Nutrition Specialist

Before You Apply

Peace Corps Response positions are open to returned Volunteers or U.S. citizens with significant professional and technical experience.

Project Description

A Peace Corps Response Volunteer is needed to serve as a Nutrition Specialist for the International Potato Center (Centro Internacional de la Papa – CIP). CIP works with partners to achieve food security, well-being, and gender equity for poor people in root and tuber farming and food systems in the developing world through research and innovation in science, technology, and capacity strengthening. It’s program in Malawi, “Root and Tuber Crops for Agricultural Transformation in Malawi” (RTC-ACTION Malawi), aims to increase the contributions of root and tuber crops to food security, nutrition, and incomes in Malawi. RTC-ACTION is the CIP office responsible for the promotion of Orange Flesh Sweet Potatoes (OFSP) in the 10 southern districts of Malawi. Different studies have shown the nutritional value of potatoes and there is need for increased awareness to communities on the value of OFSP and preparation methods.

A Nutrition Specialist with at least 3 years’ experience in nutrition programs and 2 years’ experience in community outreach in a low-resource area is needed to support CIP’s capacity in developing OFSP recipes, community outreach, and raising awareness to promote consumption and improve the use of OFSP. He or she will also develop a support system for PCVs working on initiatives supported by CIP, create communication materials promoting OFSP, and facilitate trainings for CIP, government staff, PCVs, and other nutritional leaders in communities. The main goal of the assignment is to promote the consumption and production of Orange Flesh Sweet Potatoes to local communities.

Please note that this position is one of several that will depart for service in Malawi at the same time. It is unlikely that the departure date will change but applicants will be notified if the date does change. Please only apply if you are available on the date listed and if you can serve for the entire duration of the project.

Partner Information

International Potato Centre (Centro Internacional de la Papa) - CIP

Required Skills

• Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition, Food Science/Dietics, Agriculture or related fields
• 3 years’ experience in nutrition programs, including policy, research, and outreach/communictions
• 2 years’ experience in community outreach or mobilization and 2 years of experience conducting education programming in low-resource areas
• 2 years’ experience in training and skills in facilitation
• 2 year’s experience developing and using evaluation tools to monitor the efficacy of training programs and programmatic interventions

The Peace Corps embraces and leverages the diversity of its volunteers as a reflection of America's diversity. Peace Corps Response is committed to reflecting the diversity of the United States in the professionals we send into the field to support the mission of world peace and friendship. Applicants with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Medical Considerations in Malawi

  • Malawi may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: asthma, including mild or childhood; cardiology; dermatology; gastroenterology; some types of gynecologic support; insulin-dependent diabetes; mammography; requiring a psychiatrist for psychotropic medications support; seizure disorder; urology; ongoing counseling.
  • The following medication(s) are not permitted for legal or cultural reasons: none identified. 
  • Volunteers who should avoid the following food(s) may not be able to serve: peanuts.
  • After arrival in Malawi, Peace Corps provides and applicants are required to have an annual flu shot, to take daily or weekly medication to prevent malaria, and to receive mandatory immunizations.

Before you apply, please also review Medical Information for Applicants to learn about the clearance process and other health conditions that are difficult to accommodate in Peace Corps service.

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