Epidemiologist - Rollins School of Public Health

Updated: 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime

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The Food Fortification Initiative (FFI) is a Center at the Rollins School of Public Health.  FFI provides technical assistance to partners in multiple countries in planning, implementing or monitoring fortification programs to prevent malnutrition. The FFI vision of “smarter, stronger, healthier people worldwide by improving vitamin and mineral nutrition” originated with an Emory University professor more than 20 years ago.  FFI is a partner in two collaborations:  the Global Fortification Data Exchange (GFDx) and USAID Advancing Food Fortification Opportunities to Reinforce Diets (AFFORD).  

 

JOB DESCRIPTION:

  • Provides technical and scientific expertise for programs in the areas of communicable disease, chronic disease and environmental epidemiology.
  • Designs, conducts and reports on the epidemiological study of diseases, collects and analyzes data and develops health education materials.
  • Manages and participates in investigations and surveys that have national and international impact.
  • Conducts program research and prepares operational and statistical reports.
  • May write publishable articles and papers.
  • Serves as a liaison to and works with other groups and organizations participating in related programs.
  • May travel internationally to supervise field operations.
  • Performs related responsibilities as required.

ADDITIONAL JOB DETAILS:


FFI aspires to hire an Epidemiologist. She / he will be responsible for the following activities.
 
For the GFDx:
  • Lead the incorporation of micronutrient availability data, based on Food Balance Sheet information, into the GFDx database for up to 196 countries and 29 micronutrients. 
  • Lead the incorporation of micronutrient intake data, based on the FAO GIFT project, into the GFDx database for up to 196 countries and 29 micronutrients.
  • Review data related to cereal grain fortification and address related queries that may arise on GFDx. 
  • Provide communications support and expertise when requested by the GFDx communications coordinator. 
  • Conduct and/or oversee research leading to the development of at least two reports or scientific papers based on the GFDx data. 
  • Participate in a scientific conference where GFDx products will be disseminated. 
  • Participate in regular GFDx Core Group meetings to plan, review, and provide updates on project activities. 
  • Support preparations and participate in grant update calls with donor. 
  • Review and provide input to all donor deliverables related to this project.
  • Supervise graduate students to support the above activities.

For AFFORD:
  • Support the design, implementation, quality control, analysis and dissemination of market assessment of fortified food in Madagascar and Zambia.  
  • Support the development of deliverables to the donor and other activities related to knowledge management.

The Epidemiologist will contribute 100% effort (total) for 24 months on these projects.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A doctoral degree in a field related to area of research or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. International travel required.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • PhD in nutrition or closely related field.
  • Professional experience in addressing micronutrient deficiencies, food-based approaches to reduce micronutrient malnutrition, and both qualitative and quantitative research.
  • Advanced epidemiologic and biostatistics skills.
  • Experience with using SAS, R, Stata, and MAXQDA.
  • Experience leading projects and providing technical support to projects in low- and middle-income countries.  
  • Strong oral and written communication skills; excellent demonstrated interpersonal skills. 
  • Proven track record of publishing in both peer-review and grey literature.
  • Experience working on policy development.
  • Experience supervising and mentoring junior colleagues.
  • Fluency in English (spoken and written) and at least one other United Nations language.

NOTE: This role will be granted the opportunity to work from home regularly but must be able to commute to Emory University on a flexible weekly schedule based upon business needs.  Schedule is based on agreed upon guidelines of department. This role requires residency in the state of GA. Emory reserves the right to change remote work status with notice to employee.



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