Project Associate, Edible Oil Food Fortification Program (x2 Positions) - 2 Year Contracts

New Delhi, India
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GAIN has  significantly contributed towards the fight against micronutrient malnutrition in India through innovative and sustainable models that increase access to nutritious products and services among communities vulnerable to such malnutrition. GAIN takes on the challenge presented by micronutrient malnutrition by devising market based programs that build on the existing delivery mechanisms, as well as new models driven by innovative strategies customized to local needs that can address the problem and create sustainable impact at scale. These programs are aimed at improving the nutritional intake of the population at large.

One of the pillars of GAIN’s work has been large scale food fortification. Since 2006, GAIN has worked closely with state governments, the private sector, federations and cooperative bodies, particularly in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, on fortification of staple foods; wheat flour, edible oil and milk, in order to address micronutrient deficiencies at population level. India has a high burden of undernutrition and micronutrient malnutrition. Per-capita consumption of micronutrient-rich foods like fruits, vegetables, egg, fish, and meat is quite low across the population. Fortification of staples like wheat flour as well as essential and high consumption items like salt, oil, and milk with micronutrients like iron, iodine, folic acid, vitamin B12, and vitamins A and D helps to deliver micronutrients through both the open market and government distribution channels. GAIN’s approach in India has been to provide technical input at the policy level to create an enabling environment, support capacity building of the private sector, support quality assurance and quality control within industry, train and equip regulators and selectively work with the state government departments to introduce fortified staples in the government funded welfare programs.

The Project Associate will provide project management support to the Head of Programs, GAIN India in implementing GAIN’s activities under the Edible Oil Food Fortification project. This will include day to day project management with oversight of the executing agencies (EAs), on-going engagement with the Food Fortification Resource Centre (FFRC) established at the Food Safety & Standards Authority of India (FSSAI); our project collaborators (TINI) and other key industry and government stakeholders at the national and state levels. The Project Associate will work closely within the GAIN India team and with key departments in GAIN headquarters for the smooth and coordinated implementation of the project.

The ideal candidates will possess solid experience in supporting project(s) and has experience in developing multi stakeholder relationships. Experience of working in a public/private partnership environment is highly desirable and the candidate must be fluent in English and Hindi.

N.B. These two positions are local positions. Candidates must be eligible to live and work in India.

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Closing Date
13 Aug 2017

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