Research Associate, EatSafe

Country: Ethiopia
Organization: Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition
Closing date: 2 Feb 2021

The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) is seeking driven Research Associate to support the Eatsafe programme in researching and implementing while providing analytical and technical assistance.

About GAIN

The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) is a Swiss-based foundation launched at the UN in 2002 to tackle the human suffering caused by malnutrition. Working with both governments and businesses, we aim to transform food systems so that they deliver more nutritious food for all people. In particular, we aim to make healthier food choices more desirable, more available, and more affordable. GAIN’s mission is to advance nutrition outcomes by improving consumption of nutritious and safe food for all people, especially the most vulnerable to malnutrition.

About the role

EatSafe is a five-year, multi-country project that aims to enable lasting improvements in the safety of nutritious foods in informal markets in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) by focusing on the consumer. We will implement and test a series of gender-sensitive interventions to substantially improve food safety, working with vendors and creating consumer demand for safe nutritious foods.

The EatSafe Research Associate will contribute to and support research efforts, identify and liaise with local research counterparts, and provide technical support for project activities.

This role is based in Ethiopia, Addis Ababa and is offered on fixed term contract of up to 3 years depending on funding.

Role specifics will include;

  • Collaborate with colleagues to implement the project’s research activities (e.g., finalization of research design; help design, format, and ensure translation of research tools; support training for data collection; supervise data collection activities; verify data quality)
  • Liaise with local research partners to ensure all research activities are completed as planned, on time, and with high quality.
  • Aid and support research translation and dissemination, including but not limited to preparation of presentations and abstracts, technical briefs, journal articles, case studies, success stories, and/or blogs.
  • Support in stakeholder engagement processes.
  • Assist the EatSafe Country Senior Project Manager to ensure that all project activities are completed according to the implementation timeframe and budget.
  • Ensures that project research activities and outputs are integrated and aligned with other country programme projects and the country programme strategy.

About you

The successful candidate will have great knowledge of diverse research techniques including both qualitative and quantitative methods. You must have strong reporting experience and hands-on experience overseeing the implementation of research activities. You must also be willing to travel within Ethiopia to implementation cities and markets to support the programme as of when required.

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science, Food Technology, Food Safety, Microbiology, Nutrition, Public Health, Anthropology, Sociology, Economics, or a suitable equivalent.
  • 3 to 5 years related experience in food safety research or related research projects in food systems, food value chains, nutrition and agriculture
  • Deep understanding of issues related to food safety and quality in Ethiopia
  • Previous experience with data analysis, visualisation and research implementation.

About our offer

In addition to competitive salary, GAIN offers an attractive pension scheme, 25 days holiday (plus public holiday), flexible working and home working. We will support you to grow in your career through formal and informal professional development opportunities and we offer this within a supportive and collaborative environment.

For more detailed information please see the attached job description. To apply, follow the "Apply Now" link.

The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition is committed to equality of opportunity and creating an inclusive environment where diversity is valued. We are keen to reflect the diversity of our society at every level within our organisation and therefore welcome applications from talented and committed people from all backgrounds, representing the diverse societies we operate in.

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