Lead, Food Safety
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The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) are now recruiting for an experienced leader to join and lead EatSafe, the Evidence and Action Towards Safe Nutritious Food program. The Lead, Food Safety will bring deep knowledge of global food systems and program development and will provide overall quality assurance for the program and resulting knowledge products. This role is offered on a fixed term basis until the end of July 2024 and is open to applicants based in Washington D.C., United States, Geneva, Switzerland, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia or Abuja, Nigeria.
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.
About the Role
The Lead, Food Safety provides overall strategic and operational leadership and oversight to EatSafe. They will bring deep knowledge of global food systems and program development/ management particularly in projects implemented in the global south.They will have ample experience working with USAID (HQ and Missions). They will build the food safety research portfolio, and will engage actively in dissemination of the findings, particularly with USAID Missions. The Lead will hold primary responsibility for liaising with USAID and other potential donors and consortium partners and will provide overall quality assurance for the program and resulting knowledge products.
The Lead will also be responsible for integrating food safety into the larger GAIN portfolio in cooperation with the SMT and PST leadership. This role is offered on a fixed term basis until the end of July 2024 and is open to applicants based in Washington D.C., United States, Geneva, Switzerland, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia or Abuja, Nigeria.
Specific duties include;
- Being responsible for the overall planning, coordination, direction and management of the project to ensure adherence to programmatic quality in implementation, and USAID compliance and contractual requirements
- Being responsible for budget related approvals for EatSafe including staffing, travel, contracts, consulting agreements, and procurements
- Liaising with USAID and other donors, government, international and regional organizations, and other high-level stakeholders to ensure alignment in food safety research and actions
- Providing support to the projects Knowledge Mobilization team to develop and implement a strategic approach to the storage of data and knowledge products Development new business for EatSafe
- Being responsible for high quality delivery in time and budget, working closely with research and country teams
- Taking responsibility for timely and quality reporting to donors in collaboration with GAIN’s Development Office
- Working closely with the Senior Manager, ensures technical quality of the program both for EatSafe and Food Safety at GAIN.
- Representing the consortium at nutrition, food systems and related events
Applicants should possess extensive experience in the fields of international project development and management, fundraising, team building and leadership and have deep knowledge of food systems and food value chains. They should also have extensive experience working in developing country contexts and/or experience managing projects funded by USAIS. As well as this, applicants should have first-class people management and mentoring skills and be capable of working effectively within multi-cultural teams and while under pressure to meet organisational deadlines. Formal project management and/or leadership training would be advantageous.
In addition, applicants should hold an advanced degree in a field relevant to development, food systems, food safety, business etc., and be fluent in English, both written and spoken.
About our Offer
The salary for this role is circa $129,937 per annum quoted for the GAIN Washington D.C office. Salaries in other locations will be paid in local currency and will be adjusted to provide a comparable standard of living. A higher salary may be available for an exceptional candidate, depending on experience.
The starting date for this role, to be agreed with the successful applicant, will not commence until after the 1st January 2022.
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.
For more detailed information please see the attached job description. To apply, follow the "Apply Now" link.
This advert closes on the 16th November 2021. Early applications are encouraged. 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 the country they are applying to work in. Please note that GAIN are 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.