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In-Country Coordinator, Bangladesh (Position based in Dhaka, Bangladesh)

May 1, 2020


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 includes road safety. The GHAI 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 provides technical assistance, training and strategic planning to help advocates conduct high-impact advocacy campaigns. 

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 addressing all five of the leading risk factors: speed, drink driving, helmet usage, child restraints and seat belts.

The In-Country Coordinator (ICC) in Bangladesh 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 Bangladesh and have a good sense of the political and media landscape in Bangladesh. He/She will have knowledge of the policy-making process in Bangladesh, and ideally a background in public health and/or policy advocacy; 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 Dhaka. This position reports to the Associate Director Advocacy.

Primary Duties

Coordinate work of GHAI contractors and Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP) grantees to advance comprehensive road safety policies in Bangladesh. Those duties include the following: 

  • Apply a strong working knowledge of the Bangladeshi political and administrative systems, process and players to identify opportunities for change in policies, specifically as it relates to ensuring road safety in Bangladesh;
  • Track and monitor developments regarding road safety measures in Bangladesh;
  • Engage in a proactive approach to engagement with grantees through assisting in the development of the political analysis and mapping, as well as building relationships with key government officials and political leaders;
  • Provide hands-on advice in the Bangladesh context on challenges and opportunities in the legislative process;
  • Translate concepts provide cultural and social nuance; sharing and disseminating information to both grantees and GHAI staff;
  • Suggest strategies (direct contact, media, public education) for providing evidence and best practices to support government officials and policy makers;
  • Facilitate meetings with grantees and partners for joint strategy formulation and execution;
  • Proactively and closely engage with grantees to help them capitalize on new developments in Bangladesh and other countries and into implementable project activities to move the agenda forward;
  • Identify new organizations to engage r road safety efforts in Bangladesh;
  • Work collaboratively with local and global partners;
  • Participate in regional cross-learning opportunities with advocates in existing GHAI road safety countries; 
  • Participate in weekly telephonic 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 Associate Director
  • Some international and local travel is required.

Reporting

At the end of each month, the 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 required 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.
  • Strong understanding and experience in road safety and/or transport sector 
  • 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 set-up.
  • 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, resume and salary requirement to: melturky@advocacyincubator.org. Please reference the position code: ICCB/GHAI/12 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 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 Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids established in 1996, 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.