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Research Project Officer

Job Title: Research Project

Organization: Action Against Hunger / Action contre la Faim – Canada

Report To: Project
Manager, Research, Innovation and Technology

Location: Toronto, ON (or
remote based in Ontario or Quebec)

Job Type: Full-Time,
1-year contract with a possibility of extension

Work Hours: 37.5-hours
per week. *(Flexibility is required to work
outside regular office hours if needed.)

Salary: CAD 55K – 60K
per annum


Founded in 1979, Action Against Hunger is a global humanitarian
organization that takes decisive action against the causes and effects of
hunger. Our mission is to save the lives of severely malnourished children
while helping communities become self-sufficient. Recognized as a world leader
in the fight against malnutrition, Action Against Hunger has pursued its vision
of a world without hunger for almost four decades, combating hunger in
emergency situations of conflict, natural disaster, and chronic food insecurity.
With more than 8,000 staff in nearly 50 countries, our programs in nutrition,
food security, livelihoods, water, sanitation, and hygiene, reach more than 20
million people each year.


Since 2007, Action Against Hunger Canada has provided leadership on the
development and implementation of one of the world’s leading nutrition survey
methodologies: SMART (Standardized Monitoring and Assessment of Relief and
Transition). The project has built the capacity of over 1,500 health workers around
the world on how to apply this methodology when conducting nutrition and
mortality surveys. The SMART global project works closely with the Global
Nutrition Cluster membership to ensure the accessibility of a wide range of
tools, technical guidance and learning on the methodology. All SMART
initiatives are targeted towards humanitarian and development stakeholders
conducting surveys using the methodology.


Action Against Hunger Canada is the co-host of the Technical Support Team
Coordination Unit of Global Nutrition Cluster Technical Alliance. The Technical
Support Team (TST) of the Global Nutrition Cluster (GNC) Technical Alliance is
an initiative to support practitioners in improving the quality of nutrition in
an emergency (NiE) preparedness, response, and recovery by providing
coordinated, accessible, and timely technical support, through multiple
channels when requested.


The Research Project
Officer will be responsible to support the development of key background research
which contributes to greater understanding of issues impacting malnutrition.


Technical support

§ Act as the technical focal point for nutrition meta-analysis
with a lens on gender.

§ Develop an in-depth understanding of the intersectionality
between nutrition and gender.

§ Conduct literature reviews, research, and analyses.

§ Analyze and organize technical data and reports and compile
summary information.

§ Provide support in identifying and standardizing information
sources that would inform meta-analyses.

§ Prepare comprehensive outlines/protocols for data collection

§ Support the development of surveys for scoping exercises to
determine data availability at the country level.

§ Coordinate the data collection process from various

§ Support the development of criteria that will be used to
evaluate the quality and applicability of the data.

§ Co-lead discussions with various stakeholders to determine
the appropriate analytical framework and methodology.

§ Support the development of research protocols.

§ Perform complex statistical analyses to respond to various
research questions.

§ Lead and support write up of technical reports and papers,
research summaries, abstracts, and articles.

§ Provide technical feedback on produced reports.

§ Facilitate the dissemination of findings and coordinate
knowledge management and learning.


§ Collaborate with communications team members to identify
relevant content and opportunities related to meta-analyses.

§ Collaborate with the SMART Global Team to identify priorities
for further technical advancements.


§ Attend planning sessions, nutrition department meetings and
annual performance reviews as required.

§ Keep up to date with technical nutrition developments within
the humanitarian sector and share information with the program team.

§ Pro-active exchange and collaboration with Action Against
Hunger Canada team members.

§ Identify gaps, resource needs and work closely with the line
manager for revision of plans.

§ Ensure an on-going process of personal professional
development and learning.


Master’s Degree in
Epidemiology/Statistics/Public Health/Nutrition or a combination of relevant
study and work experience.

Minimum 3 years of research
experience and a track record of publications in high-impact peer-reviewed

Strong expertise in statistical
analysis and coding with the following preferred software (but not limited to):

Demonstrated experience in
submitting research articles to peer-review journals.

Demonstrated experience in data

Demonstrated experience in using
online data collection tools such as, but not limited to, Open Data Kit, Kobo toolbox,


Fluency in written and oral English
(fluency in French will be considered an asset).

Excellent analytical skills.

Advanced knowledge of epidemiology
and statistics.

Ability to solve intellectual
problems of appreciable variety and complexity using originality and ingenuity.

Ability to assess priorities and
competently complete a variety of activities with a high level of accuracy and

Ability to work independently and
under tight deadlines, and to multi-task.

Ability to exercise appreciable
latitude for independent judgment and action.

Excellent communication skills with
a proven ability to effectively interact and coordinate with all levels of

Ability to work successfully in a
team environment and develop relationships with co-workers through effective

Positive attitude and demonstration of cultural awareness,
diplomacy, and tact.

Experience working in complex
environments with a high degree of organizational effectiveness.

Demonstrated understanding and
commitment to humanitarian principles and gender equality.

Excellent knowledge of MS Office
Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).

Against Hunger Canada is committed to the creation of a diverse and inclusive
workplace. We actively welcome applications from Indigenous persons, persons
with disabilities, visible minorities, women, persons of all sexual
orientations and genders. If you are invited to continue the selection process,
please notify our human resources representative of any accommodation or
special measures that you may require.

Against Hunger Canada is committed to promoting the well-being of people around
the world and focuses its efforts on saving lives through the elimination of
hunger. To that end, we uphold the principles of independence, neutrality,
non-discrimination, unrestricted access to assistance, professionalism, and
transparency in all our operations. We have ZERO TOLERANCE towards any behavior
violating our Code of Conduct, including workplace violence, harassment and
sexual harassment, any form of exploitation and abuse, corruption, fraud, and
any behavior lacking integrity.

Against Hunger Canada is committed to safeguarding children and adults in the communities
where we work. Our safeguarding commitment is to ensure that children and
adults are protected from both deliberate and unintentional harm or abuse
caused by Action Against Hunger staff, including the Prevention from Sexual
Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA).

In an
effort to safeguard children and adults in communities we work, our offers of
employment are conditional on successfully clearing background checks that
may include, but are not limited to, criminal records, vulnerable sector
screening, and employment references.

If you
are interested in this position, please apply online by 12:00 AM EST, Sunday, November
21, 2021, using the following link:

We thank
all applicants for their interest in this opportunity; however, only those
selected for an interview will be contacted.

To learn more about
Action Against Hunger, visit our website at