PATH is currently recruiting for a Nutrition Research Specialist.
PATH is a global nonprofit dedicated to achieving health equity. With more than 40 years of experience forging multisector partnerships, and with expertise in science, economics, technology, advocacy, and dozens of other specialties, PATH develops and scales up innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing health challenges.
A leader in global health innovation, PATH is at the forefront of finding and implementing effective approaches to improve maternal, newborn, and child health and nutrition. For over two decades, our experts have helped develop the best methods to fortify rice with vitamins and minerals. To ensure that the benefits of fortified rice reach as many people as possible, we are expanding evidence, developing global markets, and working to broaden adoption worldwide. We are also supporting stakeholders to introduce, test, use, and scale fortified rice to combat malnutrition and improve lives.
PATH’s rice fortification project in India has already benefitted about 1 million people. It has the potential to reach 800+ million people in India, especially women and children through the government’s safety net programs, making it a viable tool for addressing vitamin and mineral deficiencies at scale. Also, the cost of fortification is minimal between 50 and 80 paise / kg), especially compared to the negative health and economic costs of vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Scaling up rice fortification will therefore not only improve the health of India’s families and communities but improve the productivity of the country at large.
About the program:
PATH has been a global leader over two decades working on rice fortification technology advancement, building evidence, and implementing in multiple countries. Many pilots conducted over the years by PATH demonstrated operational feasibility of distribution of fortified rice through safety net programs and open market in India.
Studies have shown that consumption of fortified rice has positive impact towards combating iron deficiency anaemia and other vitamin deficiencies. The Government of India and other stakeholders such as FSSAI and NITI Aayog have acknowledged the importance of rice fortification and need to introduce it through various safety net programs in India. Billions of people around the world suffer from micronutrient malnutrition. To address the need, PATH has advanced and commercialized the Ultra Rice technology, filling an important market gap in the range of solutions for addressing micronutrient malnutrition. PATH’s Ultra Rice® technology packs vitamins and minerals into extruded rice grains made from rice flour. PATH has licensed the technology to several manufacturers, and regional technology centers have
Over the last few years, PATH has been a technical partner to the national government’s Food Safety Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). PATH has played an imperative role in guiding FSSAI on the regulation for staple foods and is now working with FSSAI, its newly established Food Fortification Resource Centre (FFRC), and state governments to scale-up rice fortification in the government’s safety net programs. PATH is also supporting FFRC in developing a national repository on food fortification evidence and implementation tools including quality control and assurance tools. PATH’s advocacy with government has led to introduction of fortified rice in MDM program in several states including Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Chandigarh. PATH is also providing support in Delhi, Odisha, Haryana, Gujarat, Goa, Assam and West Bengal to initiate rice fortification program. PATH India team is also supporting scale up of rice fortification in Myanmar and plans to scale it up in Africa, Bhutan and other south Asian countries.
Role & responsibilities:
- Responsible for collecting, organizing, and analyzing opinions and data to solve problems, explore issues, and predict trends.
- Management of getting ethical clearances, permissions and protocols for RCT/ human trials. supervise research projects from the early planning stages to project completion.
- Carrying out quantitative data analysis of existing secondary data sets and primary quantitative data, using Excel and/or SPSS.
- Organising, designing and carrying out qualitative fieldwork, often with marginalised or vulnerable people, in different locations and contexts across the geographies where PATH works
- Conducting qualitative analysis of data conducted through interviews, focus groups, workshops or other methods.
- Carrying out desktop research, using a range of methods and sources of data, related to inequality and social innovation practice globally.
- Working closely with the project team to map the research needs, trends and design the project
- Producing high quality and varied research outputs for a range of audiences including analysis, report writing and presentations where necessary.
- Making sure the work is participatory, including working with peer researchers and valuing the importance of communicating with different audiences.
- Expert understanding of monitoring and evaluation indicators and design
- Publishing scientific documents that emerge out of the research