Knowledge Management Lead - FORK Job Vacancy in Kenya

Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition 

Position Title: Knowledge Management Lead - FORK

About the Role

The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) is seeking a Knowledge Management Lead - FORK to lead the sharing and uptake of a considerable amount of learning and tools to support food processing for safe and nutritious foods in Low-to-Middle-Income Countries. This role will be on a 3 years’ fixed-term contract basis, subject to a successful bidding process. This position is open to GAIN’s country offices in Washington DC, Nairobi and Dar Es Salaam.

Reporting to the FORK Chief of Party, the Knowledge Management Lead will lead the sharing and uptake of a considerable amount of learning and tools, and this knowledge will need to be documented and mobilized in a way that enables the target audience to support food processing for safe and nutritious foods in Low-to-Middle-Income Countries. Specifically, working with the FORK team, the Knowledge Management Lead will lead the implementation of segments of the FORK results framework that pertain to:

  • Strengthened capacity of key stakeholders and local researcher to design and implement interventions that facilitate processing of safe, nutritious foods.
  • Increased knowledge exchange by inclusively linking local and global researchers, MSMEs, and other key stakeholders.
  • Increased application of food safety and processing intervention research findings.

You will work with the team to ensure the material is consolidated and aligned with the learning and collaboration aspirations of USAID. GAIN seeks to increase the amount, quality and accessibility of such learning and tools and assure its mobilization for diverse stakeholders.

Key Responsibilities include:

  • Providing strategic leadership and overarching management of FORK’s knowledge management objective, in collaboration with FORK’s Chief of Party and Deputy Chief of Party
  • Working with global and country teams to assess knowledge management and mobilization needs of the program and implement activities to increase the sharing and uptake of knowledge, learning and tools to support local food processing of safe, nutritious foods
  • Advising and collaborating with project staff to identify key stakeholders in implementing countries, assessing challenges and building capacity to enable and empower them to implement evidence-based interventions to improve the processing of safe, nutritious foods
  • Developing strategic partnerships and initiating connections between local and global research institutes, businesses, and other key stakeholders to increase the knowledge exchange around best food processing practices and approaches
  • Assessing, consolidating and supporting the use of the latest evidence on food safety and food processing interventions to project team and external partners
  • Influencing and promoting mechanisms to increase the use of evidence for action in the public-private space for the processing of safe nutritious foods, across disciplines and countries
  • Developing and reviewing case studies, policy and advocacy briefs, blogs, and/or other documents for dissemination on a variety of media platforms, working closely with others on the FORK team and GAIN’s communication department
  • Overseeing the organization and planning of events and webinars to share project knowledge and learnings, working with USAID dissemination and learning platforms and other forums, and engaging a diverse set of partners and a wide audience
  • Providing overall leadership to the Knowledge Management portfolio and line managing direct reports including supporting work plan development and performance management to ensure team synergy and high-quality technical project delivery in time and budget

About You

The ideal candidate will have experience working on USAID funded projects, preferably on a Feed the Future or public health project in a knowledge management capacity and experience working with the “USAID Collaborate, Learn Adapt” (CLA) framework, including experience organizing or participating in CLA workshops.

The postholder will have an understanding of the opportunities and challenges working in food systems in LMICs, particularly in the enabling environment. Candidates with understanding of a relevant field of global development (e.g., global public health, agriculture, livestock, market development, food safety, WASH) required, understanding of food safety and/or nutrition and hands-on experience working in a low- or middle-income country would be an asset.

You will possess strong communication skills and fluent in written and verbal English. Candidates with fluency in a second language (i.e. French, Hausa, Portuguese, Swahili, Bangla, etc.) is desirable. In addition, you will have excellent writing and presentation skills for multiple audiences, particularly informed, non-expert audiences.

Master’s Degree in communications, international development, marketing, public relations, journalism, or related field, you will have trainings in at least two of these areas: communications, food science/technology, marketing, food safety, food systems, public health and economics.

The ideal candidate will have experience with and proficient in using various types of presentation and graphic design software such as PowerPoint, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, PremierPro, Acrobat, Adobe Spark. In addition, you will have expertise in research translation and preparation and dissemination of documents/presentations for a diverse range policy or other non-technical audience essential.

About our Offer

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

  • Tanzania: From USD 47,585 (gross) – USD 54,353 per annum
  • Kenya: From KES 5,684,100 (gross) – KES 6,496,116 (gross) per annum
  • USA: From USD 110,124 (gross) – USD 117,996 (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.

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.

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 20th February 2024. 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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