9 January 2018

Call for nominations: the Global Nutrition Report Independent Expert Group

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The Stakeholder Group of the Global Nutrition Report (GNR) is calling for nominations to the Independent Expert Group (IEG) by 25th January 2018.

The IEG is responsible for drafting the report, led by the co-chairs. It ensures the quality of the data, develops the narrative around the data, and is held accountable for the quality and independence of the GNR and the process that produces it. The length of appointment on the IEG is three years, with possibility of extension.

The current IEG membership can be found here. Corinna Hawkes, Jessica Fanzo and Emorn Udomkesmalee serve as Co-Chairs and continued IEG members for the GNR. The GNR and Stakeholder Group are looking to “refresh” the IEG to get new areas of expertise and fresh perspectives on the content of the GNR moving forward into 2018 and beyond.

What we are looking for:
We are looking for certain areas of expertise, but are also looking for a breadth of experience that cover urban and rural opportunities and challenges; experience across all income countries including high-, middle- and low-income countries; those who have a deep understanding of the multiple malnutrition vulnerabilities; and programmatic, policy or research/methods/evaluation experience. We want people who work in nutrition, but also outside of nutrition that bring a different set of expertise and view point.

We welcome individuals with these areas of expertise who work in academia, research, civil society, government, international agencies and private sector.

Key areas of expertise needed on the IEG:

  • Overweight, obesity and diet related chronic/non-communicable disease, including data, interventions, policies to address them, and advocacy.
  • Underlying determinants of stunting and wasting in rural and urban settings.
  • Resilience building and humanitarian responses to nutrition.
  • Micronutrient deficiencies.
  • The role of diets in malnutrition in all its forms, including measurement and interventions.
  • Lifespan, growth and development in the context of nutrition, including developmental origins.
  • “Essential nutrition actions,” including coverage and delivery platforms.
  • Epidemiology, target setting, indicators/metrics, monitoring and evaluation
  • International development issues (e.g. poverty, conflict, environment) and relation to nutrition.
  • Financing within international development, including innovative funding mechanisms
  • Political economy, power dynamics and governance across actors that impact nutrition.
  • Food systems, agriculture and climate change.
  • Health systems.
  • Women’s empowerment, gender equality, adolescent girls.
  • Public private partnerships and other innovative collaborations.

Responsibilities of the IEG members

  • To contribute to positioning of GNR in the global nutrition landscape and thematic planning of the annual report. This involves in-person meetings (requiring international travel) and group phone calls.
  • To contribute to the data, data analysis and/or narrative of the report, bringing perspectives based on expertise and experience.
  • To review drafts in a timely manner, providing detailed comments and scrutinizing the quality of the data, data analysis, and narrative.
  • To contribute to the communications and public outreach of the report each year, through leveraging relationships, making presentations and having an ambassadorial role.

Expectations of the IEG members:

  • Members are expected to engage actively in the work of the group and maintain its standards of quality and independence with approximately 10 days contributed per year. Any member unable to fulfill this responsibility will be asked to step down and a replacement made by the Stakeholder Group. Appointed individuals will be expected to exercise autonomous, professional judgment. The individuals will not serve as representatives of their respective organisations but in an independent, personal and individual capacity. All members must accept the responsibility of being collectively accountable for the quality of the report, must be prepared to answer publicly for the decisions made on data presentation and interpretation, and engage in intellectual debate on the conclusions given.
  • It is expected that members will leverage their professional networks and capitalise on opportunities to promote the Report. Each member of the IEG will act as individual ambassadors of the Report and play an active part in communicating and disseminating it through available communication channels, events and presentations.
  • Experts serving on the IEG must complete a declaration of Interest that includes any financial, professional or other interest that may influence the ability to be impartial and independent when serving on the IEG. This includes any interest that may affect, or may reasonably be perceived to affect, your objectivity and independence. For example, if the organisation you work for, or organisations for whom you have consulted, have interests in factors that influence nutrition, it may reasonably be perceived that you would consider these interests when serving on the IEG, and this should thus be declared.

Please submit a CV and 200 word statement why this person is being nominated or why you are selecting yourself. The statement should show how the person is suitable for the IEG in light of the expertise, responsibilities and expectations listed above. Please submit your nominations to jfanzo@gmail.com by January 15, 2018.

Selection Process:
Chairs plus three Stakeholder Group members (representing different constituencies) to be approved by the Stakeholder Group, by February 10, 2018. Nominations who are selected in the first round will be asked to submit a declaration of interests to be considered for final selection. The aim is to have up to 15 members over a three-year term.

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