Lead, Food Safety at Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)

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  • Company: Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)
  • Location: Ethiopia
  • State: Addis Ababa Jobs
  • Job type: Contract
  • Job category: Social Science/Community

Job Description

Overall purpose

The Lead, Food Safety provides overall strategic and operational leadership and oversight to EatSafe. The Lead will bring deep knowledge of global food systems and program development/ management particularly in projects implemented in the global south. They will have ample experience working with USAID (HQ and Missions). They will build the food safety research portfolio, and will engage actively in dissemination of the findings, particularly with USAID Missions. The Lead will hold primary responsibility for liaising with USAID and other potential donors and consortium partners and will provide overall quality assurance for the program and resulting knowledge products. The lead will also be responsible for integrating food safety into the larger GAIN portfolio in cooperation with the SMT and PST leadership.

Tasks and responsibilities

Leadership and management of food safety at GAIN, and the EatSafe consortium :

• Responsible for the overall planning, coordination, direction and management of the project to ensure adherence to programmatic quality in implementation, and the USAID compliance and contractual requirements • Responsible for budget related approvals for EatSafe including staffing, travel, contracts, consulting agreements, and procurements. Ensures EatSafe complies with USAID programmatic rules and regulations including the need for annual financial audits. • Responsible for high quality delivery in time and budget, working closely with research and country teams • Responsibility for timely and quality reporting to donors in collaboration with GAIN’s Development Office • Working closely with the Senior Manager, ensures technical quality of the program both for EatSafe and Food Safety at GAIN. • Liaises with USAID and other donors, government, international and regional organizations, and other high level stakeholders to ensure alignment in food safety research and actions • Leads in the coordination of activities with consortium members and other USAID food safety investment platforms/ projects • Manage direct reports as per GAIN policies and provide mentorship to them in support of continual capacity development

Knowledge mobilization :

• Provide support to the projects Knowledge Mobilization team to develop and implement a strategic approach to the storage of data and knowledge products, their dissemination through multiple media, and to mobilization the evidence and knowledge generated for policy making and program development • Write and disseminate materials relevant for EatSafe directed to policy audiences and in support of further  strategic planning and resource mobilization activities

Representation and business development :

• Development new business for EatSafe through direct and continual engagement with USAID missions • Represent the consortium at nutrition, food systems and related events • Contribute to GAIN influencing objectives through participation in committees, boards, advisory groups relevant to food safety as appropriate • Develop a strategic approach for GAIN’s work in food safety, including but not limited to EatSafe

Key organisational relationships

• Director Knowledge Leadership (reporting line) • Senior Manager, Food Safety • Manager, Knowledge Mobilization • Senior Associate, Knowledge Mobilization • Manager, Operations and Partnerships • Development Office, Communications • EatSafe Country teams • Director PST



• Excellent project management, fundraising, team building and leadership skills • Deep knowledge of food systems, food value chains, food business and informal market setting • Knowledge of food safety issues and actions strongly preferred • Demonstrated ability to work in multi-cultural environment, under pressure, and to meet deadlines • Demonstrated people management and mentoring skills


• Extensive leadership experience in international project development and management • Demonstrable experience managing projects funded by USAID • Extensive experience working in developing country contexts


• Advanced degree in a field relevant to development, food systems, food safety, business, or related field an asset • Formal project management and/or leadership training required

Other requirements

• Willingness and ability to travel in low- and middle-income countries • Excellent written and spoken English required


• Flexible working hours • Friendly working environment • Professional development opportunities

Method of Application

Submit your CV and Application on Company Website : Click Here Closing Date : 16 November. 2021
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