Program Officer, Fortification Quality Assessment

Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)

Job Summary

Support the design and implementation of food fortification quality assessments at retail and producer level in three countries (India, Nigeria and Tanzania)

  • Minimum Qualification: HND
  • Experience Level: Mid level
  • Experience Length: 3 years

Job Description

Overall Purpose

  • The overall purpose of this position is to support the design and implementation of food fortification quality assessments at retail and producer level in three countries (India, Nigeria and Tanzania). The duration of the position is about 34 months (until end of 2021).

Tasks and Responsibilities
Project planning and implementation:

  • Work with selected implementation partners in country on all aspects of project planning and implementation including technical (finalizing protocols, data collection tools, conducting trainings, supervising field work), process (implementation plan development and monitoring, tracking deliverables) and budgeting/contracting. Provide on-going support for quality assurance of all work, progress tracking and review.
  • The work will entail working with local partners who are involved in the project in each of the three countries and will require missions of serval weeks in duration to and in the countries.

Protocol development for market assessments:

  • Adapt and implement market assessment protocols and data collection tools from existing global templates for use in country specific contexts.
  • Protocols will cover sampling, data collection methods, analytical procedures, training manual SOPs, among other relevant details.

Lab analysis planning, implementation and quality control

  • Review lab methods and quality control procedures to ensure reliable lab analysis of micronutrients in foods (focus on oil, flour, sugar, milk and salt).
  • Provide on-going support for quality assurance of all work, progress tracking, review of results and comparison to standards and regulations.

Data documentation and management:

  • Ensure appropriate completion and systematic storage for general project documents as well as datasets and assessment specific documentation.

Analysis and dissemination

  • Contribute to analysis of information collected and support all dissemination efforts including writing reports, briefs and other materials. Participate in diverse activities to support sharing learnings related to Fortification Assessment and other relevant nutrition work internally within the Knowledge Leadership (KL) team

Key Organizational Relationships

  • The Country Program Officer will work closely with the LSFF teams in the countries as well as the Fortification Quality Grant team
  • The Country Program Officer reports to Senior Project Manager (KL) leading the Fortification Quality Grant team

Job Requirements
Competencies (Skills and Attributes):

  • Strong managerial, organizational and communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively independently and in a cross-cultural team
  • Skills in quantitative research methods (implementation, management)
  • Skills in laboratory analysis of micronutrients in foods and laboratory quality control is an asset

Experience:

  • Demonstrated experience in managing projects in low and middle-income countries essential
  • Experience in project monitoring and quantitative research in low and middle-income countries
  • Experience in laboratory analysis of micronutrients in foods is an asset

Education:

  • Postgraduate level degree in Food Science, Food Markets, Supply as well as Quality Management or other related discipline

Other Requirements:

  • Fluency in English (written and spoken) essential
  • Based and allowed to work in one of the 3 countries (India, Nigeria and Tanzania)
  • Willingness and ability to work from or travel to countries such as India, Nigeria and Tanzania essential

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