CTFK is a leading civil society organization dedicated to the fight to reduce tobacco use and its deadly toll in the United States and around the world. Qualified candidates will understand and have proven experience with policy and advocacy campaigns in Africa and will be a strategic partner to grantees, partners, and funders in preventing the devastating health impacts of tobacco use.
Location: Washington, DC
The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK) is seeking nominations and applications for a strategic, seasoned, and politically astute Director of Africa Programs to lead CTFK’s efforts to build sustained advocacy campaigns that result in the adoption and implementation of effective tobacco control policies by governments in Africa. CTFK is a leading civil society organization dedicated to the fight to reduce tobacco use and its deadly toll in the United States and around the world. Qualified candidates will understand and have proven experience with policy and advocacy campaigns in Africa and will be a strategic partner to grantees, partners, and funders in preventing the devastating health impacts of tobacco use.
The Director of Africa Programs will be responsible for overseeing efforts to support the adoption of effective tobacco control policies consistent with the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in Africa. The Director will serve as the primary liaison with African non-governmental organizations and government actors to identify strategic opportunities to advance tobacco control. S/he will assist in the development and implementation of advocacy campaigns in key countries, providing both grant and technical assistance to support the work of local organizations. In addition, the Director will work with local advocates to document and respond to tobacco industry efforts that attempt to undermine tobacco control policy.
The new Director will have a track-record of designing and implementing effective advocacy and policy change initiatives; ten or more years’ relevant experience working on the African continent paired with deep knowledge of the region and its political processes. S/he will be a strategic and analytical thinker who partners effectively with grantees and stakeholders on the ground and has the gravitas, humility, and personal agility to navigate a variety of relationships and cultures. Proficiency in English and French and the ability to travel extensively throughout the region is required.
- Assist in the development and implementation of advocacy campaigns in key priority countries
- Serve as the principal liaison on behalf of the Campaign with key partners
- Lead and coordinate the work of CTFK staff and consultants in order to leverage the Campaign’s DC-based resources to support on the ground efforts
Full details regarding this position are available here.
The Director of Africa Programs will bring significant experience and a keen understanding of the challenge
of inspiring policy change in Africa. The successful candidate must therefore appreciate the unique nature of
working on the African continent and be an inspiring, effective, and strategic partner to the Campaign’s
stakeholders. While no one candidate will embody all the qualifications enumerated below, the ideal candidate
will possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and experiences:
- Ten or more years’ relevant experience working on the African continent paired with deep knowledge of the region and its political processes;
- A proven track-record of designing and implementing projects or initiatives that have achieved advocacy and policy change; Experience executing advocacy campaigns in other issue areas in the region;
- Strong strategic and analytical thinking skills and the ability to partner effectively with grantees and stakeholders on the ground;
- The gravitas, humility, and personal agility to navigate a variety of relationships across cultures and levels of society;
- Ambassadorial approach that is comfortable working both with high level government leaders, NGOs, and civil society organizations;
- Exceptional organizational skills and comfort working collaboratively in networks or coalitions to create a shared vision and set complementary work objectives;
- The political savvy to capitalize on opportunities for change and the capacity to build and nurture strong partnerships across geographic divides to achieve the Campaign’s bold agenda;
- Management expertise supervising, engaging, and directing a geographically dispersed team of staff and consultants;
- Collegial nature that is adept at working across a large and diverse organization and in partnership with cross functional teams;
- Excellent oral and written communication skills; Personal presence necessary to passionately convey the importance of tobacco control, the confidence to command the spotlight when appropriate, and the wisdom and savvy to know when to direct the spotlight elsewhere;
- Master’s degree, JD, or equivalent in law, political science, or public health is desirable;
- Proficiency in written and spoken English and French;
- Ability to travel extensively throughout the region is required.
How to Apply
More information about the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids may be found at: http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/.
Due to the pace of this search, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications including a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, your resume (in Word format), salary history, and where you learned of the position should be sent to: CTFK-DAP@nonprofitprofessionals.com. In order to expedite the internal sorting and reviewing process, please type your name (Last, First) as the only contents in the subject line of your e-mail.
The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes applications from individuals who will contribute to its diversity.