Associate Director of Communications, Cardiovascular Health

08 Jul, 2022

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Associate Director of Communications, Cardiovascular Health

Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
Washington, D.C.
The Global Health Advocacy Incubator (GHAI) supports civil society organizations advocating for public health policies that reduce death and disease. We bring a proven advocacy approach and a global network of local partners, built on a 25-year track record of success across multiple issues in more than 60 countries. GHAI is an initiative of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.
The Global Health Advocacy Incubator (GHAI) supports civil society organizations advocating for public health policies that reduce death and disease. We bring a proven advocacy approach and a global network of local partners, built on a 25-year track record of success across multiple issues in more than 60 countries. GHAI is an initiative of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.
Position Overview
GHAI seeks an Associate Director of Communications to support communications initiatives to advance policies and regulations that improve cardiovascular health and nutrition. 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).
The Associate Director of Communications leads efforts to support the strategic communications, media and digital advocacy work of GHAI’s civil society organization partners in key countries advocating for cardiovascular health policy change. This position reports to the Director of Communications, Food Policy and works closely with the Director, CVH Program. The Associate Director, Communications serves as a thought partner and resource for the CVH Program and team, GHAI staff, international NGOs, and the media. The Associate Director will have a deep understanding of and strong track-record of using traditional, digital and paid media as critical components to advance policy change. The ideal candidate is a self-starter with strong project management skills; passion, curiosity and comfort working in cross-cultural settings; and a demonstrated commitment to capacity strengthening in a global context.
This position is based in Washington, DC, and is open to U.S. citizens and other applicants who already possess U.S. work authorization. GHAI will be operating under a hybrid (partial remote and partial in-person/in-office) work environment beginning in April 2022. Full vaccination (including booster shots) against Covid-19 is required.
RESPONSIBILITIES
As the communications lead for the CVH program, the Associate Director will partner closely with in-country
civil society organizations to develop communications strategies and campaigns to advance policy objectives and program goals. This role will also collaborate closely with the GHAI Food Policy Program, GHAI core communications team, Resolve to Save Lives, and other partners.
Key areas of focus for the position include:
-Develop, implement, and support advocacy communications strategies that include earned media and digital advocacy strategies in partnership with NGOs and NGO networks in selected low-and middle-income countries of focus;
-Enhance capacity of civil society organizations in focus countries to conduct effective communications, in part by providing training and capacity building programs;
-In partnership with in-country civil society organizations, develop and implement methods to increase the capacity of the media to report on public health issues, including journalism workshops, and other programs;
-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;
-Oversee production of communication materials;
-Oversee relationships with and output of communications agencies and consultants, including PR agencies and media monitoring vendors in countries;
-Evaluate the country-specific communications and media advocacy programs; and
-Highlight the CVH work and local partners advances through regular contributions to the GHAI blog and social media channels and development of case studies and other publications.

Qualifications

    • Broad client-services experience in the field of public relations, and/or particular experience serving NGO clients in the public health arena;
    • Demonstrated experience using social media, digital advocacy tools, and platforms as well as traditional media as a critical tool for policy change;
    • Advocacy campaign development and implementation experience;
    • Understanding of how communications strategies can support policy change and implementation in low-and middle-income countries;
    • Impeccable project management skills and the ability to work collaboratively with interdisciplinary teams;
    • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement trainings;
    • Excellent writing and editing skills;
    • Comfort working on multi-country programs and/or in cross cultural settings; Experience working or living overseas a plus;
    • Flexibility, strong organizational skills, and ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment;
    • Meet timely and detailed project goals that support larger strategy;
    • Bachelor’s degree and minimum 5-7 years’ relevant experience in media relations, public relations, consulting, and/or advocacy campaigns;
    • Ability and desire to travel overseas;
    • Fluency in written and spoken languages in addition to English, preferred; and
    • Experience working on nutrition and food policies issues, is a plus.
The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We believe our programs are strengthened when they are developed and supported by individuals with diverse life experiences, whose understanding of social and cultural issues can help make The Campaign’s work more inclusive. We encourage qualified applicants of all ages, racial, economic, social, cultural, sexual orientation, ability and gender expressions, national origins, and veteran statuses to apply.
Organizational Overview
The Global Health Advocacy Incubator (GHAI) supports civil society organizations advocating for public health policies that reduce death and disease. We bring a proven advocacy approach and a global network of local partners, built on a 25-year track record of success across multiple issues in more than 60 countries. GHAI is an initiative of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. For more information, visit www.advocacyincubator.org.

Job posted: 2022-07-08