RESEARCH COORDINATOR - Instruction - Friedman School of Nutrition

Boston, Suffolk County
Apr 25, 2014

Posting Title : RESEARCH COORDINATOR - Instruction - Friedman School of Nutrition
Requisition Number : 2551
City : Boston
State/Province : Massachusetts
Zip code : 02111
Job Description-Overview :

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 evidence-based information 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.

The Friedman School of Nutrition is seeking a full-time Research Coordinator to work on a project relating to the assessment of the quality and programmatic uses of fortified food products used in U.S. Title II food aid programs.  The project, called the Food Aid Quality Review, is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Office of Food for Peace (FFP).

The project was established in April 2009 to review the quality of Title II food products and programming through literature review, expert consultation, industry consultation, survey methods, and studies. The project completed its second year of research in April 2011 and submitted a final report to USAID with recommendations on changes to U.S. food aid products and programming. The next phase of the Food Aid Quality Review (FAQR Phase II) involves presenting findings and recommendations, implementing many of the recommendations, and testing recommendations through follow-on studies or trials. 

FAQR Phase II activities include:

  • Advancing the evidence base through production and testing of improved food products, their packaging and delivery methods, and comparative studies of products’ nutritional effectiveness and cost-effectiveness,
  • Implementation research and pilot projects, 
  • Facilitation of interagency and multi-sectoral coordination. 
  • FAQR Phase II continues its consultative process to interact with and solicit input from a wide range of stakeholders.

The work of the FAQR Phase II addresses three areas of focus: products (development and testing of new or modified nutritionally enhanced food aid commodities); programs (the uses of such foods to meet nutritional goals in the context of Title II programs); and processes (e.g., safety and quality assurance in the supply chain, harmonization of processes among donor agencies, and coordination among agencies within the US Government).

Job Description - Requirements :

Basic Requirements:

Bachelors Degree and 1 year in related field is a plus.  Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite. Familiarity with data analysis program (such as STATA or SPSS) is a plus. Ability to work with budgets in Excel.  Willing to travel domestically and possibly internationally

Preferred Qualifications:

BS in public health, international relations, business administration or related field; demonstrated excellent administrative skills, attention to detail, and ability to multitask; excellent research skills including document search (published and unpublished); excellent writing and editing skills; experience in budget management.

Please apply with Requisition #2551

Tufts University is an AA/EO employer and actively seeks candidates from diverse backgrounds.