Junior Associate – Better Diet For Children (BDFC)

Arsi Negele, Oromia 
Career Level:
Junior Level (1+ – 2 years experience)

Job Description

Job Title:

Junior Associate – Better Diet For Children (BDFC)



Direct Reports:


Work Location

Arsi Negele

Travel Required:

Up to 70% within the towns



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.


Overall Purpose

The Junior Associate – Better Diet For Children (BDFC) will monitor and support the availability of nutritious children’s food and demand creation activities in the target areas under the supervision of Senior Project Manager and technical support of Market Specialist.  


The Junior Associate-Better Diet For Children (BDFC) will work closely with the government, business partners, private sectors, other civil society organizations and consultants to assist achieving impacts through scalable models of nutritious children’s food production, identifying and activating effective delivery channels and stimulating demands for the consumption of nutrition children’s food by the target groups. 


Delivery Channels

GAIN fights malnutrition in Ethiopia through innovative and sustainable models that increase access to affordable nutritious foods among communities vulnerable to malnutrition and is currently implementing a project that contributes to address under nutrition among vulnerable groups of people. This project is designed to improve access to affordable nutritious foods for children 6-59 months through providing technical support to the selected nutrition/fortified children’s food producers and community-based delivery channels and to increase demand to the consumption of those foods.

·       Sensitise existing delivery channels and identify sells gap to supply nutritious food through the existing channels

·       Support the selected public and private delivery channels to increase take-up of nutritious food by the targeted children.

·       Support the safe stocking and delivery of nutritious food in the targeted delivery channels 

Demand Creation and Behaviour Change

Assist the demand creation acuities implemented in target areas in collaboration with

  ·       government, GAIN team and consultants

·       Assist to explore determinants of nutritious food consumption by targeted groups    

·       Facilitate the implementation of effective and innovative demand creation activities



·       Assist the identification of distribution challenges of local nutritious food and assist the implementation of the solutions 

·       Sensitise targeted producers to deliver selected nutritious foods to the targeted delivery channels timely   


·       Liaise the project with government and other stakeholder with the support of GAIN Marketing Specialist and Senior Project Manager

·       Facilitate enabling environment for the implementation of GAIN’s complementary food project    

·       Develop relationships with private sector producers and distributers of nutritious children food and work closely with them to assist the production, promotion and distribution of nutritious foods and supplements.

·       Participate in the supportive supervision and project monitoring activities to contribute to the   smooth running of the project with clear project deliverables and reporting system.  

·       Develop monthly report with simplified reporting format

.       Assist in documentation and record keeping including taking and editing minutes with partner meetings

Key Organizational Relationships

·       Senior Project Manager and Market Specialist

·       Other GAIN Ethiopia country team

.       Interaction with key project partners and external stakeholders 

·       Reinforce targeted delivery channels to position nutritious food for mothers of targeted children  

Job Requirements

Skills and Attributes

·       Strong communication and negotiation skills

·       Basic computer literacy with Excel, MS Word, and Power Point skills.

·       Able to prioritize, multi-task, and work well under pressure with frequent deadlines.

·       Strong facilitation skill

·       Analytical, with the ability to effectively liaise with government offices and private business sectors.

·       Proactive with a commitment to quality and accuracy with close attention to detail.

·       Riding bicycle



·       Relevant experience in project implementation and management, preferably for social marketing and behaviour change programs.

Experience in public health and/or nutrition is highly desirable but not essential.


Diploma in nutrition, health, agriculture, marketing or any suitable equivalent is required

Other Requirements

·       Very good command of English and Oromifa language  

How to Apply

Please submit updated CV and cover letter via email at:  [email protected]  no later than 21 September 2020.

Copy of supporting documents for the educational background and experiences related with the post will be requested at the later stage.

Email address:  [email protected]

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