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Associate Director, Research (Obesity Programs)

Nov 15, 2019

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

GHAI seeks an Associate Director for Research to support our efforts on OPP policy change campaigns related to healthy food policy. The Associate Director will serve as a subject matter expert on these policy issues, and will work with the GHAI headquarters team and with partners and other stakeholders to translate and use research in support of our advocacy campaigns.

The Associate Director will work in partnership with academic research partners and civil society organizations to advance policy focused advocacy campaigns and regulatory change. The ideal candidate will bring a strong understanding of research tools and data analysis, and the ability to ensure that research results are brought to bear on policy efforts in priority countries. This requires in-depth knowledge and expertise on key policy issues, understanding of critical arguments for and against policies, and the ability to identify key data points to develop effective advocacy messaging. The Associate Director will provide strategic input into the planning and design of research studies in OPP focus countries.

This position reports to the GHAI Vice President directing the Obesity Prevention Program. The role is based in Washington, DC and is open to U.S. citizens and other applicants who already possess U.S. work authorization.


  • Provide research and policy analysis support to the OPP team.
  • Provide strategic input into the design and implementation of research studies in OPP focus countries.
  • Conduct secondary research and develop in-depth knowledge and expertise on key policy issues to support the advocacy efforts of the Incubator and partners.
  • Work with GHAI staff, along with global and local partners, to prepare relevant briefing papers, fact sheets, reports, presentations, written testimony, and media materials.
  • Supervise Program Assistant on research and other tasks.
  • 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.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in public policy, public health or other relevant field required. Advanced degree in a related field strong preferred.
  • Proven track record in research for public health policy advocacy; a minimum of 5-7 years of relevant experience required.
  • Extensive knowledge of obesity prevention and healthy nutrition 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.
  • Well-organized, disciplined and resourceful in writing and in conducting research; attention to accuracy and detail is critical.
  • Excellent communications skills, both oral and verbal.
  • Experience working at the international level and in cross-cultural settings.
  • Foreign language skills (particularly Spanish or Portuguese) would be a plus.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment, to juggle multiple projects and deadlines, and to take initiative and work independently.

To Apply

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

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 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 does not accept any government or tobacco industry funding.