Overview

Project Associate, Demand Creation
Job TypeFull Time
QualificationBA/BSc/HND
Experience
LocationNairobi
Job FieldProject Management
About the role

The USAID funded NAWIRI Project aims to sustainably reduce levels of acute malnutrition among vulnerable populations in Isiolo and Marsabit counties in Kenya. GAIN is a partner on the CRS-led consortium, working alongside others to understand the functionality of the local private sector actors; the functionality of local market systems; the implications of this for acute malnutrition patterns and ways in which the private sector could be leveraged to improve the availability, accessibility, affordability, and desirability of nutritious foods to vulnerable households in the region.

Reporting to the Project Manager, as Project Associate you will provide technical expertise to create and sustain consumer demand for nutritious foods in Isolo and Marsabit Counties. You will be responsible for consumer-facing marketing activities that encourage purchasing of nutritious foods.

Role specifics include;

  • Assess nutritious foods marketing opportunities and work with the Project Manager to develop / revise market expansion strategy for the GAIN supported SMEs
  • Facilitate the development of the position of branded nutritious food based on lower-income family preferences.
  • Identify effective and efficient promotion activities in collaboration with civil society, government and private sectors, and facilitate the implementation of such activities
  • Participate and contribute to development and implementation of project work plans.
  • Provide assistance to the project manager by documenting and monitoring the project progress against project workplan and budget.
  • Collect, document, collate and analyse project data for monitoring and management information purposes
  • Plan, coordinate and organize time-bound project site visits
    About you

You will need to have good experience in the agri-food sector in Kenya, with a specific focus on advertising and / or marketing of food to consumers. Previous experience of working in food sales would be highly desirable.

Although not essential, it would be beneficial if you can evidence past professional experience within a public / private partnership environment, particularly in the ASAL area of Kenya.

You will find further detail about the role resonsibilities and person specification in the job description.attached to the GAIN advert.

About our offer

In addition to competitive salary, GAIN offers 25 days holiday (plus public holidays applicable to the location and / or additional given days), home and flexible working. We also offer professional development opportunities and will support you to grow in your career. We offer this within a supportive and collaborative environment. Additional country specific benefits may apply.

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

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About Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)

