The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) is seeking for a Project Manager, CASCADE to provide the strategic orientation while leading the overall CASCADE project components. This role will be offered on a four-year fixed term contract, subject to availability of funding. This position will be based in Kampala, Uganda.
GAIN is a Swiss-based foundation that was launched 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
The Catalyzing Strengthened Policy Action for Healthy Diets and Resilience (CASCADE) is a project that aims at improving food security and contribute to reduction of malnutrition among women of reproductive age (15-49) and children under five years in Uganda. The project will be implemented in several districts in Uganda that still need to be chosen. The CASCADE project is run in a consortium involving the GAIN and Care International, two organizations that have extensive experience in tackling malnutrition. The project will have a five-year duration and within the consortium GAIN is responsible for re-engineering markets and mobilizing private sector as well as Systematizing data and learning for policy.
Reporting to the Country Representative, the Project Manager will monitor the CASCADE project to be implemented in the chosen districts in Uganda. They will be responsible for leading on all project related technical assistance and implementation of activities as defined in the project proposal and work plan ensuring that the interventions by different partners are well coordinated, so that overall project milestones and goals are met.
They will lead a high performing cross-functional project team, and establish, manage and maintain relationships with relevant partners and stakeholders. They will be responsible for the overall project management leadership, ensuring the project team implement project activities within approved plans, budget, and quality standards.
Key responsibilities include:
- Leading in providing oversight, technical direction, and implementation of strategies and interventions as desired under the project as per the GAIN Project Management Guidelines (PMG).
- Defining project scope, activities, and objectives in line with the GAIN business plans, programme frameworks, and organizational strategic priorities.
- Monitoring the context dynamics and adapt the project activities and implementation modalities accordingly.
- Establishing and managing working relations with diverse stakeholders – INGOs, civil society organisations, bilateral agencies, government departments, business and non-profit partners.
- Line managing several direct reports, including supporting work plan development and performance management.
- Under the supervision of the Country Representative, monitor the systems and business processes for finance, HR, contracts, facilities, and IT that are integrated and aligned with the organization.
- Ensure compliance with donor monitoring, spending and legal requirements in collaboration with project teams, technical teams, funding team and support teams
The ideal candidate should be a self-starter with proven experience managing operational activities of a new office. GAIN is setting up operations in Uganda as it seeks to implement the CASCADE project activities. Demonstrable experience in international development in a project leadership role with an existing network in Uganda will be an advantage.
The post holder should have substantial business requirements collection and process/workflow analysis skills, with proven experience in delivering projects on time / on budget, using project management processes and tools including risk management, benefits management, financial management and quality assurance. Strong understanding of Uganda’s public health sector and food systems is preferred.
A Bachelors’ Degree in Project management, business administration, nutrition, food science, health, international development. Diploma or equivalent certification in project management or business administration is highly desirable. Preferable: APM, PRINCE2 (Foundation and / or Practitioner), Scrum Master, Agile PM would be an added advantage. Experience in delivering integrated health and / or nutrition programming is highly desirable.
About our Offer
The starting salary on offer for this role is from UGX 78,485,220 – UGX 89,751,564 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.
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 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.
For more detailed information please see the attached job description. To apply, follow the “Apply Now” link.
This advert closes on 25th November 2022. Early applications are encouraged. GAIN reserves the right to close this advert early should we receive suitable candidates ahead of the closing date.
Applicants must have the existing right to live and work in Uganda. Please note that GAIN is currently unable to sponsor working visas and relocations.
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.