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Anthropometry Specialist - 987

Category: Program Staff
Foundation/Organization: CDC Foundation
Location: Atlanta, GA
Date Posted: 11/22/2017
Closing Date: 12/22/2017

The CDC Foundation helps the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) save and improve lives by unleashing the power of collaboration between CDC, philanthropies, corporations, organizations and individuals to protect the health, safety and security of America and the world. The CDC Foundation is the sole entity authorized by Congress to mobilize philanthropic partners and private-sector resources to support CDC’s critical health protection mission. Since 1995, the CDC Foundation has launched nearly 1,000 programs and raised over $700 million. The CDC Foundation manages over 250 CDC-led programs in the United States and in more than 100 countries.

CDC Foundation is seeking a qualified candidate to work with CDC’s International Micronutrient Malnutrition Prevention and Control program (IMMPaCt). The incumbent will provide technical assistance and training for a project “Field testing of a proof of concept, an imaging device for child anthropometry.” This project will evaluate the suitability (accuracy and acceptability) of a new imaging device, the AutoAnthro system from Body Surface Translations (BST), Inc., for assessing recumbent length and height of children ages six to 59 months in the context of large-scale nutritional status assessment surveys or surveillance systems. Field trials of the proof of concept will be integrated into a minimum of two planned surveys/surveillance system rounds. This integration will require collaboration with international and in-country partners. Current expected field test locations are one country in Central America, one country in Africa, and potentially a third country in Asia.

This is an outstanding opportunity to work with the nation’s lead agency charged with protecting the public's health. The CDC Foundation offers a competitive salary and attractive benefits package. This is a CDC Foundation position that will work directly with CDC and most likely to be placed at a CDC location.


  • Support acquisition of requisite approvals from applicable organizations/governments to allow field trials of the AutoAnthro system in planned surveys/surveillance system rounds.
  • Receive training from BST on the AutoAnthro system, and coordinate the final data acquisition protocol, including drafting ethical approval documents, protocols, instruments, and manuals.
  • Travel to each field test location to plan for the integration of this evaluation into the planned surveys/surveillance system.
  • Travel to each field test location to provide on-site training to local survey teams at each site on the use- and integration of- the AutoAnthro system, caregiver acceptability questionnaire, and all evaluation procedures into their routine survey/surveillance system.
  • Provide technical assistance to survey sites, in support of their data collection. Supervise pilot tests in each site and early stage data collection.
  • Perform data management, analysis and report writing/peer-reviewed publications in support of the evaluation field trials.


    • Doctoral degree in human nutrition, public health, epidemiology or social science with background in nutrition and anthropometric measurements.
    • Minimum of two years of experience working in international nutrition programs or projects, preferably in the area of anthropometry assessment.
    • Knowledge of organizing, implementing, and reporting population based nutritional surveys and monitoring and evaluation systems; direct field experience preferred.
    • Experience in nutrition survey and surveillance data management and analysis, including use of statistical analysis software such as Epi Info, SAS, STATA, and/or SPSS.
    • Good coordination, communication and inter-personal skills, together with the ability to understand and communicate with people from different cultural and professional backgrounds.
    • Self-motivated and able to work independently under general scope of program objectives and duties of the position.
    • Strong written and oral presentation skills.
    • Fluency in English language is required. In addition, skill in a language beyond English, especially French or Spanish is an asset.
  • All employees must successfully pass a federal background check in order to maintain employment



  • The position requires two years commitment and involves substantial international travel (~20%), at times for extended periods of up to 4 weeks.
  • Annual salary is commensurate with applicable skills and related experience.


To apply: Qualified candidates should email a cover letter, resume and salary requirements (in Microsoft Word or PDF format) to:  Please put “Anthropometry Specialist - 987” in the email subject line. Incomplete packages will not be considered. Hard copies, calls, faxes, personally delivered resumes or resumes sent through any other source other than directly to the email address will not be accepted. Resumes will be accepted through December 22, 2017.

When applying at the above mentioned email address, the auto-reply message will contain a Pre-Offer Voluntary Self-Identification Form. In an effort to comply with requirements regarding government recordkeeping, reporting, and other legal obligations, which may apply, we invite you to complete this applicant data survey. Although this information is voluntary we hope you choose to complete it in order to help us fulfill our requirements.  Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.  See further details on form.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, mental or physical disabilities, veteran status, and all other characteristics protected by law.

We comply with all applicable laws including E.O. 11246 and the Vietnam Era Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 governing employment practices and do not discriminate on the basis of any unlawful criteria in accordance with 41 C.F.R. §§ 60-300.5(a)(12) and 60-741.5(a)(7).  As a federal government contractor, we take affirmative action on behalf of protected veterans.

The CDC Foundation is a smoke-free environment. Relocation expenses are not included.


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