Senior Legal Advisor

Apr 2, 2019

Background

The Global Health Advocacy Incubator (GHAI), a program of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK), provides strategic advocacy assistance on global public health issues to drive policy change campaigns around the globe to improve health. As part of the Obesity Prevention Program (OPP), GHAI works with partners to improve the nutrition policy environment, in countries including Barbados, Brazil, Colombia, Jamaica, Mexico and South Africa. The OPP focuses on the passage and implementation of four key policies:

  • Banning advertising of junk food and sugary beverages to children;
  • Implementing taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages;
  • Regulating the supply of unhealthy foods and beverages in public sector institutions, particularly schools; and
  • Improving front of package labelling on packaged or processed foods and beverages.

Position Overview

GHAI seeks a Senior Legal Advisor to support Obesity Prevention Program activities in Colombia and in Mexico; the two country programs have been underway for several years now and continue to grow in scope and depth. The Senior Legal Advisor will work closely with the GHAI headquarters team and with local partners, who are carrying out advocacy campaigns and/or legal efforts focused on the above mentioned nutrition policies. This position will report to the GHAI Vice President leading the Obesity Prevention Program.

Primary responsibilities will be to coordinate and support legal analyses and work undertaken by local partners on the ground in the two countries, including analysis of legislation, regulations, and litigation at the national, regional and international levels, as well as conducting research relevant to non-communicable disease policies (for example, related to fiscal policy or product labeling standards). The scope of legal work and programmatic support may also include issues related to regulatory practices, consumer protection, corporate accountability, and transparency in government.

This position is based in Washington, DC and is open to U.S. citizens and other applicants who already possess U.S. work authorization.

Responsibilities

The Senior Legal Advisor will work closely with the OPP team to develop and implement strategies to support the law-related advocacy efforts of GHAI and its partners in Colombia and Mexico.

Key areas of focus for the position include:

  • Develop and track legal elements and legal activities as an integrated part of an overall advocacy strategy for policy change at the country level; provide strategic direction and project coordination support for legal work in the two countries.
  • Assist with identification and oversight of country-level and international legal specialists.
  • Provide legal analyses of legislation, regulations, and other initiatives at the national and/or subnational level.
  • Support and coordinate efforts undertaken by country-level legal teams, including gathering of evidence and background research.
  • Support in-country litigation involving public health and public interest issues.
  • Develop and coordinate capacity building activities for lawyers, including workshops and webinars, as needed.
  • Develop resource materials and tools relevant to advancing policy.

Qualifications

  • Juris Doctor Degree (or the equivalent first-level legal degree).
  • Seven to ten years of relevant legal, legislative and international experience working on public health or broader business issues relevant to the Obesity Prevention Program.
  • Knowledge of and experience in using legal analysis to advance policy change objectives.
  • Experience working with NGOs and public interest groups on public policy initiatives.
  • Experience with legal and policy issues related to regulatory practices, consumer protection, corporate accountability or transparency in government would be a plus.
  • Excellent analytical skills and legal writing and research ability.
  • Demonstrated excellence in communication and in working with people from diverse cultures and countries; prior work experience in Colombia or Mexico would be a plus.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment while juggling and coordinating multiple projects and deadlines.
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently with only minimal supervision.
  • Ability to travel internationally up to 25%.
  • Fluency in English and in Spanish is required, both written and oral.

To Apply

To apply for this position, please email a cover letter and resume and salary requirement to: jobs@tobaccofreekids.org . Please reference the position code: SLA/GHAI/14 in the subject line of your email. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. No phone calls please.

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes applications from individuals who will contribute to its diversity. The Global Health Advocacy Incubator advances public health policies to build a healthier and safer world. Drawing on our extensive global experience, we offer strategic support to develop and execute advocacy campaigns to pass laws and policies that save lives. The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is a leader in the fight to reduce tobacco use in the United States and around the world. 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.