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  • Posted: Jan 27, 2022
    Deadline: Feb 9, 2022
  • Around 3.5 billion people - half the people on the planet today - are malnourished. Each year, malnutrition kills 3.1 million children under the age of five and leaves 161 million stunted, trapping generations in lives of poverty and unfulfilled potential. The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) is focused on finding solutions to end malnutrition w...
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    Senior Associate, Planning and Communications

    Contract Type: Fixed Term
    Duration: 36 Months
    Travel Required: Up to 25%
    Classification: D4 - Senior Associate

    Overall Purpose

    • GAIN’s Nutrition Enterprise Unit (NEU) serves as GAIN’s centre of excellence on supporting Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in nutritious food value chains. This includes the delivery of technical assistance to SMEs, development of financial services for SMEs and advocacy for SMEs. It also supports several other projects seeking to develop specific nutritious food value chains. The unit is active in all five African and four Asian countries where GAIN maintains offices.
    • Under the guidance and direct supervision of GAIN’s Communications Manager-Country Programmes, the Senior Associate, Planning and Communications will support the formulation and implementation of communications and advocacy strategies that aim to increase the standing and awareness of the NEU with a broad range of stakeholders including government officials, private sector, non-government, media, and civil society organizations.

    Tasks and Responsibilities
    Communication Strategy and Action Plan:

    • Building on GAIN’s corporate communications strategy, work closely with the Communications Manager-Country Programmes, NEU Lead, NEU Program Managers, Knowledge Leadership team, and the global communications team, to design and implement the unit’s communication strategy and work plan

    Content Generation and Media Engagement:

    • Lead the development and dissemination of content that raises the awareness of the unit’s work (e.g., press releases, videos, pamphlets, publications, articles etc.) with special consideration to the variety of targeted audiences
    • Develop and regularly update a database of communication and advocacy resources that can be utilized by the unit for outreach to various audiences
    • Develop and maintain the unit’s media contact list covering all media - print, TV, radio, web etc.
    • Regularly liaise with media outlets to ensure that the appropriate information and messages are reaching the public.
    • Ensure that the unit’s digital media platforms including websites and social media accounts are well maintained and aligned to GAIN corporate digital communications
    • Input into periodic management reports, presentations and other relevant material for meetings/briefings, roundtables, events, solicitations to ensure good communications to the target audience.
    • Participate in field visits to document project updates that can be used to develop human interest stories, case studies, success stories, and other communication resources that can be utilized to engage various stakeholders e.g., SMEs, other private sector, policy makers, investors, etc.

    Creating Visibility for GAIN/Supporting NEU’s Capacity to Advocate:

    • Ensure the timely production of advocacy materials to support the engagement of various in country and global stakeholders on relevant thematic areas aligned with NEU’s mandate and goals e.g., women empowerment, youth entrepreneurship, innovation etc.
    • Provision of logistics support for the organization of advocacy and knowledge-sharing events.
    • Organize and implement SME related promotional campaigns (i.e., SME Day)
    • Organize communication activities such as media coverage and interviews during the GAIN’s event and activities
    • Liaise with GAIN’s global communications team to raise the profile of the unit’s work to global audiences.
    • Work closely with GAIN’s global communications team in ensuring branding guidelines are accurately utilized and reflected in the development of the unit’s communication assets


    • Regularly monitor the communications work plan to ensure maximum impact and continuous improvement of communication efforts.
    • Prepare reports to assess the effectiveness of communication activities and identify areas for improving audience outreach.

    Key Organizational Relationships

    • The Senior Associate will report directly to GAIN’s Communications Manager-Country Programmes and will work closely with the NEU Lead and other unit team members.


    • University Degree level (Bachelor's or Master's Degree or experience judged equivalent) in Communications, Journalism, Public Relations, Business Administration, or a related field or equivalent work experience.


    • Demonstrable experience in communication, interactive digital media, print and broadcast media
    • Expertise and experience of working in communication with Government, UN, development partners, media, or research agencies
    • Strong experience in promoting the development of the private sector
    • Proven ability to work effectively in a team environment and matrix management structure is critical
    • Proven experience using social media platforms, graphic design software in addition to photo and video editing software. Full command of Power Point, MS Excel, MS Word, and Outlook.


    • A dynamic individual with excellent interpersonal and communication skills in multicultural and multi-stakeholder environments
    • Ability to prioritize, multi-task, and work well independently under pressure to meet deliverables and deadlines
    • Self-motivated, proactive, and solution-oriented with a commitment to quality and accuracy.
    • Well-developed dialogue, negotiation, and advocacy skills
    • Strong understanding of utilizing mixed media channels to profile and engage SMEs
    • Ability to contribute to developing advocacy strategy/materials for issues relevant to the NEU embedded in an understanding of government policy landscape.
    • Proven ability to write, format, design, and publish reports, fact sheets, news articles, feature case studies, storybooks, and other related communication materials
    • Proven record in digital engagement in creative ways to promote the voice of key stakeholders in the private and public sector.
    • Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to GAIN's Core Values, vision, mission in the approach to work and relationships.

    Other Requirements:

    • Fluency in written and spoken English is required
    • Additional language in one advertised countries in an asset Willingness and ability to travel globally.
    • Must be eligible to work in one of GAIN’s African country offices, Lagos, Addis Ababa, Nairobi, Dar es Salaam.

    What Gain Offers

    • From NGN7,892,205 - NGN9,005,994 per annum.
    • 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 working, additional leave allowances, wellbeing days, mindfulness coaching and access to independent and confidential counselling.
    • Flexible working hours
    • Friendly working environment
    • Professional development opportunities.

    Method of Application


    • Applicants must have the existing right to live and work in one of advertised locations to be considered for this position. Please note that GAIN is currently unable to sponsor working visas. 
    • 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.
    Interested and qualified? Go to Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) on to apply

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