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Research Assistant I
Public Health Institute in Oakland, California
Date Posted 12/23/2021
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

The Public Health Institute (PHI) is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting health, well-being, and quality of life for people throughout California, across the nation and around the world. As one of the largest and most comprehensive public health organizations in the nation, we are at the forefront of research and innovations to improve the efficacy of public health statewide, nationally, and internationally.

Position Summary

Based at the Public Health Institute, the CAMI Health program is dedicated to improving the health and lives of women and their families worldwide. Within women’s health, our focus is developing solutions for complex, systems-level challenges related to women’s reproductive health. Alongside organizations that address individual health by providing direct health services, we operate at a higher level in collaboration with multidisciplinary stakeholders to better understand the underlying causes of health risks and develop impactful, sustainable solutions.

The Research Assistant I position will provide project coordination and communications support for CAMI Health’s initiatives, including a leading international women’s health learning network, and liaise with other staff members, consultants, and partner organizations as appropriate. This is an excellent opportunity for an aspiring public health professional to gain a wealth of experience by helping to develop and implement key communications, advocacy, and research activities for a leading international women’s health network.

This position will work 20 hours/week (50% FTE) with potential for 100% FTE pending funding.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Program and Project Management and Support

  • Contribute to literature reviews
  • Support the development of story mapping and mini videos for awareness raising and advocacy
  • Help design, curate content, and execute e-newsletters using Constant Contact
  • Blog development support
  • Social media content management
  • Interface with program staff and global partners to obtain input on projects and deliverables
  • Support literature reviews, including conducting web searches of peer-reviewed publications, light copy editing, and creation of reference lists
  • Participate in weekly staff meetings, and other ad hoc check-in meetings as needed
  • Related program and communications support
  • Perform other duties as assigned


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

  • Dynamic self-starter, with the ability to work independently as well as collaboratively.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Experience creating and managing content for social media.
  • Familiarity with partnership engagement.
  • Knowledge of sexual and reproductive health.
  • Experience developing communications materials.
  • Exposure to, and interest in, programs that conduct research and/or advocacy for HIV prevention and/or family planning preferred.
  • Ability to participate in virtual teleconferences across time zones, thus requiring occasional schedule flexibility to be available in the early morning or otherwise outside regular business hours


  • High School Diploma or equivalent education is required.
  • Pursuing or having a bachelor’s degree in public health, biology, communications, public policy or a related field is preferred.


  • This is a fully remote position, designed to be performed in 20 hours per week.

EEO Statement

The Public Health Institute is committed to a policy that provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, pregnancy, medical condition including genetic characteristics, physical or mental disability, veteran status, gender identification and expression, sexual orientation, and to make all employment decisions so as to further this principle of equal employment opportunity. To this end, the PHI will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, pregnancy, medical condition including genetic characteristics, physical or mental disability, veteran status, gender identification and expression, sexual orientation, and will take affirmative action to ensure that applicants are offered employment and employees are treated during employment without regard to these characteristics.

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ADA Statement:

The Public Health Institute is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Recruitment Team at least 48 hours in advance at

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