Advocacy Coordinator , The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK)

Advocacy Coordinator Tanzania
Based in Dar Es Salaam
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 Tanzania. The Advocacy Coordinator will support this work and will report to the Associate Director of the GHAI in Washington, DC.
Summary: Our goal in Tanzania is to build public and political support to strengthen advocacy for comprehensive road safety policies through the amendment of the existing Road Safety Act, and additional policy measures to address existing gaps in the law as identified in a World Health Organization legislative analysis.
Position Description: The Tanzania Advocacy Coordinator will serve as a core member of the GRSP/GHAI Tanzania team, and be responsible for providing strategic guidance to both inform and implement GRSPs Tanzania strategy. This position requires demonstrated interest and experience in policy advocacy work. The ideal candidate will have experience working with the government of Tanzania, 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 Tanzanian 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 Dar es Salaam.
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 Tanzanian political and administrative systems, processes and players to identify opportunities to advocate for changes in policies especially as relates to ensuring road safety in Tanzania.
  • In consultation with the Associate Director, support the development and operationalization of the approved Tanzania strategy.
  • Coordinate with the national focal point at the World Health Organization to ensure synergy.
  • Help Tanzania 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.
  • 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 Tanzania.
  • Carry out stakeholder research and use the research to inform coalition’s advocacy efforts.
  • Arrange regular meetings between grantees to ensure synergy as well as smoothimplementation of approved initiatives.
  • Represent GHAI/GRSP at key meetings with partners, policymakers and grantees and ensure that GHAI/GRSP policy positions and priorities are fully communicated to all stakeholders.
  • Coordinate work of in-country partners funded by GRSP to advance comprehensive road safety policy in Tanzania.
  • Hold weekly strategy discussion meetings with the Associate Director of Tanzania 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.
  • 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 10 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 experiencepreferred.
  • 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: ACCTZ-12 in the subject line of your email.  Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled. Anticipated start date:  On or before July 1, 2016. We are Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes applications from individuals who will contribute to its diversity. 
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