Location Open to GAIN’s country offices in London, Utrecht, Washington D.C., Nairobi and Abuja. Salary Please refer to the advertisement below for details. Contract Type Permanent Duration Indefinite About the Role
The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) is seeking a Senior Programme Lead, Food Fortification to lead the combined micronutrients interventions portfolio and to maintain and enhance GAIN’s strong track record in the field of food fortification. This role will be on a permanent contract basis, subject to availability of funding. This position is open to GAIN’s country offices in London, Utrecht, Washington D.C., Nairobi and Abuja.
Reporting to the Deputy Director, Programme Service Team (PST), you will work with the broader Programme Services Team (PST), senior leaders in GAIN country offices, Knowledge Leadership (KL), and Finance team and to support and line manage the Lead, Nutrient Enriched Crops and Lead, Large Scale Food Fortification.
In addition, you will work closely with external partners and stakeholders to ensure that fortification is optimised as a public health strategy to reduce micronutrient deficiencies.
Internally, you will support the design, resourcing and implementation of programmes and projects which are technically sound, aligned with GAIN’s corporate strategy, and meet the needs of vulnerable populations. Externally, you will act as GAIN ambassador to partners, donors and beneficiaries, representing excellence in GAIN programming.
You will help galvanize donor support and provide a critical link between country operations and programming on resource mobilization. The role will also link food fortification to other key food systems interventions, building a strong team with strategic partnership with many different stakeholders.
Key Responsibilities include Engaging with the thematic leads in UN agencies and major donors, contributing strategic direction and good practice to build evidence-based innovations leading to Large Scale Food Fortification (LSFF) and nutrient enriched programmes that address challenges and fill gaps in food systems Developing and managing relationships with other organisations active in the LSFF and biofortification space, identifying technical networks, strategic partnerships, forums etc., where GAIN needs to play a strategic role Supporting the delivery of the programme’s dissemination and visibility plan including by leading on dissemination workshops, manuscripts, publications, blogs, white papers, articles, factsheets, brief Providing technical support to Development Office on major bids for multi-country / multi-sectoral proposals and strategic donors Identifying new and existing donors and regularly meeting with them to canvass for new business and report back on existing funded work Developing a new approach to food fortification, taking full advantage of technical, systems, data and policy innovations in the field and piloting new business models Supporting the design process and providing technical know-how to deliver strategically relevant, sound and feasible project design through leading on implement country level activities and projects in non-GAIN office countries and support for GAIN office countries Mentoring and coaching Programme Leads and other senior professional staff and ensuring they are growing into leaders within the organisation and externally
The ideal candidate will have substantial leadership and programme management experience in a relevant field at a strategic management level, with experience in designing, resourcing and implementing large scale programmes and projects which are technically sound. You will have solid experience in working with key donors, government, internal and external stakeholders and a demonstrable track record in fundraising and business development is required. Candidates’ with extensive experience working in the public and private sector is preferred.
The postholder will also posess a successful track record of designing and managing multi-million-dollar, donor-funded projects and managing (directly and indirectly) extended multi-disciplinary project teams, technical advisers and consultants.
You will have excellent communication skills and must be willing to work in multicultural and multi-lingual environments as well having a demonstrated ability to present to large audiences with authorities. Also, you will be highly flexible and be willing to travel in-country and overseas when required.
In addition to this, you will possess fluent written and spoken English, candidates' with proficiency in French will be an additional advantage.
A Postgraduate degree in agricultural science, food science, public health, nutrition, economics, business administration or related field is preferable. You will also have strong experience with Large Scale Food Fortification work with a broad understanding of the nutrition-food systems nexus, public health, and community development, as well as a demonstrable understanding of the key trends in international and humanitarian development. Experience in agricultural value chains is desirable.
About our Offer
The starting salary for each office is as follows, depending on experience:United Kingdom: From GBP 70,165 – GBP 75,165 (gross) per annum The Netherlands: From EUR 87,564 – EUR 93,804 (gross) per annum Kenya: From KES 7,274,184– KES 8,323,104 (gross) per annum Nigeria: From NGN 22,303,884– NGN 25,498,788 (gross) per annum USA: From USD 130,788 – USD 140,124 (gross) per annum
GAIN has a fair and competitive salary structure that allows for annual progression subject to good performance. In addition, GAIN offers a total of 37 days holiday per year (including annual leave, public holidays and additional office closure days), an attractive pension scheme and competitive insurance cover including health, travel and life assurance.
We are committed to the health of our staff, especially in these challenging times, and have developed a programme of wellbeing that includes flexible working, additional leave allowances, wellbeing days, mindfulness coaching and access to independent and confidential counselling.
GAIN also has a strong commitment to professional development. We will support you to grow in your career through both formal and informal training, and are committed to providing opportunities through internal recruitment, secondments and promotion. All of this is delivered in a supportive and collaborative environment.
The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) is a Swiss-based foundation launched at the United Nations in 2002 to tackle the human suffering caused by malnutrition. Due to COVID19, conflict in Ukraine and climate change, malnutrition and hunger have worsened significantly since 2019, reversing a decade of progress. There is growing recognition that our food systems need to change if we are to reverse these trends.
GAIN’s Strategy aims to transform food systems to make healthier diets from sustainable food systems accessible to all people and especially those whose are most vulnerable to shocks. By 2027, we aim to improve the access of 1.5 billion people to nutritionally enhanced staple foods, improve the access of 25 million people to healthier diets, and support positive food system change in 10 countries. This is bold and complex, and the only way to achieve this is to work together with partners including governments, businesses, and civil society at the country and global level. These goals, and the ways of achieving them, build on our twenty-year legacy of transforming people’s lives with improved nutrition through concerted action and effective policy change.
Our Working Culture and Environment
We provide a flexible working environment that includes a combination of home and office working opportunities through our global hybrid working policy. This encourages our staff to have a healthy work-life balance and increases staff motivation, enriches employee wellbeing, and improves performance and productivity.
All of our positions are based in one or more of GAIN’s designated offices as stated on our job advertisements. Successful candidates will be based in one of GAIN’s country offices and must have the existing right to live and work within a reasonably commutable distance of the relevant city / cities in which the role is advertised. Please note, that GAIN does not sponsor working visas and relocations.
GAIN reserves the right to withdraw an offer of employment for candidates who are considered to ineligible under the above conditions during or after the recruitment process.
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