Each day, 795 million people – one in nine – go hungry. Close to 2 billion people survive on diets that lack the vital vitamins and nutrients needed to grow properly, live healthy lives, and raise a healthy family. About 1.4 billion people worldwide struggle with overweight and obesity. That’s more than the number of people who are hungry worldwide. In total, around 3.5 billion people – half the people on the planet today – are malnourished.
The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) was launched at the UN in 2002 to tackle the human suffering caused by malnutrition. GAIN is a global, Swiss-based foundation that mobilises public-private partnerships and provides financial and technical support to deliver nutritious foods to those people most at risk of malnutrition. GAIN’s purpose is to improve nutrition outcomes by improving the consumption of nutritious and safe food for all people, especially the most vulnerable.
GAIN is seeking Graduate Associates for the upcoming Spring 2018 semester and will provide outstanding students the opportunity to work side-by-side with technical experts from both of the above mentioned GAIN teams to develop new tools, approaches, and evidence for some of the most challenging issues in developing countries related to food systems and nutrition. Graduate Associates will gain exposure to all aspects of GAIN, including the design and implementation of projects and knowledge generation activities.
Selected candidates must be enrolled in or a recent graduate (within 6 months) of a Master’s-level accredited academic institution/program. Positions will begin in January 2018 through May 2018 and will require a minimum commitment of 20-25 hours per week. Hours are flexible during business hours (8:30am – 6:00pm, Monday through Friday). Graduate Associates are encouraged to use this opportunity to fulfil an academic program requirement, including for academic credit or research topics for a Master’s thesis.
Competences (Skills and Attributes):
The ideal candidate:
• Is an entrepreneurial self-starter and works well without excessive supervision.
• Has an interest in entering the field of development assistance, food security, or nutrition.
• Has strong research and analytical skills and strong technical writing skills.
• Is a good communicator, especially in multi-cultural, multi-lingual environments (written and oral).
• Is a clear and systematic thinker that demonstrates good judgment, problem solving, and creativity.
Graduate Associates must be currently enrolled in or a recent graduate (within 6 months) of an accredited academic institution. Preference will be given to Master’s level graduate students, though exceptional undergraduates are also welcome to apply.
The position is best suited for students in the fields of public health, public policy/administration, food technology, nutrition, agriculture, economics, NGO management, development, international relations, or foreign affairs with an interest in entering the field of international development.
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