Country Director, Indonesia
Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
Jakarta, Indonesia


The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK) seeks nominations and applications for a strategic, seasoned, and politically astute Country Director to lead CTFK's efforts to promote strong tobacco control legislation and implementation in Indonesia. 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. Qualified candidates will understand and have proven experience promoting policy change and will be a strategic partner to grantees, partners, and funders in preventing the devastating health impacts of tobacco use.

The Country Director will act as the coordinator for CTFK’s activities in Indonesia, managing CTFK’s Jakarta-based staff and programs and serving as the primary liaison with Indonesian civil society organizations and networks. S/he will lead efforts to develop a comprehensive strategy at the national and subnational level to support the adoption and implementation of effective tobacco control policies consistent with the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in Indonesia in partnership with Indonesian tobacco control advocates. The new Country Director will coordinate legal, media, research, and grant activities in Indonesia, collaborating with CTFK staff, NGOs, stakeholders, and partners in the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use. The Country Director will report to and work closely with the Director of Indonesia Programs in Washington, DC to develop annual and long-term strategic plans. The ideal candidate will be a strategic thinker and effective manager who can balance the broader program goals with the day to day coordination, program execution, and collaboration. S/he will have a strong knowledge of Indonesian political systems, processes, and players as well as the opportunities and challenges of advancing policy change at the national and regional level. This position is based in Jakarta, Indonesia and open to citizens of Indonesia.

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free kids is being assisted in the search by Katherine Jacobs, Carolyn Ho, and Tahsin Alam of the Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group.


The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is a leading force in the fight to reduce tobacco use and its deadly toll in the United States and around the world. Our vision: A future free of the death and disease caused by tobacco. CTFK works to save lives by advocating for public policies that prevent kids from smoking, help smokers quit and protect everyone from secondhand smoke. A non-governmental organization based in Washington, DC, CTFK 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.

CTFK 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 in low- and middle-income countries around the world where the highest rates of tobacco use are found including Indonesia, China, India, Bangladesh and Russia, in addition to its longstanding program in the United States.

Global statistics on tobacco-related deaths are astonishing. The worldwide death toll is at more than five million people each year and climbing. Without urgent action, tobacco will kill one billion people in the 21st century. Every day, 80,000 to 100,000 young people around the world become addicted to tobacco, and secondhand smoke kills more than 600,000 people each year, including 165,000 children. Tobacco use also costs governments an estimated $500 billion each year in health care expenditures, productivity losses, fire damage, and other costs.

Indonesia has a population of 248 million and is the fourth most populous country in the world. In Indonesia, smoking kills at least 200,000 people annually. One-third of the population (34 percent) smokes, representing an increase of 26 percent in the number of smokers since 1995. Nearly two-thirds of men smoke, and while only five percent of women smoke, smoking rates among women are rising. Twelve percent of young people ages 13-15 who smoke report that they tried their first cigarette before the age of 10. The majority of smokers in Indonesia use kreteks or clove flavored cigarettes. More than 96 million Indonesian non-smokers are regularly exposed to secondhand smoke, and 65 percent of young people ages 13-15 are exposed to secondhand smoke at home, while 81 percent of youth ages 13-15 are exposed to secondhand smoke in public places.


The new Country Director will report to and work closely with the Director of Indonesia Programs in Washington, DC to develop strategic goals to guide CTFK’s long term work in Indonesia as well as achieve its annual, policy-based objectives. The Country Director will ensure the provision of technical assistance to and collaboration with local and regional partners and CTFK grantees. Key areas of focus for the position include:

  • Developing a comprehensive strategy to support the adoption and implementation of effective tobacco control policies consistent with the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in Indonesia;
    The Country Director will lead the strategic planning process in cooperation with the Director of Indonesia Programs to formulate detailed work plans and timelines and conduct power mapping of decision makers and key stakeholders. S/he will develop strategies to influence the legislative process and policy implementation at the national and subnational levels and will be a critical leader in shaping and advancing tobacco control policy initiatives in Indonesia. S/he will focus efforts on the following key priority areas: 100 percent smoke-free public places, complete advertising and marketing bans, and graphic health warnings on tobacco products. The new Country Director will work with key stakeholders to introduce and pass national tobacco control legislation and work toward Indonesia’s accession to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

