Advocacy Coordinator, Philippines

Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids

Washington DC, United States of America

Experience: 5 to 10 Years

Skill Required: Advocacy and Campaign

Organizational Overview

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids works to prevent children from smoking, to help smokers quit, and to protect everyone from secondhand smoke by changing public attitudes and public policies on tobacco. Established in 1996, the Campaign envisions a world free from the death and disease caused by tobacco. The Campaign promotes public policies that have been proven to reduce tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke, including higher tobacco taxes, comprehensive smoke-free laws, strict bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship, and graphic warning labels on tobacco products. Internationally, CTFK supports governments and non-governmental organizations in promoting and implementing these policies in low- and middle-income countries where more than 80 percent of tobacco-related deaths will occur in the coming decades. The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids has been designated as one of five partner organizations to coordinate activities under the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use, working with governments and non-governmental organizations to implement effective measures to reduce tobacco use. CTFK has active initiatives among the world, including the United States.  The Bloomberg Advocacy Incubator 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 Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK) is seeking nominations and applications for an Advocacy Coordinator to help design and implement CTFK's efforts to promote tobacco control policies and other health issues in the Philippines. The Advocacy Coordinator will be responsible for providing advocacy support to in-country partners promoting tobacco control, including coordinating grantee activity, and gathering information from relevant meetings, and participating in relevant meetings and local events.  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.  It also seeks to build advocacy capacity to advance broader public health goals.  Qualified candidates will understand and have proven experience with policy development or policy promotion, and will be a strategic partner to grantees, partners, and funders in preventing the devastating health impacts of tobacco use. This position is based in Manila, Philippines.


  • Lead in developing the strategic direction of the advocacy efforts in the Philippines, working closely with and in partnership with CTFK’s grantees and CTFK’s Media and Advocacy Coordinator.
  • Coordinate advocacy efforts by CTFK’s grantees and partners to support the adoption and implementation of effective tobacco control policies consistent with the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in the Philippines.
  • Stay abreast of the social, political and economic environments that may affect tobacco control and public health policies
  • Conduct and/or coordinate strategic planning meetings with stakeholders, grantees, and partners regularly
  •  Coordinate timely technical support to partners in grant management, communications, research and legislation, litigation to ensure the advocacy campaigns are effective and well-coordinated.
  • Serve as the primary liaison with Filipino non-governmental organizations to identify strategic political opportunities to advance tobacco control.
  • Report to the Director of Philippines Programs Washington, DC.


  • A minimum of ten years’ work experience in Philippines in policy advocacy, health promotion, international development or other related field;
  • A track-record of designing and implementing projects or initiatives that have achieved policy change;
  • High level of familiarity with the political system in Philippines and understanding of the complex formal and informal relationships that go into policymaking;
  • Keen understanding of Filipino civil society, domestic and international charitable organizations, trade and business associations, etc.;
  • Strong strategic and analytical thinking skills and the ability to leverage creative partnerships;
  • Strong organizational skills and experience in leading or working collaboratively in networks or coalitions to create shared vision and set complementary work objectives;
  • Experience executing advocacy campaigns on other issue areas in the region;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Experience in Program Management;
  • Master’s degree or higher in political science, public health, economics, or law is desirable;
  • Fluency in spoken and written English and Tagalog, and
  • Ability to travel within Philippines and internationally.

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