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  • Food Fortification Program Coordinator at Helen Keller International

  • Posted on: 7 December, 2018 Deadline: Not Specified
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  • Established in 1915 with Helen Keller as a founding trustee, Helen Keller International (HKI) is dedicated to saving the sight and lives of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged. Headquartered in New York City, HKI currently conducts programs in 21 countries in Africa and Asia, as well as in the United States.  HKI has been active in Nigeria for many years, implementing programs to improve the nutrition and health of the population. HKI’s nutrition programs in Nigeria include Infant and Young Child Feeding, Vitamin A supplementation, promotion of cultivation of biofortified foods such as orange fleshed sweet potato, school nutrition. HKI has also been instrumental in providing technical inputs and support to development of several national nutrition and health policies, including legislation and standards for food fortification across West Africa.

    Food Fortification Program Coordinator


    HKI is seeking an experienced Food Fortification Program Coordinator to lead a food fortification initiative in Nigeria.  HKI’s food fortification program, which will be implemented in Nigeria and two other countries in West Africa, will aim to strengthen coordination and build consensus among national and regional actors in support of the development of technical specifications and standards for bouillon.  The project will also create awareness, stimulate dialogue and build consensus among stakeholders on the relevance of considering bouillon as a potential vehicle for micronutrient fortification in the region.  This position will be based at the HKI Office in Lagos, Nigeria, to lead the program activities in Nigeria.

    Scope of the Position

    The Food Fortification Program Coordinator is responsible for coordinating implementation of all program activities in Nigeria.  S/he will engage in joint planning of the intervention’s activities with her/his supervisor and directly manage the implementation and monitoring these activities in Nigeria to ensure delivery of high quality outputs and timely reporting in line with donor requirements. S/he will collaborate with relevant stakeholders involved in standards development and marketing of bouillon as well as those engaged in food fortification in Nigeria, including government ministries, the National Food Fortification Alliance, private sector industries, and professional and consumer associations, on the implementation of the program’s work-plan.  S/he will also provide technical inputs to relevant national standards on bouillon and bouillon fortification, while also engaging in advocacy efforts, including representing HKI at various national meetings and events, to create awareness and ensure visibility for the program.

    Functional Relationships

    The Food Fortification Program Coordinator will be supervised by HKI Country Director in Nigeria with technical supervision from HKI’s Regional Food Fortification Program Manager, based in Dakar, Senegal. S/he will work closely with HKI’s country and regional office staff, while liaising with partner agencies, particularly in Nigeria, to implement project activities.

    Specific Responsibilities

    The Food Fortification Program Coordinator will:

    • Lead in development and implementation of the country work plan for the project, with guidance and inputs from HKI’s Regional Program Manager for Food Fortification and Country Director of Nigeria.
    • Actively engage with and maintain relationships with the relevant government ministries and departments, the National Food Fortification Alliance (NFA), the private sector bouillon manufacturers and traders, civil society, and consumer and professional associations, for the project.
    • Facilitate regular face-to-face and virtual meetings of a Country Working Group (CWG) of Stakeholders (composed of a sub-committee of the NFA and other national actors) to provide guidance and support to the intervention’s activities in the country.
    • Work with the CWG to identify and fill data and evidence gaps in support of micronutrient fortification of bouillon.
    • Oversee and provide technical inputs to national assessments in support of intervention activities, including formative studies on stakeholder and consumer perceptions regarding bouillon and bouillon fortification, and facilitate the use of findings from these studies to develop targeted communications messages and materials to various stakeholders.
    • Plan and facilitate advocacy and awareness creation on the project to officials in government, private sector, academia, research institutes, civil society, professional associations and consumer associations in the country to gain their approval and facilitate their support to implementation of the intervention’s activities.
    • Lead national advocacy to government to facilitate the development and adoption of national standards for bouillon and fortified bouillon.
    • Ensure sustained information sharing and knowledge management on the project, including documenting and sharing lessons learned on implementation and facilitating technology transfer to bouillon manufacturers operating in the country.
    • Write and produce timely reports (Monthly, Quarterly, Annual) on the progress of the project, and in line with donor requirements.


    • At least a Master’s Degree in Nutrition, Food Technology, Food Science, Public Health, or International Development plus a minimum 5 years’ experience implementing food and nutrition programming.  Prior experience in implementing food fortification programs will be a plus.
    • Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated capacity to develop and maintain productive relationships with the government, private sector and civil society.
    • Demonstrated effectiveness in project planning and organization, as well as personal time management.
    • Ability to read, analyze and interpret complex documents, including policy analysis
    • Relevant experience in advocacy with government officials
    • Excellent written, oral and communication skills.
    • Fluency in English and French, both oral and written.

    Method of Application

    Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and resume as a single word document to noting the job title in the subject line.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Offer will be made upon confirmation of funding by the Donor.

    No calls, please.

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