Deputy Advocacy Coordinator, Colombia

Nov 30, 2018


Background:

The Global Health Advocacy Incubator (GHAI), a program of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK), provides strategic advocacy assistance on global public health issues to drive policy change campaigns around the globe to improve health. As part of the Obesity Prevention Program (OPP), GHAI works with partners to improve the nutrition policy environment, in countries including Barbados, Brazil, Colombia, Jamaica and South Africa. The OPP focuses on the passage and implementation of four key policies:

  • Banning advertising of junk food and sugary beverages to children;
  • Implementing taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages;
  • Regulating the supply of unhealthy foods and beverages in public sector institutions, particularly schools; and
  • Improving front of package labelling on packaged or processed foods and beverages.

General Position Description:

GHAI seeks a Deputy Advocacy Coordinator (DAC) to provide additional support to Obesity Prevention Program activities in Colombia, which have been underway since 2016 and continue to grow in scope and depth. The DAC will work closely with GHAI’s In-Country Coordinator (ICC), who has direct oversight of the program on-the-ground, and who provides support to in-country partners in carrying out an advocacy campaign focused on the above mentioned nutrition policies. The Deputy Advocacy Coordinator will report directly to the In-Country Coordinator, and will work closely with the GHAI obesity prevention team (at Washington, DC headquarters and in other focus countries), as well with all program partners on the ground in Colombia.

The ideal DAC will have experience working in policy promotion in Colombia and have a keen insight into the politics, players, and strategies that impact policy development and passage. S/he will have in-depth knowledge of the policy-making process in Colombia, proven ability to develop and work in partnership with multiple stakeholders and experience in dealing with senior government officers and political leadership. Knowledge of/background in public health is desirable.

This is a full-time contract position based in Bogotá; currently it is a 12 month assignment with possible renewal.

Primary Duties Include:

  • In conjunction with the GHAI In-Country Coordinator, work closely with GHAI partners/sub-grantees as part of the OPP to advance our policy objectives in Colombia.
  • Assist partners to develop, implement and revise advocacy strategies, adapting to political, legal, and other circumstances as needed
  • Assist the GHAI team and partners on contractual and administrative needs;
  • Monitor partner performance to ensure deliverables are met and modify work plans as needed;
  • Provide and/or facilitate technical assistance to partners as needed;
  • Provide support to (and as needed, substitute for) the GHAI In-Country Coordinator in her role as primary liaison between GHAI and implementing partners, and in building strategic relationships with other organizations (governmental, non-governmental, research, etc.)

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 5 years of professional experience coordinating and managing projects, including advocacy or policy change; proven ability to create and maintain effective working relationships with government stakeholders, NGO partners, and international organizations at various levels.
  • Ability to strategize with and coordinate multiple organizations working toward a policy goal.
  • Strong understanding of government policy-making and regulatory processes; familiarity with corporate political activity would be an advantage.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment while juggling multiple projects and deadlines.
  • Interest in public health, commitment to public interest work, and experience on obesity prevention/food policy issues a plus.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate (verbally and in writing) complex issues in a concise, compelling, and easily understandable manner.
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work effectively and communicate regularly with colleagues in HQ and other offices around the world.
  • Fluency in Spanish and English required.

TO APPLY: To apply for this position, please email a cover letter, including salary requirements, and attach your resume to: jobs@tobaccofreekids.org. Please reference code: DAC/CO/14. Our target hire date is January 1, 2019; however, resumes will be accepted until the position is filled. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcome applications from individuals who will contribute to our diversity. Candidate must have authorization to live and work in Colombia.