Associate Director of International Research-Obesity Prevention, Global Health Advocacy Incubator

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 obesity prevention policy change campaigns in specific low-and middle-income countries.  The Associate Director will serve as a subject matter expert on obesity prevention policy issues for the GHAI’s Obesity Prevention (OP) 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 in obesity prevention 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 team 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 obesity prevention policy issues to support the advocacy efforts of the Incubator and partners.
  • Provide policy and scientific analysis to support the OP Team.
  • 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 policy issues, especially evidence on the scope of the problem, its causes, and policy solutions.
  • Knowledge of health economics as relates to obesity prevention issues.
  • Knowledge of research methods, including research study design and analysis.  Ability to consume research, evaluate for rigor and applicability, and translate for obesity prevention policy formulation and advocacy.
  • Ability to turn research findings into useful products for policy advocacy.
  • 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.
  • Experience in using research in policy advocacy campaigns.
  • Excellent research and writing skills.
  • Global experience strongly preferred.
  • Experience in focus groups/polling helpful.
  • Language skills in Spanish/Portuguese 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.
  • Master’s degree in a related field strongly preferred. 


To apply for this position, please email a cover letter, including salary history, and attach your resume to: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) . Please reference the position code: ADIROP-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.


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