The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) is seeking a Programme Associate to provide high level support and operational guidance to the GAIN Kenya country programme team. This role will be offered on a three (3) year fixed term contract, subject to availability of funding and will be based in Nairobi, Kenya.
About the Role
The Programme Associate will provide high level support and operational guidance to the GAIN Kenya country programme team, actively contributing to the smooth running of the project operations and facilitating effective communication between programme, operations and management teams in the Kenya office.
The Associate will be expected to take the lead on specific project components as directed and delegated by the project managers, in addition to high-level coordination and administrative support.
Key Responsibilities include.
- Identification and implementation of an effective coordination process for the organisation of project-related information in Kenya.
- Advice and guidance focal point for all project related queries relating to administration, logistics and finance from implementing partners, service providers and Government officials.
- Follow up with the operations teams and other senior staff to ensure project approvals and payments are made on time.
- Diary management for the Country Director and the Head of Programmes in Kenya.
- Oversee all Kenya project logistics including the organization of field trips, general travel, meetings, workshops and training.
- Responsible for the procurement of service contractors in close collaboration with project managers; including the drafting of RFPs and assessment of incoming proposals.
- In consultation with the CD, PMs, and Heads of departments, coordinate information & communication requests from internal & external partners.
The ideal candidate should have strong project operations management, administrative, networking and communication skills preferably supporting multiple projects. Demonstrated experience working with various senior level managers in a support role.
In addition to this, the post holder should have proven ability to use initiative, prioritize, multi-task, and ability to handle high volume requests from programmes. Soft skills are highly valued in this role and as such will be required of the successful candidate.
The post holder should be highly flexible, with strong written and verbal communication and presentation skills, including a proven ability to communicate diverse and disparate information and messaging in simple and concise formats. An education background in bachelor’s degree level in business administration, international relations, communication or other related field or equivalent work experience is preferred.
About our Offer
The starting gross salary on offer for this role is from KES 2,083,128 – KES 2,377,296 per annum, depending on experience. Other benefits are as attached below the job description.
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.
This advert closes on 21st March 2023. 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.