Project Manager, Workforce Nutrition

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Abuja, Nigeria
From NGN 7,892,205 - 9,005,994, dependent on experience
Contract Type
Fixed Term

The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) is seeking a dynamic and experienced Project Manager to support the delivery of the Workforce Nutrition Component of their Advancing Nutrition project in Nigeria. This role is offered on a fixed-term basis until November 2025, subject to funding and is based in Abuja, Nigeria. 

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.

About the Role

The GAIN Advancing Nutrition in Staple Crop Value Chains in Nigeria project proposes a set of nutrition-sensitive interventions to support the BMZ/GIZ Green Innovation Centre (GIC) in Nigeria. GAIN’s Workforce Nutrition (WFN) project aims to develop an effective and efficient set of nutrition interventions for workers for businesses in agricultural and industrial supply chains to implement.

The nutrition approach will fit with core business, leveraging existing training structures and business communications, and offering a sustainable mechanism to provide ongoing nutrition programming. The post holder will support this by developing nutrition-related training and materials to facilitate the Social Behaviour Change, and by supporting the Senior Project Manager in the development of nutrition-sensitive workplans and budgets.

The post holder will support the Senior Project Manager, Supply Chains and will be directly responsible for the design and implementation of this component of the project. They will be expected to develop strong relationships with relevant partners, exploiting synergies within GAIN and with external stakeholders to ensure continued, effective project delivery. They will be responsible for influencing, providing leadership and reconciling stakeholders’ interests in the project ensuring that the agreed project activities are implemented within project timelines. This role is offered on a fixed-term basis until November 2025, subject to funding and is based in Abuja, Nigeria.

Specific Responsibilities include;

  • Providing technical oversight to the implementation of activities that strengthen businesses and advance nutrition in target crop value chains
  • Delivering project management in accordance with the GAIN guidelines
  • Maintaining high level liaison with government stakeholders and other organizations working on complementary projects in the country context to share knowledge and best practice
  • Develop nutrition sensitive training and Social Behavior Change communication materials and implement throughout the project cycle
  • Ensuring project outputs are well informed and up to date by keeping an eye on the relevant literature to ensure that the project remains fully informed by advances in the field
  • Maintaining a reference document repository
  • Preparing and being accountable for periodic donor reports and support global collation of wider programme reports and updates
  • Supporting the identification of new funding opportunities to fund the project as part of a long-term strategy
  • Working through project design and implementation to continuously strengthen gender focus
  • Keeping track of gender results, ensure the initiative is gender-sensitive and, where feasible, gender-transformative

About You

To be considered for this position, applicants must have proven experience in managing community-focused, nutrition related projects in Nigeria. They will ideally come from a Nutritionist or Nutrition-focused background and will be able to demonstrate experience in Social Behaviour Change Communication research and implementation in food and agricultural value chains. In addition, applicants will have a strong track record of success in building working relationships with stakeholders, government, business, civil society, and have a deep understanding of the private sector (especially MSMEs).

As well as possessing the above, applicants should be educated to at least degree level in to food science, nutrition, health, agriculture, business management or a suitable equivalent field. A further Masters qualification in a relevant field or experience working in a nutrition-led project would be highly advantageous.

About our Offer

The starting salary on offer for this role is NGN 7,892,205 - 9,005,994, dependent 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.

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

This advert closes on 30th 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 Nigeria. 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.

Closing Date
1 December 2021