Program Assistant, Global Health Advocacy Incubator

Global Health Advocacy Incubator / Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Apr 10

Position description


The Global Health Advocacy Incubator (GHAI), a program of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK), provides strategic advocacy assistance on global public health issues to drive policy change campaigns around the globe to improve health. As part of the Obesity Prevention Program (OPP), GHAI works with partners to improve the nutrition policy environment, in countries including Barbados, Brazil, Colombia, Jamaica, Mexico and South Africa. The OPP focuses on the passage and implementation of four key policies:


  • Banning advertising of junk food and sugary beverages to children;
  • Implementing taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages;
  • Regulating the supply of unhealthy foods and beverages in public sector institutions, particularly schools; and
  • Improving front of package labelling on packaged or processed foods and beverages.


Position Overview

The Program Assistant supports the GHAI team in efforts across programs to help NGO partners in specific low-and middle­ income countries conduct effective public health policy advocacy campaigns, with specific focus on obesity prevention, road safety, drowning, and MRH. The Assistant supports the GHAI team’s advocacy initiatives by conducting research/information gathering for key policy issues and country scoping, preparing program reports, reviewing grants, assisting with strategy development, and helping prepare research and communications materials for use in advocacy campaigns. This position reports to the   GHAI Associate Director of Research.




  • Draft and oversee production of monthly, semi-annual, and annual funder reports, including capturing and documenting technical assistance provided.
  • Conduct secondary research to help develop easily understood advocacy materials that communicate the need for policy change to policy makers, the media, and the public.
  • Review new research for relevance to advocacy campaigns and work with Associate Director of Research to draft research alerts, fact sheets, and other supportive resources translating the evidence, to disseminate to local partners in support of advocacy efforts.
  • Participate as member of country teams to develop country strategies and provide assistance to local partners in executing policy change campaigns. Activities include but are not limited to collating information, coordinating team calls, taking meeting minutes.
  • Maintain electronic records of research articles, reports, and other relevant information for the GHAI team.
  • Respond to information requests from the team.
  • Support the document production needs of the group, including formatting, proof reading, and preparing presentation materials.

Assist with other administrative tasks providing emergency backup for the GHAI Executive Assistant, to include assembling briefing materials, meeting management, processing contracts, and other general program support requirements as needed



      • Undergraduate degree required, Masters of Public Health preferred.
      • One to two years of prior experience in a similar role or organization.
      • Resourceful in locating and summarizing research and information on public health issues.
      • Familiarity/experience with reviewing research publications and reports and synthesizing the information in written and oral form is preferred.
      • Strong oral and written communication skills, including editing and proofing with a strong attention to detail.
      • Knowledge of Adobe InDesign or similar design software is preferred.
      • Excellent organizational skills.
      • Ability to take initiative, solve problems creatively and work independently.
      • Ability to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment while juggling multiple projects and deadlines.
      • Experience working at the international level and in cross-cultural settings a plus.
      • Fluency in English required and the ability to speak additional languages is highly desirable.


Application instructions


To apply for this position, please email a cover letter and resume and salary requirement to: [email protected] . Please reference the position code: SLA/GHAI/14 in the subject line of your email.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. No phone calls please.


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