SPRING Nutrition Model Development Position – Short Term Assignment

Description: The Strengthening Partnerships, Results, and Innovations in Nutrition Globally Project (SPRING) focuses on the prevention of stunting and maternal and child anemia in the first 1,000 days of life. By providing state-of-the-art technical support, SPRING aims to strengthen country efforts to scale up high-impact nutrition practices and policies to improve maternal and child nutrition outcomes.

SPRING is funded by USAID under a five-year cooperative agreement. SPRING’s experienced implementation team consists of experts from JSI Research and Training Institute, Inc., Helen Keller International, The International Food Policy Research Institute, Save the Children, and The Manoff Group. For more information, see www.spring-nutrition.com. In support of our work, SPRING is seeking a hard-working, energetic individual to fill a short term position to support SPRING’s Nutrition Model Development. This position works within the SPRING Strategic Information (SI) Team, and involves primarily technical and some administrative responsibilities.

Responsibilities: The SPRING Nutrition Model Development (NMD) STA will work under the supervision of the SPRING Research and Evaluation Advisor to carry out a range of activities related to the development, building and managing of a series of mathematical models that will feed into the evaluation of nutrition interventions globally and also provide direction and information on nutrition investment decision making. The SPRING NMD STA will support the Research and Evaluation Advisor and a Health Economist in the development and execution of this model to assess the potential value and cost-effectiveness of leveraging nutrition interventions in the first 1,000 days to reduce NCD and obesity burden later in life. The position is based in either the JSI DC or JSI Boston office. A selection of activities that the SPRING NMD STA will be involved in may include:

Assist with the translation of economic and mathematical concepts to functional analysis methods Undertake programming and data sourcing for components of the models, including demographic, epidemiological and economic data Assist with data cleaning and data management Provide basic analysis of primary and secondary data using various statistical and decision analysis models (Stata, SPSS, TreeAge) Provide other analysis of data related to health costs, health systems, logistics systems, etc. Prepare tables and graphs for internal reports and external publications Prepare and proofread report text and bibliographies Assist with literature reviews for input variables in the models

Level of Effort: 20 days to support building of initial model, and an additional 40 days for completion of full model. Timeline: July – September for initial model, and potentially another 3-6 months for the full model.

Qualifications: 1. Masters/Advanced degree preferred. Degree should be related to quantitative analysis, statistical or mathematical modeling, econometrics or similar. 2. Familiarity with the principles and current approaches to statistical and mathematical modeling. 3. Experience in programming, data extrapolation techniques and data cleaning. 4. Fluent Excel and STATA/SPSS user preferred, with familiarity of pivot tables, formulas, etc. 5. Familiarity with decision analysis methods and software an advantage 6. Ability to work comfortably with TreeAge preferred but not essential – training will be provided. 6. Detail oriented, with good time management skills. 7. Ability to work effectively and harmoniously with people representing a wide range of personal and organizational cultures. 8. English fluency.

Apply: To apply for this position, please contact Amanda Pomeroy, SPRING Research and Evaluation Advisor at Aman...jsi.com


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