The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) is seeking for a CASCADE Programme Associate to provide operational, administrative, and coordination support to the GAIN CASCADE programme across countries. This role will be offered on fixed-term contract for two (2) years, subject to availability of funding and will be based in Nairobi, Kenya.

About GAIN

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.

About the Role

GAIN in consortium with CARE implements the Catalyzing Policy Action for Healthy Diets and resilience (CASCADE) programme, to improve food security and contribute to the reduction of malnutrition of at least 5 million women of reproductive age and children in Benin, Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Mozambique.

The CASCADE programme has two strategic objectives: 1: To increase access to and consumption of healthy diets among household members in the six programme countries, particularly women of reproductive age and children. Strategic objective 2: To increase resilience to price and climate change-related shocks and stresses of household members in the six programme countries, particularly women of reproductive age and children. CASCADE programme will operate in six countries until December 2026.

Supporting the Programme Lead you will keep track of the countries project status, challenges, opportunities, stories, and timely delivery of projects across the countries. The role will provide operational, administrative, and coordination support to the GAIN CASCADE programme.

Key Responsibilities include.

  • Providing support to the planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting processes of CASCADE projects.
  • Supporting the quality and timely delivery of countries projects by ensuring project managers are well informed of processes, deadlines and requirements and connected with relevant resources from elsewhere in GAIN.
  • Contributing to the tracking of CASCADE project workplan activities on an ongoing basis and escalating any issues and challenges to Programme Lead to ensure resolution.
  • Assisting in drafting internal communications and ensuring good communication within programme team across countries.
  • Supporting coordination between country teams, technical teams and professional services to contribute to the effective management and delivery of the CASCADE programme.
  • Contributing to a culture of mutual accountable partnership with other teams within GAIN and CARE that supports CASCADE programme implementation.

About You

The ideal candidate should have proven experience with project operations and administration support functions. The candidate should be well organised with a keen attention to detail and ability to review documents for accuracy combined with strong written and verbal communication and presentation skills with the ability to effectively communicate information to a diverse audience.

The postholder should demonstrate experience working with a diverse range of stakeholders coordinating country, technical and professional services to contribute to effective management and delivery of a programme. Report writing skills are required in addition to experience managing programme data and information.

About our Offer

The starting gross annual salary for this position is from KES 2,396,196 – KES 2,734,584 per annum depending on experience.

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.

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.

This advert closes on 17th May 2024. Early applications are encouraged. GAIN reserves the right to close this advert early should we receive suitable candidates ahead of the closing date.

Applicants must have the existing right to live and work in Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria or Mozambique. Please note that GAIN is currently unable to sponsor working visas and relocation.

The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition is committed to equality of opportunity and creating an inclusive environment where diversity is valued. We are keen to reflect the diversity of our society at every level within our organisation and therefore welcome applications from talented and committed people from all backgrounds, representing the diverse societies we operate in.

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