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Recruiting IDS Research Fellow: Nutrition, Poverty and Vulnerability

IDS_logoThe Vulnerability and Poverty Reduction Team (VPR) is seeking to recruit one Fellow, focusing on nutrition and how this relates to poverty and vulnerability. A concern for related issues of food security would be welcome.

VPR team members share a concern to bring human beings to the centre of their analysis and their engagement with policy and practice. This involves understanding the experiences that men, women and children have of vulnerability, poverty and injustice. The approach not only values multi-disciplinary insights but sees these as necessary for a rounded understanding of the nature and dynamics of poverty and vulnerability. The team places importance on both generating empirical evidence and innovative conceptual thinking in efforts both to better understand the dynamics of poverty and vulnerability in specific social and environmental contexts. Both are seen as necessary to better engage with policy and practice in an effort to be more effective in reducing poverty, improving human wellbeing and enhancing social justice.

Tackling the neglected crisis of undernutrition is moving up the international development agenda. And yet the knowledge base on how to accelerate undernutrition reductions has stalled. Not enough is known about how to expand nutrition interventions in an equitable and sustainable way; how to leverage resources in agriculture; the ways in which social protection and health systems can improve nutrition outcomes, and how to create an enabling environment for the reduction of undernutrition.

IDS expects research fellows to contribute to our teaching programme, including the MA in Poverty and Development, to complement our research and policy advisory work. 

The successful candidate will be expected to have a doctoral level qualification in Economics, Public Health, Human Nutrition, Development Studies, Political Science or a related discipline (an outstanding research career and practical experience may be taken as equivalent to a doctoral qualification). The candidate should have an excellent research and publication record related to or relevant to nutrition, poverty and vulnerability. A proven capacity to work in a multi-disciplinary team, in policy environments, with overseas partners and practical experience in the field are also essential, and language abilities beyond English will be an advantage.

Salary: £32,528 - £55,000, full time
Closing: Tuesday 22nd February 2011 at 12 midday UK time
Telephone interviews: Monday 21st March 2011 
Interviews: Monday 4th April 2011

OFFICIAL APPLICATION FORMS ONLY, CVS ARE NOT ACCEPTED

For further information and to download an application form please click on the links below

IDS values diversity and is committed to equal opportunities; applications are welcome from all suitably qualified candidates who meet the stated criteria.

Visist IDS' website for details> here.

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