Sustainable food systems are imperative to feeding the global population, and these systems are of particular importance among the poor. In Zambia, fish is of particular importance in diets to meet the needs for essential micronutrients, essential fatty acids and animal protein. Much of the fish consumed in Zambia, especially by the poor is processed fish – sun-dried, salted or smoked. A recent study has shown that fish intake is associated with a lower level of stunting in urban poor children in Lusaka. We wish to improve on the value chains of fish, in order to increase year-round fish consumption to make diets more nutritious.
The objective of this internship is to work with communities and partners in Northern Province, Zambia to assess the present use and develop nutritious and safe products, using locally available nutritious foods, fish, beans and vegetables. This internship builds on work already initiated in Northern Province by WorldFish, in partnership with local and national government institutions and non-government organizations and also in rural Malawi.
Scope of Work
- Assess the acceptance and use of fish products for human consumption, especially by the poor in Northern Province, Zambia, based on the work already initiated by WorldFish and partners.
- Work with communities and partners to develop acceptable, nutritious and safe products, with fish, beans and vegetables for year-round consumption, especially among women and children in the first 1000 days of life.
- Work with local partners and national partners for communication and advocacy of the inclusion of fish and fish products in policies, strategies and interventions for programs to improve diets year-round, thereby contributing to food and nutrition security in Zambia.
- Develop strong communication messages and documents for dissemination of the importance of nutritious fish products for inclusion in agriculture, nutrition and health and education programs under national and local governments and supported by regional and international networks, such as NEPAD and Scaling up Nutrition (SUN).
- Report on activities and contribute to report writing.
- Bachelor of Science or Master’s Degree in Nutrition, Agriculture, or related field.
- Basic understanding about aquaculture; good understanding about the role of fish for human nutrition.
- Experience in qualitative and quantitative data collection, analysis and interpretation.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Ability to work well with communities and partners in Northern Province, Zambia.
- This position is an excellent opportunity to gain information and experience with an international research organization.
- A monthly stipend will be provided.
- Health insurance will be provided.
Location and Duration
This intern will be based in Northern Province, Zambia. The successful candidate should be available to commence the internship as soon as possible for a period of one (1) year. This position is open to national applicants.
WorldFish is committed to promoting a work environment where diversity of thought, style, culture and experience is valued. We support individual performance and potential in achieving our organizational goals and mission. We are an equal opportunities employer and professionals from developing countries are encouraged to apply.
How to Apply
Application process is rolling. Interested applicants are invited to submit the following information by 14 December 2018:
- A cover letter stating why you are interested in and well-suited to the position. Your cover letter should also demonstrate what you hope to gain from this internship.
- A current curriculum vitae.
- Names and contacts (telephone, fax, and e-mail addresses) of three professional referees who are familiar with your qualifications and work experience. Your nominated referees ideally should have persons from each of the following category: direct supervisor, internal peer and/or direct report.
Screening will start immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.