Associate, Food Value Chains

Washington, D.C.
Competitive salary and benefits
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GAIN’s purpose is to advance nutrition outcomes by improving the consumption of nutritious and safe food for all people, especially those most vulnerable to malnutrition. In particular, we aim to improve the consumption of safe and nutritious foods for—at a minimum—1 billion people over the next five years and target major improvements to food systems, resulting in more diverse and healthier diets for vulnerable people in countries where we work

We began 15 years ago with a belief that fortifying staple foods such as flour, oil and salt could help tackle poor nutrition, and since then we have worked with many partners to make fortified staple foods available to more than 1 billion people. Now, it is increasingly clear that food systems actually contribute to the poor diets that result in poor nutrition and have become the number-one risk factor for ill health.

The Associate will work closely with the Senior Technical Advisor and Senior Associate to support the building, scoping and delivery of the Food Value Chain’s (FVC) Global Program and to ensure that all project activities are delivered according to the set targets and implementation timeframe. 

Be able to track and respond to variety of requests regarding background research, communication outputs, contracts, budgets and donor reports acting as interface between project teams, corporate services and the Director of the Food Supply Chains program.
Project Support to Food Value Chain Portfolio (50%)
• Provide operational and program administrative support and data collection/literature reviews support to all projects under the FSC portfolio.
• Work with the Senior Technical Advisor and Senior Associate to explore and build new FSC initiatives.
• Continually generate and update resource mobilization materials to promote project activities.
• Support projects in drafting and finalizing project communication materials, write and edit blog pieces, success stories, and/or public reports, work with GAIN Communications Team to regularly update GAIN FSC web page, design and update FSC communications materials (ex. One pagers, brochures, infographics, presentations, etc.).
Grants and Contracts (25%)
• Support contracting process and management for the Postharvest Loss Alliance for Nutrition, and the newly emerging Food System Innovations portfolio– supporting project leads with managing internal review processes. Be able to clearly write and articulate deliverables, deadlines, and work to be performed in line with GAIN’s contracting procedures.
• Manage global contracts for the program including drafting Terms of Reference and consultant negotiations. Track contract deliverable deadlines and save final deliverables and reports.
• Support country teams and in particular the Postharvest Loss Alliance for Nutrition and Food System Innovations Program in managing calls for proposals and administering the grant portfolio including budgets, contracts and grantee reporting. Duties include ensuring compliance with GAIN and donor requirements as well as management to deliver on workplans in collaboration with GAIN Country offices.
Internal and Donor Relations (15%) 
• Manage internal reporting by drafting and compiling information and draft presentations on project and financial highlights for bi-annual board meetings and other management reviews. Assist with preparation of external presentations for donor meetings and external events.
• Manage donor reporting and annual work planning process. Review, edit and gather additional information as needed for work plans and reports prepared by country teams and write the reports for global projects. Integrate financial reports and prepare summary presentations for presentation to donors. Manage review of reports by Donor Relations team and Director, Food Supply Chain or designate.
Initiative Support (10%)
• Manage FVC internship program including developing ToRs and deliverables, conduct initial recruitment, and provide day-to-day management of interns including mentoring and coaching.
• Regular update and organize FSC project files on PMIS and Sharepoint, as needed
• Coordinate with Project Managers and Communications Officers to create new material and ensure timely submission of outputs to GAIN Communications Team
• Other tasks as assigned.
• Understanding and experience with international development, particularly food systems, agriculture, nutrition and other similar topics.
• Experience in a developing country context preferred
• Competent with project management software, MS Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint and CMS websites.

Other Requirements:
• Minimum Bachelor degree with 5 years experience or Master’s degree
• Authorized to work lawfully in the United States for GAIN NoSCA, LLC
• Excellent communication skills (oral and written) in English, knowledge of French or another language is considered an important asset.

For more information, please see the Job Description below:

Job Description
Closing Date
4 Mar 2018

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