Director, Southeast Asia Programs

May 16, 2019

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK) is seeking nominations and applications for a strategic, seasoned, and politically astute Director of Southeast Asia Programs to lead CTFK's efforts in Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam to build sustained advocacy campaigns that result in the adoption and implementation of effective tobacco control policies by governments in Southeast Asia. CTFK is a leading civil society organization dedicated to the fight to reduce tobacco use and its deadly toll in the United States and around the world. Qualified candidates will understand and have proven experience with policy and advocacy campaigns in Southeast Asia and will be a strategic partner to grantees, partners, and funders in preventing the devastating health impacts of tobacco use.

The Director of Southeast Asia Programs will be responsible for overseeing efforts to support the adoption of effective tobacco control policies consistent with the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in Southeast Asia with a particular focus on Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam. The Director will serve as the primary liaison with non-governmental organizations Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam and government actors in Southeast Asia to identify strategic opportunities to advance tobacco control. S/he will assist in the development and implementation of advocacy campaigns in key Southeast Asia countries, providing both grant and technical assistance to support the work of local organizations. In addition, the Director will work with local advocates to document and respond to tobacco industry efforts that attempt to undermine tobacco control policy.

The new Director will have a track-record of designing and implementing effective advocacy and policy change initiatives; ten or more years’ relevant experience working on programs supporting Southeast Asia paired with deep knowledge of the region and its political processes. S/he will be a strategic and analytical thinker who partners effectively with grantees and stakeholders on the ground and has the gravitas, humility, and personal agility to navigate a variety of relationships and cultures.

Primary Duties

  • Provides strategic leadership in all aspects of TFK’s work in Southeast Asia and supervise the Campaign’s in-country consultants.
  • Develop and implement annual strategies and work plans for promoting full implementation of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). Strategies will be focused on policy related to tobacco taxation, tobacco advertising bans, smoke-free environments, and public education, all of which are core elements of the FCTC.
  • Represent the Campaign as a speaker at conferences and training seminars in Southeast Asia and globally.
  • Coordinate with global partners in the program areas to promote collaboration and synergy.
  • Directly communicate with donors about the progress of various programs in Southeast Asia when necessary.
  • Travel internationally as necessary.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Perform additional duties as directed by EVP Global Programs


  • High level of familiarity with the policymaking process, media and civil society landscape in Southeast Asia; tobacco control experience preferred
  • Demonstrated experience identifying, supervising and supporting development of in-country consultants
  • Excellent analytical, writing, and public speaking skills
  • Conversational language abilities in Bahasa, Tagalog or Vietnamese preferred
  • Ability to travel internationally (job requires a minimum of 25% travel)
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment while juggling multiple projects and deadlines.
  • Ability to maintain open channels of communications and coordinate with multiple partners sharing the same or similar goals.
  • Postgraduate degree in the area of public health, public policy, or related field preferred.
  • Minimum of ten (10) years’ work experience in advocacy, public policy, media, public health, or other related field; tobacco control experience preferred.
  • Global experience desired and substantial experience working in mainland Southeast Asia highly preferred.
  • Knowledge of and proficiency with a variety of computer software applications including Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and Outlook.

To Apply

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

To apply for this position, please email a writing sample and cover letter and attach your resume to: reference the position code: DSEA-10 in the subject line of your email. Resumes 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 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.