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Health and Nutrition Advisor (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)

Apr 27, 2022


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 and food policies, identifying new partners where needed, and assisting in the development and implementation of strategic advocacy campaigns to promote the adoption and implementation of comprehensive policies.

Among several programs, GHAI has a broad agenda to promote healthy diets and the prevention of cardiovascular diseases and non-communicable diseases. The Cardiovascular Health Program (CVH Program) seeks to prevent millions of deaths from cardiovascular disease through regulations to ban industrially produced trans-fatty acids (TFA), sodium reduction policies (including front of package labeling, unhealthy food marketing bans, school food environments regulations, policies for healthy food procurements in public institutions, maximum sodium benchmarks, among others) and hypertension control policies. The program works in partnership with Resolve to Save Lives (RTSL) and the World Health Organization (WHO) among other global and local partners.

General Position Description

The Health and Nutrition Advisor (HNA) for Ethiopia will have direct oversight of the comprehensive food policy advocacy agenda including efforts to eliminate industrially produced trans fatty acids and sodium reduction policies, like front of package labeling, unhealthy food marketing bans and school food environments regulation in Ethiopia.  The advisor will have the role as In-Country Coordinator and will work in collaboration with the legal advisor at the country level to support in-country partners to carry out a coordinated national advocacy campaign. The HNA will be based in Ethiopia, and will report directly to CVHP’s Associate Director for the Africa Region and the Director of the CVHP at Headquarters, both of whom are based in Washington, D.C. 

Primary Duties

Coordinate work of country based grantees and contractors funded by GHAI to advance comprehensive nutrition policy in Ethiopia. This is a full-time contract opportunity. 

Responsibilities

Coordination

  • Act as the primary liaison between GHAI and implementing partners in country
  • Coordinate work of in-country grantees and contractors to advance GHAI-supported nutrition policies in Ethiopia.
  • Assist partners to develop and implement work plans that feed into a coordinated overarching advocacy strategy, leverage each partner's strengths and minimize duplication.
  • Monitor partner performance to ensure deliverables are met and modify work plans as needed.
  • Provide and/or facilitate technical assistance to partners as needed.
  • Continuously appraise the policy landscape, including potential opposition, and ensure that partners are taking advantage of opportunities.
  • Help build strategic relationships with government, non-government and other entities that have a stake in cardiovascular health and food policy.
  • Represent GHAI at key meetings with partners, policymakers, and grantees, and ensure that GHAI policy positions and priorities are fully communicated to all stakeholders.
  • Hold regular strategy discussion calls and meetings with the GHAI team to discuss progress of work, as requested.
  • Facilitate regular, in-person meetings with partners, and virtual meetings between partners and GHAI.
  • Produce quality and timely reports on activities and other deliverables for the assigned portfolio of work, and report against established targets.
  • Develop a landscape analysis to identify political opportunities and priorities to promote other nutrition policies and sustainable hypertension control programs 
  • Perform other duties as requested by the GHAI team. 

Reporting

  • At the end of each month, the HNA will provide a monthly activity report detailing specific activities, meetings attended and other details in accordance with the position’s primary duties.

Requirements

  • Bachelor or master’s degree in public health or nutrition; public policy or other related degree with focus on health highly desirable. 
  • A minimum of 10 years of professional experience coordinating and managing health projects, including advocacy for policy change. Experience in food and nutrition policy is preferred. 
  • Experience in non-communicable diseases prevention and control as well as understanding of health systems in low- and middle-income countries. 
  • Proven ability to develop and work in partnership with multiple stakeholders, with government officials, NGOs, academia, and international organizations at various levels
  • Demonstrated success in planning and conducting advocacy activities (e.g., direct engagement of decision-makers, media advocacy, public actions) ideally on food and public health policy, including planning and conducting 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 industry opposition and how to manage it. 
  • Interest in public health, commitment to public interest work, and demonstrated experience in working on health policy. 
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment while juggling multiple projects and deadlines. 
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate (verbally and in writing) complex issues in a concise, compelling, and easily understandable manner. 
  • 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 and to report and communicate regularly and promptly with supervisor in a remote management set-up. 
  • A track record of working in an empowering and culturally sensitive style with an array of NGOs, government officials and partners. 
  • Proven ability to translate organizational program strategies, priorities, plans, and budgets into result-oriented activity plans at country-level. 

TO APPLY

This is a full-time contract opportunity to be located in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. To apply for this position, please email a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to: jobs@tobaccofreekids.org  Please reference the position code: HNA/Ethiopia/CTFK

in the subject line of your email. Applications will be accepted through May 31, 2022, for an anticipated start date of July 1, 2022. The duration of the contract will be for 12 months initially, with prospect of extension, based on performance and continued donor funding. 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.