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Associate Director, Advocacy, Road Safety Program

May 12, 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. To date, these issues have included road safety, food policy, cardiovascular health, drowning prevention, civil registration & vital statistics, preventing epidemics, and maternal and reproductive health, among others.

The GHAI now seeks an Associate Director, Advocacy, to join a dynamic team advancing efforts to improve critical road safety policies in specific low-and middle-income countries. Every year an estimated 1.25 million people around the world die because of road traffic crashes, and millions more are injured. GHAI’s mandate under the road safety program is to stimulate policy change that will prevent road crash deaths and injury through addressing key behavioral risk factors, including speeding, seatbelts, child restraints, helmets, and drink driving. The Associate Director, Advocacy will report to the Program Director, Road Safety. This position is based in Washington, DC and is open to U.S. citizens and other applicants who already possess U.S. work authorization. Until reentry to the DC Office is approved, all DC- based positions are remote.


The Associate Director, Advocacy is responsible for leading GHAI’s road safety advocacy strategy and execution for 2-3 countries. This position works closely with other Road Safety Program staff (e.g., Program Director, Communications, Capacity Building) and key global partners to identify, engage, and support local civil society partners to design and execute policy change campaigns. The Associate Director, Advocacy will:

  • Coordinate and collaborate with colleagues from the Global Road Safety Partnership who manage grants and provide road safety technical assistance, in order to develop strategy, engage with local partners and facilitate access to global best practices on road safety risk factors.
  • Assist in-country advocacy coordinator to identify local partners, support them in developing an advocacy capacity building plan, and ensuring that their needs are understood
  • Collaborate with the in-country advocacy coordinator, as well as global and local partners, to develop and execute strategic advocacy campaigns including:
    • mapping the political landscape;
    • identifying allies, champions, and opposition;
    • educating policy makers
    • building coalitions and mobilizing public support;
    • engaging in proactive media advocacy in support of policy change and
    • supporting implementation of other core advocacy strategies and tactics to drive a successful policy change campaign.
  • Provide ongoing strategic and technical assistance to local partners and coalitions as they execute policy change campaigns.
  • Monitor progress of campaign execution and outcomes and report to relevant stakeholders.
  • Develop and implement strong, clear work plans to implement strategy, manage communication, and coordinate among global and in-country partners.
  • Manage in-country staff.


  • Seven or more years of experience working on public health policy issues in Africa and/or Asia.
  • change in low- and middle-income countries. Road safety or transportation policy experience a plus.
  • Demonstrated excellence in using the tools and practices needed to influence public health policy in low- and middle-income countries.
  • Experience working with civil society organizations government at the national and sub-national level to implement policy change campaigns;
  • Experience working across a diverse set of stakeholders with sensitivity to the political and policy dynamics;
  • Experience working at the global level and in cross-cultural settings, and the ability to travel internationally;
  • Strong written and oral communications skills including the ability to contribute to internal and donor reports;
  • Consultative and collaborative approach; navigating with ease a large and complex international NGO; and commitment to locally-led advocacy approach.
  • Bachelor’s degree in public policy, political science, public health or other relevant field; Advanced degree preferred.
  • Proficiency in a foreign language desired.


To apply for this position, please email a cover letter, writing sample, resume and salary requirement to: Please reference the position code: ADARS/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 Global Health Advocacy Incubator, a program of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, 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.