Head of Policy and Advocacy, Nigeria

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The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) is seeking a Head of Policy and Advocacy to deliver on GAIN Nigeria's policy and influencing strategy. This includes leading on GAIN Nigeria's work related to the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit.

This role is based in Abujai, Nigeria and is offered on a full-time contract of up to 12 months, but ancitpated to be extended to two years or more depending on funding. Anticipated start date is January 2021.

About GAIN

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

In September-October 2021, The UN will convene a Food Systems Summit to raise global awareness and finalise global commitments and actions that transform food systems to resolve not only hunger, but to reduce diet-related disease and heal the planet. As a leader of one of the Summit’s Action Tracks (Ensuring Access to Safe Nutritious Food for All), GAIN will be convening a group of 25 experts from across the world over the next 12 months to forge a consensus on an action plan that will be required of governments, civil society groups, the international development community and businesses to meet the Action Track’s goals.

The Head of Policy and Advocacy will be responsible for ensuring that the interventions led by GAIN and by its different partners are coordinated so that overall project and policy milestones and goals are met. They will be expected to provide technical support to project staff as required.

The postholder lead GAIN Nigeria’s wider influencing agenda and support country office management and leadership as part of the Senior Management Team.

Role specifics will include;

  • Tracking and mapping national preparations for the Food Systems Summit, and the Nutrition for Growth Summit
  • Integrating and aligning the Food Systems Summit policy and advocacy work into GAIN’s national business plan
  • Ensuring that the interventions led by GAIN and by its different partners are coordinated so that overall project and policy milestones and goals are met
  • Providing technical support to project staff and the cross-GAIN working group in order to develop a national food action plan for the summit
  • Represent GAIN, where appropriate, in key national-level country-level policy fora and meetings
  • Leading on external engagement with key stakeholders in government, private sector, UN, donors and civil society including academia, media, and other development practitioners; to improve support for GAIN’s mission and increase resources
  • Synthesizing and disseminating knowledge and evidence from GAIN projects currently under implementation in Nigeria that can help drive the agenda for nutritious and safe food in the country
  • Creating opportunities to spread key messages arising from GAIN Nigeria programming through e.g. media, social media, and positioning events
  • Recruit, manage and develop high-performing staff to create and maintain an effective and motivated team.
  • Contribute to and in some cases lead proposal development and resource mobilization efforts to build the country office project portfolio and expand the scope of our work in Nigeria

About you

You will need to have significant experience managing large scale projects in food systems and quality, as well as policy development and planning work ideally within a government setting that involves public private engagement.

With a proven track record in strong stakeholder management, influencing and advocacy work, you will have experience in building relationships with senior officials in order to engage in the food policy dialogue within the country context. In addition to this, you will have experience in synthesizing and disseminating knowledge and evidence alongside strong reporting skills. You must have the ability to work independently and as part of a team and will have experience working in global, multicultural working environment.

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, a highly competitive health insurance scheme, plus additioanl cover including 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.

Early applications are encouraged. GAIN reserves the right to close the advert early should we receive suitable expressions of interest from 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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