The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) is an international organization driven by the vision of a world without malnutrition. OUR METHODOLOGY / At GAIN, we believe that no one sector alone can solve the complex problem of malnutrition. We work closely with partners including governments, civil society, businesses, UN agencies, and academic institutions to develop programs that deliver large-scale and locally relevant solutions to malnutrition in more than 30 countries. In recent years we have expanded our approach to reach those on the margins of society, who are often the most excluded, vulnerable and severely malnourished, such as the Dalit community in India who experience oppression because of their caste; adolescent girls; and families affected by emergencies. ABOUT GAIN / Each day, 795 million people - one in nine - go hungry. Close to 2 billion people survive on diets that lack the vital vitamins and nutrients needed to grow properly, live healthy lives, and raise a healthy family. About 1.4 billion people worldwide struggle with overweight and obesity. That’s more than the number of people who are hungry worldwide. In total, around 3.5 billion people - half the people on the planet today - are malnourished. The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) is an international organization that was launched at the UN in 2002 to tackle the human suffering caused by malnutrition. GAIN is driven by the vision of a world without malnutrition. We act as a catalyst - building alliances between governments, business and civil society - to find and deliver solutions to the complex problem of malnutrition. Today we are on track to reach over a billion people with improved nutrition - a goal for 2015. We focus our efforts on children, girls and women because we know that helping them have sustainable, nutritious diets is crucial to ending the cycle of malnutrition and poverty. By building alliances that deliver impact at scale, we believe that we can eliminate malnutrition within our lifetimes. Data sources: The Lancet’s series on maternal and child undernutrition Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) World Health Organization (WHO) UNICEF OUR IMPACT / GAIN has helped 892 million people to access affordable, nutritious food - about 350 million of whom are women and children. Our work to fortify staple foods and condiments with essential micronutrients reaches more than 30 countries worldwide. Our work includes helping to improve the quality of foods and diets and educating families of the benefits of breastfeeding and good nutrition. Worldwide, our projects are changing lives and contributing to reducing micronutrient deficiencies through large-scale food fortification. For example, we’ve increased the intake of vitamin A in Indonesia by fortifying edible oils and the intake of iron in China by fortifying soy sauce. By 2017, we aim to increase the intake of essential micronutrients such as vitamins A, D, iron, folic acid and iodine for 1.3 billion people, including 400 million women and adolescent girls, and 200 million children under five. In countries with the highest rates of malnutrition, multinutrient supplements or 'home fortification’ help improve nutrition when mixed into food. In Bangladesh, we launched a new micronutrient powder program in collaboration with international development organization BRAC. Since launch, 80,000 community workers have been trained to promote home fortification, and five million sachets were sold in 2014. Monthly sales have more than tripled during the year and the overall market for micronutrient powders grew by 15 percent, with 45 million sachets produced in 2014 alone. Data source GAIN 2012-2013 Annual Report OUR VISION / GAIN is driven by the vision of a world without malnutrition. We believe that everyone in the world should have access to an affordable, healthy and nutritious diet. We focus on children, girls and women to break the cycle of malnutrition and poverty. By building alliances that deliver impact at scale, we believe that we can end malnutrition within our lifetimes. OUR APPROACH / We believe that everyone in the world should have access to an affordable, healthy and nutritious diet. A tailored approach to innovation. We work to understand and deliver specific solutions to the daily challenge of food insecurity faced by poor people. By understanding that there is no 'one-size-fits-all’ model, we develop alliances and build tailored programs, using a variety of flexible models and approaches. Scale and ambition. We aim to reach 1 billion people with affordable, nutritious foods by 2015. We build alliances between governments, local and global businesses, and civil society to deliver sustainable improvements at scale. We are part of a global network of partners working together to create sustainable solutions to malnutrition. What matters most is impact. We focus on early life stages and maternal health when good nutrition has the most impact. We focus our efforts on children, girls and women because we know that providing access to affordable, sustainable, nutritious diets is crucial to ending the cycle of malnutrition and poverty. OUR VALUES / Team work GAIN draws on the different skills of employees to create cohesive teams to deliver our programs in more than 30 countries. We also work closely with public and private partners. Innovation Our staff are creative thinkers who develop and test innovative business models to make markets work in a sustainable way for vunerable groups. Passion GAIN is made up of dedicated, enthusiastic professionals committed to our mission of making a difference on a large scale. Professionalism GAIN ensures professional and scientific rigor, commitment and leadership in our relations with the people and organizations we work with. OUR METHODOLOGY / At GAIN, we believe that no one sector alone can solve the complex problem of malnutrition. We work closely with partners including governments, civil society, businesses, UN agencies, and academic institutions to develop programs that deliver large-scale and locally relevant solutions to malnutrition in more than 30 countries. In recent years we have expanded our approach to reach those on the margins of society, who are often the most excluded, vulnerable and severely malnourished, such as the Dalit community in India who experience oppression because of their caste; adolescent girls; and families affected by emergencies. ABOUT GAIN / Each day, 795 million people - one in nine - go hungry. Close to 2 billion people survive on diets that lack the vital vitamins and nutrients needed to grow properly, live healthy lives, and raise a healthy family. About 1.4 billion people worldwide struggle with overweight and obesity. That’s more than the number of people who are hungry worldwide. In total, around 3.5 billion people - half the people on the planet today - are malnourished. The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) is an international organization that was launched at the UN in 2002 to tackle the human suffering caused by malnutrition. GAIN is driven by the vision of a world without malnutrition. We act as a catalyst - building alliances between governments, business and civil society - to find and deliver solutions to the complex problem of malnutrition. Today we are on track to reach over a billion people with improved nutrition - a goal for 2015. We focus our efforts on children, girls and women because we know that helping them have sustainable, nutritious diets is crucial to ending the cycle of malnutrition and poverty. By building alliances that deliver impact at scale, we believe that we can eliminate malnutrition within our lifetimes.