Graduate Associate - Food Policy and Finance

Washington DC
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The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) is driven by the vision of a world without malnutrition. GAIN is a Swiss based foundation that mobilizes public-private partnerships and provides financial and technical support to deliver nutritious foods to those people most at risk of malnutrition. The organization is delivering improved nutrition to an estimated 700 million people in more than 30 countries, half of whom are women and children, Nutrition products are as varied as fortified cooking oil and flour in Africa, soy sauce in China and biscuits in India, as well as specialized products for infant and young child nutrition, and interventions to protect the most vulnerable affected by emergencies or chronic illness.

Overall Purpose:

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.

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.

Job Description
Closing Date
26 Nov 2017

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