Project Officer at GAIN

About the Role

The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) is seeking a Project Officer, Food System Governance to support the inclusive, local food systems governance workstream under the Nourishing Food Pathways (NFP) programme. This role will be offered on a 4 years’ fixed term contract, subject to availability of funding. You will be based in GAIN’s Tanzania office in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Reporting to the Head of Programmes, you will work closely with the local government and a traditional food market committee as well as other food system stakeholders to gather evidence, establish and operate a multi-stakeholder platform. You are also responsible for the development of materials such as policy notes, reports, co-authored papers for publication and communications and in supporting areas of advocacy, project management and financial administration.

The Project Officer will work with GAIN Tanzania NFP team involved in Policy and Youth and with the country NFP2.2 Project Officers in Mozambique and Indonesia as well as the Global team.

Key Responsibilities include:

  • Working with GAIN Global Food Systems Governance team to support the timely project implementation of the inclusive, local food systems governance workstream, in Tanzania, under the Nourishing Food Pathways (NFP) programme
  • Collaborating with country teams in Mozambique and Indonesia who are also part of the NFP inclusive, local food systems governance workstream
  • Providing technical and administrative support to international events, liaising with other GAIN departments and programmes, GAIN partners and other organisations
  • Conducting desk research and developing briefs and other materials, under the oversight of the Global Food Systems Governance team, for internal and external audiences (local and global)
  • Contributing to the development of communications materials (blogs, articles, videos, social media posts) to drive awareness and engagement with the linkages between inclusive local food systems governance, multi-stakeholder engagement and implementation of Tanzania’s food systems pathway
  • Providing accurate and timely administrative and coordination tasks, including financial transactions of the programme, processing purchase orders, contracts and invoices with the support of Tanzania head of programmes and NFP 2.2 Global team and country teams in Mozambique and Indonesia finance
  • Conducting regular field monitoring visits of the activities conducted under the project
  • Maintaining strong partnerships with key stakeholders such as INGOs, government entities and private sector
  • Working closely with the project accountant, monitoring the receipt of deliverables and payments to partners, as well as ensuring all project related expenses are properly coded to ensure the accuracy of financial reporting

About You

The ideal candidate will have experience in community development work, preferably with multiple food systems stakeholders, especially government, wet food markets, community-based organisations. Candidates’ with understanding of food systems, public sector governance and/or nutrition and experience in advocacy and/or communications would be an advantage.

The postholder will be a strong team player with an excellent command of written and spoken English and able to work effectively in a multi-cultural environment. You should be highly flexible and able and willing to travel.

A Bachelor’s degree or above in International Relations, Public Health, Development Studies, Business Administration, Public Policy, Public Administration or related field. You will possess strong project management and financial administrative experience. Candidates’ with research / university research studies experience, preferably with mixed methods or qualitative methods is preferrable.

About our Offer

The starting salary on offer for this role is from USD 19,379 – USD 22,147 per annum (gross salary), 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.

About GAIN

The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) is a Swiss-based foundation launched at the United Nations in 2002 to tackle the human suffering caused by malnutrition. Due to COVID19, conflict in Ukraine and climate change, malnutrition and hunger have worsened significantly since 2019, reversing a decade of progress. There is growing recognition that our food systems need to change if we are to reverse these trends.

GAIN’s Strategy aims to transform food systems to make healthier diets from sustainable food systems accessible to all people and especially those whose are most vulnerable to shocks. By 2027, we aim to improve the access of 1.5 billion people to nutritionally enhanced staple foods, improve the access of 25 million people to healthier diets, and support positive food system change in 10 countries. This is bold and complex, and the only way to achieve this is to work together with partners including governments, businesses, and civil society at the country and global level. These goals, and the ways of achieving them, build on our twenty-year legacy of transforming people’s lives with improved nutrition through concerted action and effective policy change.

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.

Applicants must be currently based and have the existing right to live and work in the Dar es Salaam, Tanzania region to be eligible to apply for this position.

This advert closes on 23rd October 2023. Early applications are encouraged. GAIN reserves the right o 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.

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