Research Assistant

Research Assistant

Research Assistant

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Global Health Advocacy Incubator/Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
February 7, 2022
Washington, District of Columbia
Position type
Experience (minimum)
Entry Level
Education (minimum)
Travel required?
Base salary (minimum)
Not specified


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 Food Policy Program (FPP), GHAI works with partners to improve the nutrition policy environment, in countries including Barbados, Brazil, Colombia, Jamaica, Mexico and South Africa, and has expanded to include 9 more countries with our newly established Advocacy Fund. The FPP 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;
  • Improving front of package labeling on packaged or processed foods and beverages.

Position Overview

The Research Assistant supports the GHAI team’s advocacy initiatives through research and programmatic support. More specifically, the selected candidate will assist with translating research for advocacy, including summarizing key research for dissemination to grantees/partners; track the latest research and materials; assist with strategy development, and help prepare evidence-based communications materials for use in advocacy campaigns. This position is based in Washington, D.C. and reports to the FPP Associate Director of Research. Currently, all staff are working remotely with reentry to the Washington office expected in 2022 under a hybrid-work model. Full vaccination (including booster shots) against COVID-19 is required with only medical or religious exemptions.


  • Review newly published food policy and nutrition research to use for advocacy campaigns and work with Associate Director of Research to develop easily understood advocacy materials that communicate the need for policy change to policymakers, the media, and the public, including research summaries, fact sheets, and other materials.
  • Provide direct technical assistance to the team and to local partners in executing policy change campaigns, including tailored materials for specific country contexts and in response to specific requests.
  • Support cross-cutting programmatic projects including ideation and organization of trainings, webinars and capacity building opportunities.
  • Maintain electronic records of research articles, reports, and other relevant information for the FPP team and partners.
  • Assist with other administrative tasks and general program support requirements.

Qualifications and assets you’ll bring to this role

  • Experience with reviewing research publications and reports and synthesizing scientific information for a lay audience. Familiarity with research methods and statistics is an asset.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including editing and proofing.
  • Ability to learn quickly, take initiative and handle ambiguity.
  • Attention to detail and organizational skills, as well as a proven ability to meet tight deadlines and manage multiple priorities.
  • Team player with a track record of building effective working relationships with people from a variety of organizations and functional expertise.
  • Willingness to take initiative, solve problems creatively and work independently.
  • Fluency in English required and the ability to communicate (verbal and written) in additional languages, especially Spanish or Portuguese, is highly desirable.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Public Health, Nutrition, International Affairs or similar field.
  • 1-2 years’ work experience in policy advocacy, global health, a think tank or an international development organization preferred. Experience working at the international level and in cross-cultural settings is a plus.

Why join CTFK/GHAI’s team?

You will be a part of a respected global health advocacy organization that works to save lives around the world through effective public health policy change.

You’ll receive a generous benefits package including:

  • 100% company paid health, vision, and dental for you; 70-80% contribution to these coverages for your dependents.
  • Paid parental leave benefits (4 weeks paid maternity/paternity leave), in addition to federal and local leave provisions.
  • 403b plan participation (with 9% company contribution)
  • 10 paid company holidays, 15 vacation days, 10 sick days and 5 personal days (on an accrual basis each calendar year)
  • A hybrid work schedule (3 days in office; 2 days remote)

To Apply

To apply for this position, please email a cover letter and resume to:  Please reference the position code: RA-13 in the subject line of your email. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. No phone calls please. Further materials, including writing samples, will be requested of short-listed candidates and we may ask you to take part in a (hopefully fun!) writing exercise.

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