Programme Lead, Nutritious Foods Financing Facility

GAIN , Nairobi, Kenya
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Job Summary

Job Description

The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) is seeking a Programme Lead to provide technical and managerial leadership to GAIN’s Nutritious Foods Financing programme. This role can be based in London, Nairobi or Utrecht and is offered initially on a one year fixed-term contract (with the possibility of extension subject to funding).

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.

GAIN’s Nutritious Foods Financing programme (N3F) aims to both influence investors and existing funds to better support nutritious foods value chains, and to lead by example through a new investment facility that will specifically target nutrition in Africa. To learn more about the programme, visit our website:

About the role

Reporting to the Cluster Lead, Supply Chain for Nutritious Foods, The Programme Lead will be responsible for deepening and developing GAIN’s Nutritious Foods Financing programmatic strategy and work plan, supporting resource mobilisation efforts through strong donor engagement and ensuring the highest quality in the Nutritious Foods Financing programme and its related projects.

The postholder will also be responsible for raising new funds for technical assistance, M&E, and policy advocacy on SME financing and raising the profile of the Nutritious Foods Financing programme area internally and externally.

Role specifics will include;

  • Supporting the finalization of the structure of the Nutritious Foods Financing Fund (N3F), including managing GAIN’s N3F advisors.
  • Managing the relationship with the fund manager. Managing the development of, execution of, and compliance with the fund’s partnership agreements and legal documents, including oversight of the Luxembourg-based facility.
  • Managing in-country pipeline surveys and analysis
  • Managing the in-house design of GAIN’s metrics for N3F, in close consultation with GAIN’s Knowledge Leadership team
  • Ensuring that and articulating how the N3F strategy aligns with GAIN’s overall strategy, global good practice
  • Representing GAIN at senior level for relevant events, international meetings and fora, and to support on the development of GAIN-led workshops and conferences on N3F and impact investing for nutrition
  • Working closely with GAIN Development Office and Knowledge Leadership teams, lead and contribute to the development of proposals.
  • Raising new funding for GAIN’s N3F programming, and promoting GAIN’s reputation with donors
  • Prospecting for and identify new calls for proposals of relevance to N3F.
  • Identifying new and existing donors, building and maintaining relationships through regular and open engagement
  • Supporting an understanding of finance, blended finance, and impact within GAIN

About you

Candidates must have professional knowledge and experience in donor-funded development work in health and nutrition with a strong focus on private-sector involvement.

You will have experience working with governments, international organizations, and NGOs both at the global and country level with a focus on impact investing and blended finance. You will have proven experience and a successful track record of managing donor-funded projects or programs, and a demonstrable history of success in resource mobilization for social impact funds or similar initiatives.

You will have a strong understanding and ability to speak competently about impact investment in health and nutrition with potential donors and you will have some operational experience and understanding of the investment cycle (i.e sourcing, due diligence, terms development, investment and harvesting from a social impacting perspective). Excellent proposal writing and presentation skills are essential, and candidates must have exceptional managerial skills alongside strong influencing, and stakeholder management skills.

Applicants must be flexible with the ability to travel and be comfortable working a multi-cultural international environment.

About our offer

Starting salary for this role is listed per location below, depending on experience;

London, United Kingdom - From 52, 637 - 56, 395 GBP per annum

Nairobi, Kenya - From 4,571, 040 - 5,224, 046 KES per annum

Utrecht, The Netherlands - 65, 713 - 70,406 EUR per annum

In addition to competitive salary, GAIN offers an attractive pension scheme, 25 days holiday (plus public holiday), flexible working and home working. We will support you to grow in your Career through formal and informal professional development opportunities and we offer this within a supportive and collaborative environment.

Applicants must have the existing right to live and work in their country of application to be considered for this position. Applications close on the 15th January 2021. Interviews are expected to take place from 1st February onwards.

For more detailed information please see the attached job description. To apply, follow the "Apply Now" link.

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.