IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON JOB DESCRIPTION Job Title: Research Assistant / Associate in Food Policy (SM142-13) School: Public Health Department: Infectious Disease Epidemiology Job Family/Level: Academic and Research Level A (Research Assistant) Level B (Research Associate) (Level of appointment will be dependent on qualifications and experience) Salary Range: £28,200-£31,250 per annum (Research Assistant) £28,200-£40,720 per annum (Research Associate) Responsible to: PCD Senior Research Manager Key working relationships: Home Grown School Feeding (HGSF) country personnel in Africa, Kenya Medical Research Institute, UN agencies, Bilaterals, Multilaterals, CBOs, and NGOs Contract: Full time and fixed term until 30 September 2015 in the first instance Location: St Mary’s Campus, Paddington The Post The Partnership for Child Development consists of a global consortium of civil society organizations, academic institutions and technical experts with a streamlined Coordinating Centre based at Imperial College London. The role of the Centre is not as an implementing agency, but to engage specific experts, in specific countries, on specific issues, as and when required. In this way, we are able to bring together a distinct combination of academic excellence, technical expertise and high level networks to governments and international organizations, resident in many different countries. PCD is part of the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology which is in turn part of the School of Public Health within the Faculty of Medicine of Imperial College London. PCD is an organisation committed to improving the education, health and nutrition of school-age children and youth in low-income countries. Our ongoing research and operational activities in the field of school health and nutrition and HIV and education now provide an impressive evidence-based platform that assists countries and international agencies turn such findings into national interventions. The key objectives of PCD are to: 1) Strengthen the evidence base: PCD advocates basing policy decisions on good evidence. Our ongoing research and collaboration in the development of new technologies supports this goal. 2) Strengthen the capacity of education sectors in low and middle income countries: PCD provides expert support of government planning for SHN activities, providing high quality training of educationalists and public health professionals and supporting other sectors’ participation in SHN activities. 3) Improve, collect, share and disseminate knowledge: PCD enhances the SHN through a variety of media ranging from websites, interactive forums and publication of hard copy documents that serve to enable advocacy, policy and planning for SHN practitioners. 4) Strengthen global, regional, national and local partnerships: PCD enables global policymakers and planners to share ideas, innovations and experience. We facilitate consensus building towards good practice in SHN at global, regional, national and local levels, as well as supporting effective programme coordination and implementation. Background Child development requires a life-cycle approach to intervention. School health and nutrition programmes are a key part of this continuum, providing the foundation for physical, cognitive and educational development that will allow children to reach their full and equal potential. Today, every country for which we have information is seeking to provide food, in some way and at some scale, to its schoolchildren. However, where the need is greatest, in terms of hunger, poverty and poor social indicators, the programmes tend to be the smallest. Past experience shows that countries do not seek to exit from providing food to their schoolchildren, but rather to transition from externally supported projects to nationally owned programmes. Countries that have made a successful transition have often explored linking school feeding programmes to agriculture and economic development –an approach also known as “Home Grown School Feeding” (HGSF). In 2003, African governments included locally-sourced school feeding programs as a key intervention within the food security pillar of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP). That same year, the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), launched a pilot HGSF programme. Many countries, including Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Mali and Nigeria, are implementing national programmes, and many more are seeking to develop or strengthen scaled and sustainable HGSF. In response to this demand, the World Bank, WFP, PCD, and other key stakeholders have been working together since early 2008 to help governments develop and implement cost effective, sustainable national school feeding programmes. HGSF provides an integrated framework with multiple impacts across agriculture, health, nutrition and education. HGSF is clearly a complex intervention and there are several important gaps in the evidence on optimal programme implementation and measures of cost-effectiveness. With support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Partnership for Child Development (PCD) has launched a programme to support government action to deliver sustainable, nationally owned HGSF in sub-Saharan Africa. The programme is providing direct, evidence-based, and context-specific support and expertise for the design and management of HGSF programmes. As part of this programme, PCD and partners are working with governments to