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Program Associate for the Cardiovascular Health Program

May 24, 2022

The Global Health Advocacy Incubator (GHAI) provides strategic support to advocates working to enact and implement laws that save lives, and is a leading policy advocacy voice on a range of issues including food policy, road safety, cardiovascular health (CVH), drowning prevention, civil registration & vital statistics, preventing epidemics, and maternal and reproductive health, among others. Our history is rooted in one of the most successful public health campaigns — tobacco control. Building on the successes and lessons learned in the global fight against tobacco deaths, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids launched the Global Health Advocacy Incubator in 2014 to strengthen advocacy capacity to improve public health around the globe using a locally-led approach that is adaptable to culture, political context and issue area.


The Program Associate will assist the GHAI CVH headquarter team in Washington D.C. with advancing public health policy campaigns aimed at improving cardiovascular health across specific low-/middle- income countries. These campaigns involve supporting non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to develop and implement advocacy strategies to advance three primary CVH policies:

1.) eliminating trans-fatty acids from the food supply;

2.) reducing dietary sodium intake; and

3.) improving the access to and control of quality hypertension treatment.

The Program Associate’s role will focus on two major components:

1.) policy-oriented research - supporting the GHAI team’s advocacy initiatives by conducting policy-oriented research/information gathering for key policy issues and country scoping, preparing research/communications/program materials (i.e., reports); and

2.) programmatic support - reviewing grants, assisting with strategy and resource development, and contributing to the development of periodic donor-driven reports, among other programmatic activities.

This position will report to the Director of the CVH Program at GHAI and is based in Washington, D.C.  All employment requires full COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters as applicable.   

Key Responsibilities 

  • Support the development of primary and secondary policy-oriented research designed to inform policy advocacy efforts and campaigns. 
  • Review new research that is relevant for advocacy campaigns, and track as necessary for citing in future advocacy materials. 
  • Draft and oversee the production of relevant programmatic materials (i.e., periodic funder reports, factsheets, talking points, presentations, policy briefs, white papers/reports), including providing support to format, proofread, and finalize these materials. 
  • Develop concise evidence-based advocacy materials that communicate the need for policy change to policy makers, the media, and the public. Create briefing materials on programs. 
  • Participate in country team meetings to strategize and assist local partners in executing policy advocacy campaigns. Track progress in each country, and prepare regular updates to share internally.
  • Support the development of electronic repositories for research, reports, country and policy-specific materials for the GHAI team.
  • Assist with technical tasks providing timely backup for the GHAI Executive Assistant to include assembling briefing materials, meeting management, processing contracts, onboarding support/materials for new staff, and assisting with other general program requirements, as needed.


  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree in public health or related field preferred.
  • One-two years of demonstrated experience in working on policy issues in global health, preferably with a background in policy-oriented research.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, including editing and proofing with a strong attention to detail.
  • Resourceful in locating and summarizing research and information on public health issues.
  • Ability to take initiative, solve problems creatively and work independently.
  • Detail-oriented, flexible, and helpful with positive attitude.
  • 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.


To apply for this position, please email a cover letter, resume and salary requirement to:  Please reference the position code: PA/CVH/GHAI 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.