Host Organization: Tanager
First Year Placement
Based in Nairobi, Kenya, Mary Kate worked as a Research and Nutrition Specialist providing nutrition-sensitive and gender mainstreaming support to the Impacting Gender & Nutrition through Innovative Technical Exchange in Agriculture (IGNITE) program. This five-year program works to strengthen the capacity of African institutions to integrate nutrition and gender into their agriculture interventions and internal systems through tailored technical assistance. Her work focused primarily on supporting IGNITE’s client and non-client-specific learning agenda by contributing technical input on research design, qualitative data collection, analysis, and training local service providers in qualitative methods for clients in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Nigeria. She also worked alongside Tanager’s technical experts and Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning team to lead a mixed-methods research study examining the enablers and barriers at the institutional level to advancing gender and nutrition agendas within client organizations. This study will contribute to the overall understanding of best models and practices in gender and nutrition mainstreaming within African agriculture organizations.
Second Year Placement
For her second year, Mary Kate continues supporting the IGNITE project through her research efforts documenting programmatic learning around mainstreaming gender and nutrition and implementing social and behavior change initiatives within agriculture institutions, including dissemination of the findings. She is also working with the Soutenir l’Exploitation Famaliales pour Lancer l’Elevage des Volailles et Valoriser l’Economie Rurale (SELEVER II) project based in Burkina Faso focused on improving women’s empowerment and the nutritional status women and young children through the development of a more inclusive poultry sector. In this role, she is providing technical assistance to strengthen the nutrition-focused strategies further, approaches, and impacts of the project. Mary Kate is currently based out of Tanager’s HQ office in Washington, DC.