Program Officer - STOP

NGO Jobs / UN Jobs Vacancy

Country: United States of America
Organization: Vital Strategies
Closing date: 27 Nov 2020

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, overdose prevention, environmental health, vital statistics systems building and multidrug-resistant tuberculosis treatment research. Our programs are primarily concentrated in low- and middle-income countries in Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Pacific; the Overdose Prevention Program is our first initiative in the U.S. Please visit our website at to find out more about our work.

Vital Strategies offers highly competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits. Vital welcomes and supports a diverse, inclusive work environment. As such, our commitment is to promote equal employment opportunities (EEO) for all applicants seeking employment.

The Union

The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union), headquartered in Paris, France since 1920, has regional and country offices in Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, North America and South-East Asia. The Union provides expertise in project implementation and management, epidemiology and surveillance, and other core public health capacities on a variety of global health challenges. For more information about The Union please visit

This position will be involved in the tobacco control work of The Union, a program funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies to implement best practices of tobacco control policies at the global level. For more information about The Union’s tobacco control work please visit


The Union is recruiting two (2) Program Officers to support its country partners develop and execute activities that expose how the tobacco industry is undermining public health. The Program Officers will be dedicated to The Union’s work with STOP, a global tobacco industry watchdog.

Funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, STOP is comprised of four constituent partners, each offering a unique set of capabilities to the initiative. The Union’s role within the partnership is to connect the watchdog’s activities to The Union’s ongoing tobacco control work and to ensure that STOP’s research and activities lead to on the ground action. To learn more about STOP visit

The Program Officers will work closely with The Union’s STOP project lead and country-based staff to translate STOP resources and campaigns into country actions. They will help drive partner communication and engagement strategies, provide direct support to country staff and sub-grantees implementing advocacy strategies, and conduct investigations into industry activities.

The positions will be based out of The Union/Vital Strategies offices in New York City (valid work permit required). Remote based applicants will also be considered. These are one-year fixed term positions with the potential of extension, contingent upon program funds.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

The Program Officers will work with The Union’s STOP team to strengthen country engagement and collaborations, including:

  • Providing direct support to Union Country Leads and country based focal points in two-three priority countries.
  • Working with STOP partners and country leads/focal points to identify and advance agreed upon strategies to expose and counter the tobacco industry.
  • Communicating regularly with country partners about STOP’s resources and activities.
  • Facilitating coordination and collaboration between STOP partners and country stakeholders.
  • Creating new tools that directly support country actions and adapting existing STOP resources for country utilization (e.g. letters, policy briefs, wiki entries, factsheets, toolkits, etc.).
  • Developing and disseminating stories of success.
  • Executing monthly briefings and trainings for country-based stakeholders.

The Program Officer will also:

  • Serve as The Union’s representative for STOP partner working groups and campaigns as assigned.
  • Help establish and manage STOP sub-grants and contracts.
  • Conduct research and investigations of tobacco industry activities as needed.
  • Support project management and administrative activities including report writing; meeting planning and facilitation; and workplan development and execution.
  • Preform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree in public health, public policy, or relevant subject area.
  • At least five years of relevant experience or master’s degree with at least three years of professional experience.
  • Experience with tobacco control/NCD policy, corporate accountability and/or advocacy campaigns.
  • Demonstrated experience communicating and coordinating with a diverse set of stakeholders. Prior coalition, relationship management, or community organizing experiences a plus.
  • Excellent communication and writing skills, including experience writing for a general audience. Prior media advocacy or storytelling experience a plus.
  • Experience creating advocacy tools and/or translating technical research into action.
  • Experience working in international settings, ideally in low and middle-income countries.
  • Proficient English writing and speaking abilities, additional language skills highly preferred.
  • Ability to communicate and collaborate effectively across time zones and platforms.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and thrive in a fast-paced work environment.

How to apply:

Please submit a CV and cover letter, including salary expectations, through the Vital Strategies Career Center. The deadline for applications is November 27, 2020. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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