« Other U-M Faculty discuss China in the News | Main | Apprenticing with Chinese kite master - off to a fantastic start! »

June 14, 2011

Program Officer, International Resource Center

Summary Description
The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (TFK) is a Washington, D.C.-based non-governmental organization that works to reduce tobacco use in the U.S. and globally. In 2007, the Campaign became one of five partners in the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use, a global initiative aimed at reducing tobacco use in low- and middle-income countries. To achieve the goal of reducing tobacco use globally, the Campaign engages in political advocacy to encourage countries to adopt proven policies that reduce tobacco consumption.

China is the world’s largest producer and consumer of cigarettes, with more than half of the male population and nearly 30% of the total population – some 301 million people -- being smokers. The country, as a signatory of the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention for Tobacco Control, is obligated to enact tobacco control policies, including bans on smoking in indoor public places and work places, a total ban on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship, effective warnings on cigarette packs, and higher tobacco taxes and prices. But a combination of factors has led to weak implementation and enforcement.

Position Summary
The Program Officer is a member of TFK’s fast-paced, results-oriented International Resource Center. The program officer is responsible for overseeing the overall administrative functioning of TFK’s China office, for helping to formulate strategies aimed at promoting tobacco control in China and for managing a portfolio of grants to Chinese non-governmental organizations (NGO), civil society groups and governmental agencies. This position requires strong management skills and a broad understanding of China’s current environment and its tobacco control- and industry-related policies. It also requires constant communication with grantees, coordination of grantee activities with TFK efforts and other international partner organizations and identification of technical assistance needs of grantees. This position requires cultural sensitivity, attention to detail, patience and an interest in public health issues.

Primary Duties
• Help formulate strategies to promote tobacco control policies in China and identify partners in the country consistent with TFK’s overall strategic direction.
• Track and monitor development of tobacco control-related policy developments in China, identify strategic opportunities and develop relationships with key policymakers and other stakeholders.
• Oversee administration of TFK’s China office, including efforts related to strengthening its local presence.
• Work closely with grantees to help them in implementing their grant projects, including coordinating assistance as required.
• Liaise with TFK staff to assure provision of focused communications, legal and research support for grantees.
• Help monitor project implementation by grantees, including preparing regular and ad hoc reports for TFK’s internal use and external reporting, responding to inquiries and grant histories as requested.
• Participate as part of the TFK team to negotiate new proposals, review existing projects and take part in working meetings with grantees.
• Help review, analyze, monitor, and evaluate grant proposals, plans, budgets and reports.
• Assist in grant monitoring for TFK and administrative/financial support to grantees to assure consistent progress, grant processing and reporting.
• Help identify needs for midstream program adjustments to achieve desired results, and facilitate where necessary.
• Help organize workshops, trainings and meetings, and take on other duties as needed.

Required Skills, Knowledge, Abilities
• Ability to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment while juggling and coordinating multiple projects and deadlines.
• Demonstrated attention to detail.
• Cultural sensitivity.
• Ability to perform effectively under pressure.
• Ability to operate independently with minimal supervision.
• Ability to be flexible and modify priorities as needed.
• Ability to travel within country and internationally.
• Strong organizational skills.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills in Mandarin Chinese and English.
• Commitment to public interest work.
• Knowledge of and proficiency with a variety of computer software applications including Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and Outlook.

Education and Experience
• University degree required; public health, public policy, international development or related degree with international focus preferred.
• Four (4) years related experience working in an international development organization or working on public interest advocacy campaigns.
• Experience in public policy or tobacco control.

Resumes may be emailed to jobs[at]tobaccofreekids[dot]org in either MS Word or Adobe PDF format, or by fax to 202.296.5427.

Posted by zzhu at June 14, 2011 02:16 PM