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Program Assistant, Road Safety

Jul 21, 2020

Summary Description

The Global Health Advocacy Incubator (GHAI), an initiative of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, draws on lessons from tobacco control campaigns in more than 50 countries and its growing experience in 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 critical road safety public health policies in specific low-and middle-income countries. The Program Assistant will support the execution of key programmatic efforts and policy change initiatives in close collaboration with the GHAI Road Safety team and Global Program partners.  This position is based in Washington, D.C and open to qualified candidates who are permanently authorized to work in the United States.

Program Overview

Every year an estimated 1.25 million people around the world die because of road traffic crashes, and millions more are injured. Established in 2014, the program works with civil society organizations, local and international experts, and governments to advocate for and pass road safety policies and legislation around the globe. 

Position Overview

The Program Assistant supports the road safety team to help NGO partners in Bangladesh, China, Colombia, Ecuador, India, Mexico, Philippines, Tanzania, Uganda and Vietnam to conduct effective public health policy advocacy campaigns on road safety and vehicle standards. The Program Assistant supports the GHAI team’s advocacy initiatives by conducting research/information gathering for key policy issues and country scoping, preparing program reports, reviewing grants, assisting with strategy development, and helping prepare research and communications materials for use in advocacy campaigns. This position reports to the    GHAI Road Safety Director.

  • Responsibilities

  • Draft and oversee production of monthly, semi-annual, and annual funder reports and newsletter, including capturing and documenting technical assistance provided.
  • Conduct secondary research to help develop easily understood advocacy materials that communicate the need for policy change to policy makers, the media, and the public. 
  • Review new research for relevance to advocacy campaigns and work with communications team and local partners to disseminate in support of advocacy efforts. 
  • Assist in drafting country strategies and assist local partners in executing policy change campaigns.
  • Review grant proposals and provide feedback to grantees.
  • Maintain electronic records of research articles, reports, and other relevant information for the GHAI team.
  • Respond to information requests from the team, global partners, and grantees.
  • Support the document production needs of the group, including formatting (e.g. reports), proof reading, and preparing presentation materials.
  • Create briefing materials on programs and assist with the onboarding of new team members.
  • Assist with other administrative tasks providing emergency backup for the GHAI Executive Assistant to include assembling briefing materials, meeting management, processing contracts, and other general program support requirements as needed.


  • Undergraduate degree is required. Masters of Public Health is a plus.
  • Resourceful in locating and summarizing research and information on public health issues.
  • 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.
  • Detail oriented and flexible.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment while juggling multiple projects and deadlines.
  • Experience working at the international level and in cross-cultural settings a plus.
  • Fluency in English required and the ability to speak additional languages is highly desirable.
  • Willingness and ability to travel globally when required.
  • Knowledge of Adobe InDesign or similar design software a plus.
  • To apply for this position, please email a cover letter and resume and salary requirement to: Please reference the position code: PARS/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 develop and execute advocacy campaigns to pass laws and policies that save lives.