Project Manager, SUN Business Network

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Dhaka, Bangladesh
From BDT 1,555,584 – BDT 1,777,608 per annum, a higher salary increment maybe available depending on experience.
Contract Type
Fixed Term
24 Months

The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) is seeking a Project Manager, SUN Business Network to support the scaling up of the national network in developing the tools available to engage business in nutrition through its SBN Country Toolkit. This role will be based in Dhaka, Bangladesh and will be offered on 2 years’ fixed term basis, subject to availability of funding.

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.

SUN and the SUN Business Network:

Since 2010, the Scaling Up Nutrition Movement has inspired a new way of working collaboratively to end malnutrition, in all its forms. With the governments of 61 SUN Countries in the lead, SUN unites civil society, the United Nations, donors, businesses, and researchers—in a collective effort to improve nutrition. The SUN Business Network (SBN) was established in 2013 to mobilize business at a global and national level, in SUN Countries, to support the SUN Movement.

The SBN has recruited over 300 companies to join the network, and supports over 20 SUN Countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America to build awareness of the importance of nutrition in the business community. National SBNs work with national business to advance nutrition through improved work force practices or the provision of nutritious goods and services. The SBN is convened at global level by GAIN and the UN World Food Programme (WFP). An Advisory Group of global business leaders provides guidance to the network, which operates a small SBN global team from GAIN’s offices in London, UK.

About the Role

Reporting to the Portfolio Lead, Large Scale Food Fortification and Value Chain, the Project Manager, will help the SBN Bangladesh programme team to operationalize its SBN Bangladesh strategy to strengthen the ecosystem of the SBN members, increase its business reach, and impact by scaling up the number of business members and in promoting the agreed components of the national SBN action plan.

You will ensure the sharing of good practice amongst national SBNs events and may be asked to support regional level events. You will also ensure that tools within the SBN’s Country toolkit are fully utilized to strengthen and scale up the national SBN.

The Project Manager will closely collaborate with business associations and relevant government institutions to facilitate public-private partnership linked to improving nutrition. Also, you will ensure that updated business nutrition indicators are shared, and the performance management framework is implemented and to ensure that the key performance indicators of the strategic objectives of the SBN strategy have been achieved.

Key Responsibilities include;

  • Supporting the Bangladesh SBN team to develop and strengthen its objectives, through advocacy, stakeholder engagement and the identification of fundraising opportunities, as well as through the engagement of WFP
  • Building a pipeline of investable and innovative business and supporting them with investor connectivity and access to captive markets such as Workforce Nutrition Program
  • Strengthening the supply chain for nutritious food through connecting SBN members with different GAIN program portfolio  
  • Ensuring business nutrition indicators and performance management framework are shared among the national SBN through guides and workshops, and also with other global SBNs
  • Encouraging the business ecosystem to revolutionize to see through the food systems approach and organising the national innovation challenge involving the appropriate partners including the global partners
  • Identifying issues/areas within relevant government strategy documents and action plans where the private sector could play an instrumental delivery role, through their core business operations

About You

The ideal candidate should have proven experience working in Bangladesh, either in a private company or in a multi-stakeholder development partnership involving business. You should have strong experience in project management, partnership management, business strategy, business processes, business development, communications, marketing and / or management. Candidates with experience in the food industry is an asset.

The postholder should demonstrate excellent relationship management experience, and be familiar with managing a wide platform of stakeholders. You should be highly motivated with excellent collaboration, diplomacy, representation, and negotiation skills. . The ideal candidate should be a strong team player with the ability to work in multicultural and multilingual environment, written and verbal knowledge in Bangla and English is essential. You must be flexible and willing to travel both nationally and globally

You should have master’s degree in Business / Economics / Development studies or other social sciences equivalent. Candidate with understanding of the role of business in contributing to Sustainable Development Goals and Government of Bangladesh targets is preferred.

About our Offer

The starting salary on offer for this role is from BDT 1,555,584 – BDT 1,777,608 per annum, depending on experience. A higher salary increment maybe[HY1]  available 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.

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 Dhaka, Bangladesh to be eligible to apply for this position.

This advert closes on 5th December 2022. 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.

Closing Date
5 December 2022