Project Manager, SBN (Sun Business Network)

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Abuja, Nigeria
8,923,728 - 10,183,104 NGN per annum, depending on experience
Contract Type
Fixed Term
36 Months

The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) is seeking an experienced Project Manager to lead on the overall project design, development, implementation and management of all GAIN Nigeria projects under the SBN (Sun Business Network) programme. This role is offered as a fixed-term contract of up to 3 years' (subject to funding) and is based in the GAIN Nigeria office located in Abuja.

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.

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 SBN is one of four global networks within the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement which supports 61 Countries, including Nigeria, to develop a multi-stakeholder approach to nutrition. The SBN Nigeria’s ambition is to increase the availability and affordability of safe, nutritious foods in Nigeria.

Reporting to the Deputy Country Director, the SBN Project Manager will work closely with the SBN Global Lead and teams, the Senior Manager Finance and Administration, other country based Project Managers, Technical Specialists, Knowledge Leadership (KL) teams and support staff to achieve high-level program quality and effectiveness through evidence-based work and to ensure compliance.

This position is part of the Nigeria Programme Leadership Group (PMG) and the postholder is expected to ensure organizational efficiency and effectiveness through participation in decision making, advising on strategic programmatic areas and issues, supporting communication and implementation of agreed decisions.

Key Responsibilities Include:

  • As SBN Project Manager, managing the SBN projects under GAIN Nigeria including setting strategic direction, resource mobilisation, financial management, project implementation, monitoring and reporting
  • Aligning activities to the SBN’s logic  model and results framework  and where relevant, utilizing National SBN tools
  • Leading the project management QUADs for GAIN Nigeria, ensuring operational, financial and knowledge leadership highlights are well represented to GAIN at all levels
  • Implementing the SBN program in partnership with key stakeholders – government/regulators, the private sector, development partners and consumers
  • Building a network of experts and representing GAIN at technical and political level meetings between business, government, civil society, donors and UN agencies to strengthen cross-sector dialogue on nutrition and build consensus on priorities and opportunities for business and nutrition in-country
  • Rolling out the SBN’s finance, technical assistance and business development surveys to assess SBN members for their needs – and identify new partnerships to address the challenges and opportunities facing businesses in Nigeria
  • Keep up to date with changes in the operating environment, synthesize insights and implications, and share these with others in GAIN as appropriate.
  • Supervise and manage program staff by providing direction, input and feedback
  • Other activities as may be assigned by the GAIN Deputy Country Director and the SBN Global Lead

About You

The post holder will posess substantive work experience in developing and managing projects and programmes in international development (experience of nutrition or related areas would be an advantage).

In addition to this, you will have experience in strategy development, advocacy, communications, and documentation of best practices. You will have a proven track record with tangible results in managing private sector/SME related development projects in Nigeria.

With exceptional stakeholder management and negotiation skills, you will have the ability to advocate and operate within the corporate and public sectors to effectively liaise with private companies, development agencies, and governments at senior level.

Applicants must be able to willing to travel and posess critical thinking that demonstrates good judgment, expert problem solving, and creativity. Strong leadership skills are essential to this position as well as having the ability to work in a multi-cultural, matrix-style setting.

About our Offer

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 hybrid 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 12th June 2022. Early applications are encouraged. GAIN reserves the right to close this advert early should we receive suitable candidates ahead of the closing date. Candidates will ideally be available to start by late July-early August 2022.

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
12 June 2022