Graduate Associate, Food Policy and Financing

Location
Washington DC
Salary
Good salary and benefits
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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. 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. 

The Food Policy and Finance Cluster within GAIN focuses on strengthening the enabling environment for nutritious food systems. This includes:

-Strengthening government policy and capacity to manage nutrition interventions;
-Building fiscal, regulatory, and monitoring systems to improve the quality and sustainability of nutrition interventions;
-Building strategic, multi-sectoral alliances (including between public, private, and social sectors) to promote dialogue and support capacity for problem solving and collective action;

GAIN is seeking Graduate Associates for the upcoming Summer and Fall 2018 semesters and will provide outstanding students the opportunity to work side-by-side with technical experts 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 June or August 2018 and require a minimum commitment of 20-25 hours per week for at least 3 months. 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.

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. 

For more details about this opportunity, please read the attached job description. 

Job Description
DC_Graduate_Associate_Summer_and_Fall_2018.docx
Closing Date
20 May 2018

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