Applied International Nutrition Research Fellowship



Gardens for Health International 

Applied International Nutrition Research Fellowship

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals, is seeking an RDN member of the Academy to serve as an Applied International Nutrition Research Fellow to participate in a one-year project in Rwanda with Gardens for Health International (GHI). This opportunity includes residence in Ndera, Rwanda, about 30 minutes outside the capital city of Kigali, in addition to spending three weeks in Guatemala working with the Mayan Health Alliance (Wuqu Kawoq) on a gardening initiative. The Fellowship begins in March of 2017.

 Location: Ndera, Rwanda and Guatemala

Preferred Start Date and Duration: One-year fellowship, beginning March 2017

Hours: Full-time

How to apply: Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest and resume to Nicci Brown, MS, RDN, CD at with the subject “Applied International Nutrition Research Fellow” by the end of the business day on Monday, January 23. 

Who We Are: Organizational Overview

Gardens for Health is a growing non-profit organization whose innovative approach is focused on improving childhood health outcomes by integrating agriculture into the clinical treatment of malnutrition. We currently partner with 18 Government Health Centers in Rwanda to provide families with the tools and resources to build a sustainable path out of malnutrition through targeted health and agriculture training. Our organization has scaled rapidly over the past four years. In 2012, we were a team of 18 people working in partnership with three health centers reaching just over 350 families annually. Today, we are a team of 125 reaching more than 2,100 families each year. With our growing impact, we have also been able to work more closely with the Rwandan government to inform policies and practices that integrate agriculture into the national healthcare system.

Our headquarters are based in Rwanda with an office in Boston, MA. Gardens for Health’s US office works closely with our team in Rwanda to support operations on the ground by raising the resources necessary to fund programs, expanding GHI’s global community, contributing to hiring processes and strategic planning, and providing logistical support. Because the US office is a small team dedicated to the success of Gardens for Health, we work collaboratively and expect that everyone will pitch in as needed on a variety of projects. Every member of our team, from Field Educators who deliver trainings to technical experts who inform program design to support staff in Rwanda and Boston who ensure operations runs smoothly work together toward a shared goal: to make growing and eating healthy food a part of the healthcare system in Rwanda and beyond.

Our Opportunity for You: Position Overview

In the fall of 2015, the Academy and GHI began a collaboration that positions a RDN Fellow in a leadership position within the GHI structure. The collaboration was extremely successful during its first year and thus, at the December 2016 Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation’s Board of Directors meeting, a request was approved for the release of funding to support a second Applied International Nutrition Research Fellowship for 2017.

The chosen Fellow will serve as GHI’s Senior Nutrition Technical Advisor and will provide thought leadership and technical assistance to new and ongoing community-based and policy projects in Rwanda.

Specifically, the Fellow will:

  • Be the technical lead in the implementation of several projects, including the design and execution of a country-wide training program for all District hospital nutritionists.
  • Work closely with our Health Manager and GHI’s Program Manager to continue to develop our ante-natal care program, support data collection and design and participate in trainings with external partners.
  • Work closely with the GHI monitoring and evaluation team to understand the effectiveness of GHI’s work on nutritional outcomes.
  • Work directly with health center staff, and will serve as GHI’s Technical Expert in their relationship with the Ministry of Health and the District of Musanze

As a member of the GHI management team, the Fellow will also work across the organization to ensure that all our nutrition programming aligns with international research and best-practices. This year the Fellow, GHI and the Academy will also be collaborating with the Garden Project in Guatemala with Mayan Health Alliance (Wuqu Kawoq). Thus, the Fellow and representatives from the Academy and GHI will travel to Guatemala to learn and support this work. While there the Fellow will:

  • Work with the staff of Mayan Health Alliance to start a garden project following the outline of the GHI program.
  • Work to help start the teaching garden and train staff members in lessons and outlines for aiding families in starting family gardens.
  • Assist with monitoring the progress of the garden project through Skype or phone to help facilitate training of on-site nutritionists from the Mayan Health Alliance.
  • Help troubleshoot potential problems or roadblocks in the garden project.

Career Growth and Development

Gardens for Health places a high priority on staff development with our shared values of respect, collaboration, and understanding. Throughout your fellowship we can discuss future career goals, provide mentorship and skills training, and work collaboratively to build action plans.

This experience will provide a rich research and cultural immersion at a level to identify aspects of the programs critical to successful replication and scaling. The Nutrition Fellow will work closely with the GHI Health Manager and the Mayan Health Alliance.

The Applied International Nutrition Research Fellow must possess the following:

  • Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Advanced degree in nutrition, dietetics, or other technically relevant degree
  • 3-plus years of work experience, preferably in international settings
  • Background in monitoring and evaluation and strong statistical skills – support will be provided from the Academy’s Research, International and Scientific Affairs Team
  • Knowledge of issues in global health, especially key nutrition issues in global health
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work within different cultural environments, the ability to analyze and prioritize needs
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and make decisions independently
  • Ability to work within a team and relate to and motivate local staff effectively
  • Creativity and the ability to work with limited resources
  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret administrative reports, technical procedures, or governmental regulations and make programmatic decisions
  • Willingness to locate to Rwanda for one year, beginning in March 2017
  • Willingness to participate fully in the expectations of the GHI program in Rwanda
  • Willingness to visit Guatemala and support the Mayan Health Alliance garden initiative
  • Willingness to participate fully in the expectations of the Academy and Foundation, including project calls and reports, manuscript development, and professional presentations

The Applied International Nutrition Research Fellow ideally possesses the following:

  • Travel and/or work experience in East Africa
  • Ability to speak Kinyarwanda and/or familiarity with Rwandan culture and customs
  • Experience working in the non-profit sector

Fellowship Award

The Academy Foundation will provide funding support for the following Fellowship expenses:

$7,800 Fellowship Stipend
The stipend of $650/month is based on the standard set by the Global Health Corps, which currently has 22 professionals placed in Rwanda

$3,600 Health Insurance
This assumes a $300/month health insurance stipend, which is what GFHI currently provides to ex-pat staff members

$6,000 Travel (to and from Rwanda from Fellow’s home city and to the Academy headquarters)
This is expected to cover three round trip flights.

$2,600 Readjustment Stipend
This will assist the Fellow upon return to the USA after the Fellowship has been successfully completed, given the large discrepancy between Rwanda salaries and USA salaries.

GFHI will provide housing this in-kind, along with work-related transportation and communications costs. An Academy staff site visit during the year to meet with the Fellow and GFHI staff is also planned.

Miscellaneous — up to $1,000 for immunizations needed for travel to Rwanda and Guatemala

Please visit for more information and to submit your application by January 23, 2016. Reach out to or +1 (857) 204-5263 with any questions related to the position or application process.