The Poverty, Health and Nutrition (PHN) Division at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a qualified Postdoctoral Fellow candidate to serve as a Research Coordinator for the evaluation of a nutrition project (Prevention of Malnutrition in Under Twos (PM2A). The position is based in Bujumbura, Burundi and will involve extensive travel within the country. This is a two-year, fixed-term, renewable appointment. Please note that Postdoctoral Fellow appointments at IFPRI have a maximum term of three (3) years, inclusive of any approved appointment extensions.
The successful candidate will coordinate all formative research, operations research and impact evaluation research activities associated with the PM2A project in Burundi, and will work in close collaboration with IFPRI’s staff at headquarters. PM2A aims to prevent infant and young child under nutrition through the provision of food rations and behavior change communication (BCC) and regular attendance at preventive health services. In Burundi, the Research Coordinator will be integrated in the project’s multi-institutional and multi-disciplinary team responsible for the PM2A program’s implementation.
Specific duties include but are not limited to:
• In collaboration with team members, design and conduct formative research, operations research and impact evaluation research for the PM2A program in Burundi
• Hire and train staff for selected data collection activities; supervise and manage all data collection and data entry activities
• Work with Washington-based team to produce project deliverables and outputs in a timely fashion
• Ensure timely and effective communication of research results to a variety of actors inside and outside the PM2A program
• Manage the research budget and related sub-contracts as needed
• In collaboration with team members, contribute to the publication of research results in peer-reviewed journals and other dissemination and communication material
• PhD in Public Health, Nutrition, Epidemiology, Program Evaluation, Health Systems Management or related social science or health discipline
• Demonstrated ability in effectively designing and managing rigorous monitoring and evaluation research in the context of programs, including:
o Demonstrated ability to design and manage formative research, operations research and impact evaluation research
o Knowledge of and experience with a range of quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis techniques and approaches, which may include any/all of: health and nutrition surveys; Lot Quality Assurance Sampling (LQAS) for program monitoring; rapid assessment techniques; focus groups; ethnographic methods; quality assurance/quality control; diagnostic studies; participatory evaluation techniques
o Experience conducting applied research in the context of nutrition and health programs
o Experience in communicating the results of program-relevant research to a variety of audiences
o Demonstrated ability to develop and use training materials to effectively train enumerators and other field staff
o Demonstrated experience in effective interactions in a multicultural setting with a variety of stakeholders, including government and civil society actors
o Willingness to travel extensively as required.
o Excellent written and spoken English and French
o Demonstrated computer literacy (PC and Microsoft Applications) and experience using statistical data analysis software packages such as STATA or SAS.
• Experience working in Burundi or other French African country
• Demonstrated ability to publish in peer-reviewed journals
Application Closing Date: Early application invited