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Field Researcher - Friedman School of Nutrition
Tufts University

Date Posted Mar. 15, 2021
Title Field Researcher - Friedman School of Nutrition
University Tufts University
Boston, MA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Classified Staff
  • Research/Technical/Laboratory

This is a limited term position for 1 year, with the possibility of extension. This is a grant funded position and is not eligible for severance pay.

The Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, established in 1981, is the only self-governing graduate and professional school of nutrition in North America. Its mission is to improve the nutritional well-being of people worldwide through the creation of new knowledge; the application and dissemination of information to inform evidence-based policy making; and the education and training of future leaders in the field.

This mission is fulfilled by bringing together experts from the areas of clinical nutrition, social and public policy, and biomedicine. Faculty at the school include biomedical scientists, economists, epidemiologists, nutritionists, physicians, political scientists, and psychologists who focus on a myriad of issues with the common thread of nutrition and its role in fostering the growth and development of human populations.

This full time, term-limited position for an Assistant Field Researcher/Field Researcher offers an exciting opportunity to be part of a study of food security program sustainability and exit strategies linked to the ViM Plus Project, a development food assistance activity funded by USAID/Food-for-Peace and based in Sanmatenga Province, Burkina Faso.

A collaborative effort between the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, ACDI/VOCA, and research
institutions in Burkina Faso, the study aims to evaluate the sustainability of the ViM Project, which ended in 2018, and
discern variables that are predictive of sustainable activities and impacts to develop tools that can be used to inform
the design, monitoring, and evaluation of the ViM Plus project with a sustainability lens. The study forms a component
of ACDI/VOCA’s larger collaborating, learning, and adapting (CLA) agenda. It also builds on a several-year, USAID Food
for Peace research effort conducted by Drs. Beatrice Rogers and Jennifer Coates through subcontract to the FANTA
project, to identify the extent to which food security activities and impacts were sustained in Bolivia, Honduras, India,
and Kenya and the factors that increase the likelihood of enduring effects. The present project will extend and build on
that research.

 The current study is seeking to hire 1 Assistant Field Researcher/Field Researcher to work under the supervision of the
 study PI (Dr. Rogers) and Co-PI (Dr. Coates) on activities related to the design, implementation, and analysis of the
 research study. The Assistant Field Researcher/Researcher will be based in Boston with multi-month travel to Burkina
 Faso to implement the project’s qualitative and quantitative data collection activities. The position will also
 require maintaining excellent relationships with in-country collaborators and donor representatives and developing in-
 country capacity among collaborators regarding designing and evaluating programs with sustainability as a key

 The position will start June 1st.  Initial position is for one year with the possibility of extension.

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