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Research Assistant – Nutritionist

Research Assistant – Nutritionist

The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) – a member of the CGIAR Consortium (www.cgiar.org) – develops technologies, innovative methods, and new knowledge that better enable farmers, especially smallholders, to make agriculture competitive and profitable as well as sustainable and resilient. CIAT conducts research for development in tropical regions of Latin America, Africa, and Asia (www.ciat.cgiar.org).
HarvestPlus (www.harvestplus.org) leads a global effort to improve nutrition and public health by developing and disseminating staple food crops that are rich in vitamins and minerals. We work with public and private sector partners in more than 40 countries. We use a novel process called bio-fortification, based on conventional plant breeding, to achieve higher levels of micronutrients in high-yielding, high-profit varieties of key staple foods. HarvestPlus is part of the CGIAR Research Program for Nutrition and Health (A4NH). CGIAR is a global agriculture research partnership for a food secure future. Its science is carried out by 15 research centers in collaboration with hundreds of partner organizations. HarvestPlus is a joint venture between two CGIAR Centers, the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) based in Cali, Colombia and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) based in Washington, D.C. Both Institutions are committed to reduce hunger and poverty around the world through their research activities.

The Position:

CIAT, on behalf of HarvestPlus Program is seeking to recruit a Research Assistant – Nutritionist who will work under the direct supervision of the Country Manager. The person will be responsible for the development and implementation of a nutrition education strategy, which will lead to the effective introduction and acceptance by consumers/customers of biofortified crops (Iron beans, Vitamin A maize, and Vitamin A Sweet potatoes) throughout the country. He/She will also be responsible for implementing all HarvestPlus nutrition education related activities in Mazowe and Zvimba district with the aim of educating and sensitizing the population to produce and consume biofortified crops. In addition, he/she will be responsible for coordination of nutrition activities in other districts in consultation with other partner nutritionists and HarvestPlus Seed Systems Officers assigned to these districts. The position will be based in Harare, Zimbabwe but must be prepared to travel extensively to project districts outside Harare.

Main duties and responsibilities include:

 Develop and implement nutrition awareness and education strategies focused on promoting the consumption of biofortified crops in the country, with special focus on Mazowe and Zvimba districts
 Overall coordination of nutrition activities in other districts in consultation with other partner nutritionists and HarvestPlus Seed Systems Officers assigned to these districts.
 Develop and implement specific nutrition sensitive training activities and deliver effective nutrition messages within the project framework.
 Direct and supervise the production and dissemination of food recipes based on biofortified crops in collaboration with partners, including recipes for infant and child feeding as well as for potential commercial processing
 Train farmers and various stakeholders on preparation of meals/food from biofortified crops, and coordinate the showcasing of such foods during agricultural shows, food fairs, farmers’ field days, etc
 Design and conduct nutrition and efficacy studies to generate evidence and monitor efficacy of biofortified crops in improving nutrition status.
 Overall coordination of the home-grown school feeding program in all HarvestPlus operational districts in consultation with HarvestPlus Seed Systems staff, and officers from ministries of education, health and agriculture
International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)
Recruiting Research Assistant – Nutritionist
 Any other duties falling within the scope of nutrition within the project as determined by the Country

The candidate shall have the following competencies, skills and experience:

 Bachelors’ degree in Nutrition, Dietetics and/or Food Science.
 At least three (3) years’ experience working in an NGO or International or National Organization
focused on nutritional programs.
 Experience in data collection with the skills of doing nutrition field studies.
 Experience in capacity building activities in nutrition and food security.
 Extensive experience in conducting nutritional surveys (using a variety of methods) and awareness
campaigns or nutrition education.
 Knowledge of the computer with a minimum of an Analytical Software such as: SPSS, Genstat,
Statistica, SAS or other Analysis Software.
 Valid drivers’ license acquired not less than 4 years ago.
 Must be able to work independently with minimal supervision, but also participate as a team member
in accomplishment of duties.
 Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
 Must be fluent in English and good in Shona/Ndebele with strong oral and written communication
 Willingness to travel extensively
 Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment.
 Commitment to CIAT’s mission and core values
Terms of employment:
The position is nationally recruited and based at the CIAT Offices in Harare, Zimbabwe. The contract will be for a
one-year period, subject to probation period of three (3) months, renewable depending on performance and
availability of resources. CIAT offers a multicultural, collegial research environment with competitive salary and
excellent benefits; we believe that the diversity of our staff contributes to excellence. CIAT is an equal opportunity
employer, and strives for staff diversity in gender and nationality.
How to apply:
Applicants are invited to visit http://ciat.cgiar.org/ciat-jobs to get full details of the position and to submit their
applications, clearly indicating position applied for as HV-2208 Research Assistant – Nutritionist .Applications
should be saved as one document using the candidate’s lastname, first name for ease of sorting.
CIAT does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing or
training). CIAT also does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts.

Applications closing date: 23rd November 2018
Please note that email applications will not be considered.
Only short listed candidates will be contacted

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