JOB: IMMANA Research Assistant

Research Assistant for the IMMANA programme
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine 

The IMMANA programme at LCIRAH is looking for a part-time Research Assistant. The ideal candidate will have experience conducting research on issues relevant to IMMANA, and will have prepared publications or policy briefs and reports that effectively synthesise evidence for a scientific and/or policy audience in an international development context. 

Duration: This is a 0.5 FTE post initially available until June 2016.

Salary: Starting salary will be for a grade 5 position, £32,324 (pro rata) inclusive per annum. Access to a pension scheme and interest free season ticket loan, sports and social facilities are available.

How to apply:

Applications should be made by email and include: a CV, cover letter, and details of two referees. 

Closing date: Closing date for applications is 12 October 2015 (midnight London time). Interviews will be held on 19 October in London. The successful candidate will be expected to start by 1 November. 

JOB SUMMARY:

The purpose of the position is to support the work of IMMANA and the ANH Academy, by undertaking analysis and synthesis of research in agriculture and food systems for improved nutrition. Duties will include identifying and researching issues of current or potential interest to IMMANA and the ANH Academy, producing critical analyses and summaries, and drafting and disseminating various types of research documents. The job will involve close collaboration with research groups across national and international programmes, monitoring and summarising new developments in the field. 

Reporting to: Suneetha Kadiyala, IMMANA PI (dotted line to IMMANA Research Uptake Manager)

MAIN DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

Supporting the ANH Academy Working Groups:
•    Work with the IMMANA PI and IMMANA Research Uptake Manager to identify themes and champions for ANH Academy Working Groups
•    Provide the Working Groups with research support, including gathering information, scoping and conducting literature reviews
•    Help the Working Groups produce technical and policy briefs on specific research methods and issues in agriculture, nutrition and health. 

Supporting IMMANA-wide research and uptake activities:
•    Support the IMMANA PI with other research activities that may arise
•    Contribute to the programme’s research uptake activities by producing presentations and blogs.

Skills (essential):
•    Proven ability to conduct, synthesise and summarise systematic literature searches relevant to agriculture, nutrition and health. 
•    Excellent analytical, writing and editing skills, including experience of report preparation, preparation of research or policy briefings, and of producing documents for scientific and non-scientific audiences.
•    Ability to attend international meetings as required.
•    Excellent planning and organisational skills, including a proven ability to work with geographically remote international teams, and the ability to deliver accurate, compelling research to tight deadlines. 
•    Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to establish effective working relationships with professionals from a wide variety of backgrounds and at all levels of seniority.
•    Educated to at least Masters level in a relevant subject.

Skills (desirable):
•    Experience of working in an international development context with institutions in low and middle income countries.
•    Broad knowledge and understanding of the research and/ or higher education environment, and of relevant governmental, intergovernmental or civil society programmes.
•    A PhD or relevant experience, with publications indicating a significant contribution to the field.

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