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Vice President, Food Policy Program

Aug 17, 2021


The Global Health Advocacy Incubator was established as a special initiative of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. Having successfully worked to implement evidence-based strategies to reduce tobacco use and its deadly toll in the United States and around the world, the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids is using its public health advocacy experience to advance public health on a range of additional public health issues, including food nutrition and food policy, injury prevention, and health systems strengthening and budget advocacy and accountability. Since its inception, the Incubator has supported public health advocacy campaigns and achieved policy wins across dozens of countries on multiple issues.

The Food Policy Program (FPP) of the Global Health Advocacy Incubator works to support the adoption of healthy food policies in low-and middle income countries.  Since 2016, the FPP program team has supported civil society organizations in Brazil, Barbados, Colombia, Jamaica and South Africa to urge their governments to pass healthy food policies to reduce the consumption of unhealthy foods and drinks. The Vice President (VP) of the Food Policy Program will lead an experienced team to continue the work in these priority countries as well as to oversee support for other efforts through a special Advocacy Fund established to assist countries that are considering the development of proven food policy laws and regulations.  The VP should be a seasoned advocate who can oversee the overall operations of food policy program and supervise the FPP team in the successful design and implementation of public health advocacy programs to address various global public health issues. This D.C. based position reports to the Senior Vice President Global Health Advocacy Incubator.

Key Responsibilities

The Vice President – Food Policy Program will have overall responsibility to oversee GHAI’s global policy efforts as part of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Food Policy Program. The Vice President works closely with the Senior Vice President - GHAI to develop and implement overall strategy and plans for GHAI’s global food policy program.   This includes operational and staffing plans for the program, as well as country level strategies in priority countries in low and middle income countries where we will work.

The Vice President will manage staff and budget for this program, lead country-level strategy development for policy change with global and/or in-country partners, direct the teams implementing those strategies, and ensures appropriate identification and provision of capacity building and technical assistance to ensure success. The Vice President also works with the donor and will produce regular reports to the donor.

Key responsibilities include:

Strategic Leadership

The VP provides overall strategic direction and will develop an overall strategy and framework for providing ongoing technical assistance and training to local organizations in low- and middle-income countries to meet program goals in food policy and healthy nutrition. The VP will lead a core team of staff and consultants in the U.S. and in relevant countries to support project goals, helping to prioritize and deploy a range of technical resources.    As a part of the effort, the VP works with the HQ based team to assess the political landscape, identify potential in-country partners, assess existing capacity and determine best approaches to enhance capacity, and opportunity for policy change.  The VP leverages this analysis to structure, build, and implement effective campaigns in priority countries.  

Project and Budget Management

The VP provides guidance in the design, planning, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of all program activities. The VP is responsible for working with initiative core partners and in-country grantees to develop appropriate work plans and build consensus on project deliverables.  The VP exercises oversight of the core budget as well as country-specific or project specific task orders.  Based on partner requests, the VP develops detailed scopes of work (SOW), assemble the core team of staff and consultants for SOWs to work on different tasks, and prepare and monitor task budgets.  The VP is responsible for ensuring task deliverables and overall project monitoring and evaluation and is responsible for donor reporting.  The Vice President is responsible for developing and overseeing a program that will result in policy change in selected low and middle income countries.  

Advocacy Campaign Management and Support

The Food Policy Program works with local partners to build public and policymaker support. Working with a multi-disciplinary team, the VP marshals the experience and existing training curriculum, tools, and know-how to country-based efforts to achieve agreed upon policy goals.  This support will include assisting groups in clarifying advocacy goals and objectives, conducting robust analysis of the political landscape, identifying and working with policy champions, designing and implementing comprehensive media strategies, working to build and enhance diverse coalitions and partnerships, and preparing for and countering political opposition to proposed policy change.  Training and technical assistance will include strategic and action planning that integrates best practices in political advocacy.  The team will organize efforts to encourage sharing and cross-country learning and sharing of best practice experience.  

Donor Relations

The VP maintains regular contact with external partner agencies and donors to share the work of the program.  The VP will oversee the preparation of regular reports to donors as set out in grant agreements.  The VP will be the primary point of contact with donors and ensure that GHAI meets all requirements of the FPP grant agreement, complete deliverables on a timely basis, and deliverables high-quality and effective work.

Skills and Abilities  

  • Passionate advocate for public health policy change
  • Expertise in food policy, nutrition, and NCD issues.
  • Thorough understanding of key elements of policy change campaigns and how to put them in place in diverse political systems
  • Track record of conceptualizing and implementing policy advocacy campaigns globally
  • Experience managing a team and in-country partners to develop and implement advocacy campaigns, preferably in low and middle income countries
  • Strategic campaigner who understands policy making processes and how to influence them
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment while juggling multiple projects and deadlines
  • Program and staff management experience
  • 15+ years of policy advocacy experience and public health
  • Ability to travel internationally
  • Master’s degree in related field
  • Foreign language skills highly desirable.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please email a cover letter, resume and salary requirement to: Please reference the position code: VPFP/GHAI/13 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.