Advocacy Coordinator, South Africa (Based in Johannesburg)

Apr 24, 2019


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

The South Africa Coordinator will have direct oversight of the project on-the-ground in South Africa 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 Associate Director of Advocacy at GHAI in Washington, DC and will work closely with the GHAI obesity prevention team and partners on the ground.

The ideal candidate will have experience in advocacy campaigns for policy change and have in-depth knowledge of the policy-making process in South Africa, proven ability to develop and work in partnership with multiple stakeholders, and experience in dealing with government officers and political leadership. Knowledge of/background in public health and, specifically, obesity prevention and nutrition is desirable.

This is a full time contract coordinator position based in Johannesburg.


  • Coordinate work of in-country funded partners to advance obesity prevention policies in South Africa.
  • Assist partners to develop and implement work plans that feed into a coordinated overarching advocacy strategy that leverages each partner’s strengths and minimizes duplication.
  • Assist with contractual and administrative needs.
  • Monitor partner performance to ensure deliverables are met and modify work plans as needed with support from the GHAI Team.
  • Continuously appraise the policy landscape and ensure that partners are taking advantage of opportunities.
  • Facilitate regular in-person meetings with partners and monthly telephone meetings between partners and GHAI.
  • Provide and/or facilitate technical assistance to partners as needed, with support from the GHAI Team.
  • Act as the primary liaison between GHAI and implementing partners for needed technical, administrative, and financial information.
  • Help build strategic relationships with government, non-government, and other organizations that are involved or interested in NCD prevention.


  • Bachelor’s degree in public health or public policy; graduate degree preferred.
  • A minimum of 5 years of professional experience coordinating and managing projects, including advocacy for policy change; proven ability to create and maintain effective working relationships with government stakeholders, NGO partners, and international organizations.
  • Demonstrated success in planning and implementing advocacy strategies to achieve policy outcomes, ideally for health-related policies.
  • Ability to coordinate multiple organizations working toward a policy goal.
  • Understanding of South African government policy-making processes and key players.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment while juggling multiple projects and deadlines.
  • 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 and communicate effectively with supervisor and other relevant team members across geographies and time zones.
  • A track record of working in an empowering and culturally sensitive environment with an array of global and local partners.
  • Proven ability to translate organizational program strategies, priorities, plans and budgets into result-oriented activity plans at country-level.
  • Self-starter with a desire to learn and provide innovative and thoughtful solutions.
  • Ability to manage conflict and challenging situations effectively.
  • Experience managing grants and proposals, including budgets is a plus.
  • Interest in public health, commitment to public interest work, and experience on obesity prevention/nutrition policy issues is a plus.


To apply for this position, please email a cover letter and resume and salary requirement to: . Please reference the position code: SAC/GHAI/14 in the subject line of your email. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. No phone calls please. Candidates must have authorization to live and work in South Africa.

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.