The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a Research Fellow for the HarvestPlus program. HarvestPlus leads a global effort to breed and disseminate nutrient-rich staple food crops to reduce micronutrient malnutrition globally. It is an interdisciplinary program that works with academic and research institutions, civil society organizations, governments, and the private sector in more than 40 countries. HarvestPlus is a program of CGIAR, a global agriculture research partnership for a food secure future. HarvestPlus is coordinated by two CGIAR centers, the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
The successful candidate will be well-rounded and able to perform a range of research, applied nutrition, and food science and technology (FST) duties. In close collaboration with other HarvestPlus units, the Research Fellow will provide technical and programmatic guidance to HarvestPlus country managers, both in terms of applied nutrition and food science and technology (adding value to biofortified staple food crops and matching products to purpose), and monitoring and evaluating food-based programs/interventions.
This is a two years, renewable, exempt appointment and is located at IFPRI’s headquarters in Washington, DC.
Specific duties include but are not limited to:
• Serve as a technical advisor to country managers in Sub Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Latin America in the area of food science and technology and food-based program implementation, monitoring, and evaluation.
• Identify research needs in the areas of food science and technology (FST) and post-harvest food processing within the biofortification context in HarvestPlus target countries in Sub Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Latin America by liaising and working closely with the country crop dissemination and delivery, and marketing teams.
• Identify collaborating researchers and research institutions locally and internationally to conduct FST research in support of HarvestPlus crop dissemination activities,
• Assist in the study’s design and commissioning of the FST research for biofortified rice, wheat, maize, cassava, pearl millet, orange sweet potato, and common beans in target countries, and oversee the research supported by HarvestPlus.
• Contract the production of biofortified crops for efficacy and effectiveness trials and oversee the food safety component of the trials.
• Research certified reference laboratories for nutrient and anti-nutrient analyses of biofortifed crop varieties.
• Prepare documents and discussion papers related to Codex alimentarius, food labeling, and biofortification activities in Latin America and the Caribbean.
• Strengthen capacity of partner researchers and research institutions through collaboration and training events.
• Develop relevant country-specific and global FST advocacy information packages.
• Communicate crop dissemination plans and activities with target countries and institutions such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
• Ph.D. degree in Nutrition, Food Science, Food Engineering, or a closely related discipline.
• Minimum of three years of post-PhD research in post-harvest technology and food safety.
• Demonstrated record of publications in peer-reviewed journals.
• Excellent English writing and verbal communication skills.
• Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work productively within a multicultural team environment.
• Detail oriented with ability to handle multiple tasks and complete tasks on time.
• Ability to work independently, with initiative and minimal supervision.
• Willingness to travel extensively as required.
• Experience working in Asian, Latin American/Caribbean and/or African countries.
• Experience using statistical software packages such as STATA, SAS or SPSS.
• Demonstrable proficiency in written and spoken French or Spanish.
IFPRI (International Food Policy Research Institute) - 10 months ago