Research Fellow - Nutrition

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 30 July 2018

Job Description

CSIS seeks a highly motivated Fellow to support both teams on their individual and collective nutrition portfolios (75% food security; 25% global health). This is a new, temporary, one-year position that will be a part of the Global Food Security Team, reporting to the Director, but will also collaborate closely and purposefully with the Global Health Policy Center, particularly the Deputy and Associate Directors.

The Fellow will be expected to be knowledgeable of and able to bridge the health and food security issues. The Fellow’s substantive portfolio will be driven by his/her background but is likely to be informed by these strategic priority areas for both teams:

  • The prioritization of nutrition within U.S. government foreign assistance investments, the role of U.S. engagement in global structures, and global and U.S. financing.
  • Data gaps across the nutrition paradigm but particularly on the needs of adolescent girls and young women.
  • The business case for U.S. and partner government investment in nutrition as a building block of broader food, health, and development programs.
  • The opportunities and challenges of integrating nutrition with food security, health, and development strategies/priorities.

Within the substantive portfolio, responsibilities include drafting and finalizing short, medium, and full-length pieces of policy analysis, qualitative data analysis, and international travel to conduct field research. The Fellow is expected to help shape research projects in accordance with the overall nutrition strategy in tandem and independently by our global food security and global health work streams, and to maintain a high level of scholarship in a dynamic, fast-paced environment. Work includes synthesizing large amounts of information and tailoring messages to different audiences, including policy makers, international donors, and the advocacy community. The Fellow will work on several projects simultaneously, in addition to responding to daily demands.

Interested applicants please submit your resume, cover letter that speaks directly to interest and experience in the substantive areas listed above, and a short writing sample (no more than five pages) at Closing date is August 25, 2018. For more information on the Global Food Security Project, please visit: For more information on the Global Health Policy Center, please visit:


Essential functions may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Contribute to the intellectual vitality of the Center by producing work which embodies the CSIS principles of scholarly independence, objective analysis, political bipartisanship, and policy impact.
  • Prepare, edit, and review thoughtful, content-rich publications, including commentaries, critical questions, working papers, and analytical pieces that contribute to policy debates in Congress, the Executive Branch, and the international sphere.
  • Design, organize, and lead international research trip(s) to inform publications.
  • Collaborate with both the Global Food Security Project and the Global Health Policy Center to ensure that nutrition is elevated as well as integrated appropriately within the current research streams.
  • Edit and fact-check program materials with a critical perspective and strong attention to detail.
  • Build and engage external network of key stakeholders who work in global nutrition.
  • Maintain working knowledge of trends in nutrition development to assess implications on U.S. leadership and policy. Keep apprised of academic, technical, programmatic, and policy literature in the nutrition space.
  • Generate and develop ideas for research projects, events, and speakers and for how both the Global Food Security Project and the Global Health Policy Center can best advance nutrition in the future.
  • Represent CSIS and disseminate work by participating in formal and informal channels such as Congressional engagement, industry conferences, external lecture opportunities, roundtable discussions, etc.


  • M.A. in relevant field (e.g. nutrition, global health, international development/affairs,) and a minimum of seven years of relevant experience required.
  • Strong knowledge and experience analyzing U.S. policy and/or foreign assistance programming in nutrition, food security, and global health required.
  • Knowledge of how the international development industry, including donors and implementing partners, operate.
  • Experience working in developing countries strongly preferred.
  • Deep familiarity with academic, technical, and policy literature pertaining to global nutrition security essential.
  • Familiarity with key sources of relevant data including major statistical repositories and household surveys.
  • Must possess strong verbal and written communication skills including the ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from constituency groups, media, governmental entities, and the general public, including senior-level representatives of the U.S. Government, international organizations, and foreign governments.
  • Must possess superior research and strong analytic skills with demonstrated ability to write coherent research reports, concept papers, and short analyses independently, on deadline, and in clear, simple language. A body of published work preferred.
  • Ability to write, think, and operate independently.
  • Ability to operate under pressure and in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to interact with and respond to questions from a range of individuals with diverse interests, backgrounds and dispositions.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Must possess a self-starting, entrepreneurial mind-set and be able to work well independently and in teams.
  • Candidates should possess sound judgment and impeccable integrity, positive attitude and creative outlook.

About the Organization

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is a non-profit, bipartisan public policy organization established in 1962 to address international policy issues and to provide policy options and solutions. CSIS is one of the largest organizations of its kind, with a staff of roughly 200 employees, including more than 100 analysts tracking policy issues and developments in countries across the globe.

The Global Food Security Project aims to enrich the level of dialogue surrounding challenges to hunger, poverty, and malnutrition and help develop both the policy solutions and political will to address them. The Global Health Policy Center works with diverse stakeholders to make U.S. global health efforts more strategic, integrated, and sustainable, as well as to raise awareness of global health and its importance to U.S. national security. The programs overlap and collaborate on nutrition, looking at the issue from wide-ranging perspectives of health, food security, agriculture, and fortification, as well as sub-issues of governance, financing, data, and its role as a building block of other critical development investments.

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