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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Programme Officers, State-level Advocacy by VHAI Location: Assam

Programme Officers, State-level Advocacy
Location: Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Jammu and Kashmir, Andhra Pradesh

 Apply by: 25 Apr 2012
Relevant Sectors Capacity Building, Training, Advocacy, Political

Health, Doctors, Nurses, HIV/AIDS

Social, Gender, Education, Youth, Child

Started in 1970 and based in New Delhi, Voluntary Health Association of India is a federation of 27 State Voluntary Health Associations, linking together more than 4500 member institutions and 1,00,000 community health workers across the country. VHAI is implementing a comprehensive health promotion and tobacco control programme at the national and state levels across several settings in the country. More information on our activities is available at: and
For our Tobacco Control division, VHAI invites applications for 4 posts of:
• Programme Officers, State-level Advocacy (Assam, Jammu and Kashmir, Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh)
Applicants should be post-graduates in public health/social work/social sciences or have a degree in law/human rights from a reputed college/university. They should have 5-7 years experience of working in either public health programmes, policy advocacy, state level or community level project implementation. Excellent written and oral skills with good computer and internet proficiency, especially in MS-Word, Excel and PowerPoint are essential.
All the four positions are based at the four settings mentioned above in the respective state capitals of Guwahati, Jammu/Srinagar, Hyderabad and Lucknow. Candidates would be required to undertake outstation travel, as and when required.
Candidates would be expected to:
• Develop an in-depth understanding of key overall tobacco control issues globally, and the tobacco problem in India as well along with legal and implementation issues related to the Tobacco Control Act (COTPA) and its provisions.
• Assist in developing and implementing a strong high-level advocacy network at state-level with the CMs, senior Ministers and bureaucrats, to implement COTPA and its provisions.
• Assist in developing specific campaign strategies on tax raise, indirect advertising, health warnings on tobacco products, smoke free public places and other key issues related to tobacco.
• Conduct meetings with policymakers, political leaders, senior bureaucrats, important government contacts and collaborate with them for implementation of COTPA and its provisions and advocate/follow up to get government orders issued as required.
• Compile and maintain an updated database of MLAs, important government committees, and other vital contacts in the state government, particularly, CM’s office, health, rural development and commerce ministries.
• Work closely with the VHAI media team to generate regular press coverage, opinions/features etc, which will have an impact on policymakers.
• Network with other civil society organizations at state-level for a coordinated campaign effort.
• Organize workshops and sensitization programmes at state level for key stakeholders and media.
• Assist in making use of sudden opportunities and political developments to support policymakers on positive steps or in offering constructive criticism on any backtracking, delay or disruption of important policy developments.
• Help in developing policy briefs for MLAs, bureaucrats and media with support and assistance from VHAI national office.
• Any other responsibility as assigned by the supervising officer.
The remuneration for each of these positions is approx. between Rs 3,00,000/– Rs 3,60,000 per annum, and will commensurate with qualifications and experience. The positions will be on contractual basis, renewable each year.
Interested candidates may please email us their applications along with detailed CVs by 25 April 2012 at
addressed to:
The Executive Director, Voluntary Health Association of India, B 40, Qutab Institutional Area, New Delhi -110016, Ph: 011-47004300.
Please note that women are specially encouraged to apply.
Smokers and tobacco users are strongly discouraged from applying.
Job Email id: tobaccocontrol(at)

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