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In-Country Regional Coordinator (Based in Lusaka, Zambia)

Oct 12, 2021


The In-Country Coordinator (ICC) for Zambia will have direct oversight of the Tobacco Control (TC) country policy agenda and will support in-country civil society and government partners to carry out a coordinated national advocacy campaign. The ICC will be based in Lusaka, Zambia and will report directly to the CTFK Regional Program Director for the Africa Region (AFRO).

The ICC will work closely with CTFK Global Tobacco Control technical teams, as well as with partners on the ground.

This is a full-time contract opportunity. Only local applications accepted. To apply for this position, please email a cover letter, resume and current/expected salary requirement to: bcamara@tobaccofreekids.org.  No phone calls please.  

Applications will be accepted through October 31, 2021, for an anticipated start date of December 1, 2021. The duration of the contract will be for 12 months initially, with prospect of extension, based on performance and continued donor funding. 

Primary Duties Include:

  • Act as the primary liaison between CTFK HQ TC AFRO Program and local partners; 
  • Support the CTFK AFRO Program team in the identification of grantees in Zambia;
  • In consultation with the Director of Africa Programs, support the development and operationalization of the approved Zambia strategy;
  • Assist local partners to develop and implement work plans that feed into a coordinated overarching advocacy strategy, promoting collaboration and coalition building that leverages each partner’s strengths and minimizes duplication, to ensure smooth implementation of approved initiatives; 
  • Identify capacity and training needs of CTFK partners and support CTFK plans to address country partners’ priorities; 
  • Monitor partners’ performance to ensure deliverables are met and modify work plans as needed;
  • Provide and/or facilitate technical assistance to local partners;
  • Continuously appraise the policy landscape, including potential opposition, and ensure that local partners are taking advantage of opportunities and addressing opposition; 
  • Help build strategic relationships with government, non-government and other organizations to become better equipped to develop a comprehensive advocacy strategy and to monitor, expose and counter industry interference with the policy process; 
  • Represent CTFK at key meetings with local partners, and policymakers at national and regional levels and ensure that CTFK policy positions and priorities are fully communicated to all stakeholders.
  • Hold/participate in regular strategy and updates coordination calls and meetings with the CTFK teams to discuss progress of work; 
  • Facilitate regular, in-person and virtual meetings with local partners, among them and with CTFK; 
  • Produce quality and timely reports on activities and other deliverables for the assigned portfolio of work, and report against established targets; 
  • In collaboration with the Africa Grants Officer, monitor grantees’ activities to identify progress and/or challenging areas to address in project plans. 
  • Participate in the development and roll out of the CTFK regional and country strategy for the AFRO TC Program;
  • If required, assist in gathering data on tobacco control initiatives and trends in the respective country and/or region to inform CTFK’s overall regional strategy and priority setting;
  • Represent CTFK at partners and tobacco control meetings and events as delegated by the Africa Regional Program Director;
  • Perform any other duties as might be requested by the Africa Regional Program Director. 

Requirements

  • Bachelor or Master’s degree in public health or public policy; law degree or other related degree with focus on health highly desirable.
  • A minimum of 7 years of professional experience coordinating and managing health projects, including advocacy for policy change. Experience in health policy is preferred. 
  • Proven ability to develop and work in partnership with multiple local stakeholders at various levels, including but not limited to: government officials, NGOs, academia and media. 
  • Proven ability to translate organizational program strategies, priorities, plans, and budgets into result-oriented activity plans at country-level.
  • Demonstrated success in planning and conducting advocacy activities (e.g. direct engagement of decision-makers, media advocacy, public actions) ideally on health policy, including supporting the planning and implementation of local advocates’ advocacy campaigns to achieve policy outcomes.
  • Ability to strategize with and coordinate multiple organizations working toward a policy goal.
  • Strong understanding of government policy-making processes and players, particularly pushing for health policy, industry opposition and how to manage these.
  • Demonstrated experience, interest and commitment in public health, public interest and in working on health policy. 
  • A track record of working in an empowering and culturally sensitive style with an array of NGOs, government officials and partners.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment while juggling multiple partners, projects and deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and present complex issues in a concise, compelling, and easily understandable manner (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, report and communicate regularly and promptly with supervisor in a long-distance management set-up.

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