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Assistant/Associate Scientist

Johns Hopkins University
Maryland, United States
Salary Not Specified
Start date
Nov 3, 2023

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The Institute for international Programs at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is a network of scientists focused on improving the quality of information available to support public health policies and decision making in maternal and child health and nutrition across low-income countries.

We seek a full-time non-tenure, non-professorial track faculty member at the rank of Assistant /Associate Scientist to support Data for Decisions in Nutrition (DataDENT) an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that aims to build strong nutrition data value chains to support multisectoral nutrition policy and program decision making within and across low and middle income countries (LMIC).

You will provide strategic and technical leadership to DataDENT Outcome 1: Improved strategic planning and coordination to support collection and use of multisectoral nutrition data which includes direct engagement in two countries (Nigeria, Ethiopia) and development of public goods including technical notes, guidance documents, frameworks or tools, and multi-country publications that address common barriers to building strong multisector nutrition information systems (NIS) .

DataDENT has committed to supporting development of a “multisector nutrition data framework” in the two countries – the format, scope and content of which will be determined by formative research carried out by DataDENT and networking with nutrition stakeholders across sectors and administrative levels. DataDENT will provide facilitation and other technical assistance to government-appointed task teams to design these outputs. We will also develop several “global goods” related to strengthening NIS including a core competencies framework for nutrition data literacy and recommendations around frequency of indicator collection and reporting within the NIS. These global goods will require engagement with a range of nutrition data stakeholders at global, regional, and country levels.

This position requires a diverse skill set to support a range of activities including 1) supporting design and implementation of qualitative / human-centered research around nutrition information systems in Ethiopia and Nigeria, 2) working closely with country focal points to engage national partners in design and implementation of nutrition data frameworks / strategies and 3) fostering coordination structures and capacity development activities that will enable successful implementation of multisector NIS by national governments and partners.

You will work closely with DataDENT focal points in the two focus countries and together manage local research partners in carrying out related activities. You will also closely engage team members from DataDENT partner institution, Results for Development, who will lead related technical work as well JHU team members leading cross-project knowledge management and dissemination activities.

The position will be based in Baltimore, MD, USA with a faculty appointment in the JHSPH Program for Human Nutrition (PHN) in the Department of International Health.

Roles and Responsibilities:

This position is responsible for leading applied research and technical assistance efforts to countries as well as development of global technical resources related to DataDENT Outcome 1: Improved strategic planning and coordination to support collection and use of multisectoral nutrition data .

Subject Matter Expertise: 50%

Operational Management and Networking/Engagement: 40%

Other Support Activities 10%

· Lead collaborative design and implementation of participatory stakeholder engagement strategies in line with DataDENT aims and outputs

· Develop research designs and implementation plans with rigorous qualitative & human-centered methodologies

· Train and support national data collection teams in all stages of data collection & analysis

· Prepare research findings for dissemination and uptake in multiple formats (e.g., briefs, slide sets, peer reviewed publications)

· Facilitate development and delivery of country outputs in collaboration with national and institutional partners

· Develop content and resources for global goods around nutrition data literacy and timing of nutrition data collection including competency-based capacity development

· Develop detailed work plans for country & global good streams of work and coordinate resources required for their implementation

· Supervise country teams and partners to carryout research/work plans and to meet grant reporting requirements on time at high quality

· Provide leadership to global stakeholder engagement efforts and support focal point in country efforts

· Participate in regular meetings / engagement with the PI and DataDENT partners that include detailed updated on the status of planning, activities and needs for technical assistance or support with networking

· When PI is on leave, lead JHU team meetings and represent to donor

· Represent DataDENT in professional forums as required


Required Skills and Experience:

· Doctoral level degree in the field of public health nutrition, public policy, program evaluation, or related field with 3 years of related work experience

· Technical background in the policy process, large-scale measurement, information systems design and multi-sector nutrition interventions (e.g., maternal child health system and community-level interventions, large-scale food fortification, social protection, etc.)

· Demonstrate the ability to oversee design & implementation of qualitative research including using human-centered methods/approaches.

· Professional experience in low- and middle-income countries.

· E xperience with managing teams and developing coordinated work plans as well as excellent organizational, communications and time management skills.

· Ability to work independently while proactively communicating with and seeking input from DataDENT team members.

· Demonstrate the ability to prepare outputs for a range of audience including policy maker / practitioner focused briefs as well as academic journals.

· Publication record in peer-reviewed journals.

· Availability to travel ~25%

· The position requires excellent oral and written communication skills in English.

Application Instructions

Recruitment will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should upload a statement of interest, curriculum vitae and names of three references to Interfolio. If any issues with submission, please email Anna Moronta-Rodriguez, Administrative Coordinator, Institute for International Programs ( ) with the subject “DataDENT: application for Scientist Role”

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