Position Description

Technical Advisor - Strategic Partnerships, Tobacco Control
Location China
Department Tobacco Control Subgrants & Non Mass Media
# of openings 1
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Vital Strategies, headquartered in New York City, is an international public health organization. Our programs strengthen public health systems and address the world’s leading causes of illness, injury and death. We currently work in 73 countries, supporting data-driven decision making in government, advancing evidence-based public health policies and mounting strategic communication campaigns. Vital Strategies’ priorities are driven by the greatest potential to improve and save lives. They include non-communicable disease prevention, cardiovascular health promotion, tobacco control, road safety, obesity prevention, epidemic prevention, environmental health, vital statistics systems building and Multi-drug resistant tuberculosis treatment research. Our programs are concentrated in low- and middle-income countries and cities in Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Pacific. Please visit our website at www.vitalstrategies.org to find out more about our work.

The Position 

Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use is a six-year global health initiative that aims to reduce the global demand for tobacco through a comprehensive, proven approach that combines policy change with increased public awareness. The tobacco control work at Vital China Office is technically guided and funded by the Bloomberg Philanthropies through the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union). The tobacco control team in China has been working with a number of key partners including the National Health Commission of China, the China Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Chinese Center for Health Education, Provincial and Municipal Health Commissions, CDCs and Health Education Institutes and other tobacco control organizations.

Specific Duties 

Reporting to Deputy Director-Tobacco Control, the Technical Advisor, will serve as the focal point for collaborations with NHC, China CDC Tobacco Control Office. This is a full time position and will be based in Beijing. The duties shall include: 

  • Engage the National Health Commission (NHC) and other government agencies/public institutions in the health and non-health sectors at the national level, identify opportunities to build alliance between the two sectors for strategic partnership;
  • Provide advice to NHC, China CDC Tobacco Control Office and other tobacco control partners and grantees at the national and subnational levels in identifying and establishing partnership with strategic partners and thinktanks in the non-health sector to advance tobacco control policies based on in-depth analyses of any health and non-health related political opportunities;
  • Gather and share intelligence on developments relevant to China’s national strategic plans both within and beyond health and tobacco control policy areas through strategic liaison with selected stakeholders;
  • Provide advice to the Deputy Director – Tobacco Control of the Vital China Office in exploring, cultivating, maintaining and facilitating partnership with government agencies and tobacco control organizations at both national and subnational levels;
  • Provide strategic advice to the development of The Tobacco Control Program Team’s strategy and work plans for tobacco control at the national and subnational level;
  • Liaise with donor, the Tobacco Control Department at the Union, and Bloomberg partners on strategic planning of the Bloomberg Initiative tobacco control work in China;
  • Conduct calls with tobacco control partners and the Bloomberg Initiative as needed;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Minimum of ten years of work experience in the health sector and in a government setting; prior work experience in the national health agencies is preferred;
  • Deep understanding of the Chinese government system and preferably have an extensive network inside the government from previous work experience at the ministry level;
  • Good experience in working with the non-health sector inside the government;
  • Master’s or PhD degree in public policy, political science or related field; prior work experience in non-communicable diseases or tobacco control is a plus;
  • Strong proficiency in both spoken and written Chinese; fluency in English is a plus;
  • Up to 20% of domestic and international travel will be required.
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