The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids Job Vacancy: Country Advocacy Coordinator, Thailand

POSITION ANNOUCEMENT In-Country Advocacy Coordinator, Thailand The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids’ (CTFK) Global Health Advocacy In... thumbnail 1 summary
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POSITION ANNOUCEMENT

In-Country Advocacy Coordinator, Thailand

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids’ (CTFK) Global Health Advocacy Incubator (GHAI) provides strategic advocacy assistance on global public health issues. The GHAI works with the Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP) to help identify promising individuals and organizations to serve as advocates for public health and provides technical assistance, training, and strategic planning to help advocates conduct high-impact advocacy campaigns. The GHAI is currently supporting GRSP in road safety work in Thailand. The Advocacy Coordinator will support this work and will report to the Associate Director of the GHAI in Washington, DC.

SUMMARY:
Our goal in Thailand is to build public and political support for comprehensive road safety policies to address gaps in the law as identified by the World Health Organization. We also aim to support the government in effective implementation of the existing helmet law in Thailand.

POSITION DESCRIPTION:
The Thailand Advocacy Coordinator will serve as a core member of the GRSP/GHAI Thailand team, and be responsible for providing strategic guidance to both inform and implement GRSPs Thailand strategy. This position requires demonstrated interest and experience in policy advocacy work. The ideal candidate will have experience working with the government of Thailand, as well as civil society organizations, and have a keen understanding of elements that impact policy development and passage. S/he will have knowledge of the Thailand government processes, proven ability to develop and work in partnership with multiple stakeholders, and foster coordination and joint action amongst grantees. This is a full time coordinator position (20 to 22 days each month for 12 months) and will be based in Bangkok.

Reporting to the Associate Director GHAI, and working closely with the Senior Program Officer at the Global Road Safety Partnership, the coordinator will conduct the following:

PRIMARY DUTIES:  
  • Apply a strong working knowledge of the Thailand political and administrative systems, processes and players to identify opportunities to advocate for changes in policies especially as relates to ensuring road safety in Thailand.
  • In consultation with the Associate Director, support the development and operationalization of the approved Thailand strategy.
  • Help Thailand advocates build and maintain productive partnerships (at the national, community, and government level) to ensure support for the passage of strong policies and implementation processes.
  • Coordinate with the national focal point at the World Health Organization to ensure synergy.
  • Support grantees and partners to formulate policy objectives, strategies, and timelines for advocacy campaigns targeted at passing laws in line with country strategy.
  • Support, where appropriate, in the development and strengthening of road safety coalition in Thailand.
  • Coordinate work of in-country partners funded by GRSP to advance comprehensive road safety policy in Thailand.
  • Carry out stakeholder research and use the research to inform coalition’s advocacy efforts.
  • Monitor grantee activities to ensure that grant deliverables and outcomes are on target; share any relevant information or concerns with GRSP/GHAI
  • 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 weekly strategy discussion meetings with the Associate Director of Thailand Programs and GRSP to discuss progress of work.
  • Produce quality and timely reports on activities and other deliverables for the assigned portfolio of work and report against established targets, and
  • Perform any other duties as might be requested by the GHAI Associate Director. 
REQUIREMENTS: 
  • Bachelor or Master’s Degree in public health or public policy; law degree or other related degree with international focus highly desirable.
  • A minimum of 7 years of professional experience coordinating and managing a wide variety of 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 work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment while juggling multiple projects and deadlines.
  • Interest in public health, commitment to public interest work and road safety experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated success in planning and conducting advocacy activities on health-related policies, including planning and conducting advocacy campaigns to achieve health-related policy outcomes.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate complex issues in a concise, compelling, and easily understandable manner both 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 report and communicate regularly and promptly with supervisor in a long distance management set-up.
  • A track record of working in an empowering and culturally sensitive style with an array of African CSOs, government officials and partners, and
  • Proven ability to translate organizational program strategies, priorities, plans and budgets into result-oriented activity plans at country-level. 
TO APPLY:  
To apply for this consultant position, please email a cover letter, including salary history, and attach your resume to: jobs@tobaccofreekids.org.  Please reference the position code: ACT- 12 in the subject line of your email. Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled. Anticipated start date: On or before January 2, 2017. We are Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes applications from individuals who will contribute to our diversity. 
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