strengthen the policy frameworks for school feeding, including a focus on improving the management of existing strategic grain reserves through linkages with school feeding programmes. This work includes providing evidence based technical assistance, including innovative technologies, to support governments that wish to deliberately link their SGRs to their school feeding programs in order to improve the rotation and management of the reserve stocks (e.g. reduce stock age) and to strengthen the procurement from smallholder farmers. The post holder will work with a multi-disciplinary team of researchers from PCD and partner organisations on the development and implementation of a research program on strengthening the evidence base of HGSF. The position focuses on strengthening food policy and legal frameworks for HGSF in sub-Saharan Africa, including the area of strategic grain reserves. Key Responsibilities Work with a team of colleagues from PCD and partners to implement HGSF portfolio of research Work with the team on developing the food policy component of HGSF programmes in selected countries, and on the design and implementation of field research activities, analysis, and publication of findings Engage with a variety of stakeholders, including donors, partners from other research centers, other partner institutions, and policy actors to stimulate new research and investments in school food policy Analyse data from primary research, write up results and publish in peerreviewed journals, other publication outlets within PCD, and the wider scientific community Work with colleagues on research proposal development, as needed Other Responsibilities Observe and comply with all College policies and regulations, including the key policies and procedures on Confidentiality, Conflict of Interest, Data Protection, Equal Opportunities, Financial Regulations, Health and Safety, Imperial Expectations (for new leaders, managers and supervisors), Information Technology, Private Engagements and Register of Interests, and Smoking. Undertake specific safety responsibilities relevant to individual roles, as set out on the College Website Health and Safety Structure and Responsibilities page (http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/safety/policies/organisationandarrangements). Job descriptions cannot be exhaustive and so the post holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities. Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity and to eliminating discrimination. All employees are expected to adhere to the principles set out in our Equal Opportunities in Employment Policy, Promoting Race Equality Policy and Disability Policy and all other relevant guidance/practice frameworks. PERSON SPECIFICATION Qualifications Essential (for appointment to Research Assistant) MSc or equivalent in agriculture, development economics or food policy related field Essential (for appointment to Research Associate) PhD or equivalent in agriculture, development economics or food policy related field Experience Essential Demonstrable analytical and policy experience to equivalent level in an appropriate field Understanding of literature on institutional development, regulation and the changing roles of the state Demonstrable experience of working with governments on policy/regulatory development Demonstrable experience in the area law, governance or public administration Substantial work, research and/or policy experience in low and middle-income countries Experience in communicating results in different multicultural and multistakeholder settings Experience working public health professionals Essential for appointment as Research Associate Record of publications in the peer-reviewed journals Skills and Abilities Essential Demonstrated ability to design and manage qualitative research studies, including design of field work, supervision of data collection, data analysis, writing and publication of results Demonstrated ability to publish in peer-reviewed journals Demonstrated ability to work in multi-disciplinary teams with a variety of stakeholders on multi-sectoral projects Ability to translate academic knowledge into policy and practice-relevant outputs Ability to multi-task, work in a dynamic environment, and take initiatives to resolve issues Excellent written and spoken communication skills Excellent interpersonal skills Other Essential Willingness to travel extensively as required Imperial Expectations These are the 7 principles that Imperial leaders, managers and supervisors are expected to follow: 1) Champion a positive approach to change and opportunity 2) Communicate regularly and effectively within, and across, teams 3) Consider the thoughts and expectations of others 4) Deliver positive outcomes 5) Encourage inclusive participation and eliminate discrimination 6) Support and develop staff to optimise talent 7) Work in a planned and managed way APPLICATION GUIDANCE Please read the person specification carefully and describe, as part of your application, how much you feel you meet each of the criteria. If you attach a CV it should include the following information: Applicant’s full name, private address and private telephone number A confidential fax number and e-mail address, where possible Degrees (including University and dates) Past and present posts List of publications Brief description of future research plans Names, addresses and, email, fax numbers, of three referees. Thank you for your interest in this post. We look forward to receiving your application.