Consulting Research Fellow–Global Health Program

The Health Effects Institute (HEI) seeks a strong candidate with expertise in air quality, environmental health, epidemiology, or related fields to join our growing global health program. For more than 40 years, HEI has been a source of high-quality, impartial, and peer-reviewed science on the health effects of air pollution. The successful candidate will work closely with HEI’s scientific staff and partners. The position is full-time and fully remote and will be based in East Africa, preferably Kenya or Uganda.


Position Description


  • Support development and implementation of HEI’s air quality program in Kenya and Uganda.
  • Prepare technical reports and summary documents including contribution to HEI’s State of Global Air report and website (, policy briefs, presentations, and articles.
  • Work with the team to build new partnerships with academic and research institutions, civil society, and government agencies.
  • Assist in organizing and managing technical workshops related to air quality.
  • Participate in various meetings and events conducted by HEI.
  • Conduct secondary research on specific topics, as needed.
  • Additional relevant responsibilities, as assigned.



  • M.S. or equivalent degree in a discipline relevant to air pollution, environmental health, and policy (e.g., environmental health, air pollution, or epidemiology); experience in project management preferred. 
  • Minimum of 2–3 years of experience beyond the final degree in related work experience.
  • Quantitative analytical and data visualization skills; experience with R and/or Python and GIS software would be helpful.
  • Experience with MS Office suite and citation management systems (e.g., EndNote, Zotero).
  • Strong interpersonal skills; ability to work with people from diverse technical and geographic backgrounds.
  • A self-starter, able to work independently or within collaborative teams across multiple projects.
  • Ability to work with a global and remote team.
  • Work experience in Kenya, Uganda, or other East African countries is strongly preferred.
  • Strong writing and science communication skills; fluency in English and at least one regional language.  



Flexible within East Africa, with a preference for Nairobi or Kampala. Applicants are expected to be based in East Africa for the duration of this assignment and must be authorized to work in the relevant country.



Fixed-term full-time contract until April 2024.


How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit their applications via email ( and include the following items:

  • Cover letter briefly expressing interest in and qualifications for the position.
  • Resumé.
  • One sample of independent writing.

HEI will not consider incomplete applications. Final candidates will be required to take a writing test.


Please include “Consulting Research Fellow-Global Health Program” in the subject line. Review of applications will begin on April 14, 2022, with interviews in April 2022. The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. Interviews will be conducted virtually.

Please send your materials to:

The Health Effects Institute (HEI), a leading independent, nonprofit research institute, has provided rigorous, impartial, and important science to the national and global public debate on the health effects of air pollution over nearly four decades. In recent years, HEI’s work has expanded beyond air pollution to include potential exposures and health effects associated with oil and natural gas development in the United States. Supported jointly by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and industry (the motor vehicle industry and the oil and gas industry), and by domestic and international foundations and other partners, HEI provides science to inform key national and international regulatory decisions and other actions that are directly relevant to improving air quality and health. HEI’s approach is centered on funding high-quality, independent scientific studies that are strategically selected and carefully designed to inform upcoming decisions about air quality policy. HEI funds research at leading institutions throughout the world through competitive selection processes, oversees this research attentively, and publishes its findings broadly, enabling policymakers to apply it in their actions to protect the public health. Periodically, HEI also reviews various bodies of literature to reach overarching conclusions about the state of the science. Information on HEI is available at

Health Effects Institute is an equal opportunity employer committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in its work and staff.