The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) is recruiting for a Senior Manager, Knowledge Leadership to be responsible for the strategic, technical and management leadership of the Knowledge Leadership (KL) sub-group dedicated to supporting interventions to promote nutrient adequacy.
This position is a permanent hire and is open to GAIN’s country offices in Washington DC, United Kingdom or Kenya.
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 those most vulnerable to malnutrition.
About the role
The global Knowledge Leadership (KL) team works across GAIN’s programmatic areas to develop strategic research and learning agendas. The KL team provides technical support to ensure quality design, implementation and timely dissemination of such work. The team also lead of GAIN’s internal performance measurement.
The Senior Manager, KL will provide global leadership for a team of staff engaged in research, evaluation and technical support to micronutrient status and diet assessment, fortification and biofortification assessment and programming (and other programming areas as relevant).
They will work closely with the Director, Knowledge Leadership to lead and oversee and the design, resourcing, strategic direction, implementation and delivery of the agenda of the knowledge leadership team ensuring that projects are technically sound and aligned to GAIN’s corporate strategy. Externally, they will act as the GAIN KL ambassador to partners, donors and beneficiaries, representing excellence in GAIN research and evidence, and significantly influencing global nutrition strategies.
Role specifics include;
- Providing overall research leadership, ensuring the integration, continuous improvement complementarity input of research, evaluation and learning into GAIN’s programmes and projects in line with GAIN’s priorities and global best practices
- Fostering engagement with research and other thematic leads in UN agencies and major donors on research related activities to ensure a smooth and appropriate collaboration, representing GAIN at global events and ensuring the skills and interest of consortium partners is appropriately utilized to achieve the KL teams programme goals
- Overseeing the timely dissemination and collaboration with GAIN’s teams on the development of scopes of work, outlines, and peer review publications for all research products to ensure high standards for technical content
- Contributing to GAIN influencing objectives through participation in committees, boards, advisory groups relevant to GAIN’s strategy
- Leading and contributing to the development of proposals for new funding, including authoring text in partnership with the Development Office team
- Providing overall leadership to KL projects and line managing a number of direct reports to ensure team synergy and high-quality technical project delivery in time and budget
- Providing technical support to other programming areas as needed
You will bring extensive implementation, research, and evaluation experience, with desirable experience in large scale food fortification or biofortification.
You will demonstrate a deep knowledge and a high level of strategic thinking in areas of research conceptualisation and design, ideally within nutrition and food systems relevant for GAIN’s programming areas, to support the advancement of the knowledge leadership programme. In addition to this, you will posess a strong track record in leading and developing people with exceptional influencing, networking, negotiation and advocacy skills.
Skills in quantitative research methods is essential to the role (i.e survey design, implementation, data analysis, survey management, budgeting, etc).
A PhD in nutrition, public health, or related field is required. Formal project management and leadership training would be a distinct advantage.
About our offer
The starting salary for each office is as follows, a higher increment maybe available depending on experience:
- Nairobi, Kenya: From 6,863,820 – 7,853,556 KES per annum
- Washington, D.C, United States: From 126,732 – 135,780 USD per annum
- London, United Kingdom: From 66,065 – 70,773 GBP per annum
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.
This advert closes on 22nd March 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.
How to apply
For more detailed information and to apply, please visit: https://jobs.gainhealth.org/vacancies/971/