Emory University Public Health Program Asc, Sr in atlanta, Georgia
The Global Fortification Data Exchange (GFDx) compiles, analyzes and visualizes country-level data on food fortification at a global level. Its objective is to enable a data-driven approach to decision making around development, program design and delivery, program monitoring and evaluation, research and the allocation of resources for fortification programs.
GFDx Version 1 was collaboratively developed by the Food Fortification Initiative (FFI), the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), the Iodine Global Network (IGN) and the Micronutrient Forum; collectively called the Core Group. It was launched in September 2017 atand includes data on country legislation, fortification standards and availability and consumption of five staple foods and condiments: maize flour, oil, rice, salt and wheat flour.
GFDx Version 2 is expected to be launched by the end of 2018 or early 2019 and will include an expanded suite of indicators, including data on regulatory monitoring, fortification quality and coverage, for all applicable countries of the world. The scope of food and condiments may also be expanded.
Four key areas of work are planned for the next phase of the GFDx:
Develop and implement a GFDx data collection protocol at scale globally to generate data for GFDx indicators on a regular and recurrent basis,
Identify best practices for country-level use of fortification data for inclusion in GFDx,
Expand the list of indicators in the GFDx for launch of Version 2; and
Secure a permanent hosting site for the GFDx and develop a data stewardship sustainability plan.
A unique aspect of the GFDx work to date is that it has involved the close collaboration of the four organizations within the Core Group, and broader participation of the Global Fortification Technical Advisory group (GF-TAG). Such collaboration is essential not only for the development of the GFDx, but also to better support country fortification programs and mirrors the reality in countries where better coordination enables greater planning and implementation efficiency. Ultimately the GFDx aspires to establish a model of inter-agency collaboration and data-driven decision making that could be replicated at country level for the benefit of the design, implementation and subsequently the impact of fortification programs.
Through a unique relationship between FFI and Emory University, a position is available for hire through Emory University. This person will provide support to FFI’s work for the GFDx and more broadly in grain fortification.
A Senior Public Health Program Associate is sought to lead the FFI-specific tasks in the next phase of the GFDx, to support the GFDx Project Manager in administrative and logistics tasks, and to contribute to other FFI projects and activities. This position will be full-time for at least 9 months. The person will be based at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America.
Lead FFI’s activities as they relate to a harmonized data-collection system for maize flour, oil, rice, salt and wheat flour. This includes the following activities:
Pilot test the harmonized GFDx data collection protocol with a variety of situations to gather experience and lessons learned.
Implement GFDx data collection protocol globally.
Manage updates to FFI’s REDCap database for wheat flour, maize flour and rice fortification and corresponding visualizations on the GFDx website. This includes the following activities:
Finalize indicators and incorporate them into the REDCap database.
Conduct quality control check of data collected by GFDx data collection protocol.
Enter data into Redcap data-entry system for automatic transfer to the GFDx website.
Coordinate communications among the Emory REDCap staff and the FFI, IGN and GAIN staff in relation to the REDCap database for the GFDx data housed at Emory University. This includes supporting the following activities:
Finalize indicators and incorporate them into the REDCap database.
Automate data transfer from REDCap to the GFDx website.
Harmonize database management protocols and make them available to each of the Core Group members.
Support the GFDx Project Manager to provide overall management and operational support for implementation of the workplan, including establishing schedules and sending out reminders for meetings, and attending and rapporteuring meetings of the Core Group. The following activities involve Core Group meetings:
Convene a Core Group meeting to design one or more harmonized GFDx data collection protocol(s), to update all GFDx indicators.
Engage in Core Group planning to implement GFDx data collection protocol, including agreement on roles and responsibilities, country contact points, collaboration with other partners, etc.
Convene a Core Group meeting to develop consensus on key features and principles on how countries may use data to foster integration of food fortification program activities at country level.
Convene a Core Group meeting to discuss new indicators and develop common definitions and criteria.
Function as key for all Core Group meetings to document critical discussions. This includes the following activities:
Attend all Core Group meetings which will be held mainly via teleconference; a few meetings may be held in person domestically or overseas.
Document opportunities to further explore in future GFDx iterations.
Document criteria for permanent host, terms of reference for host, list of potential hosting organizations and analysis of organizations.
Reach a decision on preferred hosting organization.
Develop a list of issues to finalize with hosting organization.
Prepare a Memorandum of Understanding with host organization.
Document the workplan and agreement among Core Group members which will enable ongoing data collection.
Complete other tasks that help advance FFI’s mission and vision in grain fortification.
Experience working with a multi-institutional collaboration.
Demonstrated critical thinking and analytical skills.
Excellent English-language speaking and writing.
Excellent management and organizational skills.
Hold at least one degree in a health-related field.
Experience entering data into a database or analyzing data from a database.
Knowledge of fortification or nutrition desirable, but not necessary.
Additionally, the person should hold a valid passport for international travel.
JOB DESCRIPTION: Independently uses a specialized knowledge of, and experience, with public health principles to analyze, develop, implement, and promote solutions to public health issues/problems. Collects and analyzes data. Prepares proposals, protocols, data analysis plans, reports, manuscripts, and presentation of study findings. Addresses public health issues by providing education, technical assistance, advocacy, public awareness, and research. Works with programs or studies designed to evaluate the prevalence or surveillance of public health issues and the effectiveness of targeted interventions. May coordinate clinical study sites to ensure compliance with patient recruitment and data collection standards. May provide technical assistance to organizations to include presentations, websites, strategies, and educational forums to address specific public health issues. May design, develop, and conduct targeted training initiatives. May collaborate with external organizations to develop action plans and goals to achieve specific objectives. Identifies new potential projects, studies or partners. Performs related responsibilities as required.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: A master's degree in public health, a master's of science degree in public health or health education, or a master's in development practice from an accredited school and three years of relevant applied public health experience.
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Job Number 17815
Job Type Regular Full-Time
Division School Of Public Health
Department SPH: Global Health
This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues: Not Applicable
Job Category Business Operations
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