The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) is seeking a Programme Quality Specialist (PQS) to support with strategic and operational program quality management services to enhance program impact and learning. This role will be offered on a two(2) year fixed term contract, subject to availability of funding and will be based in Abuja, Nigeria.

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

The Programme Quality Specialist (PQS) will support strategic and operational program quality management services to enhance program impact and learning. They will support high-quality programme quality technical assistance, capacity development; ensure project delivery is appropriate to donor and organizational compliance, support the delivery of high quality, evidence-based, innovative programmes based on learnings and facilitate organizational learning from programme results.

They will support the design and implementation of contextual tools and systems to demonstrate impact, and also support learning across our programmes, teams, and partners.

The Programme Quality Specialist will support the facilitation of multiple Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) efforts and applies a variety of improvement methodologies and group management techniques to support individuals and teams through process improvement initiatives. Supports the Deputy Country Director to increase programme efficiencies, assure cost-effectiveness, reduce variability and reduce errors/defects.

The Programme Quality Specialist will support the quality assurance of all project activities in the country programme. Reporting to the Deputy Country Director, the Programme Quality Specialist will provide strategic support to the DCD in managing all portfolio and project leads to deliver quality nutrition interventions.

Key Responsibilities include.

  • Support the DCD to develop, implement, and monitor Quality Improvement (QI) strategies for project interventions and support the development of practical continuous Quality improvement (CQI) approaches.
  • Support the DCD to design and operationalize a quality improvement, quality assurance framework for GAIN nutrition interventions.
  • Support the design and implementation of CQI tools and guidelines to institutionalize functional quality improvement systems at various intervention levels.
  • Provide support and tools based on identified needs; and conduct intensive supportive field visits.
  • Support the establishment of CQI community of practice to strengthen and sustain a culture of joint problem-solving and learning.
  • Support the effective linkages between programme learning and planning, monitoring and evaluation processes.

About you

The ideal candidate should have significant demonstrated experience in quality improvement and quality assurance of public health and/or healthcare services. Experience in data analysis and the use of dashboards combined with learning and knowledge management is required. The candidate will need to demonstrate experience in designing and implementation of contextual tools and systems to demonstrate impact, and also support learning across our programmes, teams, and partners.

The position holder should be able to think strategically and be comfortable with understanding and communicating concepts to a wide range of audiences both at internally and externally. You should have experience leading quality assurance of project activities across different portfolios.

An educational background with a Bachelor’s degree in public health, epidemiology, nutrition agriculture, agribusiness social sciences, international development, nutrition, international relations, statistics or related fields is required.

About our offer

The starting gross salary on offer for this role is from NGN 11,087,880 – NGN 12,652,656 gross 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 and hybrid 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.

Applicants must have the right to work and be currently based in the advertised country location, to be eligible to apply for this position.

To apply, follow the “Apply Now” link.

This advert closes on 22nd 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.

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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