May 21, 2021

Research Assistant

EcoHealth Alliance is seeking a Research Assistant to work on projects to assess and strengthen One Health, veterinary programs, and multi-sectoral approaches. This position is ideal for a recent MSc or MPH graduate with a passion for One Health, Global Health Security, and/or risk-based approaches to prevent disease emergence and reduce human, animal, environmental, and economic impacts. Experience collaborating with governmental and non-governmental institutions in Africa would be highly beneficial for this position. This position is based in New York City with the possibility of some domestic or international travel, but due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, this position may initially be remote. Required travel to office or elsewhere would be evaluated based upon business need and staff safety. This is a one-year position with possibility of extension.


  • Provide research, programmatic, and administrative support for projects to identify, assess, and support coordinated, multi-sectoral strategies to strengthen health security in the African region
  • Conduct systematic reviews and gap analyses by synthesizing the published literature and unpublished reports to assess disease preparedness and current levels of multi-sectoral engagement in various countries
  • Review and synthesize country assessment, planning, and policy documents
  • Help collect, clean, and conduct analyses using heterogeneous datasets including ecological, geographic, socio economic, and demographic data
  • Assist with drafting scientific manuscripts for publication, presentations, and public reports as well as with annual project reporting and quarterly updates
  • Help build a network of and regularly communicate with diverse international collaborators, including scientists, government officials, and other stakeholders
  • Coordinate project conference calls and meetings and take detailed minutes
  • Help design and organize multi-day national and regional workshops, including preparatory materials, virtual/hybrid format, note taking, and synthesis
  • Assist with the coordination and management of travel, finance/budgets, contracts, meetings, programs, reporting, and all other administrative responsibilities as required.
  • Assist in project management and provide administrative support, especially in the set- up of meetings, booking of travel, organizing of paperwork and filing, meeting agendas and minutes, monitoring of communications, and other project-related details.
  • Participate in other projects and tasks as required or assigned by supervisors
  • Directly support the Senior Policy Advisor and Executive Vice President at EcoHealth Alliance, and other senior scientists and staff working on the projects
  • Otherwise assist with the smooth execution of the project, and development of other EcoHealth Alliance programs


  • BS or BA and 2 years of similar work experience, or a Masters’ degree in Biology, Economics, Epidemiology, Animal health, Public Health, or related field
  • Previous experience in public health, animal health, or infectious diseases, or 4 years relevant experience
  • Ability to conduct systematic literature reviews, policy analysis, data collation and cleaning, and exploratory data analyses and visualizations
  • Ability to synthesize information and draft high-quality technical reports and other project outputs
  • Experience with collaborative, international research projects
  • Must be self-driven and highly motivated, organized, and willing to perform both research and administrative duties
  • Willingness to adjust working schedule according to international time zones
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Strong sense of organization and attention to detail
  • MS Office intermediate level skills
  • Able to multitask and triage competing priorities
  • Experience with statistical and/or economic analysis (skills in Excel, STATA, or R)
  • Experience with or interest in learning EndNote reference management software
  • Fluency in English; working knowledge of French and/or Arabic a plus
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong interest in One Health
  • A strong sense of team spirit and diplomacy
  • A friendly and professional demeanor and high level of cultural sensitivity

Salary range: $52,000 - $56,000, depending on qualifications

At EcoHealth Alliance, our vision is a workplace with a diverse and talented staff where people want to come, to stay, do their best work, and grow. We recruit, employ, train, compensate and promote our staff without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, or socioeconomic status. This position is based at EcoHealth Alliance in New York City. EcoHealth Alliance offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefit package including health, dental, and vision coverage, and a 403(b) pension plan. EcoHealth Alliance is proud and deeply committed to being an equal opportunity employer.

How to Apply:

Send an email with a single attachment labeled with your first and last name only (“first last.pdf”) in PDF format containing (a) a cover letter, (b) CV, and (c) three references to with “2021 RESEARCH ASSISTANT” in the subject line. If you would like to be considered for more than one job position, please indicate that in your cover letter and list your order of preference. Emails without the subject line or with multiple attachments will not be reviewed. No formal text is required within the body of your email, since emails will not be evaluated. All inquires will receive an automatic response confirming receipt. Applicants will be evaluated and only appropriate candidates will be contacted.

Thank you for your interest in EcoHealth Alliance!