Research Associate, Private Sector and Food Systems Transformation Job Vacancy in Kenya - Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition

The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) is seeking a Research Associate, Private Sector and Food Systems Transformation to support the knowledge management / mobilisation, research and learning activities of GAIN programmes. It will be on a 1-year fixed term contract basis, subject to availability of funding. This position is open to GAIN’s country offices in Nairobi, Delhi, Utrecht and London.

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 Knowledge Leadership (KL) team provides support across all programmatic areas within GAIN, working with programme teams to bring nutrition and related expertise into programme design and delivery and leading on the development and use of learning agendas to inform programme progress and impact. The KL team supports the implementation and dissemination of research, evaluation and learning activities in support of the country and global programme teams. GAIN works with private sector to envision and support their proactive role in food systems transformation. This includes both small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in food value chains, and employers of vulnerable works.

Reporting to the Senior Manager, Knowledge Leadership, you will support the knowledge management, knowledge mobilization, research, and learning activities of GAIN programmes that support small businesses and employers to transform food systems. This includes but is not limited to SME cluster (the SUN business network) as well as selected workstreams in the Drivers of Food Systems Transformation portfolio (workforce nutrition, social protection).

Key Responsibilities include;

  • Conducting reviews of literatures relevant to various programmes learning agenda and in response to emerging research questions
  • Providing technical support to the development and modification of country and global-level performance measurement frameworks (including logic models and results frameworks) for relevant projects and programmes, in consultation with relevant KL advisors and country programme managers
  • Working closely with colleagues to implement the programmes research activities (e.g., support training for data collection; supervise data collection activities; manage datasets and conduct simple data analysis; verify data quality)
  • Carrying out analysis on qualitative and quantitative data, including statistical analyses and format / design results for oral and written dissemination
  • Supporting in the preparation of reports, briefs, presentations, and other knowledge products for the dissemination of research and programme findings and learnings

About You

The ideal candidate will have demonstrated related experience in food systems research and in leading and developing GAIN’s knowledge products (Working Papers, Briefing Papers). You will have knowledge of nutrition and food systems relevant to GAIN’s programming areas and quantitative and qualitative research methods and understanding of field data collection in low- or middle-income countries and associated challenges. Candidate with experience with the private sector a plus.

You should have excellent communication, writing and presentation skills, willing and able to work in multicultural and multilingual environments. The postholder should have ability to conduct literature reviews, and systematically synthesize information.

You should be computer literate with excellent MS Office skills, experience with data analysis software such as Stata is a plus. Master holder in nutrition, public health, agriculture or related field, candidate with in-depth knowledge of nutrition and food systems, with programme implementation experience is highly desirable.

About our Offer

The starting salary for each office is as follows, depending on experience:

  1. Kenya: From KES 2,207,664– KES 2,519,424 (gross) per annum
  2. India: From INR 889,212 – INR 1,017,468 (gross) per annum
  3. The Netherlands: From EUR 44,580 – EUR 47,748 (gross) per annum
  4. United Kingdom: From GBP 35,346– GBP 37,858 (gross) per annum

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.

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.

This advert closes on 19th April 2023. Early applications are encouraged. GAIN reserves the right to 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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