GAIN Project Associate NGO Jobs Kenya

The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) is recruiting for a Project Associate – Demand Creation, to support the implementation of marketing activities that will grow the market share of iron fortified beans in Kenya.

This role is based in Nairobi and is offered on an initial one year contract basis.

About GAIN

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 those most vulnerable to malnutrition.

About the role

GAIN, in partnership with HarvestPlus, has an ambition to expand coverage of biofortified nutrient dense foods to at least 200 million consumers by 2022. The focus will be on biofortified varieties of six highly promising crops, developed by HarvestPlus and its partners. These crops form the frontline cluster of sentinel nutritious staple crops to be considered for commercialization at scale by the partnership. In Kenya, the biofortification project targets iron-enriched beans.

In order to achieve the vision of scaling up the commercialization of biofortified crops, GAIN and HarvestPlus aim to produce evidence, mechanisms, tools, networks and investments to scale up the marketing and purchase of biofortified planting materials for farmers and foods for consumers.

Reporting to the Project Manager, the Project Associate will provide technical expertise to create and sustain demand for nutritious foods across various counties in Kenya. The Associate will be responsible for marketing activities that will grow the market share for iron fortified beans.

Role specifics include;

  • Assess iron-enriched bean market opportunities and develop / revise market expansion strategy for processors.
  • Support processors, retailers with integrated marketing and communication strategies for iron-fortified beans.
  • Identify promotion channels in the public sector, i.e., civil society, government, and facilitate the implementation of promotion activities for iron-fortified beans in this sector (e.g., key messaging, promotion materials, etc)
  • Collaborate with market research agencies and creative agencies for marketing and communication needs.
  • Support businesses with retail promotional strategies where appropriate
  • Participate and contribute to overall project implementation.
  • Plan, coordinate and organize time-bound project site visits

About you

You will need to have good experience in the agri-food sector in Kenya, with a specific focus on B2B / FMCG sales being highly desirable.

Although not essential, it would be beneficial if you can evidence past professional experience within a public / private partnership environment.

You will find further detail about the role responsibilities and person specification in the job description attached to the GAIN advert.

About our offer

In addition to competitive salary, GAIN offers 25 days holiday (plus public holidays applicable to the location and / or additional given days), home and flexible working. We also offer professional development opportunities and will support you to grow in your career. We offer this within a supportive and collaborative environment. Additional country specific benefits may apply.

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

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