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RESEARCH PROJECT MGR, WORLD FOOD POLICY CENTER (WFPC)

Req ID:  47981
Date: 
Location: 

Durham, NC, US, 27710

Personnel Area:  UNIVERSITY

Duke University:

 

Duke University was created in 1924 through an indenture of trust by James Buchanan Duke. Today, Duke is regarded as one of America’s leading research universities. Located in Durham, North Carolina, Duke is positioned in the heart of the Research Triangle, which is ranked annually as one of the best places in the country to work and live. Duke has more than 15,000 students who study and conduct research in its 10 undergraduate, graduate and professional schools. With about 40,000 employees, Duke is the third largest private employer in North Carolina, and it now has international programs in more than 150 countries.

 

Job Description
Research Project Manager, University (Duke Title)
(Job code 1007, Level 68)
World Food Policy Center
Sanford School of Public Policy
Duke University

 

Background
The World Food Policy Center (WFPC) is housed at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University and launched in July 2017. The WFPC bridges often disconnected areas of the food system to create change through convenings, research, evidence-based recommendations, transferrable models, community toolkits, and educational outreach. A major focus is on equity in the food system, using food as a means of economic development, and developing policies, programs, and practices that create progress on food insecurity, obesity, and the environmental impact of food production. This work is consistent with the principles of equitable food-oriented development (EFOD) (https://wfpc.sanford.duke.edu/projects/fair-food-durham-planning-equitable-food-oriented-development). EFOD is a development strategy that uses food and agriculture to create economic opportunities and healthy neighborhoods, and explicitly seeks to build community assets, pride, and power by and with historically marginalized communities. This work is part of a larger Equitable Food Communities initiative: https://wfpc.sanford.duke.edu/equitable-food-communities-bridging-people-policy-practice. Globally, WFPC’s work to bridge seafood and nutrition emphasizes the role that fisheries could play in achieving SDG2: https://wfpc.sanford.duke.edu/projects/contribution-fisheries-food-and-nutrition-security. We are engaged in projects that examine how to better arrange the global aid architecture for achieving Sustainable Development Goal #2 on ending hunger and improving sustainable agriculture. Other bridging-focused work includes developing best bet recommendations for the future of early childhood development & nutrition, and addressing food issues in faith institutions. The WFPC also specializes in designing and hosting convenings in a variety of formats: https://wfpc.sanford.duke.edu/convening-service. Convenings with world leaders have been held on a number issues. Additional information is available at https://wfpc.sanford.duke.edu.

 

Occupational Summary
The Research Scientist will: design and execute research related to WPFC projects and programs; support the WFPC team and key stakeholders in designing and carrying out studies; carry out their own portfolio of original research in alignment with WFPC strategic topic areas; publish the results of this work; and work with the team on funding opportunities. This position will be supervised by WFPC Director Kelly Brownell. 

 

Work Performed:
Research (70%)

Work collaboratively with the WFPC team on a variety of research methodologies that may include qualitative and quantitative studies; the design of data collection tools; program evaluation; and analysis of policy implications. 
Perform project management and serve as Principal Investigator on original research of your own that aligns with WFPC strategic topic areas. The WFPC is interested in examining original solutions to issues of equity in the food system (see https://wfpc.sanford.duke.edu/projects/durhams-food-history for more information). This may involve developing new metrics for examining the success of food systems interventions in light of concerns with equity, power and benefit, and root causes of food-related issues. Must be willing to learn, understand, and apply the use of a racial equity lens for research projects: https://www.bread.org/library/applying-racial-equity-lens-end-hunger
Maintain, manage, and analyze project data from multiple sources. 
Perform research to a high standard and in accordance with all institutional and federal regulations.
Keep up to date with relevant scientific and technical developments in WFPC strategic topic areas.
Liaise with research partners, community groups, and/or other relevant parties.
Oversee WFPC submissions to the Institutional Review Board.
Support project managers in developing and implementing data governance and privacy protocols for internal and external stakeholders.
Complete ad hoc data analysis requests in a timely and efficient manner. 
Supervise student research assistants.

 

Writing & Presenting (30%)
Write research papers, reports, briefs, memos, reviews, and summaries for a variety of audiences, depending on project goals. Contribute key data to project reports, briefs, and memos.
Publish in academic journals.
Track relevant funding opportunities in strategic topic areas for requests for proposals and prepare research proposals and funding applications.
Compile data reports for funders, department leadership, contracted partners, and other key internal and external stakeholders (as relevant to each project). 
Present research to other staff, faculty, community members, high-level officials, or other relevant stakeholders in a variety of formats.
Use business intelligence tools, such as Tableau and MS Excel, to display complex data and information in a simple, visual, and understandable format for internal and external stakeholders. 

 

Departmental Preferences

The most successful candidates will also possess the following experience, abilities, and skills:

Experience
•    Research experience related to study design, program evaluation, data analysis, or other work directly related to public health, nutrition, agriculture, and/or development activities
•    Publishing in peer-reviewed journals
•    Ability to communicate with non-academic audiences
•    Knowledge of and passion for food systems issues 
•    Knowledge of policy-making processes and demonstrated interest in making policy impact through research
•    Additional experiences can be considered such as using research to support leadership of communities of color, immigrants, and refugees; working with people of color, people with low incomes, immigrants and refugees; using community action-based-participatory research; and lived experience with food and equity issues. 

 

Skills
•    Managing databases, constructing data files, conducting and supervising data entry, and performing data edits/cleaning 
•    Writing skills and publication experience
•    Engaging with, listening to, and learning from a broad range of stakeholders, encouraging their meaningful participation  
•    Oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills 
•    Managing multiple tasks and projects as part of an interdisciplinary team and in collaboration with partners 
•    Understanding the benefits of community involvement in planning, implementation, and evaluations of projects, programs, and services 
•    Compiling and analyzing quantitative data (e.g. STATA, SPSS, SAS, R) and/or qualitative data (e.g. Atlas.ti, Nvivo) 
•    Patience, determination, flexibility, decisiveness
•    A logical and independent mind
•    Works well on a team

 

Additional Information
This position will require the ability to work a flexible schedule, as attendance at meetings in the evenings or weekends will be required at times. Some travel required. Persons with lived experience from a marginalized community are especially encouraged to apply.

 

Minimum Qualifications
Education and Experience

•    Minimum of bachelor's degree and eight years of research experience. Master’s Degree or PhD (in fields such as Public Health, Nutrition, Epidemiology, Public Policy, Agricultural Economics, Environmental Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, or a related field) is strongly preferred and can be substituted for years of experience.

 

 

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