The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) is driven by the vision of a world without malnutrition. GAIN is a Swiss based foundation that mobilizes multi-sector partnerships and provides financial and technical support to deliver nutritious foods to those people most at risk of malnutrition. The organization is delivering improved nutrition to an estimated 820 million people in more than 30 countries, half of whom are women and children. Nutrition products are as varied as fortified cooking oil and flour in Africa, soy sauce in China and biscuits in Bangladesh, as well as specialized products for infant and young child nutrition. GAIN is also exploring innovative models to link agriculture and nutrition security, to protect the most vulnerable affected by emergencies and to foster lasting impacts on improving child growth and development. GAIN’s goal is to reach 1 billion people by 2015 with nutritious foods that have sustainable nutritional impact.
The program in Afghanistan works closely with various ministries, UN agencies, donors, civil society and the private sector, especially in food fortification of staple foods and condiments. GAIN is also involved in and exploring highly innovative projects through the private sector to develop multi-nutrient powders for home based fortification and lipid nutrient supplements to address moderate acute malnutrition and potentially severe acute malnutrition. The program is also part of a wider Central Asian Republics regional fortification project which is focused on increasing the supply of micronutrients to the populations of the Central Asian Republics and Afghanistan through fortification of wheat flour, and fortification of vegetable oil (and other industry-processed fats).
The Afghanistan Country Manager role offers an exciting opportunity for someone to develop and lead GAIN’s strategy and programming in one of its most challenging countries; a country that attracts high donor interest. Relationship management will be a key aspect of this role. The ideal candidate will have had prior country management experience in a high-risk country and demonstrated both strong people management skills as well as strong program management skills to deliver programs in a challenging environment.