  • Assisting in the development and implementation of advocacy campaigns in partnership with stakeholders in the public and private sector;
    The Country Director will play a central role in identifying partners in Indonesia to advance tobacco control policy change. S/he will support, coordinate, and energize Indonesian organizations to support a strong tobacco control movement focused on enacting and implementing tobacco control policies and monitoring and responding to tobacco industry efforts to undermine tobacco control policies. The Country Director will utilize partnerships with Indonesian organizations to elevate tobacco control issues in the public discourse particularly by increasing the quantity and quality of tobacco control coverage in the media.

  • Serving as the key ambassador and primary liaison on behalf of CTFK;
    The Country Director will serve as CTFK’s principle point of contact with Indonesian government actors and civil society and will identify strategic opportunities to advance tobacco control. S/he will position CTFK as an important resource for the tobacco control movement in Indonesia and ensure that CTFK’s legal, communications, research and grant resources are effectively utilized by local partners. S/he will coordinate the work of Indonesian partners, convening periodic meetings and conference calls as appropriate. S/he will ensure effective cooperation with Bloomberg Initiative partners in Indonesia including the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (IUATLD), World Health Organization (WHO), Johns Hopkins University, and the Centers for Disease Control Foundation.

  • Leading and overseeing the work of CTFK staff and consultants in Indonesia, ensuring a well-coordinated Indonesia program.
    The Country Director will lead CTFK’s team in Indonesia and will work closely with the Director of Indonesia Programs to manage the program budget, internal financial reporting, and goals. S/he will ensure proper coordination between CTFK’s DC-based and in-country staff and partners that includes necessary information sharing and progress reporting on program objectives and projects and will have key responsibility in the management of CTFK’s grantees in Indonesia. The Country Director will collaborate with the Director of Indonesia Programs to develop a staffing plan that aligns with CTFK’s priorities and goals in Indonesia and will review CTFK’s legal requirements and operating status in Indonesia as needed. The Country Director will develop and prepare all internal and external program reports and coordinate site visits by funders and CTFK staff.


This position is based in Jakarta and open to citizens of Indonesia.

The new Country Director will be motivated by the opportunity to influence public policy for the betterment of Indonesians and be experienced in policy advocacy in the Indonesian context. The successful candidate must therefore have a record of success in policy advocacy gained by working in government, civil society, or the corporate sector. The ideal candidate will possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and experiences:

  • A minimum ten years of experience in government relations, program management, public policy, public health, business, or a related field;

  • A proven record of developing and implementing projects or initiatives that have achieved policy change;

  • High level of familiarity with the political system in Indonesia and understanding of the complex formal and informal relationships that influence policymaking;

  • Keen understanding of Indonesian civil society, including NGOs, domestic and international charitable organizations, trade and business associations, etc.;

  • Strong strategic and analytical thinking skills and the ability to leverage creative partnerships in a challenging political climate;

  • The gravitas and skills to navigate a variety of relationships across multiple levels of society, and establish CTFK as a trusted and valued partner;

  • Ambassadorial presence that conveys the importance of tobacco control at the highest level; polished public and interpersonal communications skills needed to interface with public officials and the media;

  • Exceptional organizational skills and comfort working collaboratively in networks or coalitions to create shared vision and set complementary work objectives;

  • Expertise supervising and engaging a dispersed team of staff, colleagues, and consultants;

  • The passion and communication skills necessary to convey the importance of tobacco control and mobilize others to take action, paired with the wisdom to know when to direct the spotlight elsewhere;

  • Master’s degree or higher in economics, political science, public health, law, or related field;

  • High level of proficiency in spoken and written Bahasa Indonesia and English; and

  • Ability to travel within Indonesia and internationally.


More information about the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids may be found at:

Due to the pace of this search, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications including a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, your resume, salary history, and where you learned of the position should be sent to: In order to expedite the internal sorting and reviewing process, please type your name (Last, First) as the only contents in the subject line of your e-mail.

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes applications from individuals who will contribute to its diversity.

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