Senior Research Advisor -- GAIN, London /Washington DC

This position is a key part of the build out of the Business Platform for Nutrition Research (BPNR), a new public-private partnership, which GAIN manages as Secretariat. The Business Platform for Nutrition Research (BPNR) is a multi-stakeholder platform for defining, funding and disseminating new research to improve nutrition. It has been created in response to the challenge that funding for nutrition-related research and development (R&D) is dramatically underinvested, both by the public sector and the private sector.

Responsibilities
Research identification, prioritization and contracting:
• Based on the research ideas articulated by business stakeholder groups, develop and maintain up-to-date reviews of published and on-going research and collaborations relevant to each research streams and based on that information, identify potential research questions for discussion among stakeholders.
• Propose methods for research contracting to stakeholder groups and lead procurement processes, via call for proposals and/or identifying academic institutions for research contracting.
• Identify and propose to the stakeholders new research streams.
• Lead, manage, and quality assure for all aspects of research contracted via the BPNR.
Communication and research dissemination:
• Publish research reviews based on research streams, BPNR procedures and other relevant topics in peer reviewed journals, on the Web, in technical reports and other media as appropriate.
• Participate as appropriate in research dissemination and translation, via presentations, publications and others media as appropriate.
• Support technical content and quality assurance of all communications related to BPNR research.
• Represent and promote the BPNR with donors, businesses, academic community among others.
Fundraising and donor accountability:
• Lead and support proposal writing.
• Support report preparation for donor accountability.

Experience
• Substantial  experience in research design, implementation, management; hands-on research experience in resource constrained settings essential
• Demonstrable publication record; publications directly relevant for knowledge translation
• Experience with research within the food industry an asset

Skills & Attributes
• In-depth knowledge of nutrition and/or public health, and diverse research methodologies
• Strong scientific writing skills (proposals and publications); understanding and experience in evidence translation
• Strong project management skills; experience developing and managing budgets for research essential
• Very organized, able to manage high pressure deliverables and capable to work independently
• Fluency in English essential (written and spoken)

Education
• Doctoral level training in nutrition or public health or other relevant field

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