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In-Country Coordinator, (based in Mexico City, Mexico)

Apr 16, 2020


Timeframe: Currently one-year assignment (possible renewal)

The Global Health Advocacy Incubator (GHAI), a program of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, provides strategic advocacy assistance on global public health issues that include road safety. Road traffic crashes is the leading cause of death of people between the ages of 5 years and 29 years of age killing approximately 1.5 million people annually with 90% of the deaths occurring in low to middle income countries. The GHAI advances policy change that saves lives on the road by addressing five of the leading risk factors (speed, drink driving, helmet usage, child restraints and seat belts), as well as vehicle safety standards. GHAI also works with the Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP) to help identify promising individuals and organizations to serve as advocates for road safety policy change and provide technical assistance, training and strategic planning to help advocates conduct high-impact campaigns. 

The In-Country Coordinator (ICC) in Mexico will work in partnership with civil society organizations and multilateral organizations to advocate for policy change and engage in regulatory reforms that aim to improve road safety.

Objective

The ideal ICC will have had experience working with the government of Mexico and have a good sense of the political and media landscape. He/She will have knowledge of the policy-making process in Mexico, and ideally a background in public health and/or advocacy; a proven ability to develop and work in partnership with multiple stakeholders; and, experience in working with government agencies and officials. This is a full-time coordinator position (20 to 22 days each month for 12 months) and will be based in Mexico City, Mexico. This position is supervised by the GHAI Regional Advocacy Director.  

Primary Duties

The ICC provides technical assistance, training and strategic planning to help advocates conduct high-impact campaigns and must therefore harmonize the work of Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP) grantees and the contractors funded by GHAI to advance comprehensive road safety policies in Mexico. The primary duties include the following: 

  • Apply a strong working knowledge of Mexican political and administrative systems, process and players to identify opportunities for change in policies, specifically as it relates to ensuring road safety in Mexico;
  • Track and monitor developments regarding road safety measures in Mexico;
  • Engage in a proactive approach with GRSP grantees by assisting with the development of political analysis and political mapping, as well as building relationships with key government officials and political leaders;
  • Provide hands-on advice in the Mexican context on challenges and opportunities in the legislative process;
  • Translate concepts and provide cultural and social nuance to these concepts; share and disseminate information to both GRSP grantees and GHAI staff;
  • Suggest strategies (direct contact, media, public education) for providing evidence and best practices to support government officials and policymakers;
  • Facilitate meetings with GRSP grantees and partners for joint strategy formulation and execution;
  • Proactively and closely engage with GRSP grantees to help them capitalize on new developments in Mexico and other countries and into implementable project activities to move the agenda forward;
  • Identify new organizations to engage in road safety efforts in Mexico;
  • Work collaboratively and share intelligence with local and global partners, including GHAI and GRSP;
  • Participate in regional cross-learning opportunities with advocates in existing GHAI road safety countries;
  • Participate in weekly virtual meetings with GHAI/GRSP;
  • Help organize workshops, trainings and meetings, and take on other duties as needed; and,
  • Perform other relevant tasks that may be assigned by the GHAI Regional Advocacy Director. 

Some international and local travel is required to successfully conduct the ICC’s primary duties.

Reporting

At the end of each month, ICC will provide a monthly activity report detailing specific activities, meetings attended, campaign progress and other details in accordance with the position’s primary duties.

Requirements

  • Bachelor (at minimum) or Master’s degree (preferred) in public health or public policy, law degree or other related degree with global focus highly desirable;
  • A minimum of 7 years of professional experience coordinating and managing a wide variety of projects including advocacy or policy change;
  • Strong understanding of political and media environments;
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment while juggling multiple projects and deadlines;
  • Commitment to public health and public interest work; road safety knowledge and experience preferred;
  • Ability to communicate complex issues in a concise, compelling, and easily understandable manner both verbally and in writing;
  • 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 setting;
  • A track record of working in an empowering and culturally sensitive style with an array of partners and stakeholders; and,
  • Proven ability to translate organizational program strategies, priorities, plans and budgets into results-oriented action plans at country-level.

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: ICCU/M/GHAI/12 in the subject line of your email. Applications will be accepted through June 15, 2020. No phone calls please. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.

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 has a strict policy of not hiring or contracting with anyone with economic ties to the tobacco industry and requires that no economic ties to the tobacco industry exist.

The Global Health Advocacy Incubator at the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids draws on lessons learned from tobacco and other public health policy advocacy to provide training and assistance public health advocacy initiatives funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies and others. GHAI initiatives include efforts on road safety, obesity, cardiovascular health, and data for public health, among others.