Associate Director of International Research, Obesity Prevention & Cardiovascular Health

Global Health Advocacy Incubator / Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Mar 01

Position description

Position Overview


The Global Health Advocacy Incubator, a program of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, draws on lessons from tobacco control and its growing experience on other public health issues to support policy change campaigns around the globe to improve health.


This position plays a leading role in Global Health Advocacy Incubator’s (GHAI) efforts to support and train Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) partners working on policy change campaigns related to obesity prevention (OP) and cardiovascular health (CVH) in specific low-and middle-income countries.  The Associate Director will serve as a subject matter expert on these policy issues for the GHAI program team and will work with global and local partners to translate and use research in support of policy change efforts. 


The Associate Director should have extensive knowledge of obesity prevention and cardiovascular health issues, including the problem, cause, and policy solutions; must be well-versed in the literature on these issues and should be particularly adept at recognizing and creating opportunities to use research to inform and enhance policy change campaigns. Previous involvement in advocacy campaigns and applying research to media and policy advocacy is critical.  Global research and advocacy experience abroad is highly desirable. The position reports to the GHAI Vice President.




The Associate Director of International Research will work closely with the GHAI Obesity Prevention and Resolve/CVH teams to ensure that the best and most recent research is brought to bear on policy advocacy campaigns in priority countries.


Key areas of focus for the position include:


  • Conduct secondary research and develop in-depth knowledge and expertise on key policy issues to support the advocacy efforts of the Incubator and partners.
  • Provide policy analysis to support the OP and Resolve/CVH teams.
  • Work with GHAI staff, along with global and local partners, to prepare relevant briefing papers, fact sheets, reports, presentations, written testimony, media materials etc.  These efforts could focus on the extent of the problem, causes of the problem, evidence supporting policy solutions, opposition tactics, etc.
  • Identify opportunities to fund or conduct research to support policy change campaigns.
  • Assist GHAI legal team in analyzing proposed legislation on key policy issues.
  • Serve as a resource for information and analysis to GHAI staff and local partners.
  • Perform other duties as directed by the Vice President, GHAI.





  • Extensive knowledge on obesity prevention and CVH policy issues, especially evidence on the scope of the problem, its causes, and policy solutions.
  • Knowledge of research methods, including research study design and analysis.  Ability to consume research, evaluate for rigor and applicability, and translate for policy formulation and advocacy.
  • Ability to turn research findings into useful products for policy advocacy.
  • Knowledge of health economics related to obesity prevention and CVH issues a plus
  • Well-organized, disciplined and resourceful in writing and in conducting research; extreme attention to accuracy and detail.
  • Resourceful in identifying research and data to answer questions regarding policy.
  • Strong quantitative and data analysis skills and ability to translate numbers for general consumption.
  • Ability to work closely with team to integrate research into strategic advocacy plans.
  • Excellent research and writing skills.
  • Ability to travel globally; global work experience preferred.
  • Experience with focus groups/polling helpful.
  • Foreign language skills a plus.
  • Established commitment to public health issues.
  • Ability to work in collaboration with global and in-country partner organizations.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment while juggling multiple projects and deadlines.
  • Five (5) to ten (10) years of experience in research for public health policy advocacy.
  • Master’s degree in a related field strongly preferred. 


Application instructions


 To apply for this position, please email a cover letter, including salary history, and attach your resume. Please reference the position code: ADIROP-13/14 in the subject line of your email.  Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled.

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