The goal of the Global Development Program is to increase opportunities for people in the developing world to lift themselves out of hunger and poverty and to help deliver targeted healthcare solutions in these regions. Our strategies focus on Polio, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, Family Planning and Nutrition. These strategies are supported by functional teams that focus on Vaccine Delivery and Integrated Delivery. The Global Development Program also has Special Initiatives that focus on Emergency Relief and Global Libraries.
The Nutrition Team is seeking to fill a permanent senior position in support of the end-to-end value chain from micronutrient evidence, through innovation, to implementation of large-scale food fortification programs. The position will primarily support grant shaping, making, and management of investments that support that agenda within our broader Food Systems Initiative. The portfolio of the Food Systems Initiative includes nutrition-sensitive interventions delivered through agriculture platforms, increased access and affordability of nutritious foods delivered by the private sector, and solutions for addressing micronutrient deficiencies, particularly through large scale food fortification and biofortification. This role is an important contributor of expertise in broadening the understanding of the etiology and burden of micronutrient deficiencies, guiding innovations to address bottlenecks in delivering solutions, and developing novel approaches to micronutrient fortification (including new ingredient technologies and novel food vehicles) and the implementation of fortification programs.
The foundation has invested heavily since its earliest days in the establishment and scale-up of food fortification programs in Sub-Saharan Africa and parts of Asia. Today, nearly all African countries and India mandate the fortification of one or more staple foods and/or condiments with essential vitamins and minerals. While tremendous gains have been made over the past two decades, evidence suggests that roughly half of the foods mandated for food fortification in low-income countries are inadequately fortified, meaning that many food fortification programs are not delivering the impact they should be. The Senior Program Officer will play a unique and catalytic role within the global fortification field to mobilize and accelerate efforts to improve the quality of fortified foods. In addition to expanding the body of evidence around the levels and etiology of micronutrient deficiencies in specific countries, this role could include a radical re-thinking of conventional approaches to packaged food ingredients and assessment tools, improving monitoring and industry compliance, and lead to the identification and testing of innovative approaches. While strongly focused on fortification, the position will also support development of approaches that are delivered through supplementation.
This position works in partnership with other Nutrition team members and closely with the Senior Program Officer and Initiative Lead for Food Systems, and the Deputy Director for Innovation and Private Sector Engagement. The SPO will also carry out research and analysis work, as needed, for strategy planning, annual reviews, and learning related to Food Systems.
The successful candidate will be passionate about nutrition, the quest for new solutions to accelerate progress toward achieving global goals and targets for ending malnutrition and be committed to the generation and use of data to inform policy and programmatic decision making. S/he will be a mid-career professional with experience in global nutrition research or programs, with competency in research design, and experience with data collection, curation, and analysis. S/he should be organized and flexible, and able to work on multiple projects simultaneously.