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Hypertension Advisor (20 hours weekly for 6 months; possible extension)

Apr 21, 2021


The Global Health Advocacy Incubator (GHAI), an initiative of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK), draws on decades of work on tobacco control campaigns and its growing experience on other public health issues to drive policy change campaigns around the globe to improve health. This mission is accomplished by providing training and technical assistance for organizations working on public health policy, identifying new partners where needed, and assisting in the development and implementation of strategic advocacy campaigns to promote the adoption and implementation of public health policies.

GHAI is seeking a consultant for the Cardiovascular Health Program (CVHP) with special experience in hypertension prevention and control as well as understanding of health systems in low- and middle-income countries.  Hypertension prevention is a key element of GHAI’s work as a global partner on the Resolve to Save Lives (RTSL), an initiative of Vital that seeks to prevent millions of deaths from cardiovascular disease through regulations to ban industrially produced trans-fatty acids (TFA), sodium reduction strategies, and hypertension control programs.

Please note that this call is for a consultant advisor that GHAI will contract for support through an individual consultant agreement. The Hypertension Advisor contracted through this mechanism will report directly to the CVH Program Director, or their designee, and will collaborate closely with staff, consultants, and partners on the CVH team at GHAI headquarters in Washington DC and in the countries where we work.

Position Overview

This consultant position, Hypertension Advisor, will be responsible for developing a set of materials and products to conceptualize an advocacy model to promote sustainable hypertension control programs and to pilot its application in one country to be selected from several in the program. This is a 50% part-time position for a 6 months’ consultancy with a possibility for extension.   

Responsibilities

Specifically, primary duties of the position will include:  

  • Develop a bibliographic review on the best practices to implement hypertension control programs around the globe. 
  • Develop a roadmap of barriers for effective and sustainable hypertension control programs at the global level based on the evidence.
  • Review and analyze national and international legal/regulatory/legislative frameworks to inform the advocacy model for hypertension control programs.  
  • Review and analyze national and international legal frameworks and political practices to manage conflict of interests with the private sector that could interfere in the policy design and potential negative impacts in the hypertension control programs.
  • Develop a conceptual advocacy model for hypertension control programs. 
  • Develop a qualitative evaluation through in-depth interviews with referents from selected priority countries that are implementing hypertension programs in order to validate the roadmap of barriers and the advocacy model. 
  • Develop an expert panel to present the Roadmap of Barriers and the Advocacy Model to receive feedback. 
  • Develop a landscape analysis (diagnosis situation) in one selected country to evaluate needs and adapt the advocacy model to the local context. 
  • Work with the GHAI team to develop resource materials and tools relevant to advancing policy.
  • Participate in relevant meetings with GHAI staff and local partners if appropriate, including workshops, seminars, and other capacity building activities.

Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s degree in public health, medicine, or social science. A Master’s degree is preferred.
  • A minimum of 5 years of professional experience in hypertension control and/or other Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) related programs and or policies.
  • Working experiences with government agencies and/or international organizations is preferred.
  • Proven ability to develop, implement and evaluate public health programs or policies, including regulatory interventions, along with experience that demonstrates knowledge of health systems.  
  • Experience in planning and conducting comprehensive advocacy campaigns to promote health policies preferred.
  • Track record in effectively providing technical assistance to partners and team members.
  • Excellent analytical skills, writing and research ability. Ability to develop qualitative research (through deep-interviews, expert panels, among other qualitative techniques) preferred.
  • Ability to develop and work in partnership with multiple stakeholders, including government stakeholders, NGO partners, and international organizations at various levels.
  • Ability to strategize and coordinate with multiple organizations working toward a shared goal.
  • Proficiency in English is required. Demonstrated excellent writing, speaking, and editing skills in English speaking, listening, and writing.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment while juggling multiple projects and deadlines. Proven ability to work effectively and collaboratively as a member of a dynamic team.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate (verbally and in writing) complex issues in a concise, compelling, and easily understandable manner.
  • Ability to travel internationally may be required, depending on circumstances.

To Apply

To express your interest in consulting with GHAI, please email a cover letter, resume and indication of your consulting rate to:  jobs@advocacyincubator.org.  Please reference the position code: CVH-HTN/GHAI in the subject line of your email.  Applications will be accepted through May 15, 2021. No phone calls please.

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 is a non-profit, public health advocacy organization that works to prevent kids from smoking, help smokers quit, and protect everyone from secondhand smoke by changing public attitudes and public policies on tobacco and actively countering the tobacco industry and its special interests. 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.  

The Global Health Advocacy Incubator at the Campaign draws on lessons learned from tobacco advocacy to provide training and assistance to other public health advocacy initiatives funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies. Bloomberg Philanthropies’ public health programs concentrate on policy-focused responses to global health issues such as data for public health, road safety, and obesity. 

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes applications from individuals who will contribute to its diversity.