Head of Programmes, Nigeria

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The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition is seeking a Head of Programmes in Nigeria (HoP) to support the Country Director in fulfilling the vision and strategy of the food and nutrition portfolio in country. This role is offered on an initial fixed-term contract of up to 2 years, with the expectation that this will be extended for a longer term thereafter, subject to 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.

About the role

The Head of Programmes (HoP) will be responsible for overseeing the design, development, and successful implementation of the GAIN Nigeria Programme Portfolio during an exciting period of growth. They will ensure that GAIN’s programmes and projects are of excellent technical quality, delivered on time and on budget and coordinated. The role holder will report to the Country Director and will be a key member of the Nigeria Senior Management Team.

Specific responsibilities include;

  • Support the Country Director with the development, implementation and quality management of the Nigeria strategy so it maximizes impact to transforming local food systems for better nutrition.
  • Lead the program team to conceptualize and operationalize impactful interventions to improve nutrition outcomes in Nigeria, including providing leadership in GAIN design and implementation QUADS
  • Oversees and ensures effective delivery of programmes in line with budgets.
  • Work with the Head of Policy & Advocacy and the Head of Operations to coordinate the programmes portfolios’ financial execution and reporting.
  • Acts as an advocate for private sector engagement in nutrition in Nigeria, on behalf of GAIN.
  • Plan, guide and showcase GAIN Nigeria programmatic service delivery, research and achievements
  • Coach, guide and mentor leaders within programme team and the department so that they are effective as leaders and managers in managing their teams.

About you

You will need to be an excellent leader with substantial programme management experience within the international / economic development setting. You will need to demonstrate an in‐depth understanding of programme issues and policy work at organisational, national and international levels and understand how to leverage this knowledge to achieve success. An understanding of the nutrition-food security nexus, public health and community development is essential, as is the ability to take this knowledge to conceptualise, develop and implement programmatic activity.

About our offer

GAIN has a fair and competitive salary structure that recognises good performance through annual progression. In addition, GAIN offers a total of 37 days holiday per year (including annual leave of 25 days plus public holiday and additional office closure days), a competitive pension, a highly attractive health insurance scheme and additional 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 will provide opportunities through internal recruitment processes, secondments and promotion.

Next steps

For a more detailed breakdown of the role, please see the attached job description.

To apply, follow the "Apply Now" link and follow the instructions in the application form, providing as much detail as you are able to evidence your suitability.

The window for applications closes on 14th March 2021, however we are encouraging early applications and reserve the right to close the advert early should we identify suitable candidates beforehand.

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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