HKI is an international organization providing technical assistance that emphasizes building the technical and operational capacities of different local government and non-governmental partners  including national and international NGOs, development partners, academic and research institutions, and the private sector. In the past two decades, HKI has successfully designed, implemented, monitored, and evaluated community-based, health and nutrition projects in 22 countries. During its 40 years of working in Bangladesh, since 1978, HKI has provided technical leadership in nutritional surveillance, homestead food production, vitamin-A supplementation, and nutrition behavior change education. HKI takes a gender-sensitive approach to improving nutrition, food security and eye health. Current program areas include Dhaka, Sylhet, Bogura, Mymensingh, Chittagong and the CHT.

National Information Platforms for Nutrition (NIPN) is an initiative of the European Commission supported by the United Kingdom Department for International Development. The initiative aims to strengthen national capacity to manage and analyse information and data from all sectors which have an influence on nutrition and to disseminate and use the information so as to better inform the strategic decisions countries are faced with to prevent undernutrition and its consequences by improving their policies and programmes.  The Delegation of the European Union is funding a project to set up a National Information Platform for Nutrition in Bangladesh. The project is being implemented by Helen Keller International, in partnership with the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies and in collaboration with multiple government partners including the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics and the General Economics Division of the Ministry of Planning, the Bangladesh National Nutrition Council and the Institute of Public Health Nutrition of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, and the Food Planning and Monitoring Unit of the Ministry of Food.HKI is seeking qualified candidate for the following position for the NIPN project.

Title :  Research Fellow - (1 position)
Job Location :  Dhaka
Reporting to :  Technical Director, HKI
Duration :  Two-year fellowship

Job Responsibilities:

Planning and design:

  • Lead project staff and government partners to create work-plans to meet analysis needs of NIPN;
  • Oversee the central NIPN database of key indicators for food security and nutrition;
  • Keep abreast of key research in NIPN’s topical areas
  • Manage knowledge generate by NIPN and other stakeholders, facilitating knowledge-sharing between the consortium, governemtn partners, and the greater community of stakeholders
  • Seek out and follow up on opportunities for special research that enhance the visibility of NIPN’s research expertise.

Data management and analysis:

  • Oversee and assist in the preparation of syntax for data cleaning and analysis, creating systems through which data can be cleaned and managed efficiently
  • Archive datasets.
  • Oversee the analysis of NIPN data and prepared reports, bulletins, and scientific articles under the direction of the NIPN Directors. This includes responsibilities to prepare abstracts for presentation to relevant conferences.
  • Guide the preparation of guidelines for data storage and use in consulation with government partners
  • Provide technical advice on methods to merge or create new data sets and supervise staff to do so

Capacity building:

  • Assess the capacity of staff ministries and identify their needs for training in data management and data analysis
  • Work one-on-one with government staff to co-create policy relavant research while building skills
  • Lead in the deveolpment and faciliateion of trainings and analysis workshops
  • Review training manuals and how-to guides for routine statistical tasks
  • Keep informed about developments and resources for the M&E community worldwide and develop and facilitate workshops and training courses for staff of the national nutrition programme, ministries and partners to develop and apply tools, processes and best practices to develop a culture of high quality, evidence-based programming and learning.
  • Contribute to learning activities within the NIPN by supporting the work of other staff on analytical work requested by the Policy Advisory Committee. 
  • Contribute to the collection and analysis of lessons learnt and best practices from nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive programmes, nationally and internationally by reviewing literature and collating and synthesizing information
  • Train staff from government ministries on how to analyze data using statistical software and best methods and practices
  • Train staff, both informally on the job, and formally through training courses, perhaps arranged with staff of national policy institutions or a university or with international consultants

Reporting and monitoring support:

  • With support from nutritionists and sector experts guide the collection, analysis, and synthesis of background and contextual information on nutrition in Bangladesh and internationally, based on questions posed by the NIPN Policy Advisory Committee
  • Contribute to national monitoring and evaluation systems for nutrition by providing technical expertise, advice and support to relavant government instiitutions for monitoring and evaluating nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive programmes and identify data that could be used by the NIPN for analytical purposes.
  • Work with staff of ministries and organisations involved in the NIPN to identify the lessons learned from projects, programmes and interventions that could inform the information platform and efforts to improve nutrition.
  • Provide technical advice and support to design and implement monitoring and evaluation systems developed for the national nutrition programme and by ministries that are designed to lead to improved nutritional  outcomes, including the description of specific methods and tools and the identification of strengths and weaknesses in existing data collection and management systems.
  • Participate in the NIPN community of practice to share experiences with other NIPN countries.
  • Lead quantitative and qualitative monitoring, evaluation and assessment of NIPN activities and outputs. Contribute to annual project reporting to donors and national stakeholders.
  • Produce reports/manscripts that document the anlayiss undertaken
  • Prepare presentatoins to highlight NIPN findings
  • Represent NIPN at national and international fora.
  • Support government and project staff to produce high quality analytical reports.
  • Liaise with the Global Support Facility for NiPNs to identify additional support needed including specialized materials, software, technical advice and consultants.


  • Terminal degree (PhD) in Public Health, Development Studies, Social Sciences, or Statistics is preferred but persons with a relevant Master’s degree and other relevant work experience will be considered.
  • Foreign degrees from reputable institutions are preferred.
  • Open to Bangladeshi and non-Bangladeshi candidates

Other Skills and Experience

  • At least 5 years of relevant experience
  • Should have excellent interpersonal communication skills
  • Advanced statistical analysis skills, experience with Stata is preferred.
  • Must have experience with data management
  • Must have have good communication skills in English; Skills in Bangla are a plus
  • Documented history of publication both thorugh peer review and grey literature

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Interested persons are requested to apply with a complete resume with contact telephone number and a copy of recent passport size photograph including a cover letter in English explaining the justification in support of his/her candidature. Applications should be sent to: The Head of HR at E-mail: by April 10, 2019. Only shortlisted candidates will be called for interview. A competitive salary package will be offered based on experience and qualifications.

“Helen Keller International is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from qualified women and minorities candidates. The organization has a smoke free working environment.”

Founded in 1915 by Helen Keller and George Kessler, the mission of Helen Keller International (HKI) is to save the sight and lives of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged. HKI combats the causes and consequences of blindness and malnutrition by establishing programs based on evidence and research in vision, health and nutrition. Headquartered in New York City, HKI’s programs prevent blindness and reduce malnutrition in 21 countries in Africa and Asia, as well as in the United States.”