Senior Associate, Youth Projects

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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
The starting salary on offer for this role is from USD 25,730 – USD 29,422 per annum (gross salary), depending on experience.
Contract Type
Fixed Term
36 Months
About the Role

The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) is seeking a Senior Associate, Youth Projects to support the global management and strategic direction of the youth projects programme as well as operational duties in Tanzania.

This role will be offered on a 3 years’ fixed-term contract basis, subject to availability of funding. You will be based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Reporting to the Theme Lead, Inclusive and Equitable Food Systems, the Senior Associate will work closely with the Head of Programmes, Tanzania and Global Theme Lead to provide functional and technical support to projects and teams in the Nourishing Food Pathways (NFP) youth project (global and country activities). You will be responsible for day-to-day operational delivery, implementation, and monitoring of the project in Tanzania and you will ensure project activities are implemented within approved plans, budget, and quality standards.

As this is a new thematic work area for GAIN Tanzania, the postholder will help guide the office on how to work with youth and establish a presence for GAIN on youth and food systems in Tanzania. You will work with a high performing cross-functional and cross-country project team, and establish, manage and maintain relationships with relevant partners and stakeholders. In addition, the postholder will contribute to a greater staff understanding of how to work with youth in GAIN’s work, providing guidance to the project team and other GAIN staff on youth engagement in food.

Key Responsibilities include
  • Providing strategic support to country teams in the design, planning and implementation of the new NFP youth project. Collaborating with the GAIN colleagues, consultants and partners on the design and planning of project scope, activities, work plans, Theories of Change and results framework
  • Supporting the Theme Lead to define a youth engagement and co-creation approach for the project to support youth contribution to food systems policy
  • Contributing to donors’ report writing, in collaboration with project teams, technical teams, funding team and support teams. Ensuring narrative reporting and financial accounting meet GAIN and donor’s requirements
  • Collaborating with the Theme Lead to further refine GAIN’s offering on youth to develop a longer-term strategy with key activities, in particular healthy school food environments
  • Actively contributing to Programme Service Team (PST) department wide initiatives and providing guidance to GAIN Tanzania on positioning of youth in food systems
  • Working closely with partners to ensure their opinions and voices are reflected and they can campaign alongside GAIN. Developing and maintaining networks with partners both in the Global North and Global South, including proactively engaging and reaching out to potential partners
  • Driving internal and external awareness of GAIN’s food systems for youth work (including dissemination of project activities and findings, communications assets, working papers and other publications on GAIN’s work) as required, represent GAIN at government and donor meetings, technical groups and seminars / conferences.
  • Working alongside the policy team and Theme Lead to design and deliver a global influencing agenda

About You

The ideal candidate will have demonstrable experience in youth programming in Tanzania and other countries and working with officials from the Government of Tanzania, civil society organisations including youth organisations, and school networks. You will have proven experience in managing and delivering projects on time / on budget, using project management, processes and tools including risk management, benefits management, financial management and quality assurance project management. Candidates with experience in food systems or nutrition programming would be an asset.

The postholder will also have a good understanding of nutrition and food systems concepts in programmes and policy, in addition to current food systems trends and youth priorities, and able to identify knowledge and practice gaps.

You will have strong written, verbal communication and presentation skills, including a proven ability to communicate diverse and disparate information and messaging in simple and concise formats. In addition to this, you will possess fluent written and spoken English and Kiswahili. You will be highly flexible and willing and able to travel internationally regularly.

The ideal candidate will have familiarity with meaningful youth engagement, human-centered design and social behaviour change communications approaches within an international context across multiple countries. A Post graduate degree or equivalent in Youth Studies, Community Development, Economics, Nutrition, Sociology, Development, or related field is preferable.

About our Offer

The starting salary on offer for this role is from USD 25,730 – USD 29,422 per annum (gross salary), 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.

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.

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.

For more detailed information please see the attached job description. To apply, follow the "Apply Now" link.

Applicants must be currently based in the Dar es Salaam, Tanzania region to be eligible to apply for this position.

This advert closes on 26th May 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.

Hybrid Working
Closing Date
26 May 2023