in-country partners to carry out a coordinated advocacy campaign that ultimately leads to policy change. The Coordinator will report directly to the Xi Yin, East Asia and Pacific Programs at the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids in DC and will work closely with the GHAI/RTSL technical team, as well with partners on the ground.

Objective: The ideal advocacy coordinator will have had experience working for policy change in the Philippines and have a good sense of the politics, players, and strategies that impact policy development and passage. S/he will have knowledge of the policy-making process in the Philippines, proven ability to develop and work in partnership with multiple stakeholders, and experience in dealing with senior government officers and political leadership. Knowledge of/background in public health is desirable. This is a full-time coordinator position and will be based in Metro Manila.

Primary Duties Include

  • Act as the primary liaison between GHAI/RTSL and implementing partners in country;
  • Coordinate work of in-country grantees and contractors to advance GHAI/RTSL-supported policies in the Philippines to develop and implement work plans that feed into a coordinated overarching advocacy strategy that leverages each partner’s strengths and minimizes duplication;
  • Monitor partner performance to ensure deliverables are met and modify work plans as needed;
  • Provide and/or facilitate technical assistance to partners as needed;
  • Continuously appraise the policy landscape and ensure that partners are taking advantage of opportunities;
  • Help build strategic relationships with government, non-government and other organizations that have a stake in cardiovascular health;
  • Represent GHAI/RTSL at key meetings with partners, policymakers and grantees and ensure that GHAI/RTSL policy positions and priorities are fully communicated to all stakeholders
  • Hold regular strategy discussion calls and meetings with the GHAI/RTSL team to discuss progress of work, as requested;
  • Facilitate regular, in-person meetings with partners and telephone meetings between partners and GHAI/RTSL;
  • Produce quality and timely reports on activities and other deliverables for the assigned portfolio of work and report against established targets;
  • Perform any other duties as might be requested by the GHAI/RTSL team.

Requirements

  • Bachelor or Master’s degree in public health or public policy; law degree or other related degree with focus on health highly desirable.
  • A minimum of 10 years of professional experience coordinating and managing projects, including advocacy or policy change; proven ability to create and maintain effective working relationships with government stakeholders, NGO partners, and international organizations at various levels.
  • Demonstrated success in planning and conducting advocacy activities (direct contact, media, public actions) ideally on health-related policies, including planning and conducting advocacy campaigns to achieve policy outcomes.
  • Ability to strategize with and coordinate multiple organizations working toward a policy goal.
  • Strong understanding of government policy-making processes.
  • 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 experience on cardiovascular health/food policy issues a plus.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate (verbally and in writing) complex issues in a concise, compelling, and easily understandable manner.
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Proven ability to work effectively and collaboratively as a member of a dynamic and dispersed team.
  • Ability to work effectively and to report and communicate regularly and promptly with supervisor in a long-distance management set-up.
  • A track record of working in an empowering and culturally sensitive style with an array of NGOs, government officials and partners, and
  • Proven ability to translate organizational program strategies, priorities, plans and budgets into result-oriented activity plans at country-level.

TO APPLY

To apply for this position, please email a cover letter, including salary history, and attach your resume to: jobs@tobaccofreekids.org Please reference position code: ACP/12-6010 Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled. We are Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes applications from individuals who will contribute to its diversity.