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Program Assistant

April 15, 2021

Summary Description

The Global Health Advocacy Incubator (GHAI), an initiative of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK), draws on decades of work on tobacco control campaigns and its growing experience on other public health issues to drive policy change campaigns around the globe to improve health. The Program Assistant will join a dynamic and growing team advancing efforts to support non-governmental organization (NGO) partners working to improve public health policies in low-and middle-income countries. Specifically, the Program Assistant will support GHAI’s work to strengthen the advocacy capacity of local NGO partners as well as of GHAI & CTFK staff. In addition, the Program Assistant will assist in GHAI’s efforts to increase the visibility of the organization and its programs in order to promote public health policy advocacy and expand GHAI partnerships. This position is based in Washington, DC and open to qualified candidates who are permanently authorized to work in the United States. All staff are currently working remotely with an expected return to the Washington, DC Office in September 2021.

Program Overview

Established in 2014, GHAI supports civil society policy advocacy initiatives on a variety of critical public health issues in dozens of countries. To date, these issues have included road safety, food policy, cardiovascular health, drowning prevention, civil registration & vital statistics, preventing epidemics, and maternal and reproductive health, among others.


The Program Assistant’s primary responsibilities fall into two key areas:

  • Supporting the GHAI Director of Capacity Building in developing and implementing approaches and materials to assess and build the capacity of civil society organizations; and
  • Supporting the Director of Strategic Outreach and Marketing and the Director of Communications in efforts to increase the visibility of GHAI programs and in outreach to potential new partners.

Capacity Building and Training

  • Assist in the development of advocacy-related tools, trainings, and other resources to strengthen capacity of local civil society organizations across the globe.
  • Work directly with civil society organizations to assess their capacity needs and, in coordination with Director of Capacity Building, develop strategies to hone their advocacy skills.
  • With Director of Capacity Building, facilitate online and in-person trainings and workshops for local civil society organizations.
  • Provide logistical support in scheduling, organizing, and conducting trainings and workshops, compile and analyze workshop evaluations, etc.
  • Track workshops conducted, participants trained, programs assisted etc.
  • Work with Director of Capacity Building to support internal organizational development goals including improving coordination across GHAI programs, evaluating programmatic progress, and increasing employee engagement.
  • Work with Director of Capacity Building and other relevant GHAI staff in scoping and start-up for new GHAI programs.

Visibility & Marketing

Provide support to GHAI’s strategic marketing efforts:

  • Monitor and provide regular updates on global health donor organization priorities, activities, and requests for proposal.
  • Support overall new business efforts, including researching potential new funders, partners, and programs.
  • Support the Director of Strategic Outreach and Marketing in identifying, evaluating, and engaging with marketing vendors, including event venues, conferences and online and digital publications.
  • Assist in execution of GHAI events, including materials development, logistics, promotion, etc.
  • Assist in preparation of presentations, project proposals, and reports to funders.

Provide support to GHAI’s social media efforts:

  • Support the team in maintaining a digital media calendar.
  • Monitor relevant social media conversations and activities, in consultation with the Directors of Communications and Strategic Outreach and Marketing.
  • Contribute to the development of new digital media content, in consultation with the Directors of Communications and Strategic Outreach and Marketing.
  • Track digital media performance and conduct social media evaluation to provide recommendations on content and platforms.
  • Help the GHAI team stay current on social media trends and make recommendations for enhancing our platforms.


  • Undergraduate degree is required. Master’s in Public Health/Policy, Communications, or related field a plus.
  • Experience in training/capacity building preferred.
  • Resourceful in locating and summarizing research and information on public health issues, potential partners, etc.
  • Comfort in facilitating and speaking in front of others.
  • Familiarity/experience with public health policy advocacy preferred.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, including editing and proofing with a strong attention to detail.
  • 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 global level and in cross-cultural settings a plus.
  • Prior experience developing social media, graphics, and video content a plus. Fluency in English required and the ability to speak additional languages is highly desirable.
  • Willingness and ability to travel globally when required.
  • Facility with basic document and presentation software (e.g., PowerPoint). Knowledge of Adobe InDesign or similar design software a plus.

To Apply:

To apply for this position, please email a cover letter, resume and salary requirement to: Please reference the position code: PACORE/GHAI/12 in the subject line of your email. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. No phone calls please.

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

The Global Health Advocacy Incubator, a program of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, advances public health policies to build a healthier and safer world. Drawing on our extensive global experience, we offer strategic support to in-country partners to develop and execute advocacy campaigns to pass laws and policies that save lives. The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is a leader in the fight to reduce tobacco use in the United States and around the world. A non-profit organization established in 1996, the Campaign works with more than 130 organizational partners, including public health, medical, education, civic, corporate, youth and religious organizations. The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids does not accept any government or tobacco industry funding.