Campaign for Tobacco – Free Kids Vacancy: Associate Director of International Communications – Washington, DC, United States

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November 19, 2015

Expired Job


June 19, 2019



Associate Director of International Communications

Global Health Advocacy Incubator

Job Announcement

Position Overview

Global Health Advocacy Incubator (GHAI) at the Campaign for
Tobacco-Free Kids draws on lessons learned from tobacco advocacy to
provide training and assistance to other public health advocacy
initiatives funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, as directed by
Bloomberg. The Bloomberg public health program focuses on policy
responses to global health issues such as data for public health, road
safety, and obesity. GHAI focus will be across each of these areas.

GHAI seeks applications for a strategic, media-savvy, and proactive
Associate Director of International Communications. This position plays a
leading role in GHAI’s efforts to support and train NGO partners
working on public health policy change in specific low- and
middle-income countries to improve the effectiveness of strategic
advocacy communications work in their countries, as well as improving
the capacity of the media to report on public health issues. S/he will
help organizations and networks in the selected countries build the
capacity to develop and implement advocacy communication and media
strategies and implement programs such as journalism fellowships and

Associate Director will serve as a resource for GHAI staff,
international NGOs, and the media. S/he will help develop and implement
communications strategies and mass media campaigns in collaboration with
GHAI staff and partners and NGOs around the world in support of
country-specific advocacy campaigns.

candidates will have demonstrated experience in communications
strategic planning, mass media campaigns, proactively recognizing,
framing and pitching stories to the media and the proven ability to
support other clients and/or organizations in developing and executing
their communication campaigns. The Associate Director will understand
how to utilize communications as a critical component of policy advocacy
campaigns and partner with key allies, civil society groups and media
to advance policy change in pursuit of GHAI public health goals. 
International communications or living and working experience abroad is
highly desirable.

position is based in Washington, DC and is open to US citizens and
other applicants possessing work visas permitting long-term, permanent
employment in the US. The position reports to the GHAI Director.

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
is a non-profit, public health advocacy organization that works to
reduce the toll of tobacco use on global health by promoting policies
that prevent kids from smoking, help smokers quit, and protect everyone
from secondhand smoke


Associate Director of International Communications will report to and
work closely with the Director of the GHAI and other GHAI staff in
Washington, DC to help civil society groups develop communications
programs in support of public health policy objectives in selected

Key areas of focus for the position include:

  • Develop,
    implement, and support advocacy communication and media strategies in
    partnership with NGOs and NGO networks in selected low- and
    middle-income countries of focus
  • Enhance
    capacity  of NGOs in portfolio countries to conduct effective
    communications and media advocacy, in part by providing training
  • In
    partnership with in-country NGOs, develop and implement methods to
    increase the capacity of the media in portfolio countries to report on
    public health issues, including journalism workshops, fellowships and
    other programs;
  • In partnership with in-country NGOs and partners, oversee mass media campaigns in select countries
  • Collaborate
    with GHAI and other relevant partners to efficiently and creatively
    craft and implement media strategies in support of GHAI’s and local
    NGO’s objectives;
  • Collaborate with country-focused communications staff from other organizations;
  • Provide support to organizations as they develop grants; as they pertain to media elements
  • Oversee production of communication materials
  • Oversee
    relationships with and output of communications agencies and
    consultants, including PR agencies and media monitoring vendors in
  • Evaluate the country-specific communications and media advocacy programs


Associate Director will be motivated by the opportunity to influence
public health policy for the betterment of people in middle- and
low-income countries and be experienced in the use of communications as a
component of campaigns to advocate for policy change and
implementation, and in training and supporting others to successfully
utilize communications as a component of policy advocacy campaigns. The
ideal candidate will possess many of the following professional and
personal abilities, attributes, and experiences:

  • Broad
    client-services experience in the field of public relations, and/or
    particular experience serving NGO clients in the public health arena
  • Demonstrated
    ability to develop and implement media (including social media) and
    communications strategies, including drafting key messages, in support
    of policy change and implementation in low- and middle-income countries.
  • Excellent
    skills in writing and editing communications materials including press
    releases, pitch memos, and social media content such as blogs and
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement media and communications strategies with measurable results.
  • Minimum 5 years relevant experience.
  • Excellent writing, speaking and editing skills (English).
  • Experience working at the international level and in cross-cultural settings.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks in fast-paced environment.
  • Ability and desire to travel overseas periodically.
  • Fluency in written and spoken languages including Spanish is preferred. 

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please email a
cover letter, including salary history, and attach a writing sample and
your resume to: Please reference the position code ADGHAI:12 in the subject line of your email. Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled.

Deadline: 19 Dec 2015

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

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.
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