Senior Technical Advisor in Food Technology and Nutrition

April 29, 2008 at 2:03 pm Leave a comment

International Relief and Development (IRD)
Position Title:  Senior Technical Advisor in Food Technology and Nutrition
Location: HQ, Arlington, Va.
Date: December 20, 2007 (Still open as of April 25, 2008)

I. Job Summary:
International Relief and Development (IRD) seeks a Senior Technical Advisor in Food Technology and Nutrition for the Sustainable Food and Agriculture Systems (SFAS) unit, one of IRD’s five technical sectors (Health, Civil Society, Economic Development, SFAS, and Infrastructure).  The Senior Technical Advisor will provide overall leadership and technical advice for research and program development related to food technology and human nutrition. This position is an open-ended, renewable appointment based at IRD headquarters in Washington DC.

Building upon its pioneering noodle fortification program in Indonesia, The Sustainable Food and Agriculture Systems (SFAS) unit within IRD seeks expand its innovative initiative to build capacity within the private sector food processing industry of the developing world to fortify a range of food products, from Ready to Use Foods (RUFs) to supplemental foods to school feeding provisions to commercial sales for general consumption.  The Senior Technical Advisor will play a pivotal role in identifying opportunities, developing partnerships with private sector entities, ensuring the nutritional quality of products, overseeing monitoring on-going programs, and evaluating program impact a the individual and population level.

II. Major Responsibilities:
Specific duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Provide technical oversight to IRD’s expanding portfolio of food aid and food processing programs to ensure the highest quality according to international standard.
  • Develop relationships with international agencies, research institutions, foundations, multi-lateral organizations, non-profit agencies, private sector companies, and government ministries to support IRD’s programming.
  • Along with the IRD program development team, identify potential sources of funding for specific for food and nutrition-related activities; participate in proposal writing, and reporting to the international donor community.
  • Recommend strategic directions for the Program especially relating to food and nutrition activities and their interface with other components (i.e. agriculture, income generation) of the SFAS program.
  • Conduct outreach/networking with food and nutrition communities, both domestic and international institutions and the interested public as required.

III.   Minimum Qualifications

  • MS degree (PhD preferred) with specialization in food technology and human nutrition.
  • Minimum 10 years working experience in developing countries, with experience in private sector development.
  • Good knowledge and understanding of the links between food fortification and nutrition, in particular on the role of food fortification in integrated strategies to combat macro- and micronutrient deficiency disorders.
  • Good interpersonal communication skills, writing ability and administrative skills; and ability to work in multidisciplinary teams.
  • Substantial international travel
  • Excellent written and spoken English.
  • Already posses the legal right to work in the United States. IRD will NOT sponsor applicants.

IV. Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in supervising food and nutrition research projects in developing countries.
  • Good understanding of private sector development.

V.  To Apply
Please apply online at under “Careers/Headquarters Positions” reference, “Senior Technical Advisor – Food Technology and Nutrition”

Here’s the job description.

Also, the link to apply is here:


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