Project Coordinator– DELIVER Nigeria (DEcent LIVelihoods for small-scale producers delivered through Economic & Resilient food systems in Nigeria) - SYS-1155

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The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) is seeking a Project Coordinator to coordinate the implementation of the DEcent LIVelihoods for small-scale producers delivered through Economic & Resilient food systems in Nigeria(DELIVER). This role will be offered on a three(3) year fixed term contract, subject to availability of funding and will be based in Kano State, Nigeria.       .

DELIVER Nigeria (DEcent LIVelihoods for small-scale producers delivered through Economic & Resilient food systems in Nigeria) goal is to enhance the livelihoods and income of smallholder farmers, with a specific focus on empowering youth and women and fostering healthier dietary habits within the target population by promoting the increased consumption of a variety of vegetables.

The project objectives include.

  • Build the capacity of smallholder farmers to produce vegetables as a business and reduce postharvest loss, with a special focus on women and youth participation.
  • Building the capacity of input suppliers to effectively support smallholder farmers; to increase knowledge of business planning and finance options for smallholder farmers and to increase the quantity and diversity of vegetables consumed smallholder farmers.
  • Track the progress and deliverables from project partners on the access to finance, post-harvest loss (PHL) and the demand (consumption of vegetables) components.
  • Collaborate with the Project Manager on the design and planning of activities on access to finance for farmers, post-harvest loss (PHL) and production and consumption of vegetables.
  • Developing the relevant documentation for the inception workshop for the DELIVER Nigeria project.
  • Work closely with the Project Manager to monitor risks and develop contingency plans to respond to emergencies. Making an assessment and reviewing the status of projects and providing recommendations to the Senior Project Manager on approaches and procedures for project implementation
  • Supports the Senior Project Manager in preparing donors’ reports in collaboration with project teams, technical teams, funding team and support teams.
  • Support the Project Manager in managing the project schedule, activity plan and planning milestones and preparation of donor reports in collaboration with project teams, technical teams, funding team and support teams.

About you

The ideal candidate should have significant experience linking farmers to financial opportunities with knowledge of working on farmer support programmes knowledge of local, regional, social, economic, regulatory, business, and political contexts in Nigeria. Experience aligning to financial initiatives targeting women and youth highly desirable.

You should have experience in project design and management with a focus on agricultural finance and MSME support. Strong understanding of Farmers financial needs and the systemic challenges constraining their business and growth is necessary to succeed in this role. Experience in value chain analysis, farming as a business and engaging market players, inclusive market systems development, facilitating linkages, and creating space for various players in the market to interact and enabling markets to work for the poor.

The position holder should be experienced in nutrition sensitive agriculture including facilitating food production diversity, improving processing storage and preservation, and expanding markets and markets access to women of reproductive age. An education background with a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture, Agricultural Economics, Nutrition, business management, international relations, sustainable development, economics, development studies or related field is required.

The starting gross salary on offer for this role is from NGN 9’558’516 – NGN 10’907’460 gross 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.

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.

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.

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

For more detailed information please see the attached job description. To apply, follow the "Apply Now" link.

This advert closes on 15th April 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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