Project Manager, CRS-led Nawiri Program At Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition

The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) is seeking a Project Manager, CRS-led Nawiri Program to monitor and manage the progress of CRS-led Nawiri Program in Kenya. This position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya.

About GAIN

The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN**)** is a Swiss-based foundation launched at the UN in 2002 to tackle the human suffering caused by malnutrition. Working with both governments and businesses, we aim to transform food systems so that they deliver more nutritious food for all people. In particular, we aim to make healthier food choices more desirable, more available, and more affordable. GAIN’s mission is to advance nutrition outcomes by improving consumption of nutritious and safe food for all people, especially the most vulnerable to malnutrition.

The USAID Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) funded 5-year Resilience Food Security Activity (RFSA) in Kenya, Nawiri Program aims to sustainably reduce levels of acute malnutrition among vulnerable populations in Isiolo and Marsabit counties of the arid and semi-arid lands (ASAL) regions of Kenya. Nawiri interventions are expected to include those which work with local private-sector actors (e.g., producers and processors) who support the value chains for milk and meat, as well as work to support the role of the private sector in the local food system more broadly. To help support implementation of this work, GAIN is a partner on the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) led Nawiri consortium, leading the Market and Food Systems work. GAIN will work alongside other partners to implement program activities that seeks to strengthen the functionality of the local private sector actors and the local market systems to improve availability, accessibility, affordability, and/or desirability of nutritious foods to vulnerable households in Marsabit and Isiolo of ASAL counties.

About the Role

Reporting to the Head of Programmes, GAIN Kenya and Private Sector Engagement and Livelihoods Manager within the Nawiri Consortium, the Project Manager will be responsible for leading on all the Nawiri related technical assistance and implementation activities as defined in the program proposal and work plan.

The postholder will be responsible for ensuring that the interventions by different partners are coordinated with those being implemented by GAIN so that overall project milestones and goals are met. They will be expected to provide technical support on food and market systems work as required.

You will also oversee financial control and proactively review, make recommendations and report on programmatic activities, to support the delivery of GAIN’s strategic plan for Nawiri in Kenya.

Key Responsibilities include;

  • Overseeing technical direction, and implementation of evidence-based strategies and interventions geared towards improving the food and market systems as desired under the Nawiri program
  • Providing technical guidance, advice and assistance in facilitating planning and implementation strategies and interventions for the Nawiri program
  • Establishing and managing working relations within the Nawiri program consortium partners and a diverse set of stakeholders – INGOs, bilateral agencies, government departments, business and non-profit partners
  • Leading in conceptualizing and organizing county level engagement, consultations, workshops related to GAIN’s work within the Nawiri program and as required in the program
  • Responsible for ensuring adherence and compliance to technical standards, guidelines, and policies within Nawiri
  • Ensuring quality monitoring of all food and market systems activities implemented by GAIN within Nawiri. Responsible for the timely submission of high-quality workplans, reports, success stories and other documents as per organizational procedure and donor requirements

About You

The ideal candidate should have solid experience within international development in a project management/project leadership role with an existing network in Kenya. You should have proven experience in delivering projects on time and within budget, using project management processes and tools including risk management, benefits management, financial management and quality assurance.

The postholder should have experience working in a public/private partnership environment and be capable of engaging persuasively with various stakeholders. Good report writing skills and some knowledge of technical writing for project related documentation is also essential

You should have strong team leadership abilities with the ability to motivate and mobilise individuals within or outside their reporting lines, be highly flexible and willing/able to travel. Kiswahili proficiency is desirable.

About our Offer

The starting salary on offer for this role is from KES 2,567,589 – KES 2,937,470 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.

This advert closes on 31st March 2022. Early applications are encouraged. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and 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 Kenya. Please note that GAIN is currently unable to sponsor working visas.

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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