Call for Research Assistants to collect data on food (in)security in Uganda


  1. Background

The Food Insecurity Experience Scale (FIES) developed by the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) has gained growing recognition since its introduction in 2014 as a globally valid, very reliable, individual and household food security measurement tool, culminating to its endorsement by the United Nations Statistical Commission as the basis to compute SDG indicator 2.1.2 on the Prevalence of Moderate or Severe Food Insecurity.

The FIES has also been endorsed for use in the context of Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) Acute Food Insecurity assessments, confirming the validity of FIES use also in more difficult food emergency contexts.

In this evolving landscape, there is now an urgent need to find ways to further improve the robustness and the effectiveness of FIES use in different contexts. FAO has therefore partnered with the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) to test the relevance of the tool in the African context and build capacity of the next generation of food security researchers in Africa.

Specifically, FAO and RUFORUM are testing the effect of administering different versions on the FIES survey module on scale functioning and performance. The initiative is intended to be the first step in establishing a broader research, technical development, training and capacity development program on the use of the FIES, with a special focus on Africa, named “The FIES Academy”.

RUFORUM and FAO are therefore recruiting Research Assistants from Uganda to collect field data through interviews aimed at test the effect of administering different versions on the FIES survey module on scale functioning and performance.  

2. Role of the Research Assistants

a) Understand the theoretical and practical application of the FIES tool questions and its application to the context of Kampala, Mukono and Wakiso;
b) Pre-test the FIES tool in one of the sub-county/parish/villages selected for the study as shall be guided by the Research team;
C) Collect data independently using face-to-face, personal interviews, from at least 1,600 respondents in total as shall be guided by the Research Supervisors for a period of 10 days, and
d) Clean, validate and conduct preliminary data analysis with guidance from the Research Supervisors for a period of five (5) days.

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