Project Officer, Social Protection Job Vacancy in Nairobi, Kenya

Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition 

Position Title: Project Officer, Social Protection

About the Role

The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) is seeking a Project Officer, Social Protection who will support the programme and policy team to deliver social protection activities. This role will be based in Nairobi, Kenya for the duration of the project running till end of December 2026 subject to availability of funding.

GAIN and CARE Kenya are currently implementing a project known as CASCADE whose goal is to improve food security and contribute to the reduction of malnutrition amongst women of reproductive age and children under 5 in Kenya. The programme has two strategic objectives: it aims to increase access to and consumption of healthy diets, as well as increasing the resilience of households to economic and climate change-related shocks across in three counties in Kenya, with a focus on women of reproductive age and children.

Reporting to the Influencing and Advocacy Manager, the Project Officer, Social Protection will contribute to the implementation of GAIN’s social protection programs, including policy and advocacy support. The successful candidate will support on social protection to ensure our programmes have a social protection lens.

Key Responsibilities include:

  • In consultation with the programme team provide support on social protection to ensure our programmes have social protection lens.
  • Support with the updating of the repository of policy documents that are relevant to social protection.
  • Support with the development of PowerPoint presentations and relevant briefing documents to support stakeholder engagement and influencing.
  • Support the development of social protection materials for target audiences as needed.
  • Contribute to drafting reports, policy papers and briefs, factsheets and other documents which synthesize. GAIN learnings, values, and priorities on social protection .
  • Support with stakeholder analysis and social protection needs mapping in Kenya.
  • Provide an inventory of partners and stakeholders who are involved in social protection.
  • Support the content development for social protection policy and advocacy components of reports to donors and other key stakeholders, including media.

About you

The ideal candidate should have demonstrated experience in social protection demonstrating ability to map social protection needs within Kenya while collaborating with programme teams to ensure a social protection lens is applied during programming. Experience supporting development of social protection materials for targeted audiences is preferred.

The post holder should demonstrate ability to work with a wide range of stakeholders while championing the social protection agenda within all programmatic areas. Contribute to drafting reports, policy papers and briefs, factsheets and other documents which synthesize GAIN learnings, values, and priorities on social protection.

You should have an understanding of social protection landscape in Kenya with ability to deliver high quality outputs in addition to excellent written/verbal communications, research, writing, and analytical ability. Candidate should have an education background in a relevant field such Gender and social protection or other relevant fields.

About our Offer

The starting gross salary on offer for this role is from KES 2’207’664 – KES 2’519’424 per annum, depending on experience.

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 and hybrid 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.

About GAIN

The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) is a Swiss-based foundation launched at the United Nations in 2002 to tackle the human suffering caused by malnutrition. Due to COVID19, conflict in Ukraine and climate change, malnutrition and hunger have worsened significantly since 2019, reversing a decade of progress. There is growing recognition that our food systems need to change if we are to reverse these trends.

GAIN’s Strategy aims to transform food systems to make healthier diets from sustainable food systems accessible to all people and especially those whose are most vulnerable to shocks. By 2027, we aim to improve the access of 1.5 billion people to nutritionally enhanced staple foods, improve the access of 25 million people to healthier diets, and support positive food system change in 10 countries. This is bold and complex, and the only way to achieve this is to work together with partners including governments, businesses, and civil society at the country and global level. These goals, and the ways of achieving them, build on our twenty-year legacy of transforming people’s lives with improved nutrition through concerted action and effective policy change.

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.

Applicants must have the right to work and be currently based in the advertised country location, to be eligible to apply for this position.

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 1st November 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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