ICRISAT invites applications for the post of Nutrition Scientist
to be based at ICRISAT, Patancheru. This position is in the Scientific and Managerial Group cadre .and will report to Director, Strategic Marketing & Communication
Under the Smart Food initiative, take a key role in the following activities, mainly in relation to ICRISATs mandate crops but also with a broader emphasis for diet diversity and other issues that affect nutrition absorption.
(1) Lead a program to integrate information and activities about Smart Food into the existing rural health programs
A Smart Food objective in to ensure small holder farmers and rural communities benefit nutritionally from building consumer demand. This focuses on integrating information and activities about Smart Food (in particular the millets, sorghum and also grain legumes) into the existing rural health programs to provide a sustainable and long term solution to more diverse and nutritious diets. This will start with a pilot program in selected areas, aimed to change the image of our mandate crops; provide new, more convenient and delicious ways to cook them; build awareness on the nutritional value and how to maximize this; increase consumption, and ultimately contribute towards overcoming malnutrition and targeted health issues.
As part of this initiative, lead the implementation of a pilot which will include training trainers on nutritional information and how to conduct cooking demonstrations within the rural communities and interact through the Smart Food game that will need to be customized to suit each local community; conduct a strong MEL; build strong partnerships for more implementation; fundraise; and scale up. Scientific publishing, presentations and broader communications for the results and lessons learned will also be important. This should include also cross comparisons with the Smart Food nutritional work in Kenya to have cross learnings and scientific papers on the comparisons.
(2) Lead a partnership to continue the case being built for millets and sorghum as Smart Food under the heading Good for You identifying the key nutritional benefits and weaknesses, include scientific backing, link appropriately to any health claims, identify these across all levels of processing, specify ways to increase nutritional value, and any other relevant information.
Following on from this, build this case for our mandate grain legumes.
Also, identify the key gaps in nutritional and health information for our mandate crops and develop research proposals and bring in partnerships to undertake these.
(3) Advise on keeping the nutritional quality of the Smart Food along the value chain specifically through on farm practices and processing
Another Smart Food objective is to ensure small holder farmers and rural communities benefit from a livelihoods perspective, from building consumer demand. To contribute to this, the Smart Food initiative will be setting up a support network for social entrepreneurs/governments/others who are assisting farmers to set up processing at a village/cooperative level.
(4) Contribute as part of the team, to build criteria for the Good for You component of the Smart Food Endorsement Scheme, also engaging with partners to test and further develop these criteria.
(5) Identify future strategic initiatives to both popularize our mandate crops as Smart Food and bring more attention to investments in these crops and foods. Requirements:
1. PhD in nutrition, health sciences or related area with minimum 5 years of relevant experience.
2. Knowledge on ICRISAT mandate crops nutrition and preparation options
3. Demonstrated competencies in publication and communication
4. Deep understanding of the poor and malnourished rural areas in Africa and Asia
5. Understanding of the different factors that will affect malnutrition
6. Ability to be innovative for solutions to overcome nutrition rural challenges at different levels from on farm (particularly post-harvest), food preparation, and environmental factors
7. Experience in applying ME&L in nutrition programs
8. Familiarities with Scaling Up Nutrition Initiatives.
9. Experience in working on the ground with women, farmers, NGOs and government, donors
10. Experience in operating in working groups to develop solutions and bring forward scientific knowledge
11. Experience in supervising students and professional volunteers
12. Works well in a team and able to also drive innovation Employment Condition:
This is a Scientific & Managerial Group (SMG) position open to ICRISAT staff only. The position is for 3 years, renewable based on the performance of the incumbent and availability of funds. How to apply:
Applicants should apply on or before 15-September-2017
, with latest Curriculum Vitae, and the names and contact information of three references that are knowledgeable about your professional qualifications and work experience. All applications will be acknowledged, however only short listed candidates will be contacted.
ICRISAT is an equal opportunity employer
Salary: Not Disclosed by Recruiter
Industry: Agriculture / Dairy
Employment Type: Permanent Job, Full Time