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Graduate Level Fellowship in Global Nutrition and Food Security

Sight and Life (SAL) is offering graduate level fellowships to a small number of candidates who combine solid academic credentials with curiosity, creativity, and passion for social impact.

Internship Objectives:

The Fellow will learn how to develop innovative solutions to improve nutrition and food security in resource-poor settings through cross-sector and multidisciplinary approaches involving nutrition, agriculture, business, environmental science, information technology, and other fields. The Fellow will also learn how business development teams engage with partners, donors, and investors. Topics to be explored include child stunting and enabling national and regional markets to sustainably produce affordable nutritious foods.

Benefit to Intern:

Opportunity to help develop effective, innovative nutrition approaches based on public-private partnerships and other approaches, with practical training and experience in academic collaboration and business development.   

Skills to be Developed and/or Expanded during Internship:

Developing concept notes, writing literature reviews, working with a team on international public health issues, and developing innovative nutrition approaches into fundable scopes.

Proposed activities:

Assist the SAL team in designing effective nutrition solutions for resource-poor settings by conducting literature reviews, refining ideas with potential collaborators and funding agencies, and collaborating on writing papers and concept notes. Identify and prioritize funding opportunities. Fellow will gain exposure to staff, collaborators, and funding agencies.

Stipend:

Up to USD 1,000 per month, depending on dedication and other factors. Hours per week: 20-40 (dependent on student course load).

Term:

Four to five months (August-December 2017)

Location:

Anywhere in North America or Europe.

Required Skills:  

Strong analytical, research, and writing skills. Experience conducting literature reviews and synthesizing articles. Ability to work both independently and as a team member.

Required Experience:

Postdoctoral researcher, doctoral degree candidate, recent graduate or graduate student in global health, nutrition, epidemiology, agricultural economics, business, environmental science, or related field, with at least 1-2 years of experience in carrying out formative research, interpreting qualitative and quantitative data, technical/scientific writing, or similar relevant activities. International project experience, particularly in developing countries, is highly desirable.

Please send cover letter and resume to peiman.milani [@] sightandlife.org by August 22.

Download all the details here.

About Sight and Life:

Sight and Life (SAL) is a humanitarian nutrition think tank working to innovate in nutrition towards eradicating all forms of malnutrition in children and women of childbearing age, and so improve the lives of the world’s most vulnerable populations. SAL aims to create unique value in the nutrition sphere by linking nutrition knowledge and research with implementation towards achieving scale.  Our work spans identifying factors that affect nutritional status to engaging on innovative solutions with other actors including agriculture, education, social protection, WASH and the private sector. This knowledge does not translate easily to practical application and implementation on the ground. SAL’s unique expertise aims to fill gaps in knowledge in nutritional science and implementation, build capacity (functional and leadership) and integrate nutrition across other sectors through effective transformative partnering.  

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Trademark for Quality Fortified Food Products for Ghanaian Women

In February 2017, the Obaasima Seal and Campaign was launched in the Brong Ahafo and Northern Region in Ghana, as part of Affordable Nutritious Foods for Women (ANF4W). ANF4W is a development partnership with the private sector that seeks to improve micronutrient intakes of women of reproductive age, particularly during pregnancy and lactation, by increasing the availability of, and access to, new and affordable fortified food products. The quality seal serves as a certification that the product meet voluntary fortification standards and other nutrition criteria, and most importantly that they encourage women to choose fortified products.

As the steering and principal technical partner of ANF4W (implemented by the German Development Cooperation), Sight and Life aided the development of the Obaasima seal, which was developed as a private-public partnership between the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) and the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI). Sight and Life supported a focused ethnographic study to serve as the foundation for the ANF4W project. The study assessed women’s eating habits and beliefs around food. Using these insights, we shortlisted four product concepts and identified why these products would find high acceptability among women. We presented these data, as well as a business case, to local food processing businesses in order to generate interest in a voluntary fortification scheme.

For more information, read this article – which appeared initially in News Ghana and reports on the launch of the branded marketing campaign. 

Need a recap on ANF4W? The previous edition of Sight and Life provides one in the article entitled “Improving the Nutritional Status of Women of Reproductive Age”, an overview of the project and how this public-private partnership looked at establishing a market-based solution to improve the nutritional status of women of reproductive age with fortified food products. 

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On February 16, Dr Juan Rivera Dommarco was elected as the new Director of the National Institute of Public Health (INSP) for the next five years, thereby replacing Dr Mauricio Hernández-Avila. During his appointment ceremony, Dr Rivera Dommarco stated that he would seek to preserve the legacy of the INSP and face the many challenges of public health. He further invited the entire community to unite and support the interests of health above all else, highlighting that the mission of the institute and the health of Mexicans requires “union, cordiality and collaboration.”

The mission of the INSP is to contribute to social equity and the full realization of the right to health protection through the generation and dissemination of knowledge, state-of-the-art training of human resources, and innovation in multidisciplinary research to design evidence-based public policies. INSP is a leader in public health research and teaching. The Institute INSP strives to generate precise and relevant reference knowledge for the formulation, implementation and evaluation of health research policy for Mexico and in the Latin America Region.

Dr Rivera Dommarco concluded his message by outlining his goals for the duration of his mandate:

> To put the interests of population health first

> To create an atmosphere of respect, dialogue, transparency and cordiality within the institution’s community

> To ensure that dialogue with researchers, practitioners an students becomes a common practice

> To position the INSP as a think-tank of the health system

> To strengthen the excellence and relevance of research, teaching and service

> To ensure the generation of economic resources and their transparent and efficient management

> To support the generational change by supporting the growth trajectory of young researchers and researchers

> To conduct gender equity management 

Sight and Life sends its best wishes and warm congratulations to Dr Rivera Dommarco.

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