Technical Advisor for Emergency Food and Nutrition
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Nutrition research has economic impact
The incumbent must have expertise in food security and nutrition in chronic and transitory food insecure environments, as well as its links with long-term food security programs. The Technical Advisor (TA) reports directly to the CARE’s Senior Advisor for Emergency Food Security and works closely with the Emergency Humanitrian Assistance Team (EHAT) staff and other concerned PPLA staff, partiuclalry in FLJ but also with SRMH and Gender Equity & Empowerment teams. S/he will also have contacts with relevant staff in RMUs, COs and other CI food security units including CARE UK, CARE Canada, CARE Austaralia and CARE’s Emergency Group (CEG). Responsibilities: Support the implementation of the CARE International’s Emergency Food and Nutrition Security Strategy. Provide surge support to CARE’s Country Offices, especially those at high risks of disasters. Provide support in capacity development and training to CARE and its staff. The TA is expected to play a critical role in supporting the development of CARE’s technical capacity and CARE’s and its partners staff capacity as well.
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‘Grandfather‘of nutrition goes into retirement
Food accessibility (where foods are sold, what types of foods are available, and their proximity to the consumer), affordability, marketing, and culture all have a significant influence on an individuals food choices and diet quality. In addition to the research agenda, ASN identified five cross-cutting tools that are essential to advance nutrition research to the next level in the 21st century: omics (genomics, proteomics, or metabolomics); bioinformatics; databases; biomarkers; and, cost effectiveness analysis. The development of new tools will let researchers more effectively quantify dietary intake and food waste and quantify the impact of current nutrition standards, such as the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs). Without development of these tools, cutting-edge, translatable research in nutrition science will not occur.
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For me to have been able to develop a programme for the Department of Animal and Food Science of the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID), was indeed a thing of joy for me. Working through the past 35 years, first as a teacher and administrator at the level of developing programmes for the take-off of the Department of Animal and Food Science, which later metamorphosed into department of Food Science Technology at the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID), as well as developing the curriculum and programme for the take off of the present College of Food Science and Human Ecology at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) was not a mean one. Even at that, Prof Oguntona said: Nutrition is a profession I look back at and I cherish with nostalgia. I will surely miss that real passion for teaching in my retirement but then the good thing is I am not going to entirely quit teaching. In the first instance, I already have a year consultancy with FUNAAB and I will take postgraduate students and afterwards, I will take on to some other things, which would unfold. In his active 35 years of developing nutrition in Nigeria, he said he considers his major achievements that give him intense satisfaction to include initiating and, galvanising the establishment of nutrition programmes in many Nigerian educational institutions. I have published (with another colleague) the only text on the Composition of Foods commonly consumed in Nigeria. The only truly national survey of Food Consumption and Nutritional Status of Nigerians were conducted between 2001 and 2003 by a team of which I was the zonal co-ordinator. That was a seminal work that surveyed families in every nook and cranny of this country and it is an indication of the state of commitment of the cognate federal ministries to Nutrition issues that such a survey has not been attempted ten years after.
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