Project Manager

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), New Delhi, India

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
11th February, 2019

Job Description

Job Summary:

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a qualified candidate to fill the position of Project Manager for the Poverty, Health and Nutrition Division. Working in close collaboration with senior researchers from the Poverty, Health and Nutrition Division at IFPRI’s New Delhi office and at IFPRI’s Washington, D.C. office, the Project Manager will support a program of work that is part of the global Data for Decisions to Expand Nutrition Transformation (DataDENT) project. DataDENT is an initiative to support and strengthen the use of data for nutrition globally and in India, Bangladesh and other countries.

The project manager will work closely with senior researchers at IFPRI who are engaged in this program of work and help to manage IFPRI’s partnership with Johns Hopkins University (who lead the program). Major duties include project coordination, internal management of work plans and helping to deliver project outputs such as data summaries, reports, convenings, project reports, journal manuscripts and more.

This position is a one-year, fixed-term, renewable appointment, based at IFPRI’s regional office in New Delhi, India. Travel within India, to Bangladesh, and to the USA are anticipated as part of this program of work. Interested applicants must have work authorization to work in India.

Essential Duties:

  • Coordinate and liaise between IFPRI research team and DataDENT partners to maintain effective coordination of work plans
  • Work closely with DataDENT partners in developing, updating, and executing work plans related to:
  • Data analysis, consolidation and review for tracking issues related to measurement of coverage of nutrition interventions in India and across countries,
  • Country engagement to inform and support nutrition information and data system needs, with country focus on India and Bangladesh
  • Generation of global public goods such as journal manuscripts, technical briefs and presentations to support improved nutrition program and policy-related measurement and data availability
  • Development of focused research studies related to nutrition intervention measurement
  • Preparation of monthly updates and reports (program deliverables), briefs and other research products for dissemination
  • Manage project calendar/workplan and manage deliverables and activities to ensure on-time delivery of products and reports
  • Conduct literature reviews and prepare presentation materials
  • Communicate and respond to partners and collaborators requests
  • Plan, develop, and provide logistical coordination for program meetings
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent advanced degree in Public Health, Nutrition, Public Policy, Public Administration, Development Studies, or related fields with relevant work plus five years of post-Masters relevant experience.
  • Experience conducting or managing health or nutrition research projects
  • Good knowledge of health systems and a strong interest in maternal and child health and nutrition
  • Program/ management skills: demonstrated experience in successfully coordinating multiple research-related activities and managing deliverables.
  • High level of comfort with data, including at least some experience working with data to develop presentations, briefs and more.
  • Demonstrated experience in interacting and communicating with various stakeholders (donors, governments, non-governmental organizations and research organizations) and diverse audiences
  • Excellent writing and communication skills in English
  • Excellent computer skills and experience using statistical packages, especially Excel or other data visualization and presentation tools
  • Ability to work independently, and pay close attention to detail.
  • Good interpersonal skills, high energy, ability to multi-task and work well with people
  • Willingness and ability to travel, including to rural areas, and internationally

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with international and national organizations
  • Knowledge of global health and nutrition goals and strategies, and major nutrition indicators and interventions
  • Experience with Stata, Tableau and other data visualization tools are welcome, but not essential.


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