Research Dietitian Consultant Opportunity in Western Kenya

Posted by | 10.16.2013

Job Title:
Research dietitian consultant

To begin immediately and continue for 2 months

The position will be based at Family AIDS Care and Education Services (FACES), an HIV care and treatment program in Nyanza province in western Kenya, and activities will be focused around one urban and several rural sites.

Job Description:
This is a short-term (approximately 2 months) full time consultancy position based in Nyanza province, Kenya.  Our ongoing research includes an NIH-funded longitudinal study examining the role of nutrition in pregnant women with HIV infection, and the implications on the health of their infants.  We are interested in estimating the dietary intake and clinical, social and other contextual factors that influence such intake among HIV-seropositive and HIV-negative women and their infants in this setting.  This position will involve interviewing women, with the assistance of a local translator if necessary, to obtain a dietary history of usual intake, including appetite cues and self-reported appetite sensations, household level barriers to food and micronutrient security, clinical status including signs and symptoms of malnutrition that will form the basis for the use of dietary intake methodology appropriate in this setting.

·       Registered Dietitian
·       Knowledge of and experience using dietary intake estimation methods including dietary histories, 24-hour recalls
·       Knowledge of analysis of 24 hour recall data using nutrient databases
·       Attention to detail in observations, data collection and reporting
·       Ability to effectively manage simultaneous or changing priorities; meet deadlines
·       Cross-cultural experience is a highly desired asset
·       Research experience an asset, or demonstrated ability to work as an integral member of an interdisciplinary team
·       Swahili or Luo competency an asset

Compensation package
Stipend commensurate with experience. All local study related expenses (e.g. travel to household interviews, computer access, mobile phone credit) will be reimbursed to the consultant upon presentation of receipts and based on prior approval by the study supervisor. The consultant is responsible for their own room and board and health insurance.  The consultant’s roundtrip transport costs to study site will be provided.  Additional benefits include the opportunity to contribute as an author to research manuscripts, involvement in subsequent clinical studies, and the ability to build a competitive C.V. for future research and/or educational opportunities.

How to Apply
Applicants should send a cover letter describing their dietetic, research and cross-cultural experiences, curriculum vitae, and contact details of three references.  This position is open to U.S. and non-citizen nationals.

Review of applications will begin immediately (posted 10/16/2013)

Joann M. McDermid, MSc, PhD, RD


Sera Young, MA, PhD