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In-Country Communications Consultant (South Africa)

May 5, 2021


Immediate Part-time limited opportunity position in South Africa

The Global Health Advocacy Incubator (GHAI), a program of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, draws on lessons learned from tobacco control and its growing experience on other public health issues to support policy change campaigns around the globe to improve health. To date, that work includes food policy and cardiovascular health, road safety, drowning prevention, preventing epidemics, and vital statistics. 

GHAI is seeking communications consultants with media advocacy expertise to support healthy food policy campaigns in multiple geographies. As part of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Food Policy Program (FPP), GHAI supports civil society organizations to pass and implement key policies to develop healthier food environments, including: taxes on unhealthy food and beverage products; mandatory front-of-package nutrition warning labels; restrictions on marketing of unhealthy food and beverage products to children; and regulating the supply of unhealthy products in public sector environments, particularly schools.  

GHAI works with and supports civil society organizations, providing technical assistance and capacity building in advocacy, communications and legal analysis. GHAI now seeks a communications consultant to help provide media advocacy expertise to country-level advocacy efforts, primarily in South Africa, and possibly limited support to grantees in other African countries.  

This consultancy will be based in South Africa; applicants must have current authorization to live and work in South Africa. Contracted communications consultants will report directly to the FPP Communications Director, or their designee, and will collaborate closely with staff, consultants, and partners on the FPP, at GHAI headquarters in Washington, DC. The communications consultant will also work closely with the GHAI Coordinator based in South Africa.  

The communications consultant will support civil society organizations in the design and execution of media advocacy strategies that support public health policy campaigns aimed at reducing obesity levels. The goal will be to create a media environment conducive to policy change by reaching the public, but especially influencers and key decision makers, through strategic communications support. Knowledge of/background in food policy would be an important asset. 

Summary of Tasks

  • Facilitate development of a communications strategy to support policy advocacy campaigns with partners and assist in the implementation of the strategy, including facilitating ongoing communications coordination meetings. 
  • Develop communications materials (template press releases, op-eds, letters to the editor, digital resources) for coalition members to participate and engage in the public debate. 
  • Track media monitoring reports and, when needed, engage in rapid response to counter negative stories. 
  • Help organize and facilitate workshops and training sessions to help build partner communications capacity and spokespeople. 
  • Provide ongoing updates to GHAI on communications activities, including developing written reports and participating in planning/update calls with GHAI on an ongoing basis. 
  • Coordinate closely with GHAI in-country coordinator. 

Ideal Qualifications

  • Proven experience utilizing traditional and social media as a tool for policy change with a deep understanding of the elements of both campaign development and implementation paired with the ability to leverage the power of civil society to achieve policy change goals;
  • A broad client-service centered approach gained from experience in media strategy, public relations, and/or particular experience serving NGO clients in a consulting relationship;
  • Experience in advising coalitions or networks on development coordinated communications strategies; 
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement media (including social media) and communications strategies in support of policy change and implementation;
  • Keen ability to assess and identify areas for increased capacity and provide technical assistance and/or training, as needed;
  • Knowledge of the South African media landscape and relationships with South Africa media;
  • Strong program or project management experience. Fine attention to details, and ability to deliver project goals in a timely fashion;
  • Flexibility, focused organizational skills, and good humor required to handle multiple tasks in fast-paced environment;
  • Bachelor’s degree in communications or related field; 

TIMELINE: June 1-December 31, 2021
Level of Effort: this assignment is expected to require 20 hours of work per week, on average.  

To Apply

To apply for this position, please email a cover letter, salary requirement, and attach your resume to: jobs@advocacyincubator.org.   Please reference the position code: COMM-SA 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.