Research Coordinator I

Job Summary The Poverty, Health and Nutrition Division of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a qualified candidate to serve as a Research Coordinator for its new Transform Nutrition-West Africa project. This position is a 2-year, fixed-term, renewable appointment based in Dakar, Senegal. The selected candidate will provide local coordination for TN-WA which aims a) to assess and analyze nutrition-relevant data and actions (programs and policies) in order to generate knowledge on optimal approaches to improving maternal and child nutrition; and b), to mobilize knowledge to strengthen enabling environments, and inform and improve nutrition-relevant policy and programming. Work in this project, particularly in the early years, will involve collating, analyzing and using existing data and carrying out literature reviews and analyses of policy and practice. Stakeholder engagement will be an essential part of the responsibility of this position, and will include stakeholder mapping, building networks, interacting with influential actors on a regular basis, and planning and coordinating events. The project will work at regional and national levels. The selected candidate will be based in the IFPRI office in Dakar, Senegal and will work closely with IFPRI researchers in Addis Ababa/Ethiopia and Abuja/Nigeria, along with the Project Manager who is based in the United Kingdom. Essential Duties Specific duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to: Undertake research, conduct data analysis, literature reviews & synthesis Conduct stakeholder analysis and key informant interviews Prepare of reports (program deliverables), briefs and other research products for dissemination in collaboration with other project staff members Communicate and respond to program partners and collaborators requests and manage these partnerships Contribute to the development of a knowledge platform and hub Plan, develop and provide logistical coordination for technical workshops and engagement events Build and maintain a network of nutrition leaders and key stakeholders in the region Assist in preparing data for public access Coordinate project activities in West Africa, with an emphasis on Nigeria and Burkina Faso Reply to internal/external data requests Other duties as assigned   Required Qualifications: PhD in Nutrition Knowledge of program management skills: demonstrated experience in successfully coordinating multiple program activities and managing program deliverables Demonstrated experience in interacting with stakeholders (donors, governments, non-governmental organizations and research organizations), preferably in an international environment. Ability to perform quantitative data analysis Demonstrated ability to conduct qualitative research and literature reviews. Demonstrated ability to synthesize research results for the development community, including policy makers, policy advisers, and researchers Demonstrated ability to handle multiple tasks and produce completed products on time Ability to convey scientific and research information to diverse audiences in an engaging and concise manner Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English Ability to speak and write French fluently Experience in building and mobilizing network Demonstrated strong writing skills Ability to work independently and in interdisciplinary and multicultural teams Strong interpersonal skills and a team oriented spirit Ability and willingness to travel nationally and internationally as necessary Demonstrated professional level of attention to detail and accuracy of work Demonstrated ability to organize and implement workshops and trainings Familiarity with popular software packages & Internet based systems Preferred Qualifications: Experience in working with partners on nutrition in Africa Experience using stakeholder mapping techniques, such as NetMap Existing network connections in relevant field Experience of engaging in national policy processes and/or in management of development interventions