Project Associate, Large-Scale Food Fortification (Afghanistan)

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Location
Kabul, Afghanistan
Salary
Competitive
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Afghanistan has a high burden of malnutrition in children and women, and improving the micronutrient status of the Afghan population is a cornerstone of national socio-economic development in Afghanistan. GAIN is now seeking a seasoned professional to strategically drive its Large-Scale Food Fortification program in Afghanistan, under the direct supervision of the Country Manager.

Responsibilities

  • Work closely with the Grantees to identify the needs for technical assistance for the projects.
  • Act as focal point and help facilitate all activities under GAIN funded projects by supporting the Grantees and other partners
  • Review and monitor all programmatic activities against the implementation plan of the grant agreements.
  • Contributes to the development of a knowledge base on GAIN’s portfolio, including the gathering of national and regional trends in nutrition.
  • Work with the Afghanistan National Standards Authority (ANSA) for developing national standards of fortified staple foods.
  • Identify concrete opportunities for GAIN’s engagement in universal salt iodization (USI) program in Afghanistan in line with the strategic objectives of GAIN’s global Large-Scale Food Fortification initiative.
  • Responsible for coordinating the implementation of GAIN’s annual USI work plan.
  • Provide representation and advocacy support for the USI program in country.
  • Work with key stakeholders on approaches leading to a sustainable supply of potassium iodate (e.g. revolving funds) and related legislation.
  • Assist and support iodized salt producers so that the internal quality control and assurance ensure adequately iodized salt is produced at all times.
  • Support government-funded training of salt producer’s staff in external monitoring at production of adequately iodized salt.
  • In collaboration with UNICEF, explore the distribution of dropper testing kits to wholesalers and retailers, especially in rural areas.
  • Work with the Ministry of Public Health to improve USI legislation
  • Prepares reports for GAIN’s management, donors and others as required

Skills and Experience

You have at least 5 years experience in developing and managing projects in a multi-cultural environment in the private sector, government or international organisations.  With your strong communication and advocacy skills, and understanding of public nutrition, you have the ability to operate in the corporate and public sectors, and ideally bring knowledge of food fortification and salt iodization.  An understanding of public nutrition programming is preferred.

A Master’s Degree in health, food science, nutrition, business administration, or a suitable equivalent is required, together with fluency in English (verbal and written) and a good command of Pashto and Dari languages. 

To apply, please submit a CV and covering letter via http://jobs.gainhealth.org/

Job Description
Afghanistan_Associate_Food_Fortification.pdf
Closing Date
10 Sep 2012

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